Overall winners for 2018 were announced at the Jan. 3 meeting of the Newcomers Club held at the Paris Country Club.

Joanne Hurst took the top spot in canasta with 10 wins, and Jackye Hohman was first in bridge with 12 wins.

Officers elected for the new year are Lorraine Hamilton, president; Kate Younker, vice president; Hohman, secretary; and Kathy Madison, treasurer.

Marilyn Salgado was welcomed as a new member. Colleen Richardson and Ann Patterson were guests with Joyce North and Madison serving as hostesses.

Cards were played following lunch. Canasta winners were Judy Harwood, first; Charlene Domangue, second; and Younker, third.

Bridge winners were Wanda Glidewell, first; Hamilton, second; and Patterson, third. Sandy Minor won the game prize.

Hostesses for the Jan. 17 meeting will be Madison and North.

PARIS WOMAN’S CLUB MEETS

Paris Woman’s Club president Alice McCutcheon presented the Dec. 12 meeting’s program on Christmas traditions from the past. A few of these are related below.

The Christmas pickle was one most of us did not know. It was started in the United States by German communities (Amazon has the pickle story online).

The Christmas tree was from decorating a live tree for a winter festival. This was a pagan tradition to begin with and became a Christian one. The tree was an oak at first in Europe and later became a fir tree symbolizing everlasting life. Early small houses, with little room, hung the tree upside down from the rafters. Often there was a miracle play given by the church to perpetuate the story of Christ’s birth, since many people couldn’t read. Prince Albert was the first person to bring the tree into the castle. To decorate the tree, candles were used for the light to shine. It was decorated on Christmas Eve and they left the decorations up till after the epiphany. The tree was burned by a man dressed as a bishop (maybe a start to St. Nicholas with the red suit).

The original 12 days of Christmas started on Christmas and lasted 11 more days to Jan. 6, this from the British Isles.

Holly represented the crown of thorns and the red berries drops of blood. The mistletoe was used by druids to represent friendship.

On the Winter Solstice, a newel log was brought into the house and burned to cleanse the home.

The meeting was held at the home of Martha Campbell with 12 members attending. After the prayer and a catered luncheon, McCutcheon opened the meeting.

New business was a discussion of new membership possibilities for 2019.

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