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HIGH POINT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
High Point, North Carolina
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MARY JO WILSON-
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-Student Council Editor
HOME ROOM REPORTERS
Doris Lee Adams
MR,S. ROSS AND MISS CARTER
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1937
Christmas in Foreign Lands Presents
Interest to the Children of America
Christmas in Porto Rico
Christmas in Porto Rico is cele
brated somewhat like our Christmas
here in America. The children there
think that Santa Claus comes fly
ing thiough the air like a bird. In
stead of hanging up stockings, the
children build small boxes in which
they put their note to Santa tell
ing him what they want. The next
morning they get up bright and
early to see what Saint Nicholas
has brought them. After they have
done this they deliver their pres
ents. Later in the day they have a
parade. In this parade the children
dress up like Bible characters and
parade through the streets.
Christmas in the Belgian
It is Christmas Eve, about 4
o'clock in the afternoon. All day the
drums have been sending out the
invitations to the surrounding vil
lages for all to come to the mis
sion station this evening. For weeks
the boys and girls have been learn
ing the Christmas hymns, which
have been translated into their own
A huge ant hill has been trans
formed into an outdoor stage by
the school boys. In front of the
stage is a beautiful grassy lawn
where the audience is to be seated.
A large choir loft is behind the
stage on a high platform. The cur
tains are drawn.
A sacred hush and reverence
j come over the crowd as they
gather and take their seats on the
I ground. And now a .group of chorus
I boys dressed in white, car’rying
I lighted candles and singing, “Oh,
Come Ye All Ye Faithful” comes
' down the center aisle. They kneel
; in a semi-circle at the foot of the
I stage and their candles form the
’ f(mtlights. After the service is over,
they begin their journey home. In
th^ir hands they carry lighted
torches or lanterns to protect them
from the wild animals of the night.
Christmas morn dawns bright on
the mission. Again they gather at
the little mud church and their
gifts of various kinds and money
! are placed on the altar to be dedi
cated to the Master’s use. No rush
of Christmas shopping, no Santa
Claus, no Christmas tree, but all in
the true spirit of Christmas, the
spirit of peace, love, and good will.
Christmas in the Congo can never
Many, many years ago.
On a quiet still Christmas night;
God gave to us a Savior;
Wrapped in swadling clothes so
There shown a beautiful gleaming
O’er the stable where the Christ
It was much larger and brighter,
Than any star we have today.
While Shepherds were watching
their flocks by night;
All seated on the ground;
' An angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shown around.
“Fear not!” said he. “Glad tidings
of great joy I bring;
To you and all mankind;
For unto you is bom this day
A son of David’s line.”
There came three wise men from
That saw the beautiful gleaming
It led them to a manger bright,
Where the wonderous Christ child
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Were gifts they placed on the hay.
That wonderful day we’ll forever
For we always celebrate, on the
j twenty-fifth of December,
; Which is Christmas-
letweeT Pete Pumpkin
And Terry Turkey
‘Oh, hello, Pete,” greeted Terry
Turkey as he dashed by Pete
‘\\hat’s the hurry?” asked Pete.
“Farmer Brown has been chasing
me all over the farm all day.”
“Mhat is he chasing you for?”
' questioned Pete.
' Gee- but you’re dumb, Pete. It’s
so near Christmas and you want
i to know why Farmer Brown is
I chasing me!”
I “Well, I still don’t see what
Christmas has to do with you.”
“Now think hard, Pete. What
' does Parmer Brown pick your fam
I “Because some dumb kid thought
they looked funny with a candle
stuck in them and a face cut out
"I hat’s just about why Farmer
Brown’s chasing me,” said Terry.
“Oh, don’t be idiotic. You would
look silly with a candle stuck in
you," retorted Pete.
‘ That is not what I mean, Pete.
I meant that just because some
Pilgrims wanted to make peace with
: the Indians, they roasted my ances
tors and had them for dinner. Now
' everybody is doing it on Thanks
giving and Christmas Day every
year. Why, if it hadn’t been for my
ancestors, the Pilgrims and Indians
would still be fighting, I guess.”
“Well, Terry, you and I are in
the same fix. Let’s go on a strike;
a lot of other people are doing the;
same thing,” suggested Pete.
“We couldn’t do that very well,
but I have another idea. We will—
oh, gosh, here comes Farmer Brown
and he’s coming fast, too! Well,
goodbye, Pete.” '
Friday, December 10, 1937
Cora Shucking in Sout^
How often I have sat and listened
to my Grandmother tell of her
childhood days, and some times I
wonder if we have as much fun as
they did long ago.
About this time each year all the
farmers were having com shuck-
ings. I guess they would be called
parties in modern times. Each far
mer in the community set the night
for his shucking; all the girls and
boys in the neighborhood came to
help shuck corn. The com was piled
in a long row, and the girls with
their beaux sat on either side of the
pile. Every time a girl found a red
ear a boy was supposed to kiss her.
They sang and told funny jokes, and
soon the farmer’s corn was ready to
be put away for the winter.
All the time the girls and boys
were shucking corn, the women
were busy in the kitchen prepar
ing supper for the crowd.
After supper there was more fun.
The furniture in the parlor had all
been taken out and over in the
corner of the room were all the
fiddlers in the neighborhood, ready
to make music for the young folks
to dance by. One of the men called
figures for the dancers, such as
“Grab your partner.
Hold her tight.
Swing to the left.
And then to the right!”
At the very late hour of ten the
fiddlers played, “Good Night La
dies,” and the happy crowd went
home for a good night’s rest.
What Should We Think of
FINISH SALE OF
Orgairi-ne Clubs Under
Miss idoFs Direction
114 East Commerce Street
Christmas in South .America does
not compare with our Christmas.
While we are getting sleds and
winter clothing, people in South
America are getting bathing suits.
South Americans do not have
their Christmas trees in the house,
but out of doors.
They have one advantage over us,
and that is while we wait for Santa
Claus to bring us Brazil nuts, people
in Brazil just go out to their Brazil
nut grove and pick enough for that
Christmas and some left over.
South Americans celebrate Christ
mas in a more holy way than W'e
do. It is even against the law' to
shoot fireworks on the day of
(’hristmas Customs of Mexico
Mexico is similar to Spain in
many w'ays. In Mexico or Spain the
people love to dance and sing. At
Christmas time or “Noche-bronce,”
meaning the Good Night, the peo
ple dance and sing in the streets,
ihe streets are filled with big fat
turkeys and push carts loaded with
oranges, dates and everything nice.
'Ihey do not exchange gifts with
friends but doctors, ministers and
landlords receive turkeys, cakes, and
ihe clothes of Mexicans are most
attractive and colorful. The boys
dress in black jackets and brown
trousers. The girls dress in gay
costumes of red and yellow and fine
embroidered blouses which are
Four of Miss Idol’s English
classes have formed an English
Club. The pupils selected a name
and officers. Each club has had two
interesting programs, one on Edu
cational Week and the other on
Miss Idol’s class has selected for
their name, “The Wise Owl Eng
lish Club.” Their president is Rob
ert Marshall; vice-president, Homer
Hayworth; secretary, Mary Brown,
and critic, Edw'ard Sale.
Ihe "Wide Awake English Club,"
is the name Miss Hayw'orth’s
pupils have selected. T'heir presi
dent is Jimmy Ellington; vice-presi
dent, Carter Allen;; secretary, Mary
Fiances McEver; critic, Harold
Miss Walker’s class has selected
Eveiybody’s English Club.” The
president is Jennie Lou Jones; vice-
president, Joe Gibson; secretary,
Betty Jean Culver, and the critic,
Mrs. Hinshaw’s room selected
“The Live Wire English Club.” The
president is Billy Peak; vice-presi
dent, Helen May Bissett; secretary,
Rebekah Conrad; critic, Anita Bur
j Each year Junior High sells
j Christmas seals. Some of the rooms
; race to make it more interesting.
This year a total amount of $82.02
was made, seventh grades S53.84 and
eighth grades S28.18.
Rooms 112 and 104 in the sev
enth grades sold the most; 112’s
amount was $11.75; 104’s, $11.65. In
the eighth grades room 204 sold
950 seals and room 205, 720.
Joseph Hayw'orth sold more seals
than any other person, the amount
IT’S A FACT
In the old days the natives of
Cairo, Egypt, used to think that
indigestion could be cured by lick
ing the wall of the Mosque of Amr.
Many years ago an old English
prescription stated that a wife who
has a cold must sneeze into her
In Central Africa natives used to
endure nervousness believing it was
visited upon them by angry gods.
What should we think of at
Christmas ? Should we think of
Santa Claus or more about it being
our Savior’s birthday?
Santa Claus is all right for little
childien to think of, but for chil
dren our age we should think more
of it being our Savior’s birthday.
U’e are older now and should let
Mother or Daddy do the Santa
Clausing f o r little brother or
TOO PROUD FOR WORDS
Room 208 is verj? proud of her
pupi.s this year. They have gone
100 per cent on everything this
year. Last year Miss Brown’s home
room number was 208. She also
went 100 per cent on everything. In
my opinion room 208 has a good
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For the Entire Family
138 South Main Street
handed down from mother to daugh
ter. These dark-haired girls with
bright eyes also w'ear high combs
in their hair.
As the stars appear on Christ
mas Eve, tiny oil lamps are lighted
in every devout Roman Catholic’s
home which illuminates an image
of the Virgin. At midnight people
throng to the nearest church where
a priest dressed in gorgeous robes
conducts service while the choir
sings Christmas hymns.
Ihe Yuletide season lasts two
weeks but the laboring class only
observes tw’o days. The season ends
on the tw'elfth day of December.
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Sporting Goods and Equipment in the City
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