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E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• ~UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1972 PAGE 5B He ish you an3 your lo¢e3 ones eCer Christmas Happiness $im's Grocery Market ED AND LILLA SIMS virtually every building in the ~y y city cooperates. Ill French Canada Though Christmas comes considered his official resi- at dusk on Christmas Eve, and In French-Canadian homes, but once a year, there is cer- deuce, motorists celebrate the spec- one of the highlights of This is my commandment, tainly no one and only way The building' is set against tacle by driving slowly along Christmas Is the "Reveillon," that ye love one another.-- to celebrate it. In addition to a background of pine trees, in the lane. a middle-of-the-night f~mlly (John 15:12). the many customs that are the foothills of Vermont's The tall, graceful deodars feast, for adults. The meal is We can deal with almost generally shared -- lights, Green mountains. The large were brought to California by served after the return from an-- it- -'ion -- y S uat --even wnen we bells, trees, gifts, Santa, prayer letters "S. C." on the chimney Captain Frederick J. Wood- midnight mass but the prep- encount r thos .... and feasting -- the special identify it as Santa's resi- bury who, while visiting in arations start many weeks . e .e wno antago< 1 ways of observing the holiday deuce. India, saw them growing on ahead, mzeus--ifwe "ememberGod s Much of the fo:d for the admonition to show love, at all are as varied and numerous as the communities and fam- ilies involved. Often the history and cul- ture of a community is the in- spiration for the way it cele- brates Christmas. In other cases the "customs" are con- sciously developed, in an effort to express the spirit of the season. It doesn't take long In Ne~• Orleans Carol sings are a traditional part of the holiday season in New Orleans. Many of them are held across the street from St .Louis cathedral. This his- toric cathedral in the French Quarter is a focal point for the community's religious observ- ances of Christmas. for these community projects Here youthful carolers from to become well-loved, even a private elementary school, "old-fashioned" traditions. La Petite Ecole, convene to Volumes could be filled with sing the familiar songs, in an account of interesting corn- both French and English. munity Christmases, each of them different. A few are sum- "Christnms Tree Lane" the slopes of the Himalayas. He returned with deodar seeds, which he planted on his ranch. In 1885 his sons transplanted the young trees along what was then the principal road- way to the Woodbury ranch. "City of Candlelight" "Richmond -- City of Can- dlelight' has been the Christ- mas theme for Richmond, Va., feast, nowadays, centers times, for our fellow beings. around turkey and trimmings. This attitude could lead to But the traditional dishes, in- some remarkable transforma- eluding goose with nut stuff- tions in the feelings of other., ing, and such specialties as for us. "tourtieres," or spicy pork pies, are still prepared for the Rev- ' eillon, l.egends ltom." A,'tors Go A-Ca,'olingSip Nicholas Community caroling in Han- for the past five years, over, Va., for the past I0 years He's the patron 'mint of Taking the cue from Colon- has been provided by a gror pawnbrokers. He watches ial Williamsburg, Richmond of actors from Barksdale the over mariners. Since the sought to initiate the rebirth tre and friends, fourth century, he has of an old-fashioned Christmas Moving about the town in been remembered for his tradition by urging residents red costumes and carrying and organizations to "place an lighted candles, the carolers Indian, Spanish and Ameri- can cultures all contribute to the ways of celebrating Christ- mas in New Mexico. "Prayer dances" performed by the Indians unite their an- cient ceremonials with their present Christianity. Follow- ing midnight mass on Christ- mas Eve, they hold four days of prayer dances. At Taps Pueblo, Indians conduct a "procession of torches" during Christmas week. The candles known as lum- inarias are a Spanish contri- bution Put up early in Decem- ber, they are used to outline walls of houses and stores, as well as curbs and driveways. Then there is the ceremony of the posada. For nine days, the story of the Nativity and the holy family's search for, shelter is acted out by church- es, hotels, social groups and families. And, along with all the fes- tive and religious observances of Christmas in New Mexico, marized below. Important part of the holi- electric candle in every win- concentrate on houses with day season in California is the dow." children and elderly people. "Sanla's I~all[L [].S.A.*' famous ceremony of "Christ- The shopping area presents They approach the houses mas Tree Lane" at Altadena. triple candles in evergreen singing "Jingle Bells." render Feature of the Christmas Huge deodarcedarsbordera bases set in the median strip: two more carols, and move season at Putney, Vt, is "San- public throughfare in this city, from the windows of the gov- away singing "We Wish You ta's Land, U.S.A." Santa greets and at Christmas it is trans- ernor's mansion and the capi- A Merry Christmas." his friends here in one of his fromed into "Christmas Tree tol glow electric candles; in- homes-away-from home -- Lane." The trees are lit with coming planes are greeted hi Ne~ Mexico since the North Pole must be thousands of bulbs turned on with candles at the airport ,4':'" ::.X\Ig"". • " $ generosity. Many of the legends linked witl] St. Nicholas, real-life ancestor of to- day's Santa Claus. But his most enduring connection is with youth and gifts. In Europe, his feast day, December 6th, has traditionally been an o:casion for merriment and gifting. I I • ::!: ::?' JACK - We wish you merriment and the many joys of giving and receiving, at this happiest II of holiday seasons. May this truly be a Christmas t,, remember! With our best wishes we want to express our warin appreciation o[ your kind patronage and good will. We sincerely hope that our cordial relations will long continue. - LYNN it's certain that the American contribution, jolly old Santa Claus, is well remembered. TlTer -y Cl ris mas Santa's Busy, 0~ay' all your cite:m, be fulfilled. Thanks for your continued support. But Has SEARS Plenty of Help CaTa O MERCHANT Florala, Alabama , 'Even though Santa is some- times pictured as,traveling by rocket or by jet plane, his fav- orite mode of transportation still seems to be the famous reindeer-drawn sleigh. The only wonder is that he can re- main as jolly as he tradition- ally is, when he has to cover the world in one night, deliv- ering gifts by the billions. Perhaps the explanation may be found in the number of helpers he has, and also in the fact that Christmas Eve is not his only day for deliverine aifts. St. Nicholas, a real bishop, was the first "Santa." Many legends grew up around his name, and many centuries af- ter his death on December 6, about 342 A.D., he was hon- ored as a friend to the young. December 6 became "Chin dren's Day," and St. Nicholas, traveling by horse, brought gifts to reward children for good behavior. Although Santa has to a large extent replaced St. Nich- olas, in some European coun- tries children still await the arrival of the bishop on the night of December 5, and set out shoes filled with hay and carrots for his horse. In Scandinavian and some other countries, Santa gets an assist from St. Lucy, who is responsible for the distribu- tion of gifts on hez' day, De- cember 13. Christmas comes after Christmas to many homes m France and French Canada, where the old tradition of giv- ing gifts to children on New Year's day is observed. There's a resemblance to Christmas in the placing of gifts beside the fireplace, often in stockings. Even then, the Santa season isn't finished. Many Spanish children expect the Three Kings to bring them gifts on Epiphany, January 6. They, too, set out shoes filled with straw and grain for the horses the Kings ride. Whatever the gift-givillg date, Santa has a host. of help- ers to lighten his load. In ad- dition to St. Lucy, Scandina- vian countries have the Tom- tar, little gray-bearded men who are said to hide gifts for boys and girls on Christmas Eve. In Italy the traditional gift- giver is Befana, sometimes de- scribed as a benevolent fairy and sometimes as a witch. Legend says that she misdi- rected the Magi or that she refused shelter to the holy family. Now she goes around the world, in repentance, seek- ing the Christ~ Child and do- ing good to children on Christ- mas Eve. Sixth Avenue Cleaners Florala, Alabama ~ll'ay holiday happiness shine brightly in your heart, Our best wishes for a Christmas glowing with cheer. neefin Taylor Parts & Supply Co. FI0rala, Alabama I