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December 23, 1971

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TOSTEVIN, a member Community Association The commercial and social of the Christmas season to obscure the spiritual to point where the real of Christmas is lost in of shopping and ~stoms of foreign lands may the imagination, and also to remind us that all nations observe Christmas in the ~way. Perhaps with this reness of international the Christmas Spirit bye more meaning for all of The Christmas Tree countries have legends the first Christmas tree; it is generally believed the decorated pine or cedar, ~opular in America and today, is of German The Christmas tree was into England just after of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. Even that time the tree had been to America by German and the custom was adopted by the New settlers of all nationalities. The Christmas Carol were first used about the middle of the nineteenth century in England. There was great controversy regarding the first publisher of Christmas cards, and in 1884 the London Times finally settled this by deciding that Sir Henry Cole originated the idea, and that the first publisher was Joseph Cundall, a London artist and that the date was 1846. The cards were not immediately popular and it was not until 1862 that the custom began to grow noticeably. It is now one of the most delightful of all holiday customs. Santa Claus Most people are not aware that Santa Claus is really a native of New York. Dutch settlers brought him to New Amsterdam, as a pale-faced ascetic, dressed in antique bishop's robes. When New Amsterdam became New York, Clement Moore transformed him into a rosy-checked, plump and jolly old man with reindeer and sleigh to bring presents to all good little boys and girls. His fame quickly spread to the homelands across the sea, and in Holland and Germany, as well as in England, he instantly became popular as the secret dispenser of presents to young and old. carol, or Christmas song, )ular before the fourteenth and has continued to be through all succeeding Over one hundred survived and are now a part of most services held time. The little song "Away in a Manger," has been a delight to all over the world, is said been written by Martin for his small son Hans, for stmas Eye festival in 1530. CHRISTMAS IN OTHER LANDS Christmas in England Christmas is celebrated in much the same manner in England that we celebrate it in America. There is the traditional giving of presents and the singing of Christmas carols on the streets as well as in the churches. December 26, the day after Christmas, is known in England as Boxing Day and is now observed Night, Holy Night", much the same as Christmas Day 'Composed by Joseph Mohr in America. Originally, Boxing Franz Gruber, to fill a need Day was the time that the village perfect Christmas song in priest would open the poor box in Greeting Cards Christmas cards were pen-flourishes, simulating scrolls and flowers with written ~reetings. These the parish house and distribute the money. Now the mail-carriers newsboys and other public servants ask for gifts on Boxing Day, as they make their rounds, and the custom seems to be universally understood. Greeting Drawn by Eileen Clark 6th Grade, Mt. View School ;PITAL Switzerland Switzerland is truly Christmas land, with the heavy white snow, and the sleighbells ringing as the horses travel over the mountain roads. In many parts of Switzerland, St. Nicholas has been succeeded by the Christikindli (Christ Child), an angelic figure which covers the land on Christmas Eve in a sled pulled by six reindeer. Of course the sleigh is filled with cookies, fruits, toys and Christmas trees for all of the children. Santa Claus in many of the country districts, makes his visit on December 6th, which is the anniversary of the first St. Nicholas who gave presents to the poor and was kind to all of the children. He is reported to have lived in Asia Minor and to have ruled as a Bishop in the fourth century. Belgium Christmas Day is celebrated in Belgium by the attendance of religious services and with family gatherings. Some homes have Christmas trees, but it is not a universal custom; neither is it the custom to give presents on this special day. On the evening of Dec. 6th, the Belgium children place their shoes by the fireplace and during the night St. Nicholas leaves gifts for them. Christmas to the Belgium people is a joyous feast day because of its religious significance and it is marked by church services and midnight Masses. Italy Christmas in Italy is a festival more for adults than for children. Families gather on Christmas Eve around the fireplace to visit while they watch the Christmas log burn. There is no meat served at their evening meal, (Christmas is a fast day); however, they have a heavily loaded table of other foods .which always include a yellow bread made of corn flour and raisins. For sweets they have a hard candy made of almonds and honey. The evening meals ends just before midnight when all attend mass. As the Christmas season approaches Italian boys and girls are thinking about a kind lady called Befama. There is no Santa Claus in Italy - because snow and reindeer, and the scarlet clad.-., Santa with his white beard belong to those who live around the North Pole, at least in the thoughts of those who live in the sunny land of the Mediterranean. Italian children expect gifts on Epiphany, January 6th, not on Christmas. This is perhaps logical, for Epiphany commemorates the three Magi who came to the manger in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, _fran_kincen_se and myrrh. Finland In ~very Finnish home the Christmas tree (always a fir tree) is set up on Christmas Eve. Apples and other fruits, candies, paper flags, cotton and tinsel are used to decorate the tree and candles are always used for lighting. Christmas festivities are always preceded by a visit to the sauna, the famous Finnish steambath, after which everyone dresses in clean clothes and prepares for the Christmas dinner which is served anytime from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gifts are presented either before or after dinner, depending on the wishes of each family. The The Episcopal Churches of Mason County Welcome You To The Celebration of Christmas 1971 AINT DAVID'S SHELTON 24th 7:30 p.m. - Liturgy; 11:30 p.m. - Eucharist; December I 1:00 a.m. - Said Service HUGH'S ALLYN 24th 9:30 p.m. - Eucharist SAINT NICHOLAS' TAHUYA December 26th 11:15 a.m. - Family Service and Church School Program Greeting Drawn by Staey Whitmore 5th Grade Bordeaux children do not hang up their stockings but Santa Claus comes in, often accompanied by his elves (in brown costumes, knee-length pants, red stockings, red elves' caps) to distribute the presents. Denmark In Denmark, as in all Scandinavian and other European countries, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve. At five o'clock it is customary to go to church, and all over the city church bells are chiming. The beautiful Danish carols are sung by the congregations as well as the choirs. For the children, the most exciting moment is when the door is opened and the Christmas tree (always spruce, never pine) is seen in all its splendor, with the gifts hidden under its branches. Since no one can be forgotten during Christmas, all of the poor and sick are well provided with food and toys. The hospitals are gaily decorated with evergreens and trees. France Christmas in France is limited mainly to the distribution of gifts to the children and to Christmas Eve celebrations in the larger cities where midnight suppers take the place of the usual Christmas dinner. The religious ceremonies are held in the churches just as they are in other Christian nations, but the French exchange their gifts on New Year's Day. The first of the year is to the French what Christmas is to Americans - the giving and receiving of gifts. This is a family time and perhaps the most cherished of all French holidays. Greeting cards are sent more extensively in France at New Year's than they are in most other countries at Christmas. This material is provided by the Community Library Association. Additional material is available at the Shelton Public Library. Greeting Drawn by Ralph Kunkle 5th Grade, Mt. View School f.. ARNOLD INSURANCE AGENCY 116 No. 2nd St. 7 Tom Roof, Beulah Helser, Art Nicklaus, Corinne Williams, Art Mall, Wally Dundas and Art Bakkt Kim Nicklaus, Dale Bracy, Jack Nicklaus, Ed Wadington, Roger Denny. Vern Workman, Joe Willey, Gib Lord, Ron Brewer, Las Rodgers, Tom Bunnell, Jack Denny, Bruce Willey, Jim Mall. And may your New Year "Since/927" 1st and Grove be happy and Thursday, December 23, 1971 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 13