SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1956
HE MICHIGAN DAILY
SECTION 4-PAGE N NTM
SUNDAY. DECEMBER 18. 1956 THE MICHIGAN DAILY SECTION TWO-PAGE NINR
CHRISTMAS FUND FOR NEEDY:
Students Aid In Salvation Army Drive
By BARBARA NEUMAN
Seven University groups - have
aided the Salvation Army in their
drive for Christmas funds this
Members of Pi Beta Phi, Collegi-
ate Sorosis, Sigma Kappa, Couz-
ens Hall, Sigma Chi, Trigon and
Phi Sigma Kappa have manned
the Army's kettles on State Street.
Other fund raisers are Ann Ar-
bor civic groups, including the
Junior Chamber of Commerce,
Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Ameri-
can Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and Boy Scout troops.
Top Last Year
During the first half of their
fund-raising campaign, the Sal--
vation Army topped the $646.85
total of last year's drive.
Everything collected during the
Christmas season goes into a spe-
cial Christmas fund which will
, provide food packages for needy
families and operate a top shop,
which will be open Dec. 18, 19
An adult member of each fam-
ily is invited to visit the shop
and select one gift for each child.
t "Children receive the gifts at
home. They no longer realize that
they came from our Christmas
bureau," Virginia Trevithick, ser-
geant-major and office secretary
of the Army said.
"If any money is left, we either
bank it in a special account or
fill pressing clothing needs,"
Senior Major O. C. Aaserude, who
has been with the Army 40 years
CHRISTMAS WORKERS-Members of the Ann Arbor Salvation
Army are busy preparing gifts for needy persons in the area. This
year seven campus groups are helping in the annual drive for
Money collected during the
Christmas season also provides
gifts for those in the Veteran's
Hospital. "We are a central dis-
tribution agency for gifts for 'poor'
children Mrs. Trevithick said.
"We try to discourage parties
for these children for many rea-
sons. "Party givers, she explained,
often fail to realize that poor
children are lacking in necessities
Santa Finds Time To Answer
Letters Mailed By Children
By JOHN WEICHER
Nearly everyone, at least once
in his life, either sits down and
writes a letter to Santa Claus or
} wants to do it.
Now the jolly gentleman is an-
swering the writers.
His letters are sent direct from
the North Pole, of course, by way
of - Fairbanks, Alaska, under the
auspices of a major airline.
Parents write to their children
"from Santa" on special stationery
provided by the airline. The letters
are sent to the branch office at
Junior Inter-Fraternity Council
and Junior Panhellenic Associa-
tion will hold their annual pledge
caroling party next Tuesday.
According to Steve Gage, pledges
of the campus fraternities and
sororities will visit a number of
places in Ann Arbor to sing the
traditional carols of the Christmas
Following the caroling, the group
will meet at the Michigan League
for a mixer. Christmas songs will
be sung and music will be provided
Fairbanks and remailed to the
children bearing the coveted post-
The letters have varied effects
on those who receive them. Ac-
cording to reports younger child-
ren are thrilled, and also a little
scared. Santa may tell them that
he's been keeping an eye on them,
and they'd better behave.
Rest For Parents
This can give a week's respite
to harried parents, just at the
time when they need it. When
Santa himself tells a boy or girl
to go to bed on time, he does.
Older children, on the verge of
disbelief in Santa, are convinced
once again: "he must exist-he
wrote to me!"
This is also an effective argu-
ment to use on children who
"know" that there's no Santa, and
can create some difficult situa-
"Mommy," a child may say,
"You said Santa Clause doesn't
ex~ist, but Bobby got a letter from
him!" A mother who hasn't heard
about the letters is hard put to
explain this, for the letter is there,
with "Greetings from Santaland"
on. the envelope, and the good
fellow's own handwriting inside.
About 200 Ann Arbor children
hear from Santa yearly, along with
thousands of others throughout
but have many items they don't
need. The well-meaning gift-giv-
ers often chose unneeded presents
for the youngsters."
"People sponsoring holiday par-
ties want to invite a certain age
group, excluding members of a
family who don't fall into that
bracket. This causes hard feelings
between brothers and sisters," she
The Salvation Army grew from
the Christian Mission, which ws
founded by William Booth, a
Methodist minister, in London in
A primarily religious organiza-
tion, the Army holds special
Christmas services throughout the
season for the 60 regular mem-
bers of the congregation..
In Toy Buying
Make sure each toy you buy this
Christmas brings joy and not
tears, the Michigan Department of
Health has urged.
Many infants and pre-school
children are needlessly injured
each Yule season while playing
with "topland booby traps," the
Playthings for small fry can be
dangerous if they have sharp
edges, small parts that can be de-
tached and swallowed, or paint
that is poisonous.
Some toys for older children
also can be hazardous if their use
isn't carefully supervised by adults.
In this category are dart games,
air rifles, chemistry sets, and bows
All toys should be carefully ex-
amined for fire hazards. Mater-
ails should be non-flammable, and
toys using electricity should bear
the Underwriters Laboratories seal
Mistletoe Adds Novelty
By SUSAN KARTUS
mistletoe. "It should be outlawed.
No Yuletide season is complete Its a dirty capitalistic trick," one
without Phoredendron flavesens. member jokingly volunteered.
It is only at Christmastime that Mistletoe has a very colorful
ailyoungmanshasgtheyrightfuladri- history. To the Druids of ancient
vilege of kissing any young lady' Gaul it was sacred, while the;
who wittingly or unwittingly sta- Cel thought stc- had magical!
tions herself under a sprig of Pho- power.
redendron flavesens, otherwise Some regarded it as a symbol
known as mistletoe. of peace, believing that when ene-
When asked what they thought mesceneren derhthemen-
about the renowned parasitic mies encountered under the mis-
shrub, University students re- tletoe they were to forget their
sponded in their usual astute enmities and embrace.
manner. It is probably from this ancient
Use For SGC Meetings I belief that our custom of kissing
One well informed campus youth under a suspended sprig of mistle-
One ellinfomedcamps yuthtoe evolved.
replied that he believed it should
be permanently instituted in SGC
meetings. HTe felt that it would Christmas Plaudits
definitely avert the tendency for
e desk a d pgut ther heads on IPlaudits during the Christmas
When coed Niki Sarachan, }59, season must be given for the mag-
was approached on the subject nificent self-control which sales
she enthusiastically cried, "I love clerks exhibit.
it, its great. Its the only time of It's no easy task to agree with a
the year I ever get kissed." woman that the blue and orange
tie looks much better than the
Sundry Comments conservative brown one.
A group of students sitting in "Certainly madame," many a
the Union at a table piled high clerk can be heard to concede,
with cigarette butts and empty "your husband would just love an
coffee cups had a strong commen- alabaster statuette of an African
tary to make on the subject of native."
low to keep
Wear MERRY WIDOW
Even thc biggest, baiddest of the breed turn into absolutc lambs
for the girl with this charmer. Molds you upward, curvcs in at
the waist-gives you that irresistible slim, slim torso. Unless
you want to spend every evening at Grandmother's house,
come in and pick up your Merry Widow today. (No. 13-28:
Cotton and light elastic; contour cups lift high and hold.
OPEN MONDAY NIGIYI'
The Druids religious ceremonies
were closely related to the green
oblong plant with the white ber-
ries. In the winter it was placed
on an altar and burned as a sac-
rifice to the God they worshipped.
The mistletoe that writers of
prose and poetry have been mak-
ing reference to for generations is
a European variety. It is related
to the mistletoe of today that tra-
ditionally decorated the stores and
homes of Americans at Christmas
The mistletoe plant is a para-
site living on apple, poplar and
maple trees and on thorns.
NO ICE, NO GOOD:
Freezing Of City Rinks
Squelched By Weather
She'll be delighted
f from 8.95 from 2.
from 2.95 :.
Open Monday Wednesday
Friday evenings 'til 8:30
To many persons familiar with
the season, it just wouldn't be
Christmas if the snow weren't
melted to slush.
To others such as those trying
to freeze outdoor ice rinks the un-
usually war.n weather, which has
a nasty habit of appearing about
this time of year, is a very real
It has recently put a kink in the
preparation of the Ann Arbor
With severe cold predicted, De-
partment of Parks and Recrea-
tion personnel began flooding op-
eretions last Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the cooperation
of the weather did not continue
very long. The next morning tem-
peratures rose and threw the rinks
out of commission before they ever
8 Nickels Arcade
Phone NO 2-2914
Let our fine selection
of LONG-PLAY RECORDS solve your
I gift problems this Christmas
$ THE M USI C CORIN F,6iE
312 SOUTH THAYER
Have a Good Breakfast With Us
Fine country fresh eggs -- Bacon - Sausages - Ham
Try our genuine old-fashioned pancakes
We are CHRISTMAS Headquarters for Famous Brands
TRADER VIC'S Tom and Jerry Batter
LINDT Chocolate from Switzerland
THE WORLD'S FINEST NECKWEAR
from Holliday and Brown-London
$ 0t $650