TlE MICHIGAN DAILY
Grade School Tots Celebrate Christmas
milies Throughout World Revive Christmas Spirit
Grad. The day is filled with public
meetings, discussing ways toward
progress and prosperity.
The influence of western cul-
ture has made the celebration of
the new year popular. The whole
family gathers for a meal and
presents gifts of new clothes. Then
everyone attends student prepared
The most memorable Christmas
Uddin has spent was with a Ful-
bright Professor in Pakistan. He
will never forget the "sincerity and
cordiality" of the American family
An American remembers Christ-
mas in Iraq as "a very happy holi-
day." William Greenip, of the
American Friends of the Middle
East counselor in Iraq, recalls the
warm respect that the Moslems
give to the Christian holiday.
Moslems will call on their Chris-
tian friends to pay their respects
to the holiday and servants expect
Christmas presents. Premiere Kas-
sim sends greetings to the Chris-
tians as Jesus is considered a great
prophet in the Moslem world.
The delightful stealth with
which Prof. Fujio Shimomura of
the Far Eastern studies dept. from
Tokyo, crept in to leave presents
by the side of his sleeping children
marks his memories of the last
New Year's celebration in Japan.
Christmas as a religious cele-
bration is not widespread in Japan
but the decorations and festivities
are very popular. The fireworks
and myriads of lights that mark
the coming of the new year out-
shine it however.
The acting out of the journey of
Joseph and Mary in the Pasades
initiates the Christmas season in
Mexico. Starting December 16,
each of nine families go from
house to house caroling and beg-
ging shelter for the Christ child.
At the last house they are In-
vited to enter and all pray before
the Kretch on the nacimincto.
When this ends it signals a party
where the children bat blindfolded
at the gay treasure ladedl piantas.
Froylan Caldana, '61, plans to
drive home to Mexico for the fes-
tivities, taking three American
boys with him. His favorite in-
gredients of the season are the
parties, piantas and carol singing.
By CAROLINE DOW
Christmas in grade school -
memories of freshrcut pine and
stale chalk, "Christmas is a' Com-
ing and . . ," the halls echo the
ever piling snow, windows are dot-
ted with snowball remains.
One teacher puts on Christmas
carols at full blast to give the
kids something to change classes
with. Her neighboring educator
feels that the dear ones cannot
calm down after such stimulation.
Carols die amid cackles.
Glee club finally gets a switch
from "June Is Busting Out All
Over" to "Silent Night." The Pa-
geant is two days away. Artistic
eighth graders and kindergarten-
ers collaborate on painting a stere-
otype angel on the windows. Some-
one mixes black paint with the
Kids tote cans of soup and pea-
nuts for the charity basket. Each
tries to bring more than his neigh-
bor. Time to draw out of the hat
for "present pals." Someone al-
ways buys a two dollar present
when the limit is seventy-five
cents. Who is the lucky one?
Everyone makes Christmas cards
for the family. It is a good thing
that Halloween and Christmas
feature different colors because
there is not enough left of the red.
and green crayons anyway. But the
cards are muddy whenthey arrive
home so it doesn't matter.
All the kids lug in their pres-
ents. Perfume, coloring or scrap
books or do-it-yourself plane
models. The Christmas party be-
gins with half the glee club gone
to put on their paper collars. The
cutest or smartest girl in the class
passes the cookies and the ice
cream starts to melt.
From the hall comes the sound
of Christmas carols and even the
teacher smiles. Everyone is back
in the room and the Santa Claus
gives out the presents with hollow
Ho! Ho's. The rustle of ripping
wrapping paper mutes the gulps of
$disappointment and squeals of
Everyone piles into line and the
class marches out into the dark-
ened cavernous school hall, lighted
only by the blue, green, red of
the Christmas tree. And the. spe-
cial chorus raggedly breaks out in
a beautiful, flat, "Come All Ye
"Silent Night" puts everyone in
tears again. There is a moment of
silence and then the ever-present
murmur of a children's congrega-
tion rises to a crescendo. School is
out, vacation has begun and the
real Christmas is about to begin.
AND HERE'S SANTA-An artistic elementary school student
shows what Christmas means to him-toys, Santa, reindeer. He
spends his last few days before vacation building snowmen in the
school yard, singing carols off-key, coloring, Goya-bright cards
for his family, and drawing names in order to exchange gifts.
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