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6C Wednesday, A World for Kids Bulletin, Progres~ve, Rec~~ or an ; tc i first ew Ited in a, lelabrurr Ittkkiyah. night, night WchY the holiday started during winter and other fun facts |lighted lltn the]a shan" a Christian holi- the first letter of Christ's name. The figure of Saint Nicholas says, may get only switches,sending Christmas card tae two b day that celebrates the birth of It was frequently used as a holy visits towns and cities, leads pa- with which their parents cantires and friends andLd Apocry tnS~ : symbol. This was why Christ- Christmas carols, for___,ukkah. mas was sometimes written Xmas, and it is still used today. Many well-known Cl .year s carols, including "'Sllentl cabee t and "'Hark! The Herald the 'Sy Sing," were composed They the 1800s. During the days before] mas, children or groups go from house to house wm Christmas ois.I1k-J Children sometimes money for themselve adults usually ask for mat charity. spank them! They may even be carried away in the helper's bag until they learn to be good! This may be where our tradition of threatening naughty children with a stocking full of sticks came from Dutch settlers in America con- tinued to celebrate this feast day. Their name for Saint Nicholas was Sinterklaas. And in English, this became Santa Claus. Jesus Christ. No one knows the exact date of Christ's birth, but most Christians observe Christ- mas on Dec.25. The word Christmas comes from "Cristes maesse," an early English phrase that means Mass of Christ. Pagan (unchristian) festivals held thousands of years ago, around the time of the Winter Solstice in December, probably influenced the celebration of Dec. 25 as Jesus' birth date. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-De- cember to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorat- ed their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration Though many think using the term "Xmas" is a very bad thing, it actually came from the early Christian church. In Greek, X is St. Niclmlas and Santa Claus A long time ago, a bishop named Nicholas lived in what is now the country of Turkey. No one knows much about him. But there are stories that he often helped chil- dren who were in need. Many years after his death, Nicholas was made a saint. In time, he be- came the pa- tron saint of children. 'Io- day, the date of his death, Dec. 6, is an important date in some coun- tries in Europe. On the night be- fore, children put out their shoes and hang up their stockings. Early the next morning, they rush to see what gifts Saint Nicholas has left for them. rades, talks to children, and of- ten hands out small gifts. He is dressed as a bishop, of course, wearing a red or white robe and a tall, pointed hat. Because it is not part of our tradition in the United States, many people for- get that Saint Nicholas al- ways has a helper. In the Nether- lands, this helper is called Black Peter. In Germany, he's Knecht Ruprecht. In parts of France, he's Pere Fouettard. And in Luxembourg, he's known as Hoesecker. Of course, all the children love Saint Nicholas. But they're afraid of his helper, who is the one who keeps track of who has been good and who has been naughty Naught: children, the legend The custom of giving gifts to relatives and friends on a special The Christmas season i day in winter probably began in the Epiphany, Jan. 6. In ancient Rome and northern Eu- Christian churches, rope. In these regions, people Epiphany celebrates the gave each other small presents of the Wise Men to as part of their year-end celebra- child in Bethlehem. tions. Among Eastern The gifts for children came this day celebrates from the St. Nicholas tradition, tism. Epiphany falls which, of course, turned into the day after Christmas. Santa Claus tradition in the "The TwelveDays United States. refers to the 12 days Most of our other traditions Christmas and Epiphany. started appearing in the 1800s. For more lnfornmtion on tl C That is when many more Christ- Chrlsunas and Christmas or decorating Christmas trees, chrlstmas.com/>. Looking for something to give a friend or member of your family this year? Why not make something? These ideas won't cost you a lot, and they'll mean so much to anyone who gets them. What You Need: Pine Cones Peanut Butter Birdseed Bright-colored String What You 'Do: Pour some birdseed into a cake pan. Tie a piece of string around one end of a pine cone. Coat the pine cone in peanut butter. Roll it in the bird seed. Anyone who enjoys feeding and watching birds will enjoy this gift. #'u,z-zte What You Need: Scissors Glue Photocopies of Favorite Photos Heavy Paper (like construction o paper) What You Do: Make color or black-and-white copies of the photos you have chosen. Glue a copy to a piece of heavy paper. When it dries, cut the glued photo in- to pieces---make sure they are all dif- ferent shapes and sizes. Put the pieces in an envelope or Small box. Whomever you give these to will en- joy putting them together. @ L 0 JOY PEACE TO THE WORLD! CY STORE I~T 111175 493 W. Main St. Quincy 283-0480 CELEBRATE THE SEASON! Share your abundance by providing a loving foster home for a child. License #320316037 Environmental Alternatives from Plumas Rural Services: Family Focus Network, WIC, Domi tic Violence Services, Respite & Children's Services Divisio 283-3611