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PAGE TWO THE GUARDIAN, DECEMBER 17, 1943 " ch " I Midnight Mass In All Our Chapels and Parish Churches z merlcan rlsfmas Customs Varied And I (:olorful In Extreme III among our children and in large jolly old gentleman are scatterec HRISTMAS is a great day for Americans. We use some ten million Christmas trees per years. We send out hundreds of millions of Christmas cards and the groaning postman and the bursting post of- lice are annual American phenomena. What quantity of fowl we consume at Christ- mas time! Turkeys, geese, dUcks, chickens! Farm- ers in some parts of the coUhtry depend almost en- tirely for the year's business on the sale of fowl for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stores all over the country lay in extra stock for Christmas. The papers feature Christmas shop- ping from Christmas Eve. The Santa Claus myth is well nigh universal cities a dozen counterparts of the around in the streets and stores. There is even a Santa Claus school  in the East,. where interested ama- teursare tnftiated into the secrets of the professional Santa Claus. Appropriate decoration of stores and streets ls taken for granted. GREETINGS FROM The "Santa Claus Lane" of Holly- wood and the "Christmas Tree Row" of Pasadena reproduce themselves in many communities throughout the land. Huge pub- ic Christmas trees are quite the fashion. Pasadena has even had them On the top of Mt. Wilson, whilst they appear in such well- known#pots as New York's Madi- son Square, the Boston Common i and Independence Square in Phil- adelphia. Withal our 'commercialization, we have produced two minor Christmas classics that are wide-! ly re-published and re-read each i yehg: '.'The Visit of St. Nicholas," better known from its introductory words, "T'was the night before 811 MAIN STREET Christmas," was composed in 1822 by Dr. Clement Clarke Moore, of the Greenvood Theological Semi- nary ifl,ew York, for the ,muse- ment Of"his children. This be- loved poem has given the Ameri- STIFFT'S FOR DIAMONDS Z. BENSKY ,& FURRIER r The chapel of St. Vincent's Infirmary, located at 10th and High will be the scene of Christmas Midnight Mass for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The special privilege e.tended parishes and institutions is indeed a most solemn ceremony The quiet of the night, the greatness of the day, an d the significance of the feast to all the faithful, singles out the Yuletide Birthday of the Prince of Peac% and Savior of the World. can Santa Clans his famP.ior fig- ure of a j .'lly, bewhiskered old man and hit familiar accompani- ments of sled, reindeer and sleigh bells. The other Christmas classic was a New York Sun editorial of 1897, written by Francis P. Church in answer to a query from a little girl, Virginia Hanlon, "Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?" The answer assured Virginia that Santa Claus exists "as cer- tainly as love and generosity anti devotion exists," and that "the most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see." Indecent Literature Campaign Strongly Supported In India Bombay, India. (E)A campaign inaugurated by the Most Rev. Thomas Roberts, S.J., Archbishop of Bombay, against the sale and distribution of indecent magazines and other literature, has received strong public support here. NCCS-USO CIt )s Go All-Out To Spr00 Christmas Cheer By Elizabeth M. MeStea (Written for N.C.W.C. Christmas Supplement). "Morn would like that blue bathrobe. It will look nice with her white hair," said the Marine to the pretty volunteer from the National Catholic Community Service, conducting him on a Christmas shopping tour. "I'll take thatand the silver evening bag for 'Sis.' She'll be mighty proud to carry it when she goes to formals at the use." "How about some cigarettes for your Dad?" said the volunteer shopping aide. "Oh, Dad smokes a pipe. He's got lots of them, but they're sort of a hobby and it wouldn't be a real Christmas if he didn't get a new one. Then there's Mary--my girl, you know. Now what would you loved ones will be lonesome or like for Christmas if you were neglected for use has plans in well, you know what I mean." the hopper which would delight "Yes, of course I do," replied the folks back home. Through the volunteer. "I shopped for a INCCS hcme hospitality commit- gift for my brother's financee, tees, families have arranged to in- vite one or more members of the New Years' In So. America Like Our Christmas In the Spanish-American coun- tries generally, New Year's Day i'; said to resemble our Christmas in its social observances more than Christmas itself. On New Years gifts are exchanged, calls are made, and greeting cards are sent. Some South American countries submerge the religious aspect of Christmas in the hurly-burly of holiday celebration. If bull- lighting is allowed, there will probably be a bull-fight. Where national lotteries are permitted there will probably be a grand Christmas drawing. I It IS said that church-going is most prevalent in Peru of all the South American countries, and that it is a truly beautiful sight to attend the early services in Lima where Mass is heard with great devotion by crowds of worship- pers. To a citizen of the United States or Canada, accustomed to snow and cold during the season, Christ- mas, in a city such as Buenos Aires, generally seems strange in- deed, for the season is summer instead of winter and the vegeta- tion is bright and green. the Christmas celebration in a real home atmosphere. Many fam- ilies have arranged to take their Christmas guests to Midnight Masa. Yes, Christmas this year may lack some of the joys of home which characterized the feast in pre-Pearl Harbor days; but if it does it will not be for want of a mighty effort on the part of NCCS-USO workers all over the land. Appeals for STIFFT'S JEWELERS 310 Main St. FOR DIAMONDS For Christnms Buy Your Suits, Topcoats or Tuxedos 308 Main Street Little Rock 'The Man who knows wears Dundee Clothes" Season's Greetings From / The Producers of America's Finest Laundry and Cleaning Main at 15th St. Phone 8161 The wave of inaecent literature in the city swelled steadily with the arrival of more and more sol- diers and sailors in the city. Archbishop Roberts' campaign drew a hearty endorsement from The Times, local secular news- paper, while the general public has been assisting police author- ities in ferreting out sources of lhe objectionable literature. CAPITAL HAT CO. 108 West Capitol Pho. 2-1351 LITTLE ROCK ARK. He's in the Navy. Let's look at lhose lovely compacts over at that countei'. Maybe we can find one that Mary would like." From store to store, ann from one department to another, thou- sands of vohmteers have for weeks been assisting in just such problems of Christmas shopping. :All over America men and wo- men in the armed forces are avail- ing themselves of the shopping ':.ervices organized by NCCS-USO Clubs. Thousands of packages have already been wrapped, stamped and mailed to meet the overseas mailing deadline, while volunteers continue to take care of the equally heavy load which is yet to be sent families and friends within the continental United States. One club in Texas wrapped, stamped and mailed 957 packages one day, between upon and 11 P.M. Retail, shoe shops in the community furnished shoe boxes which conform to the regulations prescribed by the post office department, and volunteers did the rest. Everybody To Share Celebration These are the least of the ser- vices provided in the "home away from home" that NCCS-USO clubs have created for the millions of Americans who this year will spend Christmas in or near camp areas or naval bases and . in heavily impacted war industry communities. For many, it will be the first Christmas away from home, for others the second. But parents need not fear that their armed forces, as well as war pro- duction workers, to fill the vacant i place left by a son or daughter now in the armed services. Wives and families or service men who might otherwise spend their first Christmas alone will be entertain- ed. Catholic families, particularly, across the country, north and south, will help to dispel loneliness for thousands of Catholic men and women by inviting them to share MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR Catholic nurses throughout nation are responding to urgent call for more nurses in military and naval services. tioned in Washington, as ttve Officer, Nursing Surgeon General's Office, Mary G. Phillips (above), of Army Nurse Corps. Born in Claire, Wis., she attends Heart Church, in the nation' ital. (N.C.W.C.) There is nothing I ha which I cannot write: ' received from God." Season's Greetings BEN ISGRIG SEED CO. LITTLE ROCK 616 CENTER ST. MERRY CHRISTMAS HARR Y SCHER Square Deal Jeweler 208 MAIN ST. LITTLE RocK. BAUMAN'S MEN'S SHC ' the Women's Christmas Store for Men's Christmas Gifts HAS THE GIFTS THAT MEN REALLY WANT ! 302 Main St. "k BUDWEISER ON TAP 10c SANDWICHES PLATE LUNCHES WINE S O17 DRINKS TONY MASSA'S PLACE 119-121 E. Markham Little yi00,. :.. .. SEASON'S GREETINGS ?J To Our Many Frmnds ARIiAN SAS ForAll The World Carpet FURNITURE Co. 709-11-13-15 MAIN STREET "Like the lone bright star that guided the wise men on the First Christmas . . the torch of shines now to brighten our way. It shines as a great flame that lights our very being with the courage of the free. Let us keep that courage shining this Christmas . . by making this Christma brighter, cheerier and more memorable for everyone we know and love. And let us not stop there. Let us do our part too i Keep Christmas Shining . . for all the world." I M P E R IA L flBSTBfiIT TO YOU AND YOURS But even if Christmas came once a month we would hardly find words with which to thank you for your generous support. And now let us wish you glfl   .' LITILI00IlOI:K LAUNDRY AND CLEANERS I0., 1111]. UN 1( N P F E 1 F E n Pho. 9266 NATIONAL BANK In Every City There's a Favorite 215 La. Fourth & Louisiana Sts. Member F. D. I.C. in Little Rock it's Pfeifers Myron B. 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