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PAGE 4 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 4, 2015 I L'Anno Bello: A Year Italian Folklore !t Santa Claus and the Spirit of the Season by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz I am now finding my- of candy under their pil- by Sal Giarr ani self truly immersed in lows, while their French the Christmas season, one of my favorite times of the year. A large car- ton of light eggnog now inhabits my refrigerator, and I take refreshing sips of the spicy, warm drink whenever I need an extra holiday boost. My hus- band and I placed candles in our windows, hung greenery on our front door, and set up our small Christmas tree. The light from these decorations brightens the darkest of midwinter nights, while evergreens remind me of the perpetual cycle of nature, of life blossoming even through the cold stillness. I listen to carols on the radio, unabashedly sing- ing out loud to the merry tunes. Of course, this all goes without mentioning perhaps the most universally recognized Christ- mas symbol around -- Santa Claus. I see him everywhere, from television advertisements to sitting on his throne in the shopping mall, from cookie faces to household decorations. Sometimes he appears as a se- rious-faced Father Christmas, holding a staff and sporting intricate robes. Most often, he is a rotund and merry bearded man in a red and white-trimmed suit, holding a bulging sack of presents over his shoulder. While th/sjolly man has become synonymous with Christmas commercialism, I always like to think of Santa Claus in his pur- est state, as a metaphor for the joy of the season and the spirit of kindness which accompanies the holidays. In fact, Santa Claus himself has a complex and fascinating history, and he even boasts his own feast day on December 6~! Describing Santa Claus may seem like an odd endeavor at first. He is a man who lives atthe North Pole, wears red, has a toyshop filled with elves, and delivers presents on a sleigh to children across the world on Christmas Eve. How did such a figure become associated with the holiday? Like many Christ- mas traditions, Santa Claus has both pagan and Christian roots. Some of his characteris- tics derive from the Norse god Odin, who mounted his eight- legged horse and led a hunt across the sky during the time of the winter solstice. Children would often leave carrots for Odin's horse, just as children leave cookies and milk for the modem Santa. Elves also come from Scandinavian folklore, and it was believed that these magi- cal creatures were especially active around the Twelve Days of Christmas. However, Santa Claus's most direct ancestor is St. Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop from Asia Minor (modem day Turkey). St. Nicholas was renowned for his generosity, which is why he became the patron saint of children and retains a strong connection to gift-giving. According to one fa- mous story, he secretly made a gift of gold to three sisters who were too poor to afford a dowry. The name "Santa Claus" is even a corruption of"Saint Nicholas," hailing from Dutch settlers who brought their figure of Sin- terklaas to America. In other countries, like England, Santa Claus's name is translated to "Father Christmas." This is the case in Italy, where Santa Claus is called Babbo Natale, literally "Father Christmas." Though the premiere gift-bringer in Italy is La Befana, a kind witch who makes her rounds during the eve of the Epiphany, Babbo Natale has become quite a popular figure as well, and his jolly, red-suited image is very familiar to Italians. The feast day of St. Nicho- las, the predecessor of Santa Claus, occurs on December 6th. La Festa di San Nicola, as it is known in Italian, is one of my grandmother's favorite holidayS, since she hails from the southern Italian city of Bari, which holds the relics of the saint. My grandmother remembers the city erupting in celebration on his feast day, with parades and processions centered on the renowned Ba- silica di San Nicola. In other European countries, the feast day of St. Nicholas serves as a small precursor to Christmas, a quaint holiday where children receive presents in a tantaliz- ing preview of what is to come. Children in central European countries like Germany, Hun- gary and the Czech Republic leave their shoes or boots on the windowsill the night before December 6, and wake up the next morning to find them filled with candy and trinkets. Polish children will find small bags LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 708-5808 Docket No. MI15P5755EA Estate of CHIWANA LEGGON Date of Death March 27, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above cap- tioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Nicole Leggon of Riverheed, NY. Nicole Leggon of Riverheed, NY has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 12/4/15 counterparts honor the holiday by baking special gingerbread and brioche. My own family celebrates St. Nicholas's Day with customs designed to bring out the child in anyone. For example, my hus- band's parents bless and distribute candy canes on this day, sharing the joy of the classic Christmas treat. I have been bak- ing an eggnog cake on this holiday for several years now. The cake is creamy and warm, filled with golden raisins and topped with a crunchy brown sugar streusel. It reminds me of home and hearth, and so it is perfect for a holiday celebrating family. The image of Santa Claus has become extremely com- mercialized, but we should not forget the true meaning of this unique Christmas figure. He has roots in antiquity and honors the traits of kindness and compassion. His feast day celebrates children and the sort of unbridled joy and generosity that the holiday season bestows upon those who take time to heed its message. While many of us wait impatiently for Christ- mas to arrive, small holidays like St. Nicholas's Day remind us that the whole Advent season is full of distinctive and special opportunities to commemo- rate every facet of the holi- days. This Christmas season, let us all encompass the same sort of happiness and wonder that Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, or Babbo Natale, inspired in us as children. After all, there is a whole month of magic, fun and kindness to explore! Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at adicenso8 9@gmail. com. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P6406EA Estate of SHIRLEY S. KAPLAN Also Known As SHIRLEY SONIA KAPLAN Date of Death August 26, 2015 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above cap- tioned estate, by Petition of Pe~oner Richard E. Glanz of Lincoln, MA, a Will has been ad- mitted to informal probate. Richard E. Glanz of Lincoln, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 12/4/15 t Tolerating Everything But Free Speech Sadly, America is no longer young woman expressing her the same America that our opinion. She is being called Founding Fathers thought they a racist and her life has been created back in 1776. All of turned into hell. The City of them must be rolling over in the Revere should be ready to write graves looking at the politically a big amount on the check they correct regiment knocking down will be sending out for how they what they said or tearing down so badly acted. statues in their honor. The pro- America is a good country gressives are acting more like and the only way it can remain Mussolini-like brown shirts in that way is never to forget why their quest to cleanse America we fought the War for Inde- of its past sins. Our Constitu- pendence against Britain. We tion has been under attack for fought a revolution to ensure some time now and the Bill of that we were a government of Rights might as well have been law and not of men or women. written on a roll of toilet paper if U.S. Supreme Court Justice you listen to liberal politicians, William O. Douglas, a noted activists and media types, liberal jurist, once remarked Only "Black Lives Matter" can that the answer to what some say or do anything and get away might say was bad free speech with it as free speech. Everyone is more free speech. He under- else better be careful because if stood the principle that you liberals had their way, we allwould can't just send folks to diversity be headed to reeducation camps training because you disagree for being intolerant and not diverse with them. enough in our opinions. This is America, at least it was A young co-ed at Revere High when I just looked out my win- School got into a heap of trouble dow. We don't need Mussolini by tweeting out her opinion liberals telling us what to say that Revere was being overrun or not to say. with illegal immigrants and she Is it any wonder that Donald didn't like it. She got punished Trump stays on top in the presi- for using her freedom of speech, dential polls? He speaks for an a constitutional right we all are America that Thomas Jefferson supposed to have. But I guess would have recognized. when you say something that America today more and more might offend someone else, the seems like a nation off its an- Bill of Rights is null and void. chor, lost in a sea of confusion. I hope this young girl's par- We better stay clear of the rocks. ents take the City of Revere to When we remember where we court for what they did to this came from and how we got here, America will be America again. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P6449EA Estate of JANE O. CHAFETZ Also Known As JANE O. SHAPIRO Date of Death September 25, 2015 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representa- tive has been filed by Steven C. Chafetz of Framingham, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that Steven C. Chatetz of Framingham, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsu- pervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of December 23, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a dead- line by which you must file a written ap- pearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken with- out further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETrS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised admin- istration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may peti- tion the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY,J R., First Justice of this Court. Date: November 25, 2015 Tara E. DeCristotaro, Register of Probate Run date: 12/4/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P6458EA Estate of KENNETH A. WlBLE, II Date of Death December 30, 2012 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Represen- tative has been filed by Tina M. Davis of Vassalboro, ME requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that Susan Wible of Lexington, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With- out Surety on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proc~jng. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of January 20, 2016. This is NOT a hearing date, but a dead- line by which you must file a written ap- pearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken with- out further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised admin- istration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may peti- tion the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WlTNESS, HON. EDWARDF.DONNELLY,JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: November 25, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 12/4/15