WHEN someone says the word Christmas to you what do you think of first? Some people think of the crib at Bethlehem, others of midnight Mass. and others of presents
Now it's all very well to think of presents. as long as you're not lust thinking of receiving them but giving them as well! And remember, Its not how expensive the presents are, but the love with which you give them (and the care with which you choose them) that counts. After all if you're given special money for presents and just rush out and buy them without thinking, they're not worth very much are they?
SOMETIMES the best presents you can give are the ones you have actually made yourself.
If you're a girl you can knit something, or decorate a cushion cover with bright wool, or even bake a special cake.
If you're a boy and clever with your hands. here's an idea for you. Get an old cracked gramophone recora, place it in a bowl of hot. not boiling. water, and wait until it softens. Then mould and smooth it into the shape of a flower vase. or an ash tray. When it is cold and hard again, you can paint it with a lacquer-any colour you like.
IF it hadn't been for a kindly old bishop of Asia Minor there wouldn't be any presents at all. His name. of course. was Nicholas, he was very generous. It is believed that the giving of presents on the eve of the feast. was the way the custom started.
These Christmas customs are not the same in every country. In some places, children put out their shoes for presents instead of hanging up their stockings. And they put out a pile of hay for the reindeers to feed on.
Schools' carol day
Three thousand boys and girls from Catholic primary and secondary schools in the London area will take part in the London Schools' Christmas Carol Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday (2.15 p.m.). Cardinal Godfrey will be present,