By PAT JONES
God rest you metric gentlemen Let nothing you dismay For Christ Your Lord and
Was born on Christmas day ...
Iris all very well for those medieval carollers to sing " Let nothing you dismay ". They did not see the modern Christmas, with its noisy impact and its commercial trimmings.
Neither did the jolly songsters imagine that quite a few of the merrie Englishe would not even he able to explain the word "Christmas ".
Dont put them off !
ABANDON that tomato coloured Robin Redbreast. even though he is lovable. and send Christian Christmas cards, ones with real artistic merit, not the badly drawn kind which might put your friends off the real meaning of Christmas.
Or buy cards from the many charities which now produce them, or from you. church repository. or a convent If we must fling our money around, let us Ring it in the right direction.
Nearly everyone now knows of the decorative stamps. sold by the Christmas Poster Campaign. the Chest and Heart Association, the society for Spastics. etc.
An Advent Calendar
AGOOD crib is more important than a gaily decorated Christmas tree, and not such a fire risk. The little scene of the stable birth will do a great deal to remind the family and callers that Christ is the reason for your rejoicings
The children's mounting excitement as the day draws near can be measured on an Advent Calendar, the picture in which a little window is lifted up each day of Advent to show a miniature picture underneath. The last " window " lifts up to reveal the stable at Bethlehem They cost about 3s. from stationers or stores.
Bring back St. Nicholas
REINSTATE Santa Nicolaus, and play down Father Christmas for a
while. There are too many shabby, seedy-looking Fr. Christmases around the stores. Tell your children the story of the real St. Nicholas, whose love of children has come down to us through the centuries.
Teach your children some of the best, most Catholic Christmas carols-and is you don't know any, you can probably coax them to teach you for they may be singing some at school.
A frenzied attack
IF the thought of Christmas shopping is getting you down, gather up all available monies march into the nearest large store, and don't come out until all purchases are accomplished
This method of frenzied attack works very well providing none of your gifts are too large. I find it successful but almost finish carrying parcel in my teeth.
A simple way of greeting your friends and helping the needy at the same time is to buy "Oxfam" Christmas cards, issued by the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (17 Broad Street, Oxford). Bright but not gaudy, these sell at 5d., 8d., and 10d. each, and in boxes of 12 (six different designs), price 7s., plus Is. postage and packing. All the proceeds are to be devoted to the Committee's programmes for the welfare of refugees and hungry people the world over. The card illustrated above is one of the eightpenny
ones, full colour (0E60/4).