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L :i ? 7 it % ? ?. 4.The Perkins Journal Thursday, December 22,!977 Perkins. Tryon Demon Dispatch . i i [ Third Graders Present Christmas Program The two third grades presented a Christmas pro- gram on Thursday. Decem- ber 15, called White Christmas. All the grades K through 6 attended the presentation. Characters were Tom, Lloyd Evans; John Wendell Hawxby; Jean, Dawn Coff- man; Mother, Leanna Biggs; Mary, Jean Manke; Joseph, Robert Mackey; The Three Shepherds. Kris Harper, Steve Gan Darrell Wilson; The Wisemen, Tyrone Grass, Shawn McLemore and Brandon Hise. Members of the choral speaking group were Monica Gottfried, Jacque Milner, Deena Hast- ings, Robin Matheson, Jo- linda Bostian, Lori Luster, Scott Walker, Bobby Bell, Russ Pace, Chet Cundiff, Corby Doyle (solo), David Craycraft, Doug Damron (violin), and Suzann Casey. Singing choir members were Terry Stafford, Travis Harris, Burr Berger, Richard Goforth, Bruce Moore, Dale Robinson, Danny Smith, Eric Wolfe, Tommy Bruce, Cory McDaniel, Treva Fowl- er, Stephanie Van Cleave, Elizabeth Cole, Scott Peter- mann, Vernon Hood, Jeff Jardot, Paula Hunt and Tricia Frame. Lights were operated by Tony Tabor, Terry Stafford, and Richard Goforth. Violin. ist for the production was Doug Damron, and Suzann Casey was the announcer. -0- Third Grade Reading Class Tells of their Christmas Customs # By Madge Evans Mrs. Madge Evans' read- ing class of third graders wrote lette to pretend friends in her countries telling how each celebrate Christmas. Dear Connie, Before Christmas we pick up our tree. We decorate our tree with icecicles and lights and blue and red balls and tinsel. We put a star on the top. Then we go out and put lights all around the house. Then we go in the house and put up our stockings. Robin Matheson Dear Steven, I would like to tell you how we celebrate Christmas. We have a tree that we decorate with decorated balls. We also either put a star or an angel on top of our tree. Then we put lights on. We also put presents under our tree. On Christmas morning we open our presents. The whole thing about Christmas is celebrating Jesus" birth- day. Your pen pal Corby Doyle Dear Nickolas, We put up our Christmas tree today. We put red and green ornaments on it and Dear Frances, I'll tell you how to celebrate Christmas so you can celebrate too. Go find a tree: decorate it with ornaments and put some icicles and bulbs and lights on it. Then put presents under it. On Christmas we go to church. When you get back from church you can play with your toys. And that night you eat turkey. That's the main dish. Your pal, Jacque Milner Dear Heldred, Today we put up our Christmas tree. We put red and green ornaments up on it and icicles. It's really pretty. And we went to Grandma's house and we ate till we were stuffed. It was a nice Christmas! Love, Suzann Casey Dear Pen Pal, We celebrate Chrismas like this: We put up a Christmas tree. Then we put presents under it. Then we go to our Grandma's. Your Pen Pal, Kris Harper Dear I can't think of your name, We go to church on ",= icicles and lights. Now comes Christmas Eve. We put up t fun weo00 ':: presents and then we play our tree on Christmas Eve. ::, with some of our toys. Then We get an apple in o we get dressed and go eat at stocking. We don't care Grandma's and Grandpa's much about presents. We don't get much presents. We . % L ,% until we get stuffed. Then we visit them for about 2 hours and then we leave. Love Deena Jo Hastings Dear Kelli, This is how we celebrate Christmas. First we buy a Christmas tree. Then on Christmas Eve we decorate it. Last is icicles. Then we hang up our socks. The next mornmg we get up and open our presents. Then we play with them. Then we eat turkey and stuffing. Jolinda Bostian Dear Pen Pal, We celebrate Christmas in America like this. We put up our Christmas tree first. Then we hang bulbs and other things. We wrap our presents. Then in the morning we open presents and have a big dinner and a whole bunch more things. How do you celebrate? But that is the way we celebrate. We put up our Christmas tree around December 10 or 11 or 12 and that is the way we do that. I forgot to say we tnnners? ,. c pul this stuff under the tree. We get togeth@ with our friends and relatives and have a lot of fun. "he Eed celebrate the birth of Christ. Doug Damron Dear Charan, We are going to have a big Christmas tree this year. We are going to watch "IV the night before Christmas. We are going to open presents on Christmas morning. We eat chicken and noodles on Christmas day. Your Dear Friend, Jean Manke Dear Josh, I celebrate Christmas like this. First I chop a cedar tree down. Then I get a stand and put it up. And we put on bulbs, lights, icicles and a star and put presents under the Christmas tree. From David Craycrafl Dear Pulla, You celebrate Christmas a different way than we do. We celebrate Christmas like this. In the first of December we put up our tree and decorate it. And we also put our Christmas lights on our house. We put a manger on the TV that is about a foot long. We eat oyster stew. Your pen pal, Lori Luster Dear Peggy, This is the way we celebrate Christmas. First we go out and cut down a tree. Then we take some ,::,mems and icicles and put them all over it and then put presents under it. Then when it comes Christmas day in the morning we unwrap them. Then comes the good part--when you play with them. Your Pen Pal, Leanna Biggs (Continued from Page 3) AROUND THE FARM (Remember, this was in 16901) So, the elder Watts said, "Well, if you think you can write better hymns, then why don't you?" So Isaac went to his room and wrote one. Watts ended up by penning 350 hymns. It just goes to show human nature hasn't changed since 16901 Anyhow, Watts got the inspiration for "Joy to the World" from Psalm 98, and wrote it in 1719, and the present tune was taken from music composed by George F. Handel, best known for the "Messiah". However, "Joy to the World" is technically not a Christmas song. In fact, if you read the verses it sounds more like the second coming of Christ than the first. But "Joy to the World", has, like "Jingle Bells" (last week), been incorporated into the Anglo-American treasury of traditional Christmas carols, and I guess that's okay. "O Come, All Ye Faith- ful" is an English translation of a Latin hymn of the 1600s, "Adeste Fideles." The present tune we sing is credited to John Reading in 1692, a London organist and composer. As for some of the other carols, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen", "What Child is This?" ("Greensleeves"), and "The First Noel" are English carols, though "The First Noel" possibly originated in France. "Deck the Halls" is Welsh, and "O Christmas Tree" and "Good Christian Men Rejoice" are of German origin. "Angels We Have Heard on High" is a French carol. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" was written in America, and "Go Tell it on the Mountains" was a Negro spiritual. "Good King Wenceslas", another old carol often associated with Chrismas is actually not a Christmas song, it takes place on the Feast of Stephen, the day after Christmas. Well, l've covered most of the traditional-conventional American Christmas carols. Relatively, we hear few Christmas carols, and JOURNALISM STAFF EDITOR--Keith Disney Anita Allen Jason Anderson JeffBrown Mike Byrd Ida Cretsinger Debbie Colvin Marsha Coffman Carol Dry Cheryl Courtright Guy Rose Louis Cowan Tracy Cundiff Sue Grimes Ricky Lomenick Ronnie LomenickJohn Moore Debbie Parks Rosemary Rice Jerry Sharp Tim Spence Brenda Turner Terry Ventris Jenifer Summers and Tam- my.Sparkman I II they're usually the same ones every year. There are many, many other Christmas songs we seldom ever hear played. Anyway, I hope you learned something about the stories behind popular Christmas carols, so when the carolers sing them at your door you'll know where they came from. At the risk of having too much history this week, I'd like to commemmorate the 911th anniversary of the Norman conquest of Eng- land. 911 years this month, William the Conqueror crossed the English Channel from Normandy and fought the English in the Battle of Hastings. The English King Harold was shot in the eye by an arrow and was killed. William was crowned King on Christmas Day (Julian calendar) and a riot followed. The Normans spoke French and the rough, hard lan- guage of Old English was greatly modified. It has continued to change over the years, and our present Kelly Carroll Crowned Band Queen Kelly Carroll was crowned ed Perkins-Tryon Band Queen on December 13 at the Band's Christmas Con- cert. Kelly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carroll of Perkins. Kelly has been in band for three years. She plays the alto sax. When Kelly was asked what her reaction was when she heard that she had been elected, she said, "I felt honored to represent such a fine organization." Kelly has gone to Perkins- Tryon for 7 years. She is active in FHA. She was historian and president of the local chapter and is also vice-president of Central District. She is a member of the First Baptist Church. Kelly's ambitions after she gets out of school is to go to college and major in Special Education. She hopes to go to O.B.U. Her hobbies are practicing her music, sew- ing, decorating cakes, and playing the piano. -0" The Real of Christmas By Jerry Sharp Christmas is a time to have fun and get gifts and be with your family. But is that what Christmas is all about? What does it really mean to you? Is it a jolly old man called Santa Claus, giving out lots of gifts, or decorating a Christmas tree? Or is it Christ's Birthday? That is what Christmas is really all aboutt Long ago in a little town called Bethlehem a little baby was born. You may ask what is so great about a baby being born, but this was not just an ordinary baby it was Christ who is our Angels were heard on Shepherds and Wise came to see this great and brought him Imagine!! Christ our was born on Christm But today when we around us, people around us, people the real meaning of mas disappear. So I you only one thing. Stop think one moment about real meaning of For the birth of our the real meaning of mas. "0- English is a far cry from the commercialized and a lot of early tongue. "people are on the scene .... solely to grab a fast buck, In case you haven't and for some people it is a noticed by now, this Sunday very unhappy time, but the is Christmas Day. Christ-  meaning is still there if you masl The very name stirs up just look in the right place. memories and feelings. The "In the beginning was the celebration of Christmas is Word, and the Word was completely unrivalled in with God, and the Word was magnitude by any other celebration or season in western civilization. There are so many legends, made flesh, and dwelt customs, memories, pecu- amongus." liarities and complications "And she brought forth connected with the holiday, her firstborn son...and laid it would be impossible to him in a manger." sum them all up here. Even "For unto us a child if Easter owes something to it, born, unto us a son is given: for if there were no and the government shall be Christmas there would cer- upon his shoulder: and his tainly be no Easter. To be name shall be called sure, the holiday is highly Wonderful Counsellor, The Band News Everything went smoothly at the Band Christmas Concert December 13. The bands that performed were God...In him was life, and the 6th grade band, the the life was the light of ,Middle School band, and the men...And the Word was High School band. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Washington received their Christmas presents in the usual way. Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Merry Christmas! See you next week. 0- After the concert, one enjoyed cookies punch as the band opened their gag gifts. Mr. Washington, student director from ton University, had his day December 15. We glad to have him work us. Good luck, Mr. ton! The band played at Student Council December 20. Some of band played as a brass while the rest sang A pep band will home basketball games. -0- ppy l-lol" May we Suggest a Christmas Gift That Keeps Giving 52 Weeks A Year m a Subscription to The Perkins Journal plus tax (24 9 Lincoln, Logan, Payne and Noble Counties '9 plus tax (369 Elsewhere Mail To: The Perkins Journal Box 665 Perkins, Okla. 74059 N{Imo, Address. ZIp ( ) New ( ) Renew,l () Gift Card to be sent