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TOALL OUR. Its been a real p asure serving you/ Phone tlU 9-5101 or ttU 9-5291 Sand & Gravel Malakoff THE MALAKOFF NEWS 12hristmas Section December, 1966 Yule Tree First Lighted Here by Enemy Soldiers Just as soldiers long for their homeland all over the print on the new country Queen Elizabeth I "pulled world today, so did the mer- which has become part of rank" at Christmas effect- cenaries, as they were called, our own heritage, ively: her courtiers were who aided the British "for expected to replenish her pay" in the American Rex,- " wardrobe. In fact, ladies of olutionary War. the Court presented her with the first silk stockings It was Christmas Eve worn in Europe. and a group of Hessian sol- diers huddled around their During the heyday of sputtering fire at their clipper ships, in the 19th camp on the icy banks of century, American seamen the Delaware River. used to bring their families Especially from Germany rare and costly presents They sadly missed the come the traditions we gathered from the Orient: Gemuetlichkeit, the good cherish so to this day. spices, silks, china and cheer, shared by family and friends during the holy So important is this cus-teakwood. Appropriately season, tom of decorating trees, a enough, St. Nicholas was leading greeting card man- the patron saint of sailors Soon some of themhauled ufacturer has displayed an as well as children. fir trees and brought them unusual exhibit of Christ- indoors to be decorated mas trees on Fifth Avenue, St. Nick Was with berries and whateverNew York City. else they could find in the snow makeshift orna- Virtually every example O igi lly ments that reminded themof decorated and ornament- r rla of happier times, ed tree graced the collec- tion, each decorated by a a Turk??? They lighted candies on well-known person in- the trees and, just like at " ' " home, gathered 'round the eluding Shakespearean ac-St. Nicholas, the Bishop tree to sing familiar Christ- tors, princes of the Church, of Myra, born in the fifth mas hymns, famous authors and otherscentury in Patara, Turkey, who give their tree-trim-was a living legend during A few days later these ruing a special, individual his lifetime because of his soldiers would be taken distinction. prisoner and a harsh world love of people and his char- would dispel the pretty vi- So, whether you trim ities. sions like smoke from their your tree with stars and fires. But by this spontane- bells and conventional deco- Nicknamed fondly Noel ous act, in a strange land, ration, hang cookies and Baba, he was known as the enemy soldiers left an ira- gumdrops on it, or make it saint of virgins, for helping topical with moonmen and poor and unmarried girls to space-magic, the tree yousecure dowries for mar- Malakoff, Texas trim can speak especiallyriage. Dear Santa Claus, for you and your love of He was also the favorite My name is Glenda Johmson.this beautiful Season, ex- of seamen. Even pirates re- I'm five years old. I haven't pressed in a tree that has spected him because of his become in a very real sense uncanny sixth sense about been a real good girl this year. Will try to be a little better your creation, weather. On St. Nicholas Dutch children fill wood shoes with straw for Old St. Nick's white horse, hoping to have them filled in turn with candy and toys. In Italy, children set out Eve, their shoes for the female their Santa Claus, La Befana, to O The ancient custom of the Yule log provided a time of "getting together" of families and friends in olden times. Much time was fill with gifts: Central American children enloy the pinata game: an earth- en ware jug iS filled with candy and a child is allowed 3 tries to break the pinata i with a bat --- spent in preparation for finding, bringing in and burning the log amidst the pleasure of being with friends. Although the custom is rarely followed today, we'd next year. His bones, believed to like to use this thought to convey our thanks for Santa will you bring me a have curative powers, were record player, Baby Secret, a ~~ stolen from his tomb here guitar, Nurse's Suit and Kit, ~ and carried to Bari, Italy, friends like you as a part of our 1L es at the Yuletide Cow Girl Suit, fruit and can- ~'t~,~ 1087, where they still rest. :Rejoice in the holiday spirit ! dy. Ill] Why is St. Nicholas asso- Season. To all of you, we extend Don't forget all the other ------------ uLaciated with Christmas? Tm rn an mm nPm little boys and girls. In Iceland, shrub branch- Festivities of St. Nicho- Love you, es are tied toa stake tocre-las Day. which falls on Dec. CHRIS',' I IREI NGS Glenc Johnson ate a Christmas tree and it 6, used to extend until L is the Jola-Sveinar (nine Christmas time, and were i' " 1 JL"IL"][|bU Dear good-natured goblins) who so popular that finally the HWY. 31 TRINIDAD, TEXAS I am nine years old. Please some down from their two were incorporated into remember all the other boys moun in workshop each one--making St. Nicholas ~~~ and girl~ and make their nnstmas to leave toys forthe symbol of Christmas. BR(iV S I 10RT ~,Christmas happy too. I have a all the children. And when The St Nicholas Festival ,brother and sister, Rigsbee and the makeshift tree is light- found its way into the t2111 JHdlEtL[TIE I Denise. I y'ant a ~ir of go- ca, the family sings carols Upited States with Dutch Highway 31 I.W. BROWN Malakoff ,boots and a I nas Down with as much Christmas ei igrants and St. Nicholas ~ll~llll "ffi l game. Also I want an easy spirit as will be found in name gradually became I bake oven. I guess that is all 1 I [llmllv lwl { I want. any land. Santa Claus. I~.~ [:~ ~ I Malakoff, Texas / - { ~~~~' ~./,I am a little boy 91~ month. ~~F~~ I old. This is my first Christ~ H ~o'(~J-' -- WW /~ ~ ~ l '~ -- " ~ I toys that make noise, a toy .A l|. ],I whatever you want me to have. [ ! ~, ~'~-~&K~ :~ /I[A iillt~~.hOYY ! Remember my sister, Kim. ~ ; | ~I I Dear Santa, t,I am 3 years old and I am | " Varlil greetings to the most wonderful l ' ' . ! - - . I so excited about Ch . | people in the world our patrons: I PIe use bring me a Baby First I " .0- 3 I I die, The Clock Says, and Iota ,~ C'x (" .~[~/~: : . ,~ | 11 lilJ/Vll laloma--n. I good girl. Don't forget Todd. { I Your friend, 1 l wishes for the holidays. i / D J) ,AIRY MAR" l HWY. 31 TRINIDAD, TEXAS @ May the bells of Christmas herald much happiness for you and yours! CANEY COVE RANCH HOUSE BARBECUE GROCERIES BAIT 3 ibes out North FM 90 at Caney Bridge Phbne HU 9-6648 Malakoff, Texas MAY THE HOLIDAY" SEASON RING JOYOUSLY FOR YOUI CANTON HWY. ATHENS, TEXAS II I IT PROSPEROUS HOLIDAY FOR ALLI GROCERY & DRIVE IN (FORMERLY BANKSTON'S) Highway 31 Malakoff