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Page 2 Check It Out by Mary Beth Nelson g Christmas a relatively new eras celebration? I think not. According to Elizabeth Sliverthorn's new non-fiction book, Christmas in Texas, it was a reality when the Spanish explorers arrived in Texas, and took possession of the land. As early as 1599, Texas In- dians were introduced to Christmas pagentry. In the 1800's, Firewood For Sale Split, Stack & Deliver $9O.00 In Clarendon Shanon Thomas 874-2212 New.Shipmen00r00 of Winter Caps.. 0 & Snow and Mud Shoes  and as always Red Wing Work Boots Just in time for Xmas. (We Accept any other Stores Coupons on Red rang Boots) James Owens Leather Goods Downtown Clarendon I I I :bt tClargubou Jtlm Anglo-Americans' main concern was survival. However, they were aware of the Christmas season and, when possible, held religious ob- servances. These were later fol- lowed by community parties. To quote the author, "For most, there was little cheer to be had. Never- theless, these newcomers gave Texas geography a Yuletide touch. Seven towns were given the name, Bethlehem. On New Year's Day of 1821, some of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred named the creek by which they were camping in Washington County, New Year Creek. Another group of the Old Three Hundred spent an uncom- fortable day on December 5 camped by a creek in Limestone County which they named Christmas Creek. Other unknown travelers named the Christmas Mountains of the Big Bend area in Brewster County." . 5) There was also a stream named Egg Nog Branch in eastern San Augustine County. Ms. Silverthorne relates grim experiences as well as more sue- cessful ones which happened on Christmas Day or during Christmas week. Texas' involvement with in- dependence; batallions arriving to help at the Alamo; Stephen F. Austin's release from prison after a confining ten months for charges of plotting to separate Texas from Mexico; Christmas experiences of heroic woman, Jane Long, called "Mother of Texas", and other courageous women are only a few of the many events occurring during the Christmas season which are described. Protestant churches could not be organized in Texas under Mexican law, so most Christmas celebrations were in Catholic tradi- tion. By 1845, when Texas won in- dependence, citizens were free to celebrate the holiday season with any kind of religious or secular ceremony they desired. Texas was a nation. Festivities lasted from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day with turkey shoots, exuberant dinners, dances (termed balls), and parties. Many of today's traditions were not yet established. Only few German immigrants had Christmas trees in their homes. Santa and reindeer were not yet well-known. It wasn't until 1856 that President Franklin Pierce introduced the Christmas tree into the White OASIS Christmas Day Pot Luck December 25 Start Serving at 12:00 until Gone Bring a Covered Dish and Enjoy We Will Furnish Main Course 874-2615 TO ALL OUR FRIENDS CUSTOMEr... 6 , We Wish You a Merry I A I,I,IIP'II Christmas and the Best for i..__" _......JA m. , A w the New Year!" i Pmczs EF21-27,1994 YourAIIsup's Employees [ T I 00:hri00tmas qEr00es As Low AS s 1 O New Mmxiro Mount,n Trims "1, Balsam & Whir. Fir" Norllmm Mirn "Scnteh P/nn" ALLSUP'$ ALLSUP'$ SAVE ON BREAKFAST CORN COCA-COLA BURRffOS DOG 6 paCk FOR ONLY FOR ONLY 7 1 99 60% FREE CONTAC COLD MEDICINE 12 HOUR CAPLETS '" 59 !30 MED. OR 20 LG. SHURRFINE DIAPERS PKG. 49 CORN KING CHOPPED HAM 4" X r 10 OZ. PKG. 29 LAUNDRY DETERGENT 32 OZ. BOX REG. OR THINS DORITOS $ TORTILLA CHIPS' WILSON'S TURKEY BREAS1 & COOKED HAM 4" X t" 10 07. PKG. 99 SAVE ON GOLD MEDAL FLOUR S LB. BAG VARIETIES !.OB SIZE BRAWNY PAPER TOWELS JUMBO ROLL ALLSUP'$ SANDWICH BREAD 1JJ LB. LOAF 61) EACH OR 1 49 J Thursday, December 22, 1994[ House for the first time,,,and by from that first Christmas Mass held I I 1880, trees were the "rage . by lonely Spanish soldiers on Texas / As the state developed, so did soil by starlight and moonlight.  Christmas traditions. Different cul- tures contributed different aspects of food, parades, decorations, fashions, wood-burning stove and open fireplace cooking. The less wealthy decorated with berries, moss, cotton, pecans in colored cloth, popcorn, and red pepper garlands while the wealthy dis- played more elaborate decorations and, also, toys such as china dolls, expensive cloth, and fancy rocking horses. The more usual gifts for Texas children were dolls of rags and cornshueks, handmade toy wagons, willow whistles, socks with nuts and fruits, and sometimes, a dime in the toe. "By Christmas of 1864, homemade clothing, food, drink, and gifts were essential. Gold was $5,000 a pound; flour was $600 a barrel; sugar $2 an ounce; butter $40 a pound; firecrackers $5 a pack; and real tea was worth $100 a pound. Merchants had little of any- thing to sell, and for what they did have they refused to take worthless Confederate money, insisting on gold or silver." (p.13) The Civil War had ended by the 1865 holiday season, and mer- chants advertised supplies of "can- dies, raisins, whiskey, tobacco, cof- fee, and dry goods in time for Christmas. A sad postscript on the horrors of war were advertisements for metallic artificial legs for $100 to $125, cheaper and more lasting than wooden legs." (p.13) By 1871, the coming of the railroad provided more available goods from which to choose. Newspaper advertisements began to categorize Christmas celebra- tions under rifles, "List of Church . , .,] Activities" and "Christmas Doings in Saloons". year  Donlcy Couniy and _$Z2 peJr y out-of-county, by Robert ;  dba Th i.d4n P 10S S. Kearpey', Cl'enaon Texas 79226. Second-class postnge Illl I pt ,Clarendon, Texas. 110. OSTHASTE: send addrbss changes t?: The Clarendon News, P.O. Box 1110: Clarendon, Texas '79221110. lassified ads are $5.00 for fl first 15 words or less and 10'cents per word fOr each additional word. Boes or spe typograghy are extra. Open'display rates ard $3.60 per SAU column inch. Engagement, and a0ersary pictures are $5.00 ach. Pie- tares bmi,'tted for publica- tion nould be" picked up 10 days aft pulica: tion. Deadlines formews and arfide/t are normally Monday at 5:00 p.m. Pictures mtmt be received by Friday at 12:00 noon. The deadline maybe al- tered for holidays. Any erroneous reflec- tion upon the character of any person or firm appeurin 8 in these chitons win be dly and promptly corrected upon being brought to the paper's attention. I IIIII II I II II I T MEMBER 1994 TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION II Illl 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 CDeccmer 22 an/9:00 a.m. until Noon, cDcm[er 23 See the,exciting movies everyone s talking about... The Client Wagon East Running Free Lassie Broken Vows Eyes of An Angel Staoenhagen Video) 220 Kearney 874-5081 , By the end of the 19th ccn- ..  tury, 2000 people attended mid- night Mass at San Fernando ,, J Cathedral. This was quite different e Weather IDay m. / IIMon. U S4 34 / I, s4 34 I II Wed. 14 51 32 / I 'r. 15 64 31 / IIFrL : 16 43 31 / I s 17 60 26 / I Sun" 18 62 21 1 ITot for Mo, .H / [ Total for Yr. ,4.j IIIII II heritages brought to Texas by Scan- dinavians, British, Czechs; African-American, and Wendish. The Frontier Heritage might be of special interest to citizens of our local area. It includes exerpts from personal letters and colorful descriptions of activities on the Jackson Ranch, Goodnight (JA) Ranch, Matador Ranch, King Ranch, and XIT Ranch. J. Frank Dobie shares on of his Christmas recollections. Typical Christmas Cards and wonderful recipes from each culture contribute additional reading interest to Elizabeth Silverthorn's book. You may want to include a delicious dish from another culture with your own traditional Panhandle holiday din- ner. It would require more than one article to relate the many fas- cinating seasonal events and tradi- tions which have developed from the mingling of numerous cultures throughout our great state. Christmas In Texas sparks the reader's awareness that some of these celebrations will still be oc- curring as you celebrate your own holiday season. At this time, Burton Memorial Library extends best wishes for your holiday and a productive New Year. Hopefully, you'll continue to "cheek it out". Chap Clare born offic p.m. ( Cem geme Robe a,m. ( at Ia Lock SHe, Jopli man5 Oct0 prec 24, 1 Clar( don i movi: Was a the F don. Orlo ney,' one gram and was siste] Roy Rud( "Bill Walt mem German, Jewish, Italian, t Poles, and French in Texas each Fanni celebrated the season with their own traditional rituals. Besides l descriptions of these five cultures, F the author has interestingly n lat,d [ were l seasonal traditions of other Dece