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10 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, December 17, 1998 Dot Snyder 725-7769 The rain finally arrived and it was surely welcome. It had been a long period without anything but sprinkles. Well, Christmas is just around the corner. I had not been very excited about it until today when I spent the afternoon wrapping gifts. I guess the paper with Santas and churches and etc. sorta struck a spark. I had been lazy this week from a fall last Fri- day. It felt good to be busy at something besides being in pain. The sales at stores are great, so, this is a good time to shop, not only for Christmas, but for needed things. There have been some nice Christmas programs on TV and I have enjoyed them. I have, also, been reading Christmas Ideals of years past and other books on Christmas. My daughter gave me a book of Christmas stories last year that I did not finish reading and I would like to get back to it. Church Program The Summit Point United Methodist Church will hold their Christmas pageant on December 20 at 7 p.m. The name is "Reason For The Season" and will involve the Sunday School except for adult classes. Achievement Banquet Members and guests of the Summit Point CEO Club attend- ing the banquet at Asbury Meth- odist Fellowship Hall on Monday, December 7 were Linda Anders, Helene Bazzrea, Callie Hale, Renee Styron, Wallis Anne Ma- gaha, and guest, Sue Baker and Mary Jean Light and husband, Robert. Christmas Symbolism and Customs The good tidings of great joy were expressed in many different ways in countries all over the world. Borrowed freely from the richly varied background of early set- tlers and later immigrants. Here in the U.S we have developed a wonderful set of customs. Did you ever wonder how they began? An American Christmas combines many traditions, the tree, Santa Claus, lights, mistletoe, gift ex- changing, caroling and card send- ing. Most brought to this country from Europe. Many of the cus- toms are related to the birth of Christ; others from church reli- gious observances, and still others from folk customs. Christians did not celebrate the birthday of Jesus as a holiday un- til several hundred years after. He was born. Early Christians thought such festivals were asso- ciated with pagan rituals. Later, the Christmas celebration was in- troduced to counteract the pagan feast of the Sun-God, held in Rome around December 25. The word Christmas is derived from Old En- glish, Christes Maesse (the Mass of Christ) and was first called by that name in 1038. From the Romans, perhaps, comes one of our most abiding cus- toms. They decorated homes and termples with garlands of ever- green and flowers in celebration Saturnalia, the winter feast. The evergreen symbolizes eternal life, because they survived cold winter. Flowers were an offering to the godness Flora, to whom Roman temples had been erected 200 years before the birth of Christ. The use of evergreens have per- sisted through the ages. In En- gland, many believed that the pine, spruce, fir, holly and box- wood would repel evil spirits, but that all evergreens must be burned in the fireplace by Twelfth night, or they become haunted. Christmas was a seasonal cel- ebration in Europe from the Sixth Century on. In our country, the Puritans of the Plymouth Colony were opposed to its celebration and passed a law in 1659 to fine anyone who feasted on December 25. The law was repealed in 1681, but New Englanders and Quakers were reluctant to make Christmas a day of festivity. The settlers from Holland, the Hessian sol- diers in the Revolutionary War and other Europeans who came to America, brought the tradition of merry-making, gift-giving, and holiday festivities. Historians believe the Hessian soliders brought the custom of a Christmas tree to America during the Revolutionary War. Records indicate that German settlers in Pennsylvania had Christmas trees as early as 1746. The green color of trees and boughs and the red of the holly berries are sym- bols of Christ - red represents his passion and death and green is for everlasting life and eternity. Do you ever wonder why we sometimes write Christmas as "Xmas"? X is the Greek equiva- lent of the "Ch" sound and it is taken to represent the word Christ. (Inf. from my files of many years). Candles Candles are as much an impor- tant part of Christmas an any- thing symbolic. Candles have lighted holy days from the begin- ning of time. Saturnalia celebra- tions frequently included lighted candles to signify the return of the sun. In tile Christian era, candle Mainville, Ohio. light symbolizes that Christ is the Betsy and Clayton Stagner en- Light of the World. In many coun- tertained at a Christmas dinner tries candles were put in windows on Sunday, December 6. The to guide the Christ child who guests were Julia Creamer; John might appear in any identity, thus and Carmen Creamer, son Philip; no stranger was turned away Julie and Rick Blickenstaff, without food. daughters, Lisa and Julia; Bar- Bayberry candles are suppose bara Custel; Libby and Woodrow to bring good luck to a home - any Cameron, sons, Jimmy and friend, couple separated at Christmas -Tina Aikens; John Cameron, ~'tis said, if they light a bayberry friend Danielle and Jurgen and candle they will return to eachVeronica Kleffner. other. Betsy Stagner and Jean Corbin Bringing in the yule log was anspent Monday, December 14 shop- enjoyable holiday custom - it was ping in Frederick, Md. believed that all who helped bring Recipe it in were insured against harmBroccoli and Bacon Salad for the coming year. In a large salad bowl, combine News 5 cups chopped fresh broccoli, 1/2 Lola and Jerry Bane left on No-cup raisins and 1/4 cup chopped vember 16 for Coal Valley, Illinois red onion. In a small bowl, com- te visit Lola's brother, Earl and bine 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 table- Dorothy Guest, also, Dorothy's spoons vinegar and 1 cup mayon- parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Wil- naise. Pour over broccoli; toss to son. The Bane's visited for nine coat. Refrigerate. Just before days. serving, sprinkle with 10 bacon Carmen Creamer and son slices, cooked and crumbled and 1 Philip spent a week with cup sunflower seeds. Yield: 6-8 Carmen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. servings. David Weber and family in Distinctive Trees for Your Family's Enjoyment Enjoy cutting or selecting your Christmas tree from our farm. Choose from Frazier, Douglas & West Virginia balsam fir; blue spruce; and pines. Also Offering Live Christmas Tree garpara Ferrq. WY From Charles Town, Rt 340N to Halltown exit, left on Rt 230N three miles to signs. Open daily 10:00-5:00. 304-876-3647 Music Festive foods Sweet shop Carolers Crafts Train rides Hayrides and morel on Lake Shannondate Admission: December 19, 1998 4:00-9:00 p.m. $3.00 Children un( Visits with Santa are free, pictures-S5.00 Have your picture taken with Santa Claus Costume Characters[ For more information, call (304) 725-7342 Directions. RI. 9 to Mission Rd. Left at Gate 3 Mail Station (upper Clubhouse Drive). Straight ahead on lakefront. Cherry Dessert cherry pie tilling, 1 Combine in a large bowl. 1 car- sweetened condensed ton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, cup flaked coconut thawed, 1 can (20 oz.) crushed chopped pectins. Mix pineapple, drained, 1 can (21 oz.) overnight. Yield: 12-16 After a week of activities concerning latitude tude, the students of Connie Davis and Peggy South Jefferson Elementary School concluded the beling pumpkins with the continents, the major longitude lines, and the North and South Poles. Alex Davis, Nick Johnson and Adriana Villareal "mapping" their pumpkin. West Virginia Lottery Winners of more than $600 claimed during October James Blankenship Susan Booker Charles Bexfield Joy Deavers Herbert Fisher Donald Gonzalez Lashmeet Fayetteville Kingwood Morgantown Charleston Clarksburg $2,600 $1,000 $15,000 $1,000 $25,000 $25,000 Janice Strand Lisa bottrill Chaleston Barrackville Petersburg $2,600 $1,000 $2,000 Andrew NicholsK~~ David Richardson Spencer Belle Dunbar $1,000 $1,000 $25,000 BONUS BLACKJACK Julie Moses, New Kent, VA $1,000 BOWLING FOR BUCKS Harold Allen, Huntington $1,000 Barbra J. Butcher, Mount Clare $1,000 Ottie Claar, Summersville $1,000 Lynette R. 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