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CHRISTMAS TALES by Deborah Stumpf

ISSUE 477 • DECEMBER 20, 2010

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads.” - Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit From St. Nicholas”

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German spelling of Donder and Blitzen by editor Edmund Clarence Stedman in his “An American Anthology, 1787-1900.” The English translation is Thunder and Lightening.

“A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS” AKA “THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS”

• Over the years other terminology has also changed. Phrases and words such as “But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight” has changed to: “But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight.” The original last line was “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night,” which has changed in more recent editions to “Merry Christmas to all …”

If one attempts to conjure up a list of American Christmas classics, “The Night Before Christmas” has to be near the top of the list. First titled “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” author Clement Clarke Moore wrote it for his son in 1822. A friend had submitted it anonymously to the Troy, New York “Sentinel” in 1823 when it was first published. The poem was not attributed to Moore until an anthology of his work was published in 1844. Legend has it that Moore, a university professor and author of scholarly works, may not have wanted to be associated with children’s literature.

• Three of the original four handwritten poems are located in museums. The fourth is said to have surfaced in 2006 in Dallas when it was sold by a private collector through Heritage Auction Galleries for $280,000 to a New York media CEO. This copy is said to be signed by Clement Clarke Moore and was given to a friend in 1860.

Once published in the “Sentinel,” the rest was history. It is surmised that Moore’s story about Santa Claus shaped the American view of Christmas and associated Santa with the holiday, giving the emphasis to children rather than religion.

OH THE MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH If “The Night Before Christmas” launched the commercialization of the holiday, then “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was a serious attempt at reversing that trend. Written in 1957 by Dr. Seuss, the story is about a cranky green creature (Grinch) who lives in a cave in the very steep Mount Crumpit that rises above Whoville where the happy Whos live and breathe the Christmas Spirit. The Grinch is lonely and envious of the Whos. He hatches a plan to steal their Christmas – everything from

The story has been adapted over and over again in other literature pieces, music, movies and television.

WHO IS REALLY THE AUTHOR? There is a small amount of controversy surrounding the true author of “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” A few have proposed that Harry Livingston Jr. is the author. Arguments include the writing style and theme was consistent with Livingston’s prose; his mother was Dutch, which would account for the original Dutch spelling of reindeer Dunder and Blixem; Clement Clarke Moore had not take credit for the writing early on; and Moore had allegedly lied about translating a book at one time, although this has been explained as a miscommunication regarding a dedication in a book.

decorations to presents – while they are sleeping on Christmas Eve. Much to his surprise, the disappointed Whos are still happy and the Grinch learns the real meaning of Christmas, returning all that he stole and joining the Whos in their Christmas day festivities. The story has been adapted numerous times for film, stage and television, as well as translated into many languages including Latin. Boris Karloff starred as the Grinch in the first television production in 1966. Jim Carrey played the part successfully in the 2000 version directed by Ron Howard. In 1975, Zero Mostel narrated an audio recording of the story.

GREEN AND OTHER GRINCHY TRIVIA • The original Grinch was not green, but black and white with some red and pink splotches of color. • The 2000 movie cost $115 million to make. Part of that cost was to pay for 2,000 candy canes, 52,000 Christmas lights and about 8,200 ornaments. Oh, and there was that yak hair dyed green and sewn onto a suit made of spandex, one at a time. • The TV version featured June Foray as the voice of Cindy Lou Who. She was the voice of Rocky the flying squirrel and Natasha Fatale in the famous “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon series.

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DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL English novelist Charles Dickens is synonymous with Christmas literature, “A Christmas Carol” being one of the most well known and popular, particularly for movie and stage performances. Lest the Grinch think he has cornered the market on the holiday grumpies, there’s Ebenezer Scrooge. “A Christmas Carol” was written during the Victorian era in Britain, a time when Christmas may have gone by the wayside and replaced with a more somber atmosphere. Dickens’ story brought back the “merry” to Merry Christmas. We all know the story: Ebenezer Scrooge, cruel and heartless businessman is visited by the spirit of his dead business partner who warns him of what is to happen if he doesn’t change his Grinch-like ways. Scrooge then receives visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, all giving him a glimpse into his life and the affects he has had on others. After he views life through the eyes of others, he experiences a revelation and changes into a kind and compassionate man who loves Christmas and what it stands for. He suddenly finds empathy and compassion for his employee, Bob Cratchit and his ill son, Tiny Tim. Dickens felt strongly about the plight of poor families and their children during the early 19th century and had planned to write a scathing discourse about the same. Instead, he chose to write “A Christmas Carol” in an effort to raise awareness about

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• On Dec. 26, 1606, William Shakespeare’s play “King Lear” is performed at the court of King James I of England. Shakespeare’s plays were not published during his lifetime. After his death, two members of his troupe collected copies of his plays and printed what is now called the First Folio (1623). • On Dec. 24, 1809, Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson, celebrated hero of the American West, is born in Richmond, Ky. Although he spent much of his life fighting Indians, Carson apparently had great sympathy and respect for them -- in 1867 he became the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Colorado Territory. • On Dec. 25, 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease fire and commence to sing Christmas carols. The soldiers of Germany, Russia, France and Britain exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and even played a good-natured game of soccer.

• On Dec. 21, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle, but in a freak car accident in Germany. Never diplomatic, Patton once berated and slapped a hospitalized soldier diagnosed with “shell shock,” whom Patton accused of “malingering.” • On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. Her parents had never learned parenting skills, so she was reared by zookeepers. Colo, the oldest living gorilla in captivity, went on to become a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. • On Dec. 20, 1963, more than two years after the Berlin Wall was constructed by East Germany to prevent its citizens from fleeing its communist regime, nearly 4,000 West Berliners are allowed to cross into East Berlin to visit relatives. • On Dec. 23, 1982, the Missouri Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control inform residents of Times Beach, Mo., that their town was contaminated when the chemical dioxin was sprayed on its unpaved roads. The whole town was evacuated and demolished. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TINTED COCONUT Place one can flaked or shredded coconut in a zip-closure bag or jar with lid. Make sure you leave 3 inches of space in the top of the container for shaking. Add 2 to 3 drops food color. Zip the bag or seal the jar and shake the container. Add more food color for darker colors.

COLORED SUGAR Measure 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Place sugar in a jar with tight fitting lid. Add a few drops liquid food coloring and shake jar. Add more food coloring to get desired color for sugar. Sprinkle sugar on warm cookies or glaze, then sprinkle with colored sugar.

DECORATING TIP: Use a muffin tin to assemble all the decorations: tinted coconut, colored sugar, sprinkles and candy balls.

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4. HISTORY: Who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel? 5. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was the first president born in a hospital? 6. GEOGRAPHY: Where would one find the popular tourist spot called “Vieux Carre”? 7. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of a creature is a gibbon? 8. ASTRONOMY: Rhea is a moon of which planet? 9. TELEVISION: Which comedians were famous for the “Who’s on First?” vaudeville routine?

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1. What was Buddy Holly’s first No. 1 single record? When was it released? 2. What was the song in question in a lawsuit between Gary U.S. Bonds and Chubby Checker? 3. Which song is The Knack best known for? 4. Who is William Michael Albert Broad? What was his first record? 5. Which of these Creedence Clearwater Revival songs hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts: “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary” or “Green River” 6. Who released an album in 1990 with the title “Smooth Noodle Maps”? (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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New DVD Releases for Week of December 20, 2010 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Salt” (Unrated Edition) -- Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a spy on the run (a la the Bourne films) in this high-octane, action-fueled thriller. Salt is a CIA agent married to a German national who visits Korea very often. On the eve of her anniversary, a Russian defector dying of cancer reveals that Salt is a sleeper agent, trained since she was a child, whose mission, when “activated,” is to assassinate the Russian president.

Fearing for her husband’s safety, she begins her search for him, while at the same time eluding her fellow agents who are hellbent on killing her. The action scenes are seemingly non-stop, and the plot twists keep you guessing whether Salt is or isn’t a Manchurian Candidate. Add to the mix the electric performance of Angelina Jolie, and you’ve got a recipe for a delicious afternoon’s diversion. “Family Guy: It’s a Trap!” (Unrated) -- The third installment of “The Family Guy” specials spoofing the original “Star Wars” trilogy this time takes its bad-taste aim at “Return of the Jedi.” The DVD release also includes deleted scenes, a Trivial Pursuit game, the panel discussion from Comic-con 2010 and much more. Also, if you don’t already own the previous two episodes, the entire trilogy can be had in the boxed set: “Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The

Family Guy Trilogy.” DOG OF THE WEEK “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (PG13) -- In the 1990s, if you wanted a telltale sign that a movie was gonna suck, all you had to do is see if Freddy Prinz Jr. was in it. Today, if you want a guarantee that a movie is gonna blow chunks, look for Shia LeBeouf in the cast list. Whether he’s dragging down the plot as Indiana Jones’ son, or in the case of this “Wall Street” sequel as Gordon Gecko’s protege, Jake Moore, that boy can take a mediocre movie and turn it into something that smells like it came straight from a corpse. Granted, “Money Never Sleeps” wouldn’t be a very good film even without LeBeouf. Michael Douglas looks like he’s just phoning it in, and the movie fails to capture the same energy as the original.

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TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. Chronometry 2. Aluminum 3. Royal flush 4. Aaron Burr 5. Jimmy Carter 6. New Orleans (The French Quarter) 7. Ape 8. Saturn 9. Abbott and Costello 10. Lecter

DECEMBER 20, 2010 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although taking advice isn’t always easy for the headstrong Sheep, you might want to consider what someone you respect says about an upcoming decision.

SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman, who finished second to Atlanta’s Tom Glavine in 1998. 2. Tom Browning won 20 for Cincinnati in 1985. 3. Marques Tuiasosopo, for the University of Washington in 1999. 4. Robert Parish played in 1,611 NBA games. 5. He was 19. 6. It was 1986. 7. Vreni Schneider won 14 times in the 1988-89 season.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. “That’ll Be the Day,” in 1957. The song appeared on an album of the same name. 2. “Quarter to Three” was No. 1 hit for Bonds in 1961. He claimed that Checker used it as a basis for “Dancin’ Party” and sued because of the similarities. The suit was settled out of court. 3. “My Sharona” was a No. 1 hit in 1979. It stayed on the charts for six weeks. 4. None other than Billy Idol. His first record was “Dancing With Myself” b/w “Mony Mony.” Neither song broke the Top 100 chart barrier. 5. Oddly enough, none of them rose higher than the No. 2 spot, yet all were certified either Platinum or Gold. 6. Devo.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new offer is tempting, but don’t be bullied into a quick decision. Rely on your keen Bovine business sense to alert you to anything that might be questionable. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your Gemini Twin nature rallies to help you deal with this week’s hectic schedules, both in your personal and professional lives. One caution: Watch your diet. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid rushing to make up for time lost on a stalled workplace operation. Best to set up a schedule and pace yourself. Welcome the help of colleagues. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Despite those glittering holiday distractions you love so well, be sure to keep your feline senses set on high to alert you to anything that might require fast action. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making an effort to restore fraying relationships proves to be more successful than you dared hope. The holidays also bring new friends into your life.

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prepare your own income taxes? Do you enjoy court proceedings? A family law attorney handles divorces on a regular basis, can take care of the paperwork for you, and is very familiar with the associated court matters. Does your spouse already have a lawyer? That lawyer’s job is to represent your spouse, not you, to the best of the lawyer’s ability. Depending on your situation, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer to help you with your divorce. If you already have a relationship with a lawyer, talk to her or him about it. There are many good family law attorneys to choose from. This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice about your case.

Chris Meyer is an attorney practicing family law in El Paso County. Chris’ law practice is devoted exclusively to domestic relations cases. Chris has been Do complex transactions involving big financial de- practicing law since 1977. He is a former prosecutor cisions and family responsibilities make you anx- and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Califorious? If you hire a lawyer, she or he should be able nia, Florida and Wisconsin. to shoulder most of the load and increase your confidence level that you are doing the right thing for you Chris can be contacted at 719-488-9395. Chris’s weband your children. site (www.cmeyerlaw.com) has additional divorce and family law information and many other articles. A divorce proceeding is paperwork intensive. Do you enjoy doing paperwork? For example, do you

Teenagers might appreciate a gift card to a music store. Handy homeowners will use a gift card to the local hardware store. For women, if you can find an all-mall card, so much the better.

a pre-loaded card, get a blank card from a clerk or customer services and have the amount loaded while you wait. Then hold on to your receipt in case something happens.

However, not all gift cards are alike. While the industry used to be guilty of abuse with gift-card expiration dates and fees, new rules this year force merchants to keep the cards (and the balance) active for five years. If there are per-purchase fees, they must be written on the package. Balance carry-over fees can’t be assessed until the card has been used at least once. After that, however, fees can be assessed once a month, and there’s nothing to limit the amount of fees that can be charged for that.

For the Internet-savvy recipient, consider an e-gift card, also known as a virtual gift card. You e-mail a special code to the recipient, who prints it out and takes it to the store. It spends just like a plastic gift card.

If the card is lost, there’s no guarantee you can get a replacement, even with your receipt. If you can get a replacement, there are sure to be fees. Do your homework and be sure what you’re getting. There are new warnings out this year about preloaded gift cards you take off the rack: There might not be any money there by the time your recipient uses them. Scammers have figured out how to read the code on a card, call the toll-free number on the back, and then spend that money. Instead of buying

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Be careful of the store: If it goes bankrupt, the gift cards you buy might be worthless. Consider giving cash instead. While it’s thought that nearly 30 percent of gift cards go unused every year, nobody loses track of cash.

David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.


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