1989-11-29; Central Michigan Life
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Cdtbrating the holidays SECTION A Central Michigan Serving The University Community For 70 Years WEDNESDAY November 29, 1989 Italy Other nations observe X-mas like Americans by KRIST1NE L. RENAUD and NANCY SALLA IH I- Si itf Wi i. is Decern Imt is a time of family gatherings and religious celebrations throughout tlie world. Although cultures and languages of nations differ, and customs may even vary within the same country, there also are some hasic similarities in the observation of holidays. Anabellc Rojas, a senior from San Juan. Puerto Rico, said the Christmas festivities of Puerto Ricans in large cities dilfer somewhat from those of people residing in rural areas, St." CUSTOMS Paqe 9A Mope ws TO say kisttms Feliz Navidad — Mexico Joyeux Noel — France Gelukkig Kerstfeest — Holland Happy Christmas — England Cod Jul — Sweden Buon Natale — Italy Frohliche Weihnachten — Germany Holland Decorations for trees differ in other countries by YVONNE C. CLAES l Iff t N.-v.s f dti St. Nick, Santa loved around the world by MATTHEW BACH I It r :-.!ltl V.'t '•■>■ Santa Clans. St. Nicholas and Pere Noel are international representations of one man who spreads good cheer and gives Christmas presents to eager, wide-eyed children. Although myths and beliefs ahout this historic individual dilTer around the world, his primary purpose is universal — to give children everlasting memories of holiday happiness. "Small children like to Ix'lieve in Santa Claus ln-caiise they want to receive gills." said Hans Rentier, visiting ptofe.ssor of history who is from the Netherlands. People in the Netherlands use the names Santa Claus and St Nicholas interchatigeahly. even though Santa is lictious and St Nicholas actually existed "St Nicholas lived in the beginning of the thi id century. He was the Bishop of Mvra. which is a small place on the south coast of Turkey." Ke finer said. The bishop was loved hv [x-ople. especially poor families, he said. "He was a very honest man and very generous." Rentier said, adding that several stories exist concerning St. Nicholas' generosity. "There are many, many legends surrounding St. Nicholas," .Just as American children plan to gather around festively-decorated. Christmas trees, so too will youth of far-away lands --- although native customs will determine the holiday symlnil's appearance. (tisela Moffit. professor of foreign language, literature and cultures, said traditional ornaments in her German homeland differ somewhat from American trimmings. Moffit. who teaches German, added that tlie primary difference is that people in her native country generally place 12 white candles on their trees — each S.-L- NICK Page 7A See DECORATE Page 9A b ArJcn f ly.l.irirl flJIlrt Aunt Bessie and her fruitcake have it out for everyone of us Somewhere, a long time ago, a masochistic culinary lunatic derived a scheme that was to echo in ttie bowels of mankind from then into eternity. The named coined for this intestinal incubus would be FRUITCAKE! Fruitcake . . one word that stirs up horror and use of peat quantities of Pepto Bismol m the lives of many innocent famthes throughout the world at least once a year. If you had never heard of fruitcake before, the name itself might make you think of a light, flaky pastry with little morsels cf apple. pear, and maybe an occasional orange or grape. What you get instead is truly a rude awakening. The whole idea of a ten pound, boo/e soaked loaf of god knows what. garnished with lovely fluorescent bonbons, is alien to our very existence. If it weren't bad enough, theso little wonders are sent directly to your home or place of business every Christmas You would expect it to be sent as port of a cruel joke by your college roommate or someone who has it out for you. But instead they are sent by your httte old, Bible totmg Aunt Bessie. You know who I'm talking about — everyone has a relative like Aunt Bessie. She's about a million years old in dog age — that's 70 or 80 to you and I - she has two big saddle bags that she cleverly conceals on the back side of either arm, and she smells like the perfume counter at the local Woclworth. It's nice to know that saintly Aunt Bessie has a rebellious side that's not seen nearly enough. There are many fascinating theories as to where these fruitcakes originate. One of the more perplexing comes from Johnny Carson, long-time staunch fruitcake opponent and Bil Boyd late night personality. He says that there ;s only one fruitcake and it is sent from person to person. It might be true. Think about it: you might have heard of people eating thorn but have you actually ever seen someone in person eating one' If you should be the unfortunate tecipient of one of these jt-Aels. Iur your ccnvience I ha.e made a nine point outline on the utilization of your fruitcake. • If you should be unlucky enough to recieve one before Christmas, fruitcakes make great Christmas tree stands • If you're an av;d fisherman or woman. fruitcakes, which are not known for their buoyancy, make great anchors • The little bright colored fruits that grace the exterior of most fruitcakes can be chiseled off and used most effectively on small children's bikes as reflectors • If ycu live in a low lying area and your sump pump is on the frit/, just throw a fruitcake in your basement and it will soak up all moisture for a two year period. • If you should travel to the Upper Peninsula sometime soon, fruitcakes are See FRUIT Page 6A TREE HUNT l tfi Ptvoto Jim F»»»i«9«f Looking for a Christmas tree is an annual ritual for some people. See related story, 8B. No Santa Claus! What's going on around by ERIC BORYS An average. crowded shopping mall. Mid-December. ">:07 p.m. Junior is acting bratty and Mother has had enough. "Settle down or I'll have that policeman arrest you." she says, pointing. Junior scotTs. throwing an M & M at her. "You're going to bed without any supper." He chuckles, knowing better. "THERE S NO SANTA Cl-AUS AND YOU ARE NOT C.KTTINC, ANY PRESENTS THIS YEAR." Now tell a child there is no Santa Claus and often it's a serious situation. It's one of those little rites of passage almost everyone faces as a child. Some didn't think twice about it. however, others tiitl not take the news that there was no Santa Clans so casually. "I remember being fairly traumatized by it," Stephen Scherer, professor of history said. "I was only four or five at the time and one of the youngest of ten children, so my older brothers and sisters kind of got the message to me. "It was in the middle of the year and it just sort of came alxiut. 'Hey, there's no Santa Claus.' It really was a shock. I thought, 'No presents!'" Sometimes those not fortunate enough lo get the news from caring siblings had to figure it out for themselves. "I must have been about eight or nine," Darin I-aniphier, Rochester Hills senior. Raid. *I guess it happened walking through malls and seeing more than one guy in a Santa suit. It was like, 'Hey mom. what's going on here?* " See BELIEVE Page 7A /'
|Title||1989-11-29; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, November 29, 1989 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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