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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12,1954

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Traditions Highlight Celebrations

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Unforgettable Christmases
Remembered by 'U' Coeds

DO IT YOURSELF:
Gift Making Saves Rush, Expense

By BERT CORWIN
University men and women cele-
brate Christmas with various tra-
ditions.
Christmas is celebrated at Mar-
tha Cook with traditiona' caroling
at 5:30 a.m. An elaborate Christ-
mas breakfast climaxes this car-
oling, which starts on the fourth
floor and proceeds down the suc-
ceeding floors until all the mem-
bers are gathered in the dining
room for breakfast.
Besides the traditional decorat-
ing of the tree, the women hold a
Messiah supper inviting the solo-
ists and members of the admin-
istration.
Besides the traditional pledge
formal and stag party, Alpha Sig-
ma Phi holds a banquet ;to which
they invite a speaker from the Uni-
versity. Awards are given to some
members of the house at the ban-
quet.
Members Draw Names
Chi Omega has a formal dinner
at which the members draw names
and write appropriate poems. One
or two of the women read them,
while the others try to guess where
they are directed.
The sophomores of Pi Beta Phi
decorate their tree at 6 a.m. and
wake the members at 7 a.m. Toys
are exchanged as presents, and
given away later to a children's
group.
Along with their traditional
Christmas formal, caroling, and
dinner, Alpha Phi members wait
on the bus boys, and tote the dishes
afterwards.
Sophomores Decorate
Kappa Kappa Gamma sopho-
mores decorate the house after ev-
eryone else is in bed, and make
breakfast the next morning. The
juniors plan festivities and give a
skit. Sigma Alpha Epsilon will ac-
company them as they carol
through the campus.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa
Alpha Theta entertain a group of
Pantomine
The Christmas pantomime still
is the favorite holiday entertain-
ment for the English.
The modern pantomime, a type
of musical comedy for children.
based on fairy stories and nursery
rhymes, goes back in origin to
the mime plays of the Greeks and
Romans.
It also has picked up some of
the characteristics of the Middle
Age morality plays in which Right
always triumphs.

--Daily-Dean Morton
DRAGON, BEWARE!-Traditionally for their Christmas dinner,
the freshmen of Helen Newberry Residence present "St. George
and the Dragon." Pictured above as the good knight is Sara
James, with Randa Rowland as the Dragon and Julie Marx in
the role of Jack the Giant Killer. Pennies thrown at the players
at the end of the skit are given to some charitable organization.

By MARJI BLUTTMAN
An unforgettable Christmas-
what was it like?
University coeds looked back at
past Yuletide seasons with mixed
feelings.
Some remembered the times
when tiny puppies were found
dozing under the trees, other re-
called humorous holiday incidents
and still others thought of sad-
ness-tinged Christmases when
childish faiths were shattered by
the discovery that Santa Claus
was an age-old myth.
Celebrity Assists
Lenni Edelman remembered a
Christmas day spent in New York
City with a friend. They attend-
ed a stage show and later got
in line in front of Lindy's res-
taurant for a late lunch. She
suddenly realized that she only
had enough money for carfare,
and her friend had little more.
"We were quite ready to go,"
Miss Edelman explained, "when
a dark-haired young man in
front of us turned around. He
offered to treat us to Lindy's fam-
ous cheesecake and coffee, for he
said it was Christmas. The young
man was none other than Julius
LaRosa."
An unusual trip has been un-
forgettable to Phyllis Philko. She
and a friend took an unplanned
drive to Virginia to visit the lat-
ter's fiance one Christmas vaca-
tion in a delapidated, old car.
Miss Philko explained, "when we
reached Virginia, my friend and
her fiance decided to get married
immediately.
Honeymoon Trip
"Five of us were on the honey-
moon, including my friend's
younger brother and his friend.
The hood of the car fell on a
gas station attendant. The groom
was stopped by the Shore Patrol
for driving a 'road menace.' But
best of all was our "white Christ-
mas," Miss Philko concluded.
"Since the car windows wouldn't
go up, we were completely snowed
under-in the car."
A near misfortune is unforget-
table to Clara Schein. Her fam-
ily was entertaining a large num-
ber of guests at their home when
the electricity unexpectedly went
off.
Picnic Style
The partially-cooked turkey was
removed from the electric oven.
The one possible solution was to
cook the turkey in the fireplace.

This was done barbecue style.
with the guests sitting on the
carpet and later eating the fowl
in picnic fashion. "And," Miss
Schein added, "it was the best
turkey we ever had."
This year will mark a memor-
able Yuletide for Alice Umemoto.
"This is the first Christmas that
I will be away from my home in
Hawaii," she explained. "It will
be just like I've heard-my first
Christmas with snow." Miss Um-
emoto added expectantly, "I
hope."
Seeing her baby brother last
Christmas for the second time was
a memorable occasion for Marilyn
Little. Also as momentous but
in a different vein, was Alice Ko-.
val's visit to Santa Claus at Macy's
Department Store in New York.
."I fell off his lap," Miss Koval
reminisced.
Surprise Results
Elspeth Evans hasn't forgotten
one Christmas during the war
years. "Mother was ill in the hos-
pital and my father was overseas
with the Air Force that Decem-
ber," Miss Evans said.
"It looked like the bleakest
Christmas ever, until Daddy was
able to fly home from his sta-
tion in Germany. Although we
spent our Christmas around my
mother's oxygen tent, we were all
together once again."
Mary Ann Norton spent her first
Christmas without snow last year
in California. She stated that she
was so lonesome for Michigan
weather that she insisted upon
going up into the mountains of
San Jose "to make snowballs and
feel at home."
Memorable Trees
Christmas trees have provided
long-remembered incidents. Jane
Lenard's memorable Christmas
consisted of blowing out five fus-
es in a row while putting up the
tree lights.
Chloe Dandison remembers a
Christmas even when the family
took "down" the tree. "We had
just been invited away for the
holidays, so we decided that we
couldn't leave the recently-de-
corated tree standing," Miss Dan-
dison explained.
There is something about De-
cember 25 that makes it a little
different from any other day. It
may be a time of sadness or joy or
fun, but it is sure to linger just
a little longer. Christmas is, in-
deed, a very special day.

By ROSE PERLBERG
Many a weary shopper returning
home from a hectic shopping ex-
cursion vows that next year he
will "begin earlier and miss the
Christmas rush."
This year, millions of people- re-
laxing in the comfort of their homes
are avoiding the crowds by making'
Christmas gifts themselves.
Contrary to popular belief, mak-
ing gifts requires little special tal-
ent. An inexpensive way to sur-
prise your friends with attractive
presents, this activity is fun for
every member of the family.
Hobbles Gained
Children and parents often en-
joy working with their hands and
may gain life-long hobbies while
making the gifts.
One favorite medium for gift
making is felt. Elaine Smith, whose
gifts have delighted her friends for
several years, prefers felt to other
materials. She said, "It doesn't
ravel when cut, and thus you don't
have to worry about seams."
Stuffed animals are one of Miss
Smith's specialties. She finds them
easy to make and a big hit with
the recipients. Many magazines
carry patterns for such animals
and the prospective creator need
only follow a few simplerdirections
to achieve a rewarding resultĀ«
Felt Animals
Cutting felt to match the pattern,
Miss Smith sews the pieces to-
gether, leaving a seam open on
the bottom through which sheI
stuffs cotton until she has the de-
sired shape.
Ears, eyes and nose, made of oddj
pieces of colored felt and buttons
are attached from the outside. The
animal can be made more attrac-
tive by adding ribbons and sequins.

Daily-Lynn Walas
STUFFED ANIMALS
Miss Smith makes a kleenex hold-
er from two squares of felt, with a
slit in one square, decorated with
odd pieces of felt and sequins.
Circular Skirt
By simply cutting a round hole
in the middle of four yards of felt,
a coed may add an attractive
skirt to a friend's wardrobe. With
the material cut off the bottom to
make it round, a waist band may
be fashioned. Then dress up the
skirt with sequins or decorated bits
of colored felt.
Pin cushions and fancy book-
marks are a few more of the gifts
that can be made from felt.
The toddler in your family will
love a little hobby horse that can
easily be put together with a heavy
work sock filled with cotton and
attached to a sawed-off, painted

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broom handle. The eyes and ears
can be made from buttons and
bright pieces of felt, while colored
yarn adds a flowing mane.
Terrycloth Slippers
Terrycloth slippers, ideal for
trips to shower or tub, can be made
by folding a square of terrycloth
into a rectangle, stitching one end
on the inside for the heel and the
other on the outside for the toe.
Elastic under the turned down top
makes these snappy articles snug
on any size foot.
A post card wastebasket makes
an interesting and colorful gift.
Cards are split in half from top to
bottom before being coated with
glue or paste. Arranged in overlap-
ping designs on the basket, they
are most attractive when lightly
sprayed with a clear shellac.
With a paint brush, several cans
of enamel paint, very little talent
and a lot of imagination, you can
transform trays, plates, pie pans
and just plain tin cans into unus-
ually attractive gifts that friends
and relatives will appreciate.
Painted Gifts
After washing and thoroughly
drying the articles, smooth down
any rough spots with sand paper.
Apply a background coat of paint
and allow it to dry.
While waiting for the paint to
dry, beginners often find it helpful
to experiment with designs in wa-
ter color on paper. These can then
be copied on the object. Simple col-
or schemes-two colors and a dash
of gold for accent are most effect-
ive on a black background.
These items are but a few of
the many useful gifts that can be
a joy to make and equally a joy
to receive.

orphans each year. Faculty and
Greek letter men and women are
given a tea on the last Sunday be-
fore vacation.
The Kappa Delt's have two
Christmas parties, one given by the
alumnae and the other given by
the house for the pledges and ac-
tive members. A formal dinner is
the tradition of the Kappa Delt's,
with small candles placed at each
woman's place. The one whose
candle goes out first is supposed
to remain the old maid, while the
one with the longest burning can-
dle will be married first.
Give Presents
Stockwell Hall gives Christmas
presents to the house director and
the maintenance people. The mem-
bers hang greens to decorate the
dormitory, and have a reception in-
viting the Deans, University ad-
ministration, and professors.
At their Christmas formal, the
Alpha Chi Omega's buy their dates
humorous gifts and write poems for
them. A Santa Claus to hand out
presents is featured.

Alpha Gamma Delta gives a par-
ty at which the bus boys play San-
ta Claus. The pledges and mem-
bers draw names, buy toys and
write poems for those women
whose names they have drawn. The
toys are later given to a worthy
children's group. At the party each
member reads aloud the poem she
has received.
Reception at Couzens
At Couzens Hall on the last day
before vacation begins, the sopho-
mores carol through the halls at
6 a.m. carrying lighted candles.
They hold a Christmas reception
for the nursing faculty and a party
for the women, at which a Christ-
mas story is read and the glee
club sings.
A party after hours on the night
before vacation starts is tradition-
al at the Delta Delta Delta house.
Names are drawn, and poems are
written appropriate to the person-
ality of the worien. These are then
read while the whole group tries to
discover who is being represented
by the poems.

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