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m __ _ /- Page Forty :.: T]e CATHOLIC N0THWEST PROGRESS K pi Ch ist!ik ee ng i,, rlstmas r e Greetings O , ,IE MADE our pronouncement r in November. We weren't ge- m [ ing to have a Christmas tree. From both sides of the fam- ily our relatives,' young and old, vocally and by mail, protested. "You can't do that to Mary," they said. "The theory's fine but she's only two and a half. She won't understand. All the pther children will have a Christmas tree and she'll want one, too." They clinched  the argument (they (thought) with, "You always had a Christmas tree. Everyone does'" But we weren't "everyone." We were one .particular family; and with Daddy back from overseas, we were having our first Christmas together in our own home. That made it very special. A Holy Birthday We laid. careful pland for the Holy Birthday Party. The center of attrac- tion was to be not a tree bright with lights and tinsel, but a manger scene which---even in the midst of a crowded living room---would be sweet and holy with the presence of the Christ-doll. KENT Bush Hardware DUTCH BOY PAINTS 117 First Avenue South Phone 266 LOCAL LONG DISTANCE CITY TRANSFER Jens K. B. Anderson. Prop. COAL, WOOD, STOVE, DIESEL and FUEL OIL Phone 240-J 407 Meeker St. Season's Greetings From Riteway Super Market Second and Gowe Sts. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables--Fancy and Staple Groceries--Fresh Meats We Feature The Famous Wilson Bros, Line of Men's Furnishings THE HUB Cleaners - Tailors We Call Regularly - Deliver Pronptly Phone." 17 326 W. Meeker--Kent. Wn. R. W. PARTRIDGE JEWELER BERLIN IRDWARE BUILDING Elgin . Gruen . Hamilton Watches DlamondeJeweiry PHONE 255 GREETINGS from . LUMBER STORES HOME OWNED 320-2t West Meeker Street By The MARSHALLS "Have both," We were advised. "Have a tree and a manger." Then many of our counsellors would point out that in their homes at Christmas time they always had a crib--on the bookcase or the man- tel or even under the tree. But that wasn't the effect we were striving for. We didn't want the Beth- lehem picture overshadowed and out- shone by a tall, glittering tree. We want- ed truer proportions than that. "Remember tradition," we Were ad- monished. "The Christmas tree is an old tradition and a Christian one, too." True enough, we thought. Legend takes the Christmas tree back to'the 8th century and St. Boniface. Ever since, pine trees have decorated our churches at Christ- mas time. Perhaps we should have a tree as well as a crib--in proper balance of course. We considered. Mary Learns About Christmas While we were pondering; our daughter settled the "matter. Mary was two and a half that Christmas, old enoug h to play alone outdoors with other children, to give and take information. By the end of November she had brought home en- thusiastic accounts of Christmas: Susan was going to have a tree up to the ceil- ing, with red balls and lights on it. Joey announced that Santa Was bringing him a bike. We heard all the traditions--garbled, perhaps, but recognizable--from tinsel to turkey. We heard them all except --- that's right Our daughter never came home, eyes ashine, to tell us that Christ- mas is the Christ Child's-Birthday. That, we. thought, was indicative of the modern attitude and a good reason for defying convention. But we realized that we couldn't be AUBURN CAVANAUGH HARDWARE CO. PHONE 33 SCARFF MOTORS 25 Years It) Auburn' PHONE 150 or 50 t HOLMAN FURNITURE & HARDWARE J F. R, HOLMAN Zenith Radios  Frigidaire 107 WEST MAIN AUBURN DAIRY PRODUCTS, Inc. Manufacturers of Auburn Sweet Cream, Butter and Auburn Home Churned Buttermilk JERSIGOLD ICE CREAM too drastic. Mary's idea of Christmas was conditioned by what the "other chil- dren" told her. She wanted what they wotlld have, including a tree. Otherwise she would think her Christmas lack- ing. An'd we wanted Mary to think that her Christmas, spotlighting the Crib, was superior. So we gave an inch to gain a mile. "Yes," we told Mary, "you'll have a tree. A pretty little tree with tinsel and lights. Besides that, you'll 'have some- thing most of the other children won't. You'll have a Crib." The Real Story Then gradually, shearing it of excess explanation, we told Mary the Christmas story. We kept close to the core of Baby- Mother-Father--a pattern dear and fa- miliar in her own experience. We bought a rather nice crib=set, twelve pieces with the standing figures about six inches high. One by one we showed Mary the fig- ures. The sheep and the donkey were familiar from her animal book. The an; gel was comparable to a picture she had. The shepherd and the kings were new but readily accepted as part of the story. The figures of the Holy Family we put away until Christmas eve. This much accomplished, we began to build the stage for our Bethlehem scene. Having already broken .the budget, we fell back on ingenuity. A folded-up card table, set firmly on foot-high boxes, made a solid platform. A section of living room wall, covered with midnight-blue crepe paper and star-studded, formed a background. A larg e piece of beaver- board from Daddy's workshop--also cov- ered with crepe paper and stars--(!losed tn one side. (The third side was later closed by our three-foot tall Christmas tree.) In the corner formed by the two pieces of sky, we built our cave. A semi- circulaz frame made of coat hangers and string was covered inside and out with crushed mountain paper bought at the dime store. :An extension cord with a tiny colored bulb softly lit the cave. Some people told us that Mary was too young to understand. Catholic edu- cators, however, say that the rmind of a little child is as receptive as. a black- board, and that children should learn of Christ and His saints before they reach school age. We ourselves figured that if other children could understand the commercial trappings of Christmas and take Santa Claus on faith alone, our child could comprehend the true story of Bethlehem. It remained to prove our point. On Christmas eve all was ready. The little tree was lit with its topmost star doubling as the star the wise mer/ fol- lowed. The figures were in place--even Mary and Joseph were in the cave wait- ing for the Baby. When we tucked our daughter in that nigkt we told her, "Sleep well. While you're sleeping the Christ Child will come." Usually we aren't partial to early ris - tng. But our 5 a.m. wakening on Christ- (Continued on page 41) RENTON LACKIE'S ELECTRIC and JEWELRY 405 Third Pimne 5451 SEASON'S GREETINGS Renton Hdwe. & Furn. Co. Complete Home Furnishers Dinner and Glassware Phone 4831 STORES ALL OVER THE WEST Authorized Dealer Western Auto Supply Company Auto Supplies - Tires - Radios Washing Machines Refrigerators S. C. BREWER. Rento. Auto Supply Co. Phone 8991. 210 Wells St. Foremost in Flowers PRATT'S RENTON FLOWER SHOP Phone 5161 Day or NIght- 4t0 . 3rd AVe." dJolnlng Stokes Mortuary FLOWERS TELEGRAPHED Freyman's Bakery WHERE QUALITY TELLS AND SERVICE SELLS Frozen Foods. 211 Wells Street Pimne 4991 WALT REID WALT CQOK Reid & Cook Electrical Service General Electric Refrigerators Commercial and Automotive Electrical Work 205 MAIN ST. PHONE 827] RENTON FEED AND SEED CO. POULTRY AND DAIRY FEEDS SEEDS--FI/RTILIZERS SPRAYS--PET SUPPLIES Phone 5110 324 Main St. Sincere Best Wishes to Our Friends STOKES MORTUARY 400 Third Phone 4552 SERVICE LAUNDRY & CLEANERS Quality--Service = LAnder 4500 REnton 3021 GREETING8 WILLIAMS and SWANSON Chevrolet &, Oldsmobile Sales & Service Complete Auto Body Rebuilding Phones:. Renton 4566, LAnder 4190 .O I=OX'S CASH GROCERY STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES Fruits -- Vege'tables, Phone 410, CRIS' MARKET CHOICE MEATS AND FISH i 223 W. Mocker St. Phons 65. PETERSEN FURNITURE G. W. PETERSEN Furniture For Every Home Phone 200. 30 East Main St. AUBURN i .... TONY'S CLEANERS 2nd Ave. & BroSon Way For Perfection In Dry Cleaning FOR PROMPT PICKUP &. DELIVERY Watch For The Blue &. White Truck I PIIONE 4971 Potlatch Yards, Inc. W. J, JARVIS, Mgr, For Building Materials 4 Square Lumber Phone 3241 Renton O Potlatch Yards, Inc. Phone Kent 169 LUMBER - BUILDING MATERIAL Weyerhaeuser 4-Square Lumber CADY'S PHARMACY C. W. CADY, R.Pi. The Reliabie Drug Store Phone i09 211 W. Meeker INSURED SAVINGS PEOPLES STORE General Electric- R.C.A. Norge -. Easy  Westinghouse 1 East Main St. Phone 700 BRONSON. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Renton H. H. ADAMS, M.D. PHONE, S 3461 - 3462 BERGMAN'S Modern Drug Store Gifts For All the Family CUT-PRICE DRUGS Complete Prescription Dept. 920 THIRD AVE. PHONE 5631 LILA A, ALLEN RICHARD P. ALLEN SEASON'S GREETINGS THE ALLEN SHOPS "Friendly Attention to" Every election" 914 Second Ave.' Telephone' 3109 RENTON i Rsntoh GravellPit Phone Renton 3200 Seattle LA, 6240 St0neway Dock Co. Sand - Gravel - Cement. Crushed Rook Premixed Concrete GEORGE E. ItARDENBERGH, President 'e m __ _ /- Page Forty :.: T]e CATHOLIC N0THWEST PROGRESS K pi Ch ist!ik ee ng i,, rlstmas r e Greetings O , ,IE MADE our pronouncement r in November. We weren't ge- m [ ing to have a Christmas tree. From both sides of the fam- ily our relatives,' young and old, vocally and by mail, protested. "You can't do that to Mary," they said. "The theory's fine but she's only two and a half. She won't understand. All the pther children will have a Christmas tree and she'll want one, too." They clinched  the argument (they (thought) with, "You always had a Christmas tree. Everyone does'" But we weren't "everyone." We were one .particular family; and with Daddy back from overseas, we were having our first Christmas together in our own home. That made it very special. A Holy Birthday We laid. careful pland for the Holy Birthday Party. The center of attrac- tion was to be not a tree bright with lights and tinsel, but a manger scene which---even in the midst of a crowded living room---would be sweet and holy with the presence of the Christ-doll. KENT Bush Hardware DUTCH BOY PAINTS 117 First Avenue South Phone 266 LOCAL LONG DISTANCE CITY TRANSFER Jens K. B. Anderson. Prop. COAL, WOOD, STOVE, DIESEL and FUEL OIL Phone 240-J 407 Meeker St. Season's Greetings From Riteway Super Market Second and Gowe Sts. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables--Fancy and Staple Groceries--Fresh Meats We Feature The Famous Wilson Bros, Line of Men's Furnishings THE HUB Cleaners - Tailors We Call Regularly - Deliver Pronptly Phone." 17 326 W. Meeker--Kent. Wn. R. W. PARTRIDGE JEWELER BERLIN IRDWARE BUILDING Elgin . Gruen . Hamilton Watches DlamondeJeweiry PHONE 255 GREETINGS from . LUMBER STORES HOME OWNED 320-2t West Meeker Street By The MARSHALLS "Have both," We were advised. "Have a tree and a manger." Then many of our counsellors would point out that in their homes at Christmas time they always had a crib--on the bookcase or the man- tel or even under the tree. But that wasn't the effect we were striving for. We didn't want the Beth- lehem picture overshadowed and out- shone by a tall, glittering tree. We want- ed truer proportions than that. "Remember tradition," we Were ad- monished. "The Christmas tree is an old tradition and a Christian one, too." True enough, we thought. Legend takes the Christmas tree back to'the 8th century and St. Boniface. Ever since, pine trees have decorated our churches at Christ- mas time. Perhaps we should have a tree as well as a crib--in proper balance of course. We considered. Mary Learns About Christmas While we were pondering; our daughter settled the "matter. Mary was two and a half that Christmas, old enoug h to play alone outdoors with other children, to give and take information. By the end of November she had brought home en- thusiastic accounts of Christmas: Susan was going to have a tree up to the ceil- ing, with red balls and lights on it. Joey announced that Santa Was bringing him a bike. We heard all the traditions--garbled, perhaps, but recognizable--from tinsel to turkey. We heard them all except --- that's right Our daughter never came home, eyes ashine, to tell us that Christ- mas is the Christ Child's-Birthday. That, we. thought, was indicative of the modern attitude and a good reason for defying convention. But we realized that we couldn't be AUBURN CAVANAUGH HARDWARE CO. PHONE 33 SCARFF MOTORS 25 Years It) Auburn' PHONE 150 or 50 t HOLMAN FURNITURE & HARDWARE J F. R, HOLMAN Zenith Radios  Frigidaire 107 WEST MAIN AUBURN DAIRY PRODUCTS, Inc. Manufacturers of Auburn Sweet Cream, Butter and Auburn Home Churned Buttermilk JERSIGOLD ICE CREAM too drastic. Mary's idea of Christmas was conditioned by what the "other chil- dren" told her. She wanted what they wotlld have, including a tree. Otherwise she would think her Christmas lack- ing. An'd we wanted Mary to think that her Christmas, spotlighting the Crib, was superior. So we gave an inch to gain a mile. "Yes," we told Mary, "you'll have a tree. A pretty little tree with tinsel and lights. Besides that, you'll 'have some- thing most of the other children won't. You'll have a Crib." The Real Story Then gradually, shearing it of excess explanation, we told Mary the Christmas story. We kept close to the core of Baby- Mother-Father--a pattern dear and fa- miliar in her own experience. We bought a rather nice crib=set, twelve pieces with the standing figures about six inches high. One by one we showed Mary the fig- ures. The sheep and the donkey were familiar from her animal book. The an; gel was comparable to a picture she had. The shepherd and the kings were new but readily accepted as part of the story. The figures of the Holy Family we put away until Christmas eve. This much accomplished, we began to build the stage for our Bethlehem scene. Having already broken .the budget, we fell back on ingenuity. A folded-up card table, set firmly on foot-high boxes, made a solid platform. A section of living room wall, covered with midnight-blue crepe paper and star-studded, formed a background. A larg e piece of beaver- board from Daddy's workshop--also cov- ered with crepe paper and stars--(!losed tn one side. (The third side was later closed by our three-foot tall Christmas tree.) In the corner formed by the two pieces of sky, we built our cave. A semi- circulaz frame made of coat hangers and string was covered inside and out with crushed mountain paper bought at the dime store. :An extension cord with a tiny colored bulb softly lit the cave. Some people told us that Mary was too young to understand. Catholic edu- cators, however, say that the rmind of a little child is as receptive as. a black- board, and that children should learn of Christ and His saints before they reach school age. We ourselves figured that if other children could understand the commercial trappings of Christmas and take Santa Claus on faith alone, our child could comprehend the true story of Bethlehem. It remained to prove our point. On Christmas eve all was ready. The little tree was lit with its topmost star doubling as the star the wise mer/ fol- lowed. The figures were in place--even Mary and Joseph were in the cave wait- ing for the Baby. When we tucked our daughter in that nigkt we told her, "Sleep well. While you're sleeping the Christ Child will come." Usually we aren't partial to early ris - tng. But our 5 a.m. wakening on Christ- (Continued on page 41) RENTON LACKIE'S ELECTRIC and JEWELRY 405 Third Pimne 5451 SEASON'S GREETINGS Renton Hdwe. & Furn. Co. Complete Home Furnishers Dinner and Glassware Phone 4831 STORES ALL OVER THE WEST Authorized Dealer Western Auto Supply Company Auto Supplies - Tires - Radios Washing Machines Refrigerators S. C. BREWER. Rento. Auto Supply Co. Phone 8991. 210 Wells St. Foremost in Flowers PRATT'S RENTON FLOWER SHOP Phone 5161 Day or NIght- 4t0 . 3rd AVe." dJolnlng Stokes Mortuary FLOWERS TELEGRAPHED Freyman's Bakery WHERE QUALITY TELLS AND SERVICE SELLS Frozen Foods. 211 Wells Street Pimne 4991 WALT REID WALT CQOK Reid & Cook Electrical Service General Electric Refrigerators Commercial and Automotive Electrical Work 205 MAIN ST. PHONE 827] RENTON FEED AND SEED CO. POULTRY AND DAIRY FEEDS SEEDS--FI/RTILIZERS SPRAYS--PET SUPPLIES Phone 5110 324 Main St. Sincere Best Wishes to Our Friends STOKES MORTUARY 400 Third Phone 4552 SERVICE LAUNDRY & CLEANERS Quality--Service = LAnder 4500 REnton 3021 GREETING8 WILLIAMS and SWANSON Chevrolet &, Oldsmobile Sales & Service Complete Auto Body Rebuilding Phones:. Renton 4566, LAnder 4190 .O I=OX'S CASH GROCERY STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES Fruits -- Vege'tables, Phone 410, CRIS' MARKET CHOICE MEATS AND FISH i 223 W. Mocker St. Phons 65. PETERSEN FURNITURE G. W. PETERSEN Furniture For Every Home Phone 200. 30 East Main St. AUBURN i .... TONY'S CLEANERS 2nd Ave. & BroSon Way For Perfection In Dry Cleaning FOR PROMPT PICKUP &. DELIVERY Watch For The Blue &. White Truck I PIIONE 4971 Potlatch Yards, Inc. W. J, JARVIS, Mgr, For Building Materials 4 Square Lumber Phone 3241 Renton O Potlatch Yards, Inc. Phone Kent 169 LUMBER - BUILDING MATERIAL Weyerhaeuser 4-Square Lumber CADY'S PHARMACY C. W. CADY, R.Pi. The Reliabie Drug Store Phone i09 211 W. Meeker INSURED SAVINGS PEOPLES STORE General Electric- R.C.A. Norge -. Easy  Westinghouse 1 East Main St. Phone 700 BRONSON. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Renton H. H. ADAMS, M.D. PHONE, S 3461 - 3462 BERGMAN'S Modern Drug Store Gifts For All the Family CUT-PRICE DRUGS Complete Prescription Dept. 920 THIRD AVE. PHONE 5631 LILA A, ALLEN RICHARD P. ALLEN SEASON'S GREETINGS THE ALLEN SHOPS "Friendly Attention to" Every election" 914 Second Ave.' Telephone' 3109 RENTON i Rsntoh GravellPit Phone Renton 3200 Seattle LA, 6240 St0neway Dock Co. Sand - Gravel - Cement. Crushed Rook Premixed Concrete GEORGE E. ItARDENBERGH, President 'e