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E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS - THURSDS Y, DECEMBBi~ 21, 1972 \ "0 Christmas Tree" Means Fir Traditional for trimming, 4O species of firs found in Cen- the fir is the tree most people tral and Southern Europe, think of when they sing "O Asia north of the Himalayas Christmas tree, O Christmas and North America, the holi- tree, how lovely are thy day favorite -- the Douglas fir branches." -- is not even a true fir. Although there are close to Originally named false hem- We can make our Christmas much happier if u,c make it a point to try lo make the Christmas spirit a real thin~ in our lives, We r,n begin ottr search /or the ('hri.~tmn.¢ .~pirit hy notin~ the real happiness in the eyes of children. We can find tt in tha simple act o[ doing something [or the l~,ss [ortunatc than our. selves-the sick, the shut-ins, the lonely and the poor. We are most certain to find it if we turn our thoughts and our steps tou,ard the church by the side of the roed. Here, we will find the unescapable meaning of Christmas and the entire Yuletide season-the birth o/ desus-a message o/ hope and pcaze lor alt lhe world. lock with yew-like needles, the Douglas fir is neither a yew, hemlock, spruce nor fir. But it does have s~me of, the characteristics of all four evergreens, and its identity .onfused botanists for years. The Douglas fir's graceful, upturned growth and ability to hold its needles when cut have put it in the top spot for Christmas use. It also produces top-quality lumber. The state of Montana is an important source of Douglas firs. Next popular Christmas tree is the balsam fir. Also called Canada balsam or Balm of Gilead, according to The En- cyclopedia Americana, balsam grows from Newfoundland to Virginia, west to Iowa and north and west deep into Canada. Balsam retains needles well and give off a pleasing fra- grance. It is especially well- liked in the Eastern United States. Included among the man~ other Christmas choices ar( the Eastern red cedar, blact spruce and Scotch pine. Canadian Christmas trees from seven provinces, are par of the holiday scene in man: countries. The United State,' alone, accounts for about 9 I PAGE llB per cent of Canada's annual production of trees. Still oth- ers are shipped abroad, from Fthiopia to Venezuela. ;::i::, We're just loaded with happy wishes for the Holiday... and they're all for you! DAIRY KING MRS. DELMAS ADAMS i|e.t igh¢, Holy night,' Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar, Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia; Christtflhe Saviour is born, Christ, the Saviour is born. Writers Find New Ways to Say, Merrie Chrystmasse Toe You' Writers of every age ,eaedieval times have contributions to the expressions and are associated expressions as, "A Merrie Chrystmasse U," have now become ~c and the spelling But the continued of Christmas cards Cears has been a in preserv- traditional words, or 1 with tim the very beginning cards, prime ,m- was placed on the In fact, some earliest cards were greetings with sprigs ers of holly on an orb- card. hen, as early as the England and also verses appropri- ;he season 'and corn- famous authors, ~roving popular on cards. St~eh poem by Henry 'orth Longfellow- Portrait of the emi- --- appears of the antiques in the Hallmark Historical Collec- tion, a treasury of more than 50,000 greetings which pro- vides a variety of the e×- pressions of good cheer and Christmas wishes by famous writers over the years. The age old message of the season is to be found in to- day's Christmas cards, ex- pressed in poetry and prose by such outstanding literary figures of the past and pres- ent as William Shakespeare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Teasdale and, more re- cently, T. S. Eliot, Archibald MacLeish, William Carlos Williams and the late Rus- sian writer, Boris Pasternak. Pasternak's "The Christ- mas Pine Tree" has been ex- cerpted for a greeting card which reads in part: I Io~,e her to tears, at si-hl, J'ronl Ihe |irsl, ,,Is she i'omes front Ihe .,~oods .~O a'e, kward her I}rani,hl.,.. Ihl. .'.h)l'~l of 111',.,~ ~,%'e fa~hion her IJlrt'atls; Ull- hurriedly, ~low. Ih'r garl|ltqlls lif ,dlver.~, gl)s- salllfr lai'e. Pallern.,., of IiiIsl.I. illlll sl)all- gigs i)ghlw I"fOlll I)ranrh IIIIIO I)ralll'll, down to the hase I love her h) tears, front the llrsl, ~o tlrighl In a crowd of frit'nd, on Christina,, nighl.'" Portions of Sir Waiter Scott's "Marmion" have been used for still afiother Christ- mas card verse: "England was merry England when Ohl (:hrl~lllla~ Iirollghl his sporls again. The damsel donlled her kirlJe sheen ; "l'l~e hall was dressed wilh Itolly greetl ; Forth to the wood did merry- Illen gtl 'r'o galher in Ih¢' nli~lleloe. "rwas (:hrislrllas liroached Ihe miKhllesl ally: "'rwa~ Ch ri.,.,I nla ~ Iohl Ihe Illerrle~l lah' A (:llrislllla.~ galllll()l sill wclllhl ¢'hPi'r The poor nlan'*s tlearl Ihri,llgh half Ihc year.'~ In a lighter vein, one of America's most popular vers- ifiers, Ogden Nash, has con- tributed his own inimitable style and thoughts to the spirit of Christmas greetings with several mirth-provoking stanzas such as the follow- ing: We take sincere pleasure in extending to you our BEST' WISHES for a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON i son Western Gas Mr. and Mrs. Davis Williamson "'Our hails are deek3,d with bouglls of holly, And trimmings red and green and jolly; ~'e get tltat ohl lime Christ. IIlas feeling While lavklng wreaths fronl floor to reiling. To you we nipped a ~ulelide I'llp While hanging dec,orallolls tip; Oh, Imw we wish you wvre in |own --- St) yOU eouhl help US lake Ihenl {h)wn !'" .~IGH'I'I NG I{OBI N.~ Popular motif on early Christmas cards was the Eng- lish robin -- possibly because English postmen, who deliv- ered the cards, in those days wore red uniforms and were often called "Robin." / iiiii!:!i!:i:!iii!i::ii:: iiiii!:!!!!:iii!iiiiii:!!!iiiii~:ili:i!:Li::ii:i'"~ It's Christn, astime, .,,d here c,),,,es S.,,,t. wltl, a lci hful ,,f ,,.r warmest holiday greetings t,, .all ,,f y,)u whose fricl,dshil, ,,,,,! will we cherish. With ¢.e,mine appre¢iati(),, of vo,,r ]¢i,,d a,,,l frie,,dly good will, we extend our si,,cere tha,,hs .,,d hest ,vish,..s every happiness during the holiday seas(,,,. A very merry Christl,,, s l,, ,,!1! i'