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Page 7 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 34 no. 1 1958

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on to club meetings, to Christmas programs, to Mt. Mitchell, and ted. other scenic areas. When the president of the Rotary Club asked for a show of ;s hands of those who would furnish transportation for meeting the early train, there were enough volunteers to meet two hundred people, and we had only sixty-six. Many of the guests were not Christians, but they were all deeply religious, and they joined in with the Christmas activities as if they were used to it. There was a Christmas tree, and every one gave a gift, and everybody received a gift. Names were drawn and gifts not exceeding $2. 00 were exchanged. All guests had had an opportunity to do something in crafts, and many made their gifts ne for the tree. sch On Christmas Eve, carols were sung as lustily by Buddhists n and Moslems as by Christians. Then came Santa Claus with his pack. Santa, a well-rounded, jovial Filipino, made a touching little talk to all "us children" before opening his pack. "Dear children," he said, "you are indeed fortunate to be under the hospitable roof of the Penland School of Handicrafts this Christmas season. With the motherly love of Miss Lucy, every thing is made possible for you to feel at home and enjoy the celebra tion of the birth of the King of Kings who saved us from sin and taught us to love one another. The different nations represented tonight is a realization of that great ideology of 'Peace on Earth.' Be therefore cheerful and enjoy a better understanding with each other for a wonderful fellowship and brotherhood, irrespective of creed, color, or social standing. Then and only then, can we claim that we have 'Peace on Earth.' " It has been an inspiration and a great gratification to see how free, natural, and happy these people from eighteen nations were. One day at the table one indicated the person across from him and said, "Yesterday we were enemies. Today we are friends - at Penland. " The lady from Jordan said, "We have all left our pre . judices behind and are here to learn to help ourselves and to help our homeland - to observe America, the good life. " In order to facilitate the program for these guests a committee was formed composed of a representative from each nation, and a day by day schedule was made. The members of each nation pre sented entertainment typical of their particular country in three home talent evenings. There were folk dances, folk songs, and in many instances traditional costumes. As we sat there enjoying each other so much, we wished all ch the world could join us in this natural wholesome fun. Then, surely, '.t, differences would be forgotten, and there would be Good Will to Men.

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