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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ,SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. / NEWS- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1972 : Zk i :!:!:!!i:!:i -:,.+ :!. :i : c dandles glowing warm and bright, countryside in snowy white tell ot Christmas peace and pleasure, lull ot joys tor all to treasure. Hope you'll be blessed with the Season's best/ PAGE 9B For Christmas Enjoyment President Sought 'Good Old Days' At Christmas time, nostalgia for "the good old days" is as prevalent as turkey and trim- mings, decorations and gifts. Everybody had more fun -- or so the feeling goes -- dur- ing those good old-fashioned Christmases when life was simpler and, according to tra- dition, the snow drifts were always piled high, the foods for feasting were always home- grown and home-cooked, the gifts and decoration always lovingly hand-made and the tree itself always chopped down by the head of the house on a personal foray to some hillside or lot. Christmas nostalgia has even been known to affect heads of state -- to be specific, a President of the United States. It was everyone's duty, the President felt, to make Christmas merry. He and his family, he declared, were go- ing to have an "old-fashioned" Christmas tree. h tlappened in 189l A search through recent newspapers, or even through recent history, would provide no details, however, about this resolve. For the President was Benjamin Harrison, who, on December 22 in 1891, an- nounced to reporters his plan for a "good old-fashioned Christmas." Most people today whose thoughts turn to Christmases of yore would certainly settle for a date much later than 1891 as the time when the "good old-fashioned Christ- mas" had ceased to exist. But if the spirit of an old- fashioned Christmas didn't vanish as early as President Harrison feared it had, when did it go? Or has it really dis- appeared forever? Most of all, an "'old-fash- ioned" Christmas is made up of traditions Even in northern climates, only hope, luck and the weatherman can say, each year, whether the traditional snow drifts will be forthcom- ing. Other traditions, however may not necessarily belon~ only to the past. "%o1 ),ll *'.~lort, Ill,.ghI'" Preparing foods for feasting was doubtless fun -- and hard work -- in the good old days. But not all Christmas cookies. candies ttl,d fruit cakes today are "store bought." Many a family cherishes the tradition .o.ha~ing the children "help': Mother as the holiday goodies are concocted. Even the ready-prepared foods have their traditions. For instance, some families deliver gift packages of cakes or candies to friends when they make Christmas" calls: others set forh a table of treats in the home, ready to share with callers. The same is true of that ""good old days" habit of mak- ing gifts. In this "new day" of increasing interest in sewing, many lovingly home-crafted gifts are found under Christ- mas trees -- and yesterday's Morn would no doubt have been glad to trade her treadle sewing machine for one of to- day's electric models. (:~,ltl"l (:hop Tree While Dad may not be able to chop down a tree for the family ~ conservationists of our "good old forests" wouldn't approve,, a look at any place where trees are sold in the days before Christmas reveals that choosing the tree is still a personal, all-family matter. involving plenty of old-fash- ioned fun. Almost every nostalgic dream of Christmas long ago seems to have its counterpart in the present. And all the while new traditions are build- ing up, as each family, each community creates and treas- ures its customs. In another 70 years, per- haps, some public figure may say, "'It's time to get back to the good old ways of celebrat- ing Christmas." So have an old-fashioned Christmas, now! In ttolland Dasher, Dancer, Prancer ;),lid Rudolph would cause no ex- citement in the Netherlands, where children believe that a horse pulls St. Nicholas' sleigl~. The great horse is named Sleipner, and the Dutch chil- dren till their wooden shoe~ with hay for him. Tl]is gives him energy to ~et St Nick to every house. S,.~.king I.og Was I"a,nilx Affair The trat~itional Yule 1o~ sur- vives today more in art, song and story than as an actual 'blazing Yule." After all. not every home has a /ireplace nowadays, and evPn when a Ih'eplace exists, its proportions are usually far from sufficient to a('commodate the Yule logs of yesteryear. During ancient times in England, however, it was a solemn family ritual to select the log, dry it and burn it ac- cording to custom. Logs from fruit-bearing trees were pre- ferred The whole family went ah)zlg to select the log, as this x~as thought to bring good luck for the coming year, and to fright- en away any witches. If the log burned out quick- ly, or did not burn brightly, it meant bad luck ahead. On Christmas morning, the children of the household beat upon the log and called for gifts to come forth. They were scolded by their parents, sent outside and, after a time, called in to open the gifts, which had been set near the log. In Germany The celebration of a West German Christmas is filled with tradition, foremost of which is the Christmas tree, dating back 400 years. Until recently, trees were trimmed with candles, and although artificial lighting for tree or- naments has been introduced, the candles are sUP preferred by many. father Frost's visit. Though Communists eliminated tile I II R iis~ia religious celebration of Clarist- Russian children lmng up mas, they allowed the chll- their stockings on New Year's dren's festivities of the season Eve, in anticipation of Grand- to remain, A jolly salute to all and a hatful of cheery greet- ings for Christmas! May we extend our thanks and ,;9:i say, once again it's been a pleasure to serve you. urns ocer' PAXTOH, FLORIDA Lots of joy on your holiday menu and ample servings of good cheer-1 serve you. :,::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::: : ::: :: :: : ::%:::::::: :c LAUREL HILL, FLORIDA The customers of this station have been considerate and loyal and in appreciation of your patror~age, we extend our beat wishes tor the Christmas Season. IV~y it truly be a happy occasion for you and yours. \ QUAL PRODUCTS ..... for the Motoring Public and Where COURTESY is the Key:zord MR. & MRS. COMER ZORN i I i