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Supplement to the Sanpete Messenger and Salina Sun

Christmas Through the Decades


November 24, 2010

Celebrating the Season Message from the publishers

Throughout the decades, the Christmas spirit can always be found


he holiday season is once again upon us, and as publishers of Central Utah newspapers we would like to share with you our seventh annual Celebrating the Season magazine Drawing on the theme “Christmas through the Decades,” we’ve looked back to Christmases from the 1920’s until the present day. We all know the common attributes of Christmases Suzanne Dean throughout the years: trees, Santas, nativities and gifts, but what made each decade stand out? What do you, your parents, your grandparents or even great-grandparents remember about the holiday seasons of times past? We’ve taken the opportunity to find out. It’s been a tough year economically in Central Utah—and throughout the entire country—but looking through the eyes of local residents we’ve seen how people have successfully made it through tough times, both now and in the past. It became evident to us that the spirit of Christmas can always be found. For example, when she was a child in the 1920s, Jean Frischknecht, Manti, remembers that at Christmas she and her siblings would get a baseball or glove, and one year she remembers a special gift of a pair of white ice skates. How about the ‘50s? World War II had just ended and many “modern” conveniences that we take for granted today were just coming out—can you remember a time when we didn’t have electric lights on our Christmas trees? Willis and Anna

Hales of Redmond can, and they share their experiences of raising a family during this simpler, happy time. And what makes Christmas special in the 2000s? For some, it might be sending greetings via Facebook or listening to carols on iPods or watching movies on a laptop. But Jed and Jana Worthington of Ephraim emphasize decorating, giving and bonding as a young family. And when Lora Fielding it comes to Christmas trees, they go for the practical—an artificial one with lights already on it. We hope you enjoy looking back through the decades and encourage each of you to take this opportunity to share in traditions, both old and new, with family and friends during this glorious season. As always, Celebrating the Season includes a calendar of Christmas programs, school carnivals, community sing-a-longs, Santa parades, community New Year’s celebrations, etc., making it a “keeper” to be thumbed through from now until next year. We wish you all a very blessed holiday and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Suzanne Dean Publisher Sanpete Messenger

Lora Fielding Publisher Salina Sun

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Holiday events ...............................................................................6-7 Charitable opportunities .............................................................. 48 Holiday meals .............................................................................. 52

Christmas Through the Decades 1920s

Jean Frischknecht, Manti................................................................... 8


Norma Bigler, Indianola .................................................................. 12


World at War, Janice Childs, Gunnison; Lynn Nielson, Manti; Bill Funk, Manti ............................................................. 16


Willis and Anna Hales, Redmond ...................... 22


David Blackham, Mt. Pleasant ................... 26


Hal and RaDene Pickett, Gunnison ..........22


Janice and Manolo Porras Holt, Salina ........ 36


Fernando and Hirias Montano, Moroni....... 40


Jed and Jana Worthington, Ephraim.................. 44

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Calendar of Events Sanpete County COUNTYWIDE Monday, Nov. 15

Christmas tree permits are available at the Forest Service District Office, Ephraim (283-4151) from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Permits will not be sold at canyon sites this year. Tree permits are also available at Choice Hardware & Home Center in Nephi; Beck’s Home Furnishings in Mt. Pleasant and Rasmussen’s Ace Hardware in Gunnison.

Sunday, Dec. 5

LDS First Presidency Christmas Devotional, satellite broadcast at some stake centers and on KBYU/BYU-TV, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23—Monday, Jan. 3

Winter break for North and South Sanpete school districts.


Friday, Dec. 31

Ephraim LDS StakeYouth NewYear’s Eve dance, Ephraim Stake Center, 400 E. Center St., 8:30 p.m. for ages 14 and over. New Year’s Eve service, Ephraim Church of the Bible, 8 p.m. Everyone is invited.

SNOW COLLEGE Monday, Nov. 29

Snow College Choir/Wind Ensemble Christmas concert, Eccles Center, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 for 18 and under.

Tuesday, Nov. 30—Wednesday, Dec. 1

Snow College dance concert, Eccles Center, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 for 18 and under.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Snow College Wind Ensemble concert, Eccles Center, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 for 18 and under.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Handel’s Messiah performance Eccles Center 7:30. Admission is free.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Central Utah Dance Academy, Eccles Center, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors and children 3-11.

FAIRVIEW Saturday, Dec. 18

North Bend Entertainers 2010 Christmas musical and Shining Star Awards, Rock Church (131 E. 100 N.) 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 20

Fairview City Santa Party, Fairview Dance Hall, 65 S. State St., 6 p.m.

FOUNTAIN GREEN Friday, Dec. 10

Friday, Dec. 3

Thursday, Dec. 2

Ephraim City Light Parade from 200 S. to 200 N., 6 p.m. with Santa arriving after the parade and visiting with children at the city center.

Snow College LDS Institute LD Singers concert, Institute, 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Call for reserved seating, 283-4656.

Fountain Green City Christmas celebration Fountain Green Dance Hall/Theatre 4-6 p.m. The Lions Club will serve scones and soups and Santa will visit with the children. The PTA movie will start at 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3—Saturday, Dec. 4

Friday, Dec. 3

Friday, Dec. 17

Holiday craft boutique will be held at the city center. Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Snow College Piñata Festival, Greenwood student center, 6-8:30 p.m. is being sponsored by the Multicultural Center and is free to the public.

Community caroling, Ephraim Church of the Bible, 5 p.m. Everyone is invited. Soup and bread will be served afterwards. White-elephant gift exchange.

Snow College Orchestra concert, Eccles Center, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 for 18 and under.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Snow College Jazz Ensemble concert, Eccles Center, 7:30 p.m. Cost $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 for 18 and under.

Ephraim Middle School Candlelight program, Snow College Eccles Center, 7 p.m. Band, orchestra and chorus to perform. Citizens will be recognized for community service and eighth-grade students for academics.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Ephraim Elementary School Christmas program, Snow College Activity center, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve service, Ephraim Church of the Bible, 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Fountain Green Elementary Christmas program, 7 p.m. Kindergarten through 6th grade will perform.


Tuesday, Dec. 7

Saturday, Nov. 27

Wednesday, Dec. 8—Saturday, Dec. 11

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Snow College Yuletide Feast, Greenwood Student Center, 6 p.m.. Cost $16. Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols,” Eccles Center, 8 p.m. (283-7478). Cost $12 adults, $10 seniors and 18 and under. Cost for both the dinner and show is $25 adults, $23 seniors and 18 and under.

Gunnison City light parade 7 p.m. The Lions Club will serve hot cocoa and donuts after the parade while Santa Claus visits with the children at the old elementary school, 682 S. Main St. GunnisonValley Ephraim School Christmas program, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Gunnison Valley Middle School Yule program, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Gunnison Valley High School winter concert (choir and band), 7 p.m.

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MANTI Friday, Nov. 26 Light Parade, 300 S. Main St. to high school, 6 p.m. Santa, entertainment and food at the high school old gym, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Korry or Karen Soper, 8353049. Manti Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Holiday Drawing. 401 N Main, 6:30 p.m. The grand prize will be a large LCD television. Shop at Manti businesses and receive a ticket for the drawing with each purchase. Other prizes will include gift certificates, merchandise and savings bond. Winners need to be present for these items, but not for the television. Santa will be there and hot chocolate and donuts will be served.

Thursday, Dec. 2

13th Annual Manti City Christmas Home Show, 4-9 p.m. Cost: $6. Contact Jacque Sorenson, 835-4189 or the Manti Public Library, 835-2201. Proceeds will benefit the Manti Public Library Renovation. Eight homes and three businesses will be showcased.

Monday, Dec. 13

Manti Elementary Christmas program, Manti High School old gym, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Manti High School Christmas music program, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31

Manti LDS Stake Youth New Year’s Eve dance, Ephraim Stake Center, 400 E. Center St., 8:30 p.m. for ages 14 and over.

MAYFIELD Friday, Dec. 24

Santa will visit every home on Christmas Eve.

MORONI Thursday, Dec. 9

North Sanpete Middle School Christmas Choir concert, 6 p.m.

Pleasant City Main Street lighting ceremony, 4 p.m. Mt. Pleasant City Old Fashioned Christmas on Main Street. At 4 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive and entertainment will include school performances, free hay rides and game booths. At 5 p.m., the drawing for prizes begins and continues every 20 minutes. At 6 p.m. Main Street Christmas lights will be turned on with music and fireworks. Activities will continue until 7 p.m.

Sundays, Nov. 28 — Dec. 19

MT. PLEASANT Saturday, Nov. 27

Mt. Pleasant Elementary children to perform at Mt

NORTHERN SEVIER COUNTY Wednesday Nov. 24—Friday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving recess for school.

Friday, Nov. 26

Advent service, 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 91 S. 100 West.

Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and Fireman’s Women’s Auxiliary welcomes Santa’s arrival, Salina Firehouse, 80 N. 100 West, 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Monday, Nov. 29— Friday, Dec. 3

North Sanpete High School Christmas choir concert, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Christmas program, North Sanpete Middle School, 6 p.m.

North Sevier High School holds Share Week. Community and students raise funds to provide coats and shoes for local families in need.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Wednesday, Dec. 15

North Sanpete High School winter band concert, 7 p.m.

Salina Elementary and Zions Bank Lights On Program. Each grade level sings a song and helps decorate a tree.Times: 9:30 a.m. 3rd grade; 10 a.m. morning kindergarten; 10:30 a.m. 4th grade; 12:30 p.m. 5th grade; 1 p.m. 2nd grade; 1:30 p.m. 1st grade and 2 p.m. afternoon kindergarten.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Saturday, Dec. 4

City bucks drawing, recreation center on Main and State St., 2 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24

Community Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 91 S. 100 West.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Continuing the Celebration service, 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 91 S. 100 West.

SPRING CITY Wednesday, Dec 15

Spring City Elementary winter band concert, North Sanpete High School, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17

Spring City Elementary Christmas program, North Sanpete High School auditorium, 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 15

North Sanpete Middle School winter band concert, North Sanpete High School, 7 p.m.


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Friday, Dec 24

Santa will visit every home on Christmas Eve.

Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Christmas Concert, Sevier Valley Events Center, Richfield, 7 p.m. Free general seating admission.

Sunday, Dec. 5

LDS First Presidency Devotional Broadcast, Salina LDS Stake Center, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6—Friday, Dec 10

Salina Elementary School annual food drive. Please send non-perishable food items to school with your student. All contributions will be donated directly to the local food bank. Salina Elementary School Santa’s Secret Shop, a Parent Teacher Organization Fundraiser.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Salina LDS Stake Presidency Christmas Devotional, Salina LDS Stake Center.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Michael McLean’s “Forgotten Carols,” Sevier Valley Events Center, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Salina Elementary Program, third grade, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 16

North Sevier High School band/choir Christmas concert, high school auditorium, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23—Monday, Jan. 5 Winter recess for all Sevier schools.


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Memories of charity

By Don Peterson


hen she was a child in the 1920s and 1930s, Jean Frischknecht of Manti remembers Christmases fondly. Her father, a sheep rancher, did fairly well, even in the depression. Because her family was a little better off than some, they felt a responsibility to help others. Jean Madsen Frischknecht, now 86, was born in Manti in 1924 in the “Madsen Home,” the VicJean Frischknecht torian mansion at 96 E. 200 South currently occupied by her daughter and son-in-law, Kristine and Doug Evertsen. Jean has lived most of the past 63 years in another house two blocks from her childhood home. Manti in the 1930s was economically more self contained than today. It had four grocery stores, an appliance store, a candy store, café for train passengers stopping at the Manti depot, Miller’s Lumber Co. and two dr y cleaning shops. One of the sights and sounds that Jean misses is the horse-drawn snow plows

clearing sidewalks and streets. When times were tough, the community took care of its own, Jean says. It just wouldn’t do for anyone to go without. The American Legion would gather old toys, and clean, repair and paint them for use by children who would otherwise have to go without at Christmas. Her father would slaughter a fatted sheet and prepare it for those in need. Back in those days, the LDS ward chapel was the center of Christmas activities. Everyone would gather at the church at Christmastime and sing carols. Santa Claus would come from time to time and bring a small gift for each child. She remembers that at Christmastime, property owners on the west side of town would open the levees and flood the fields, creating ice rinks for skating and hockey. The children also enjoyed skiing and sleigh riding down Temple Hill—behavior which would not be allowed today. In Jean’s family, the boys typically got sporting equipment such as baseballs and gloves for Christmas. The girls got dolls “even if they didn’t want them,” she says. She remembers receiving a pair of white ice skates for skating on the ponds west of town. Another memory was receiving skis, which were just wooden slats with turned


Jean Madsen Frischknecht in the 1930s at about age 13.

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Toys of Christmases past: Pogo Stick When George Hansburg traveled to Burma, he got more than a vacation. He acquired a whole career when he met a bright young girl named Pogo who was bouncing on a stick across the rocky ground. He asked her where she got her interesting contraption. She explained that her father had built it for her because she wanted to get to the temple to pray but had no shoes. Inspired, Hansburg went home to his native Ger-

many and improved on the jumping stick. He named his invention the “Pogo Stick” in the girl’s honor. Wooden sticks warped, but improved metal ones hit Gimble’s Department Store in 1920. They became hugely popular after the Ziegfield Folly girls performed an act on them and were immortalized when they provided a promising jump start for a couple who were married while bouncing up and down.

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Continued from page 8 up noses. One year, some highschool boys, Earl Miller and Sam Tuttle, built a tow rope for skiing just down from Yearns Reservoir. Jean’s late husband, Kay Frischknecht, was also born in Manti and lived six blocks from where he and Jean later made their home. During their early married life, the world became engulfed in World War II. Because so many doctors had all been called into the service to attend the wounded, there was a shortage locally, and Jean had to deliver the first of her nine children at home. As Christmas neared, the citizenry prepared care packages for the soldiers, including toiletries, tasty goodies and home-knitted pairs of stockings. Jean says the decorations of the ‘20s and ‘30s were much better quality than today. People frequently make their own decorations from tinsel icicles. One Christmas that was particularly exciting for Jean’s daughter, Ann, was the year that the stores in Manti gave out coupons for a drawing. Ann won a television set that year. In the ‘50s Jean’s boys dyed their hair red and decided to have a checkers marathon with their cousins. Silly as the boys looked, they kept at one game for eight hours. Jean recalls that her husband, Kay, would not let the children into the living room to see if Santa had come until everyone was awake. All nine children were required to line up from youngest to oldest before he would open a sliding door to reveal the Christmas tree. Then he would start handing out gifts. Though Kay has been gone for about seven years, Jean says enjoys gathering each year with her family, which now includes grandchildren and great grandchildren, at Kristine’s house, the house of her youth, to sing carols, tell stories, recall Christmases past and look forward to Christmases in the future.

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A photo of Thistle taken sometime between 1880 and 1920. When Norma Bigler lived there in the 1930s, the town had several hundred residents and serviced three railroads.

Norma Bigler - Indianola

Trains are lasting part of Christmas By Vicki Richmond


s the child of a railroad worker in the 1930s, Norma Bigler of Indianola recalls that her most lasting Christmas memories revolve around trains. She shares the story of a kind of Polar Express ride to the north with her family, where Santa’s workshop was realized in the department stores of Salt Lake City. “My mother loved Christmas,” Bigler says. She recalls how her mother took her children on a trip to Salt Lake City during one Christmas season, boarding the train at the Thistle Depot with free passes issued by

the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Co. Once in Salt Lake City, Bigler says they went to each department store and looked at all of the elaborately decorated storefronts, visiting multiple Santa Clauses and receiving gifts such as a coloring book or a “draw by number” from each one. “I thought that was so wonderful,” she says. Then their mother took them to a Chinese restaurant. “I had never seen an oyster cracker—I was fascinated,” Bigler says. Because her father worked for the railroad company her family was entitled to free passes: a benefit that greatly enhanced their lives during the Great Depression. “I loved

going on the railroad,” she says. The old Thistle Depot had a café downstairs and rooms upstairs where the men who worked for the railroad could sleep, says Bigler. She also remembers boxcars in town that were converted into living quarters. Bigler also recalls a Christmas when her father, who was working in Grand Junction at the time, brought home a big Parmesan cheese. “My mother would cut off chunks and grate it,” says Bigler, to serve with spaghetti. She says her family loved spaghetti and would eat it any time. “We would warm it for breakfast.”

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Toys of Christmases past: View Master First offered at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the original View Master resembled a pair of binoculars.Yet when a picture postcard was inserted into the top slot, viewers were delighted to see a full color photograph pop out in three glorious dimensions before their eyes. Color film was new and exciting, and consumers couldn’t get enough of staring at scene after scene of exotic places and wild animals from far away countries, places they could only dream of visiting. Eventually the post cards morphed into circular discs with tiny bits of film around the edges containing a variety of pictures. Viewers clicked a lever to advance to the next picture and the next daydream.

Continued from page 12 Another favorite holiday tradition involved cracking and eating nuts with her family. “We loved nuts,” she says. “We would always buy a big sack of mixed nuts and sit around the table eating them. Everyone had a nutcracker and a pick.” Although times were lean and the family rarely ate meat, Bigler says they would always eat roast duck at their Christmas dinner. Her mother kept tame ducks next to the creek that ran by their Thistle home. The family also had a lot of old fashioned chocolates; fruitcake, which her mother made early so it would be properly cured for Christmas; and homemade honey candy, which they stretched until it turned white, twisted, and then broke into pieces when it hardened. Bigler says each year her father would go out to the edge of the fields and cut down a bushy old pitch pine from the surrounding mountains that brought a wonderful smell to the home. They would often mark a favorite tree with a ribbon earlier in the year so it could be easily identified at Christmastime. “I remember we used to cut colored paper—red and green–and make chains.” Bigler says they also used to

string popcorn to decorate the tree. “We never had such a thing as electric lights,” she says. Although Thistle had electricity in the 1930s, Bigler says not many homes had it. “Some people had candle holders on trees.” She says people would light their trees using devices that attached to the branches like clothespins. On Christmas Eve, Bigler says she would pin her long cotton stockings together and hang them over a chair. In the morning, the stockings would be filled with peanuts, hard-tack candy, and an orange. After opening their own gifts, Bigler says she and her siblings would run to the homes of their cousins to see what gifts they had received. Bigler doesn’t remember much about those gifts received on Christmas morning. “I can’t ever remember having a doll,” she says, although she believes she must have had one. The close of the decade brought changes for Bigler. In 1939, at the age of 16, she married and moved to Indianola. Four years earlier, her father had passed away. Bigler says after she moved, she was often homesick, and wanted to go back to Thistle for visits. And each time she returned, the train would bring her home.

At home today in Indianola with a picture of Thistle in the background, Norma Bigler has fond memories of Christmas in the small-time railroad center. Her family ate roast duck for Christmas dinner. Free railroad passes allowed them to visit Salt Lake City during the holidays.

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The old sugar beet processing plant in Centerfield was probably the biggest industry in the Gunnison Valley during the 1940s, but because of war rationing, local families rarely had any sugar.

World at War

Christmas was dark time in 1940s By Alec Barton


or most, Christmas is a time of peace and goodwill, filled with seasonal goodies and family memories. But for Sanpete County families in the early 1940s, Christmas was a dark time. The nation was at war. Families were torn apart. Gratitude took on a new meaning for soldiers fortunate enough to live through years of combat in foreign lands. Lynn Nielson of Manti is one of those men. Now 92, he remembers his years of training and service in the National Guard—which included five Christmases away from home—as stressful.

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Nielson was 22 when he enrolled in basic training in Dec. 1940. He spent his first Christmas in the service in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Nielson remembers hitchhiking from California to Utah to see his family. He had three days furlough. It took about a day and a half to make it home, and so he spent just half a day with family before making the return trip. A year later, Nielson was in Hawaii on active duty. His unit left to go overseas on Dec. 6, 1941. “We got 400 miles out over sea,” he recalls. “It was the 7th of December.” The 7th of December…of 1941.

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Lynn Nielson of Manti as a soldier during World War II.

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Toys of Christmases past: Slinky Who would have believed that a battleship could generate a child’s toy? When Navy engineer Richard James worked on finding a suspension device to make traveling on a battleship smooth sailing, he was entertained by the sight of a tipped torsion spring walking end over end. When he returned home from the service, he and his wife began manufacturing the springs as toys,

which his wife named “Slinky.” Gimble’s Department Store in Philadelphia put 400 of the unusual toys on their shelves in 1945. Within 90 minutes, they were completely sold out. Surprised, James went home to make more. With 3 million sold to date, Slinky toys are still made in the same factory in Hollidaysburg, Penn. where they were born.

Continued from page 16 about what the Japanese were going to do.” Nielson made it through Christmas night, and just under a year later, in November 1945, he retired from military service. “We were in it ‘til it was over—period,” he says. “We recognized we were not going to get home until the battle was over.”

“We received instruction that Hawaii had been attacked by the Japanese.” Nielson’s unit was called into San Francisco. They left for Hawaii again on Dec. 21, and Nielson found himself spending his second Christmas in the service on the islands.

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Three long and anxious years later, he was in the Philippines. “My unit was assigned to go into Cebu and take it back into American hands,” he says. They arrived in December 1944, after spending three months on Saipan, without food or communication to the outside world. As they approached Christmas on the Philippines, Nielson and the hungry soldiers in his unit looked forward to the prospect of Christmas turkeys. “The food we ate in the military was what they call K-rations,” he explains,” and it was basically a starvation diet.” Their excitement for turkey was short-lived. “We found out we weren’t getting turkey at all,” he recalls. “Instead, we got mutton from Austria.” The meat hadn’t been refrigerated for months and was decidedly spoiled. “The cooks had to make a decision—whether to try to cook and have us eat it, or to bury it.” They cooked it. And the soldiers ate it. “Our Christmas dinner was made of a mutton stew so rancid you couldn’t

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Lynn Nielson of Manti, now 92.

But he says he has a lot to be grateful for. While in the army, he taught himself to fix radios. He became so adept that he was assigned to work with radios almost full time, sparing him from combat on the front lines.

hope to eat it,” Nielson chuckles. But they did. Nielson says they would drown the mutton in ketchup and vinegar to cover the rotten taste of the meat.

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Christmas that year was a time of worry, not celebration. “We spent all Christmas night alert waiting to see what was going to happen,” Nielson remembers. “We didn’t know whether we would be alive the next morning or not.” The Japanese, he says, would send soldiers on suicide missions into the American foxholes, usually with knives so as not to wake the camp. “The enemy knew where we were, and they were in desperate straits,” he recalls. “We spent a lot of time concerned

“It’s one of the reasons I’m still alive,” he says. “In a way, I led kind of a protected life.” Nielson is also grateful to have worked through post-traumatic stress away from Army hospitals. He says some of his buddies stayed there until they died—without ever saying a word. “I’ve fought with stress for 50 years,” Nielson says. He was diagnosed as being in bad enough shape to be in a military hospital. Instead, he says, “I stayed with my family.” Nielson learned to make it through tough times by keeping busy. “I kept myself busy all the time,” he says. “Being in the service, you had a lot of ‘hurry up and wait time.’ But I had to stay busy.”


Janet Childs of Gunnison tells a poignant story about sharing with a German prisoner of war who was assigned to thin sugar beets.

The war affected Christmases at home, too. Gunnison’s Janet Childs remembers thinning sugar beets alongside German prisoners of war who had been assigned to help raise some of the food that would go to the American military. On one occasion, her mother asked the guards if it was okay to bring out some bottled peaches and lemonade for them. The guards gave permission, and Janet, her mother and sister carried the treats from the house. As Janet’s sister came out of the house, one of the prisoners broke down

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Celebrating the Season Continued from page 18 and started to cry. This concerned the guard, who immediately rushed over to find out what was wrong. “It scared me and my sister to death when the guard ran over with his rifle,” Childs recalls. After several minutes, the guard was able to determine why the prisoner was upset. He said Janet’s sister looked just like his own daughter. The prisoner reached into his pocket, pulled out his wallet and removed a picture of his daughter. “I remember it as vivid as if it were yesterday,” Janet says. The man asked to hold Janet’s sister. Her dad said yes.

Leather Shoes

That year, locals were asked to donate clothes and other items for children in Europe. “We didn’t have much ourselves because everything was rationed,” Janet says. She remembers giving a pair of

black patent leather shoes and thinking ‘These will go to the little girl of that prisoner.’ “I don’t know where the shoes went, or even if they made it overseas,” she says. “But that thought made me feel better.”

Christmas Candy

Even though Janet’s father worked at the old sugar factory, the family didn’t have a lot of sugar during the war. Her memory of one of those rare occasions when they did enjoy sugar grows sweeter over time. “That Christmas of ’45, dad brought home some sugar,” Janet recalls. “He colored it green and red. I remember how excited we were. That was all the candy we had that year for Christmas.”

Snowier Seasons

Manti’s Bill Funk, too, was a child during the war years. “Everybody thought about the war all the time,” he remembers. Christmas in Sanpete County was

more “subdued” then, he says, the same word Lynn Nielson used to describe Christmases abroad. It was also snowier. Funk says Manti struggled through war rations like any other town. But the town didn’t suffer for meat. People shared. Manti had “a large number” of animals, and, in the days before refrigeration, families who raised them slaughtered them and shared with neighbors.

New Bicycle

When Funk was 12 or 13, he got a new bicycle for Christmas. “Man alive, that was something!” he exclaims. In war days, gifts were often small— wallets and rings, for example. Funk remembers being content with a little box of peanuts. The rations had other repercussions, as well. “We recycled everything,” Funk says. “You used and reused an awful lot of stuff.”

Funk remembers the beautiful pinion pines that used to decorate his living room. To this day, his family maintains the tradition of gathering wood from the west mountains, where they harvested the aromatic pinions at Christmas. One year, he got skis for Christmas. “We didn’t know how to ski,” he laughs. “You went until you fell.” He came home from his first ski trip to Red Point on a runner sled, unable to walk after spraining both ankles.


Funk remembers Christmas gatherings that attracted three dozen friends and family members. “People had a heck of a lot of fun,” he says. “Fewer people get together now. Where it used to be 35 at the table, now it’s eight.” In many ways, it seems, times now are better than in those dark war days—but in a few ways, they’re not as good.

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A better, simpler time By Lora Fielding


illis and Anna Hales, Redmond, remember the 1950s as a good time—a simpler time. Back then, the popular Christmas toys were Betsy McCall paper dolls, electric trains and Tonka trucks. Willis, who was born and raised in Redmond, met his wife Anna Hampton at the Red Monto, a dance hall on the shores of Redmond Lake. The two were married in 1949 shortly after Willis had completed a military tour of duty. Their first daughter Leslie was born in 1950. Four boys soon followed as the decade passed: Kerry, Dave,Wayne and Kendall.Then came the baby of the family, Chris. The Hales celebrated their first Christmases as a family during the 50s, and they remember having a lot of fun. “We always went to the church on Christmas Eve for the Christmas party,” says Anna. “That was the only time during the year that the

kids saw Santa. He’d give them each a bag of candy then we’d drive around town and look at all the Christmas lights.” Redmond’s tradition of hanging electric lights on trees and houses began during the ‘50s. The memory of the family bundled up to see the lights on Christmas Eve brings tears to Anna’s eyes. She says nobody splurged on Christmas as they do now. There weren’t tons of presents under the tree; nobody had any money and there wasn’t a lot of “stuff ” to buy. Stores didn’t sell Christmas decorations and gifts until well after Thanksgiving. Willis says some families The would rotate children receiving Hales’ oldest “the gift” on Christmas. “The daughter, Leslie, with a gift” was often a big present like bicycle she received for Christmas. a bike. During the 1950s in Redmond, families often rotated Tonka trucks became avail- giving children a major gift such as a bicycle—one child able in the ‘50s. Willis and Anna received “the gift” one year, another the next.

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(right) Anna and Willis Hales remember getting simple, necessary gifts when they were children. Willis holds a pair of socks his grandmother knitted for him from wool she sheared. (left) Dave Hales, the third Hales child, with Tonka trucks, which were the rage in the 1950s.

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Celebrating the Season Continued from page 22 remember their boys playing with them, as well as with BB guns, cap pistols and cowboy gear like boots, hats, and chaps. Barbie wasn’t invented until 1959. Until then, young girls might get baby dolls with a cradle or buggy. The Hales’ kids always got to open one present on Christmas Eve—typically homemade flannel pajamas. They remember the happy, snuggly moments shared together on that special night. Anna made a lot of the children’s clothes, including their girls’ Christmas dresses. She says hand-me-downs weren’t embarrassing; they were a fact of life. During the holiday season of 1959 most of the children in town had measles. According to Anna, everyone at a birthday party her son Wayne attended in November came down with the measles. “It sure changed Christmas that year,” she says. “We had three of four of our children with measles for the holi-

days, and it seemed everybody in town had somebody with the measles! That year they had the Christmas Eve party at the church just like they always did, then Santa went around to all the children who had measles and brought them their bags of candy.” Willis remembers the kids sledding down the hills—especially Ingers Hill—on the west side of Redmond time after time. The Hales held ice skating parties on Redmond Lake until skating was prohibited because of a fatal accident there. Now the lake doesn’t freeze solid enough to suppor t people. Willis remembers the roads weren’t plowed and cleared like they are now. The young people in town would slide down the street holding on to cars. Willis recalls drawing his kids on sleds behind the family car. “I think our kids had fun growing up, and we had good Christmases as a family,” Anna says.

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Toys of Christmases past: Tonka Trucks Tonka trucks were a mistake. Their inventors were actually trying to make garden tools. The failure of the tool business may not be surprising when you consider that the inventors were a group of teachers from Minnesota. Yet looking over their stockpile of rakes and shovels did not

discourage those educators. They had so thoroughly drilled the concept of “try again” into their students that it had become part of their own mindset. They used the leftover materials to build toy trucks, which they whimsically named after Lake Minnetonka.The trucks were a huge success. Too bad they didn’t think of marketing the trucks as garden harvest helpers, but come to think of it, after the phenomenal success of selling more than 30 million bright yellow toy trucks, those teachers are probably we a r i n g B e r mu d a shorts and living on cruise ships.

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The best gift of all By David Rosier


hristmas in Moroni in 1969 came with mixed emotions, as David Blackham remembers it. Blackham, the owner of Skyline Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant, a pharmacist and a philanthropist, grew up farming and playing the violin in Moroni. His father, Howard Blackham, was one of the founders of Moroni Feed. By ’69, Howard Blackham and his brother, Moyle Blackham, had been business partners in a turkey operation for a number of years. Both men were leaders in the community. Howard was chairman of the board of Moroni Feed Co. and Moyle directed operations at the turkey plant. Moyle was also mayor of Moroni. Both men had families, including young sons. David was 11 at the time. He remembers seeing Moyle every day as the two men conferred about business. He also remembers going along with his father to do chores, particularly feeding cattle

David Blackham at age 11.

on their farm in Freedom. One a hot afternoon in 1969, Moyle, then 47, suffered a heart attack and died while working in his yard. That changed everything. Moyle’s college-aged son, Leonard, took over the turkey operation. But Moyle’s other son, Chad, just 8 years old, seemed lost without his father. Four months later, Christmas came. As David tells it, Christmas morning he and his father got up early, planning to go to Freedom to feed the cattle before the family started celebrating the day. Before they could go, the muffled sound of a motor bike drifted across the snow and into their house. “Who could be riding a bike so early, and in the snow besides?” they wondered. David ran to the window and looked. There was Chad, his little neighbor, scooting by on a Honda D50, “the tiniest motorbike they ever made,” David remembers. It looked like great fun, skidding around in the snow, and Chad was beaming. David and Howard clambered into their cold truck and set out. They didn’t talk about Chad or the bike. But David was sure he knew what his father was thinking. Howard Blackham felt sad that he couldn’t give such a gift to his own children, even knowing that Chad’s family had bought him the motor bike to turn his thoughts to something other than his loss. David remembers his father trying to bring the subject of the motor bike up as they drove back to Moroni but not being able to say anything. As they got close to home, there was Chad, still zooming up and down the sidewalk on the shiny new bike, cheeks flushed from the cold but looking very happy. His father pulled the truck in behind the house and turned to David, as if his mind had finally settled on some way to say something, just as Chad turned the corner and came by again. But David beat him to it. “It’s okay,” he said. “I’d rather have my dad.”


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Howard Blackham lingered a little longer than usual in the truck. They didn’t speak of it the rest of that day. But as holiday seasons came and went, those few words became their cherished Christmas memory. Dave Blackham went on to incorporate that memory in his way of life. Born in 1958 to Howard and Bertha Blackham of Moroni, he grew up helping his father raise purebred Charolais cattle as well as turkeys. In the 1960s, kids from local farms raised turkeys to compete in the annual Turkey Show in Salt Lake City. Groups worked together, he remembers, tending 100 turkeys, “feeding them, treating them nice, weighing them, and charting their progress on a graph.” The turkeys were judged and then “harvested” at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The winners won prizes. The biggest toms, weighing in at 50 pounds or more, were auc-

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on his TV show, The Lieutenant. 2. The figure was based on David Breger’s military comic strip character, G.I. Joe, who became the star of a 1945 movie titled The Story of G.I. Joe. 3. G.I. Joe was designed by Walter Hansen and Phil Kraczkowski and was sold in 1964 wearing uniforms from all branches of the military. Whichever story you choose to believe, G.I. Joe has gone global—the toys are now available dressed as soldiers from other countries.

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Continued from page 30 tioned off. H owa r d a n d Bertha loved music and instilled this love in Dave. As a boy, he studie d v io l in w ith Ric hard Nibley, music professor at Snow College. When he was 11, he had prog ressed enough to play with the orchestra for the annual production of the Messiah, in those years at the Manti Tabernacle. It was a wonderful, inspirational experience for a Howard Blackham, David’s father, photographed around 1969. boy. Dave was always ard died in 1992, but also took his father’s interested in taking over the farm, but his advice about education. He graduated from father convinced him to study for a different the University of Utah pharmacy program occupation because “farming income was in 1984, and bought the Mt. Pleasant going down.” pharmacy June 21, 1986 “on a wing and a He did take over the farm when Howprayer.” “We went six and a half months without any profit,” he says. But his genuine kindness and concern for people paid off. The pharmacy grew into a business capable of supporting a growing family and eventually of giving back to the community as well. Dave contributes to the Boy Scouts of America, the LDS Church, Sub for Santa, and provides a one year tuition scholarship to Miss Snow College each year. Dave and his wife, Diane, have six children, five sons and one daughter. One son, Brett, works at the pharmacy alongside his father, but is currently buying a spa in Salt Lake City. Their daughter, Emily, will graduate from pharmacy school in May. Dave is unsure whether she will “come to work for pop.” Dave Blackham has become a remarkable man, a good part of which he can attribute to his attitudes about Christmas. “For me,” he says, “Christmas is all about family and the Savior.” With a belief like that, it’s clear he learned lifelong lessons David Blackham wraps up a day working at from his experience with his father. his father’s farm in Freedom. Farming is his avocation.

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Holiday hunting By Karen Prisbrey


al and RaDene Pickett of Gunnison have a Christmas tradition that centers on not buying, choosing or trimming, but finding the perfect Christmas tree. The tradition began when RaDene, twin brother Ardean and younger sister Nedra, were just youngsters.Their parents, Roy and Erma Anderson of Mayfield, would gather the children together the Saturday after Thanksgiving and head up Twelve-mile Canyon to find a Christmas tree. They bundled up against the cold, put a lunch together, got in the old pickup truck and headed up the mountain just as far as they could go before getting out and hiking on foot to find the perfect tree. In November 1970, the family outing grew to include Hal and his family, as he and RaDene were preparing for their December wedding.

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Toys of Christmases past: Magna Doodle “Magna Doodle” is more like a “Magic Doodle.” This magnetic toy looks deceptively simple with its drawing board and attached pen. But looking inside the honeycomb surface of the drawing board is like peering into Wonka’s candy factory. Each cell contains magnetic particles suspended in a liquid substance.This liquid is a secret formula which one can imagine being locked

up and guarded by Oompa Loompas, because it not only allows the particles to rise to a magnetic force, but it holds them there without any negative gravity effect. So what you draw is what you see until you wipe it away with an internal squeegee and start the magic all over again. So amazing was Magna Doodle that it won a 2003 toy award, 29 years after wowing its first customers in 1974.

Continued from page 32 They decorated the reception hall with pine trees, so it took a lot of work to gather all the trees that were needed. Over the years, other family members who felt inclined to tackle a day in the mountains following Thanksgiving have joined in the fun. Early Saturday morning, the Picketts rise early; dress warmly; gas up the old truck, the jeep, a 4-wheeler, and sometimes a snowmobile; and head east to the mountains. They generally leave home on dry ground and start hitting mud partway up the canyon. Before long they start pushing snow with the bumper of the truck. When they can go no higher in the hills, they stop and begin their search. “We divide ourselves in pairs and tramp through the knee-high snow with saws and axes in hand so we’re prepared when we find that ‘best-yet’ Christmas tree,” RaDene explains. As they walk, hike or stumble through the snow and mud, they find a tree that is nice, but too small. Another is too bare. Still another is too tall. A perfect tree is spotted, but excitement turns to dismay as they discover the “tree” really has two trunks. “That might be okay if you only wanted a one-sided tree,” RaDene chuckles. The next tree is too thin, and the next has sticky needles and lots of pine gum. As the group tramps on through the snow, the kids tussle with each other playing hide-and-seek while poking in and out of trees, hiding in thickets and hollow logs, and tossing some snowballs. They stop here and there along the way to make snow angels. After they’re worn to a frazzle—legs stiff, sore and shaky from the exertion—and the sun begins to set in the west, they find it, that perfect Christmas tree standing proudly, just waiting to be taken home. Cutting down that special tree is sometimes a daunting task, depending on its size, where it’s located, and

what’s in its approximate vicinity. They chop and saw until it finally drops, hoping it will fall in the direction they desire. “Hal is really good at felling trees,” RaDene says. But one year, he forgot to warn the new, inexperienced, city-dwelling sister-in-law where to stand when someone is cutting down a tree. He yelled timber, and the tree came crashing down— right on top of her. “At first we panicked,” RaDene remembers, “but she was okay. I don’t think she’s gone tree hunting with us since.” Another year, Hal’s brother Kim went hunting for his tree at a place called 55-mile-per-hour Flat. He was alone when he finally spotted a nice tree. He climbed through some oak brush then started up the tree to cut it down. Kim lost his footing, slipped, and fell, ending up nearly upside down caught by his knees. He struggled to free himself without success and hoped someone would happen by to help him. He hung there for about 20 minutes and was becoming light-headed when he saw two young boys staring up at him. “Hey mister,” they inquired. “Do you need some help?” Kim could see that the boys were too small to help, so he asked them to get their dads. The men had to push Kim upright before they could release him from his predicament. After a hearty laugh, the men helped Kim cut down the tree and haul it to his truck. Kim laughs at the thought, and says “those kids probably went back to the city and reported that they found an old fat guy hanging upside down in the forest.” As everyone claims their prize trees, members of the Pickett family begin to gather back at their trucks, hoping their freezing hands and feet will warm up while they enjoy sandwiches, hot chocolate and tasty treats. They exchange stories of past adventures and laugh at quirky experiences as youngsters take their last tumbles in

RaDene Pickett smiles as her scrapbook reminds her of family and Christmas trees.

the snow. Each year when the family returns home tired, hungry, cold and wet, they swear that they’ll never do it again. “We’re getting too old for this,” Hal says. “It’s hard work for someone young and healthy, let alone for us old duffers. “It would be easier to buy a tree off of a lot or purchase a fake one.” But when the next season comes around, everyone gets the itch to begin a new adventure, and the Picketts prepare to go hunting again. This year will undoubtedly be no exception.

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(from left) Before Janice Holt of Salina returned from her LDS mission to Spain in 1980, she and Manolo Porras knew they would eventually marry. But first, Manolo (far right) had to fulfill his military obligation to his native country. Manolo Porras and Janice Holt shortly before their marriage, which occurred a month after Christmas, 1981. By Christmas, 1983, the Porras’s happiness had increased with the birth of their first son, Jonathan.

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Editor’s Note: Janice Porras, a writer for the Salina Sun, says that when she was assigned to write about a family’s Christmases during the decade of the 1980s, she immediately thought of her own family.The 1980s were an unusually eventful and rich decade in their lives. In this story, she explains why.

By Janice Porras


hristmas in the 1980’s, in many ways, was like Christmas in any other decade. It was filled with decorations, snow (at least in our area), food, carols ringing through the air, bustling people trying desperately to get ready, gift giving, anticipation, mystery and the feeling of the spirit of Christmas. All of the activity and emotion increase as the big day draws closer. Big companies see an increase as well, in income, as they compete to make toys that will appeal to youngsters. This, in turn, increases Dad’s and Mom’s blood pressures as they worry about whether they can afford everything on children’s wish lists. The Atari 2600 was one such sought-after item in the ‘80s.Another technology-oriented toy was Electric Football. But there was still a wide variety of toys for the humbler folk or those who felt technologically behind the times. The Pogo Ball was making an attempt to take over the

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Janice and Manolo Porras’s joy continued to increase after the 1980s as they added more members to their family. In the front row in this recent family photo are Benjamen, their youngest son; Jackson, a grandson and son of their oldest son, Jonathan; Manolo and Janice. In the second row are another son, Joseph; son David; daughter-in-law Helen and son Jonathan; and son Anthony and his new wife, Paulina.

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Continued from page 36 brother introduced him to the joys of childhood Pogo Stick’s popularity. Crossfire, Hungry Hungry Christmas. Hippos and Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots were the Over the next few years, the personal ingames of the decade. Easy Bake Ovens were a big creases for our family centered on our two boys, draw. Monchichis, Lite Brite, Pound Puppies, My who continued to grow and learn. Little Pony, Action Figures for Star Wars and HeThe next Christmas to see an increase in Man and Teddy Ruxpi were also in high demand. family size was 1989. A son, David Gerard had Wrapping up the decade was the big stir created been born the previous May. Seven-month-old by the Cabbage Patch Kids. David increased the family’s joy as older brothHollywood also took a step up, releasing ers delighted in his enthusiasm for the lights and holiday movies such as Ernest Saves Christmas, bustle of the season. A Christmas Story, Gremlins, Scrooged, Trading Thus a decade of growth and increase for Places and National Lampoon Christmas Vacaour family ended—but with the hope of more tion. decades of increase to come. These increases on the national level were fun In the ‘80s, as the world added new, bright and exciting, but many families felt increases in By Christmas 1985, the Porrases had two boys, Anthony (left) and Jonathan, things to marketplace shelves, we enhanced personal ways. At least that was the case for me. shown here with Christmas decorations. our home. Our joy increased as each additional I returned from serving an LDS mission in child added a new dimension to the Christmas Madrid, Spain in July of 1980.That first Christmas season. back home was difficult but busy. By Christmas of 1984, the Porras family had moved into Christmas through the eyes of a child inDifficult because I was waiting for Manolo a new home across town from Grandma’s, but Jonathan still creases our own perception of simple happiness.The cold Porras. Manolo and I had met in the mission field, but as is less dreadful because of the light in a child’s face as he a native Spaniard, he had to complete mandatory military helped Grandma decorate her house. His favorite decoration anticipates the wonders of Christmas. May our hearts service before he could join me in America. I kept busy that year was Grandma’s nativity set. He delighted in taking baby Jesus out of the manger and putting him into Mary’s increase in love for our fellow men so that our children’s writing letters and sending him packages. His whole arms. joy during the Christmas season may translate to brothermilitary base anticipated those packages as much as he The Christmas of 1985 found our family increased hood and good will throughout the year. did. by another little boy. Five- month-old Anthony William I worked for my father at Holt’s Meat Processing plant Merry Christmas! Porras stared in wonder at the lights and wiggled as big increasing the income Manolo and I would need to start family life. I also kept company with my brother, Don, and his new wife, Camille, who were living in the basement of the family home. (This would become my husband’s and my first home as well.) That Christmas, Camille, with her musical talent and drive to share with others, drew me and my older sister, Sue, into her circle.We enjoyed caroling in church programs together. The Christmas of 1981 found Manolo with the Holt A lot of young adults get jobs to help pay for family learning American traditions such as Christmas trees, their college education. Xavier Roberts was no Santa Claus and gift giving. It was a Christmas filled with different, but instead of waiting tables or washing gratitude and joy because even then, obtaining a fiancé visa cars, he began making Cabbage Patch dolls. He to the U.S. was not easy. It was also a busy holiday because didn’t realize that his creation would make earning we were preparing for our wedding in January. a living with a college degree a moot point. Our twosome became a threesome a few weeks before When Appalachian Artworks, Inc. began Christmas in 1982 with the birth of our first son, Jonathan producing the dolls in 1982, 3 million sold Manuel Porras. Our baby’s birth increased our gratitude for out so quickly that stores had to back order the birth of the child who brought Christmas into existence: the dolls. Backorders piled on backorders until Jesus, the Christ child. the waiting list seemed longer than the earth’s Christmas of 1983 found Manolo and I sharing the joy circumference. and wonder of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a 1Everyone who finally got their Cabbage year-old. Baby Jonathan was delighted with the Christmas Patch doll in arms and kept it there may have tree and helped Grandma decorate it. He learned quickly an original collectable.You can still get Cabbage that the tree and the gifts under it were “no touch items.” Patch kids today, and you don’t even have to In fact, he learned the lesson so well that on Christmas Day, climb over Xavier Roberts’ fence and pluck one it took a lot of coaxing to get him to open his presents. But from his cabbage patch. Check online or at your once he caught on, he delighted in tearing the paper off. nearest toy store for your own squishy faced Even at his age, he preferred his Dad’s basketball bundle of fluff with Xavier Roberts’ signature over his little table and chairs. Upon finding oranges in indelibly scribed on its cloth bottom. his stocking, he promptly decided they were his own personal basketballs.

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ernando and Hirias Montano make sure their children understand the meaning of Christmas. “It’s not about a hunger for gifts,” Fernando Montano says. “It’s about giving thanks.” Their Christmas celebration in Moroni is a mix of cultural traditions learned from their childhood in Mexico and religious traditions from their Catholic faith. Fernando Montano says while his children may receive a small gift or two, the emphasis is on commemorating the birth of Jesus. The Christmas tree, according to Fernando, is usually adorned with religious figures. A nativity scene is the center of the decorations.

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Celebrating the Season Continued from page 40 While the lights and ornaments may be put up in advance, the family starts celebrating on Christmas Eve. They begin early in the day with “Las Posadas,” (The Inns) a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a shelter where Mary could give birth. Fernando Montano, coordinator The Montano of the Snow College Multicultural family and others Center, in his office. travel to neighbor s’ door steps, imploring them with songs and stories to invite them inside. Then family and friends share a festive lunch featuring tamales, posoli, tostados and a native Mexican drink, ponche. A piñata is sometimes hung for the children to swing at. Fernando says a very important part of their evening is attending midnight mass, which begins at 11 p.m. and ends at midnight. He recounts that friends and families get little sleep on Christmas Eve as they gather after the mass to feast, offer well-wishes and telephone family members who live far away. He says, “Family members kind of expect phone calls at that time of night.” On Christmas Day, they once again attend Mass. Their Christmas traditions continue on Jan. 6 with the celebration of the “Dia de los Reyes Magos”

(Three Kings Day) when children search for small presents representing the gifts the three wise men presented to Jesus after his birth. The traditional belief is that the wise men didn’t find Jesus until six days after he was born. In Mexican culture, Christmas celebrations continue until Feb. 2, which is the Candelaria (Candle Mass Day). Friends and family gather again while Christmas decorations are still in place. Fernando Montano says Mexican round bread and other traditional foods are served. He says those fortunate enough to be served a piece of bread containing a figurine of baby Jesus baked into it must host another party later with “the tamales, the whole thing.” Fernando and Hirias recall the Christmas of 1998 as a time of great tribulation, but also joy and caring. After 10 years working labor jobs, Fernando Montano says he was elated to get a position with the Utah Transit Authority that allowed him to use skills acquired in Mexico as an industrial mechanic. Although Fernando had to commute to Orem, the family had a brighter future. But the good fortune only lasted six months, as he was stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder usually triggered by an infection, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. By the time doctors had a correct diagnosis, several days into his illness, Fernando’s condition deteriorated so much that his wife was told he might not survive. Even after being treated with medication shipped from Chicago, Fernando struggled for three months in a Provo hospital to regain his mobility He says his spirits remained high. He explains

that he “felt he had been stricken so suddenly that he would recover suddenly also.” Hirias had to take care of the home, work at the Moroni processing plant and drive herself to Provo daily. She says, “I cried a lot, and felt very insecure.” But she also recounts, “It was a good challenge, and I got lots of support from friends.” The couple believes their unwavering Catholic faith got them through the tough times. Although released from the hospital in late October, Fernando Montano had to be driven daily to Provo to continue physical therapy. Hirias Montano remembers in early December of that year, small gifts like popcorn and other food items began showing up on their doorstep. The gifts were never large or expensive, but they appeared every day. Fernando Montano says they had no idea who was leaving the presents, which kept coming until Christmas Day. It was not until the last day, when larger gifts for their children arrived, that they discovered it was an LDS family in the neighborhood leaving the surprises. For Fernando and Hirias it was not the gifts that touched them so much as the knowledge there was “someone out there caring.” When he was nearly fully recovered, Fernando attended Snow College and then BYU to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work, which he completed with a scholarship from BYU. He has been employed as coordinator for the Multicultural Center at Snow College since 2008. He says he “feels like he belongs there.” Fernando says he and his family have much for which to give thanks.

Toys of Christmases past: Tickle-Me-Elmo This toy had the ability not only to be tickled, but also to tickle its manufacturer, Tyco Toys, with incredible revenues. Tyco did not anticipate the results of a ploy that generated unprecedented interest in the giggling monster. The company gave talk show host Rosie O’Donnell 200 of the toys for promotion. She liked them so much that whenever one of her guests unwittingly said the word of the day, O’Donnell would throw a Tickle Me Elmo into the studio audience.

This helped generate such a frenzy for the furry red toy that a Wal-Mart employee was trampled by consumers fighting over the Elmo he held. The supply was so scarce that toy stores asked inflated prices for the few Elmo’s they could get in stock, and Internet resellers were asking, and getting, thousands of dollars to ship the hard-to-find toy to eager buyers. People who bought the toy early had to wage a moral battle, deciding whether to disappoint their child or take advantage of a temporary financial windfall.

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hristmas in the 21st Century features the world’s greatest technology compacted into iPads and PlayStation 3s. Families have moved on from the days of spending quality time together at the holidays to maximizing resources by Skypeing from across the country and sending a “Merry Christmas” wish via Facebook. At least that’s what pop culture and ad campaigns would have Americans believe. Here in Sanpete, though, family values and age-old traditions persist. Jed and Jana Worthington and their two children, Madison, 6, and Daxton, 3, reflect that small-town Christmas spirit. Jed was born and raised in Gunnison and Jana’s family moved from “up north” to Ephraim while she was a teenager. “We do Christmas Eve with Jana’s family,” Jed says. “The kids get to open a present that night—pajamas—and we get to watch a Christmas movie.” The family favorites are undeniable classics, “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas

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The Worthingtons, Jed, Daxton, Madison and Jana, smile for a Christmas morning photo amid the remains of wrappings. The Worthingtons say that spending time with family is what makes Christmas so great. (The kids, of course, think the presents are pretty neat, too.)

Toys of Christmases past: Tamagotchi It’s no surprise that the Tamagotchi virtual pet became so popular with kids. (The name stems from the toy’s egg shape, using the Japanese word “tamango,” egg, and the English word, watch, or in other words, “watch the egg.”) No longer would children have to go out in the cold to walk Fido or feed Fluffy. All they had to do was turn on a palm-sized computer, bring their pet up on a screen, and push buttons to feed, walk and play with it.

Its creator, Akihiro Yokoi, launched the toy in his native Japan in 1996. By 2008, more than 70,000,000 units were being sold worldwide. You won’t be able to scratch your Tamagotchi pet behind its fluffy ears, because it hasn’t got any. Some consumers may think a Tamagotchi can save the tender hearts of those who hate losing a beloved pet, but be warned: If you neglect to feed or walk your pet-in-an-egg, it can virtually die.

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Continued from page 44 Story.” Daxton says he likes “A Christmas Story” because Ralphie ends up with his Red Ryder BB gun. Christmas Eve also includes a reenactment of the Nativity scene. The children get to play the parts of wise men, shepherds, and, if there’s an infant, baby Jesus. Jed and Jana are continually looking for ways to teach their children the importance of giving, a message they think should be embraced by all. “Last year for Christmas Eve we picked a

family in need and took them some gifts,” Jana said. “I think we’ll keep that tradition. I liked it.” Come Christmas morning there’s no rushing down the stairs in a frenzy. Mom and Dad get a head start on breakfast and are sure to have the video camera rolling before the kids are allowed to see what Santa left for them. Maddie thinks that’s one of the greatest parts of Christmas. “I like when we get presents,” Maddie says unabashedly. She adds, “I like when we give presents to my grandma and grandpa, too.” And she said that without a nudge from her parents! Young Maddie and Daxton still remember what they got for Christmas last year. Daxton’s favorite was a stuffed dragon based on the hit movie “How to Train Your Dragon.” Maddie’s favorite: “a Barbie… and a Barbie house!” Daxton hasn’t wavered much in the last year; the gift he looks forward to most this time around is “a dragon.” Maddie has changed her tune a bit. “I want my very own bracelets and jewelry, and art stuff,” she exclaims. On Christmas morning, after the ruckus subsides, Jed’s parents stop in to see what Santa has brought their grandchildren. They watch the kids while mom and dad clean up breakfast. As is the case for many families, the Worthingtons spend weeks preparing for an evening of bonding and a couple of hours celebrating Christmas morning. That was something Jana just couldn’t understand s ie v o until she was a mother. m as e Christm (upper it r o v fa “I always thought my mom was ir the tion” watching “Christmas Vaca e v lo s n kind of crazy growing up because she thingto y ” and The Wor A Christmas Stor hristmas Eve. decorated and made our house so cute,” Jana ” C — n together right)—o says. “But now I know why, because as soon as we put stuff up the kids get so excited and it just makes it that much more fun.” Jed can’t help but grin when he says, “We don’t do the live tree. It already has the lights on it so we don’t have to worry about that,”—something Clark Griswold missed out on in “Christmas Vacation.” Jed says both kids get Need help staying warm this winter? an ornament every Christmas to put on the tree, Let us help!

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Let your Christmas spirit show Charitable opportunities in Sanpete and Sevier counties Sanpete County Feed those in need Central Utah Food Sharing provides boxes of food to families in need. Donations are needed year round, but especially this time of year.There is a specific need for 8-10 pound turkeys. Donations can be dropped off Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. at 1080 S. Blackhawk Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, call 462-3006.

Pick an angel, help a child The Child Abuse Prevention Team (CAPT), headed by Kay Jensen, will sponsor the Tree of Angels, which contains descriptions of needy children unlikely to be served by other programs. Angels will go on the tree in Jensen’s Department Store, 29 N. Main St. in Manti, Monday Nov. 22. Most of the children represented by the angels are “the ones who slip between the cracks,” Jensen said. Perhaps both parents are working but still not bringing home enough income, or an unfortunate event has befallen the family. People can help in three ways: First, they can adopt an angel from the tree and buy a gift or gifts for the child de-

scribed, or donate money at the store. Second, they can donate bikes and bike parts. A boys group in the area will be refurbishing and fixing the bikes to give away. This year, the group will also be donating children’s furniture and playhouse furniture. Third, anyone from middle school age and up can come to the Manti City Building, 50 S. Main St. (upstairs) on Mondays at 3 p.m. and help make gifts for others for Christmas. For more information, call Kay Jensen at 835-8171.

Help a child “Shop with a Cop” The Shop with a Cop program provides 50 needy elementary-age children from Sanpete County communities with money to shop for Christmas. The program is sponsored by local and county police officers and Wal-Mart. Breakfast will be provided on Dec. 4 by McDonald’s for each participant.To donate to Shop with a Cop, write a check payable to Shop with a Cop and mail before Dec. 1 to Sandy Wright, P.O. Box 497, Fairview, UT 84629.You may also mail or take your donation to Ephraim City, 5 S. Main St., Ephraim, UT 84627. Contact Sandy Wright, 427-9492.

Be Santa’s helper Sanpete Sub for Santa provides gifts to children whose families can’t provide Christmas because of low income or extraordinary, temporary difficulties. Generally, the gifts go to children ages 14 and younger, although the program also provides gifts for youth 15-18 who have special needs. Organizers say they helped about 925 children last year. To apply, pick up an application at one of the drop sites from Fairview to Gunnison identified by a Sanpete Sub for Santa poster. Fill it out and leave it in the drop box at the site. To help, drop new, unwrapped gifts in the large receptacle at one of the sites, or write a check to Sanpete Sub for Santa and drop it in the same box used for applications. Also, used bikes are needed. Drop off bikes at the food bank or clothing bank in Mt. Pleasant, or call to make arrangements for pickup. Donations may also be mailed to Sanpete County Sub for Santa, P.O. Box 302, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647. Signs at each site provide further instructions. For information or help in Spanish, call Robert Buckner, 462-3172 The following are Sub for Santa drop-off sites: Fairview: Far West Bank Mt. Pleasant: Horseshoe Mountain Hardware, Terrell’s Thriftway, Far West Bank,

Wasatch Academy Ephraim: Kent’s Market, Snow College, Utah Heritage Credit Union Manti: Manti Market, Sanpete Messenger Gunnison: Rasmussen Ace Hardware, Gunnison Market

Help a family a world away The Johannine Christian Community in Sanpete is sponsoring a drive to raise funds for Heifer International, an organization that sends livestock to poor families in third- and fourth-world countries. Heifer International provides animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, chicks, bees, even llamas and water buffalo—whatever best fits the needs of families and is appropriate to the culture in which they live—and offers training on raising and caring for animals. Participating families also agree to donate the offspring from their animals to others in their village or community, creating a perpetual cycle of helping others. Donation jars, along with catalogs, explaining more about the program, will be placed at various public locations in the county. All of the amount donated is sent to Heifer International and is used to purchase the animals. “This is a gift that is very life-changing and provides help not just for a meal or two but throughout a lifetime,” says the church’s Rev.Vickie Tate. For more information, contact Rev. Tate at 835-5683.

Sevier County Donate to Central Utah Food Bank Central Utah Food Bank organizers are preparing to move to a new facility in the Richfield Industrial Park. Instead of holding a large food drive this year, organizers have sent invitations to local religious groups asking them to hold their own individual drives. Canned or boxed meals (macaroni and cheese, ramen, etc.) are top on the list of items most needed, as well as canned meats, such as tuna. Non-food items such as toilet paper, toothpaste, and baby diapers and formula are also always needed. A large number of clients are diabetic, so sugar-free and other diabetic-friendly food choices are needed. Until the end of December donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank, 91 E. 1000 S., Richfield. Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. After Christmas donations will be accepted at the new facility located in the Richfield Industrial Park.

Toys for Tots and Angel Trees The Toys for Tots and Angel Tree programs in Sevier County are being sponsored by the Six County Association of

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Continued from page 48 Governments RSVP program and the Department of Child and Family Services this year, and anyone wishing to pick up an application for help can do so at the DCFS office, 201 E. 500 N., Richfield, UT 84701, or call (435) 896-1250. Last year the program helped over 350 children in Sevier, Piute, and Wayne counties, and volunteers are hoping for similar results this year. In the North Sevier area there will be a box for donations at Barrett’s Foodtown in Salina. Clothing, blankets, toys, and coats should be new, clean, and unwrapped. Cash can also be dropped in the boxes any time between now and Saturday, Dec. 18. Angel trees will also be available at Barrett’s Foodtown and Burns Saddlery, in Salina. Donors can pick an angel ornament off the tree, fill the order, and bring the items and ornament back to the stores. Clothes, especially coats, are greatly needed. Although donations are always accepted, organizers would like orders filled by Dec. 18. Money is also appreciated and will be used strictly for helping those in need locally and can either be dropped off or mailed in to the DCFS address mentioned above. To arrange for a donation pickup, contact Valerie Johnson at 979-9024 or Lani Busk at 896-1250.

Help those left behind Earlier this fall Sevier County deputies went to the home of slain Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Franco Aguilar to re-insulate it. Volunteers were able to seal the attic and blow

in 2 to 2.5 feet of new insulation to help keep heating costs lower. Aguilar is one of four police officers killed in Utah this year. Also, 71 firefighters have been killed. Many of these heroes leave behind loved ones who need help. This Christmas, you can help by purchasing items online through the websites from any of the following retailers: Wal-Mart, Amazon, Sears, Target,, K-mart, Office Max, and Office Depot. It will not cost you anything, and you will help to improve life for these families.

Give gifts of the season New Horizons Crisis Center is sponsoring a Gifts of the Season home show this year to raise funds for the women they assist this holiday season.The home show will be Friday, Dec. 3, from 5–9 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon-8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Admission is for ages 10 and up. The following eight homes will be featured this year: Ray & Valerie Conner, 745 W. 190 N., Central Valley; Burt & Cindy Mitchell, 446 So. 270 E., Glenwood; Dent & Camille Curtis, 840 Black Knolls Rd., Glenwood; Nathan & Jennifer Lee, 344 E. 850 N., Richfield; Tyler & McKenzie Sorenson, 1018 N. Plaza Dr., Richfield; Karen Palmer, 934 N. 225 W., Richfield; Richard & Karen Chamberlain, 372 Westview Dr., Richfield; and Tristan & Kristy DeMille, 435 Phavant Dr., Richfield. Tickets can be purchased at Christensen’s, Larsen’s Ace,

and Expressions by Design in Richfield, at Barrett’s Foodtown in Salina, and at the Monroe Texaco. Tickets will also be on sale at each of the featured homes. All proceeds will benefit the New Horizons Crisis Center.

Shop with a Cop Sevier County’s Shop with a Cop program involves volunteers from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, North Sevier EMTs, jeep posse, mounted posse, Salina City Police force, and the local fire departments. One hundred children are selected, based on financial need, to spend the morning of Dec. 11 shopping with a cop. The fun begins at 7 a.m. at the Exhibition Hall at the Sevier County Fairgrounds where breakfast will be served. At 8 a.m. the “cops” and their children will parade up to 300 North from the fairgrounds to Main Street, and down to K-mart. Santa will ride in a fire truck at the head of the parade. Anyone interested in donating to the program is asked to contact Sgt. Kim Sorenson at the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office (435-896-2600). It takes over $10,000 to make sure 100 kids get $100 for their Christmas, so organizers are asking for continued donations. Items that can be used for next year’s auction can also be given to Sgt. Kim Sorenson at any time through out the year or donations can be made at any Sevier County Zions Bank.To request a child be signed up for the program, call the Sheriff’s Department at 896-2600.

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Make holiday meals a safe, delicious family experience By Anita Raddatz and Corrie Lynne Player Preparing and eating traditional holiday meals are powerful ways to build family attachments that bind generations. You can create memories for your children and grandchildren by involving them in everything from cracking eggs to greasing baking pans. Make sure kids know about basic hygiene. Give them non-slip step stools, aprons, and easy-to-read measuring cups. Demonstrate proper use of utensils and small appliances, and teach how to read and follow recipes. Most of all make your time in the kitchen, even the clean up, fun. Praise the young cooks and eat their creations with gusto. The holidays wouldn’t be complete without turkey on the menu, so let’s consider how to select, prepare, and present this festive poultry.

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Sloppy handling can make you sick. Four simple rules will keep your family and guests safe: 1. Buy and use a meat thermometer. 2. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Bacteria multiply rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees. 3. Cook food thoroughly, quickly, and all at once. 4. Wash your hands, cutting boards, knives, counters, etc. with hot, soapy water frequently, especially when you switch from one kind of food to another. Now, let’s talk turkey!

Selecting a turkey

You can’t cook a perfect turkey unless you start with the best.You should plan on about three-quarters of a pound per person, raw weight in the package, for generous servings, with not much left over. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before beginning your quest: Tom or hen? The difference is the size. Hens are below 16 pounds and toms are over 16 pounds. They are equally tender, moist, and delicious. Both are young turkeys. Anita Raddatz, a home economist and Sanpete County director Pre-basted or all-natural? Pre-basted turkeys will have for USU Extension, displays a perfectly roasted turkey. a statement on the label such as “5.5 % Natural Turkey Broth and Seasonings Added Deep Inside.” Some people is pre-cooked, just thaw and serve cold. prefer a natural product with no additives. The turkey will be delicious but drier. All-natural turkeys have been minimally Cooking the Perfect Turkey processed and have no added ingredients. With a little preparation and care, you can cook your holiday Frozen or refrigerated? Usually this decision is based on conturkey juuuust right. venience and time. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to The first step is to thaw the turkey. Never thaw a frozen thaw a frozen turkey you may want to buy a refrigerated one. turkey at room temperature! A microwave for thawing is not Get the turkey in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Cook it by the use date on the weight tag. If something comes up and recommended. Thawing in the refrigerator is the best way. Leave the turkey you cannot cook the refrigerated turkey, freeze it and save it for in its original bag, set it in a pan to catch any drippings, and put another time. it in the refrigerator for two or three days for an average-size If you like traditional roast turkey but the whole bird is too turkey. Thawing takes about four hours per pound. much, or if you are not a dark meat fan, try a bone-in breast.These If you are in a hurry you can leave the turkey in its original normally weigh 4-8 pounds, can be roasted in one and a half to three hours, and can be served the same way as a whole turkey. bag, put it in the sink, and soak it with cold water. Leave the water running slowly or change the water every half-hour. This Buy one with a pop-up time to make roasting even easier. For a special, convenient whole turkey treat, try serving a smoked turkey. Simply thaw, heat, slice, and serve. Or, since it Continued on page 53

Savory Side Dishes

No matter how wonderful your turkey turns out to be, you need salads, potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. You probably have favorites handed down from parents and grandparents. Try these easy recipes to add zip and variety to that traditional feast.

Scalloped potatoes (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS: Vegetable cooking spray, 3 potatoes (unpeeled) cut into quarter-inch slices, 1 cup chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon pepper (divided), 1 teaspoon dried par sley flakes (divided), 1/2 pound turkey ham (cubed) 1/2 cup milk, 4 slices bacon (cooked and diced), 3 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS: In a one-quart round baking dish, sprayed with vegetable cooking spray, layer a third of the potato slices and top with half the onions. Sprinkle over top 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon parsley, and half of the turkey ham. Repeat layers, ending with layer of potatoes. Pour milk over top and sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes more or until cheese has melted.

Turkey chili (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons oil, 2 pounds ground turkey, 1/2 cup onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste), 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, fresh ground pepper (to taste), 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drained, 2 cans red kidney beans (15 ounces each) drained DIRECTIONS: Over medium heat, in a large skillet, heat oil. Add ground turkey and onions; cook and stir about 4-5 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink. Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and tomatoes; cover. Over high heat, bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans, cook until heated through. May be prepared a day ahead. Simmer 1 hour.

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November 24, 2010 Continued from page 52 method takes about 30 minutes per pound. Once thawed, the turkey must be used within seven days. Keep it cold in the refrigerator until ready to roast. Do not refreeze. After thawing, remove the bag; save the instructions in a plastic bag so you do not have to touch the instructions while cooking. Remove the neck and the giblets from the body cavity. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and cover or fashion a loose foil tent. Here’s a tip: remove the foil for the last hour for final browning. Roast in an oven pre-heated to 325 degrees. Roasting takes about 15 minutes per pound, if not stuffed. Stuffed turkeys take an additional 30 minutes to one hour cooking time. There is usually no need to baste the turkey because most turkeys are pre-basted. The embedded meat thermometer should pop up when it is ready. If the leg moves freely, and if the juices run clear after piercing the thickest part of the inner thigh, it’s done. Remove the turkey from the oven and let stand for about 20 minutes to make carving easier and make the turkey more uniformly moist. There are other roasting methods. A turkey-size oven roasting bag reduces cooking time, leaves the turkey moister, and makes clean-up a snap. In a convection oven, a whole turkey or turkey breast will cook in less time with more even results. Placing the turkey in a crock pot, cooking on high for four to six hours, and using a meat thermometer frees up the oven for other dishes. Turkeys can also be grilled, put on a rotisserie, or fried in a deep fryer. has a great assortment of ideas about food safety, different cuts of the turkey, side dishes, and cooking the perfect turkey.Their website is http://www.norbest. com.

How to serve

Appearance is everything. You’ve got plenty of options for serving the turkey and the meal, depending on the audience…or rather, family: Plated: This is the most elegant way to bring the turkey to the table. The guests are seated and anticipating what’s to come and you are able to present your meal in style. This method works best when you’re having just a few courses and the table is crowded. Family Style: Who doesn’t love the idea of sitting down at a table with all his favorites to choose from? With this method you can put the dishes of your main course, side dishes, and dessert in front of your guests

and let them choose. Buffet: This style is often the best way to serve a large crowd that might be seated at several different tables. Also it’s fun to see what everyone chooses.

Safely storing leftovers

Refrigerate or freeze leftovers as soon as possible. Cut all meat from the bones before

storing leftovers. Store turkey, gravy, and stuffing in separate containers.All containers should be small and shallow to allow quick cooling. Refrigerated turkey should be used within three or four days. Stuffing and gravy should be used within two days. Reheat the stuffing to a minimum of 165 degrees. Reheat gravy to a rolling boil before serving. Cooked turkey may be frozen for up to

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Celebrating the Season

November 24, 2010

Continued from page 52 Angel-hair pasta with herbed turkey (Serves 4)

Classic pumpkin pecan pie

INGREDIENTS: 9 ounces fresh angel-hair pasta cooked according to package directions, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, 1 carrot (finely diced), 2 tablespoons water (optional), 1 to 1-1/2 pound turkey breast diced into 1/2 inch pieces, 1/8 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, freshly ground black pepper (to taste), 1-1/2 cups small broccoli florets, 3/4 cup half-and-half, 1/2 cup heavy cream, freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional) DIRECTIONS: Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add onion and carrot. Sauté over medium heat until onion is soft but not brown, about 2 minutes. Add water if it seems dry. Add diced turkey to pan and sauté until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme, basil, oregano and fresh ground black pepper. Add broccoli and cover. Cook over low heat 1 minute. Meanwhile, combine half-and-half cream in large glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave until hot to the touch, about 1 ½ minutes. Stir into turkey and vegetables. Cook, uncovered, over medium high heat until cream has reduced and thickened and broccoli is crisp tender. Serve over pasta with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

INGREDIENTS: 3 eggs (divided), 1 cup canned solid pack pumpkin, 1 cup sugar (divided), 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, dash of salt, 2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, 1 prepared deep dish pie crust DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If using a frozen pie crust, do not thaw; preheat a baking sheet in the oven and place the pie on the cookie sheet to bake. In small bowl, combine 1 egg, pumpkin, 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Spread in pie crust. In medium bowl, beat remaining 2 eggs slightly. Stir in corn syrup and remaining 2/3 cup sugar, the butter and vanilla; stir until well blended. Stir in pecans. Carefully spoon over pumpkin mixture. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until filling is set around edge. Cool pie completely on wire rack.

Rules for Christmas Coloring Contest (See Page 56) COLORING CONTEST RULES AND PRIZES: One entry per child, ages 6-11. Children must do their own work. Use crayons or colored pencils. Be sure to include child’s name, age, phone number, and home town on the entry.

Age groups: Age 6 Age 7 Age 8 Age 9 Age 10 Age 11

Entries are due Fri., Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. at either the Sanpete Messenger , 35 S. Main, Manti, or Kopy Katz, 35 S. Main, Ephraim. PRIZES: There will be a winner for each age group (five winners will win a $10 gift card at Wal-Mart). A grand prize winner will be selected from the the age group winners, and will win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card (instead of a $10 gift card). Entries will be judged on color choice, neatness and originality.

November 24, 2010

Celebrating the Season



Celebrating the Season

November 24, 2010

SANPETE MESSENGER / KOPY KATZ PRINTING 2010 HOLIDAY COLORING CONTEST Name __________________________________________ Phone _______________________

Age _______

Address _______________________________________________________ City ______________________ Turn in by Dec. 17, 2010 to Kopy Katz Printing, Ephraim or Sanpete News, Manti at 5 p.m. - See rules and Prizes Page 54

Best Special Section 11-24-10 Messenger  
Best Special Section 11-24-10 Messenger  

UPA Better Newspaper Contest Best special section 11-24-10