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A Christmas of Need
When Christmas comes around it isn't always a time of joy. For some people, it's a time of need of food.
You can help this problem. All you have to do is bring a can of food to the needy.
This problem is starvation. This problem has spread all over Africa. The reason for this is because of a dry period. It is bringing illness, hunger and death to millions.
Over 150,000 people have fled their villages to look for food. The reason for this is because there is no food in the villages.
This problem isn't only in Africa, it's all over the world. Some people care about it.
The people that don't care about it look at it this way, what if you were one of them?
From "A Kids' Eye View Of Christmas", Syracuse Post-Standard, Friday, Dec. 14 1984
SURVEY OF THE DECADES - CHRISTMAS 1980s
How America Celebrated Christmas in the 1980s"My sister wants a Cabbage Patch kid for Christmas." Eric, 1984
Follow these Hints for Tree Success
Your gift list is complete right down to the last sprig of mistletoe. Christmas lights and ornaments have been retrieved from the attic, waiting to be hung on that true holiday symbol, the Christmas tree. But before you purchase your tree, consider these helpful hints from Dr. Francis Gouin, an extension specialist and horticulture professor at the University of Maryland at College Park.
If you're like most Marylanders, 64 percent in fact, you'll probably pick up a Scotch pine as your yuletide symbol. These trees are generally seven, to eight feet tall, Dr. Gouin said. About 10 percent of Marylanders choose a white pine, with the remainder selecting Douglas or Fraser firs, Colorado blue spruce or other varieties.
You can expect to spend anywhere from $15-$35 for your tree, with a possible savings if you go to one of Maryland's "choose and cut" Christmas tree farms. For more information on these farms, consult the Maryland Department of Agriculture's "Maryland Choose And Cut Christmas Tree Directory".
If you're going to buy a pre-cut tree, go early in the season and look for the "Maryland Grown Christmas Tree, Green, Fresh, Fragrant" sign and for the "Maryland with Pride" logo. This indicates freshness "Some of these trees are cut before November" Mr. Gouin said. Go to a Christmas tree lot during the day, when there is ample light to properly inspect the trees. Then follow these simple guidelines:
Properly watered, there is no reason a tree won't keep indoors for three weeks, Dr. Gouin said. When the time comes for disposal, think about using the limbs as winter cover for your outdoor plants. You can burn stumps in the fireplace, or even stand the tree up in your backyard and string it with popcorn: "The birds will have a field day," Dr. Gouin noted.
It looks like another record season for Christmas tree farmers, despite the preference of many Americans for artificial trees that can be boxed and stored until next year. A record 34.3 million Christmas trees were sold in 1988, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture report says the market is expected to exceed 35 million this year. The Frederick Post, Frederick, MD., Thursday, December 7, 1989
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