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They brought Hungarian yule customs to Norwalk

• Dec 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on Dec. 21, 1966:


They brought Hungarian yule customs to Norwalk

Although communists have employed every ideological trick to kill the heart and spirit of Christmas in Hungary, the holiday lives on with all it’s traditional warmth in a Hungarian refugee’s home here in Norwalk.

As the Frank Jauks prepare to celebrate Christmas, they thank God for allowing them the chance to celebrate Christ’s birth as they wish.

Actually, in old Hungary, families didn’t celebrate Christmas — they honored it.

“When I was little,” Mrs. Jauk recalls, “Christmas was very religious and a real holy day. Nobody would even pick up a needle to sew a button on.

Other differences in Hungary include:

The Hungarians are visited by a Santa Claus with a split personality; one who doesn’t even arrive on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is saved for a more sacred visitor, the baby Jesus.

On the night before Christmas, says Mrs. Jauk, “the baby Jesus comes, bringing a Christmas tree and small gifts, such as pencils or socks.”

“Santa Claus comes December 6. There are really two Santas. There is St. Nicholas, who is kind and gives presents and candy to good little boys and girls, and there is the other part, Krampus, who spanks the children who have been bad. Krampus takes a chain along with him so that he can take the bad boys and girls where he goes. He looks like the devil with horns and a long, red tongue.”

The Jauks, a delightful family living at 88 Milan Avenue, have two daughters, Anne, 20, a student nurse at Toledo Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and Susie, 17, a senior at St. Paul’s High School.

The family had been living in a small Hungarian city named Sopron when the Revolution of 1956 broke out. They escaped into Austria, arrived in the United States and settled in Norwalk.


Pretty play on display

(Photo caption) Norwalk star Jim Lorcher drives his way past a Huron defender to score two points in fourth period action as the Truckers defeated the Huron Tigers 56-50 Saturday night at the Junior High gym. Gary Draxler moves in on the play. Lorcher had another good night as he tallied 13 points.


Service news

Captain Ronald E. Mead, son of Mr. and Mrs. Royce S. Mead, of R.D. 1, Greenwich, has been certified a C-133 Cargo Master aircraft commander at Dover AFB, Del.

The captain, a graduate of Greenwich High School, received his B.S.E.E. degree in 1959 from Ohio University. His wife Carol is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Linley C. Lee of R.D. 2, Greenwich.

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Electrician’s Mate Third Class Willard L. Paden, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Paden of 514 W. Laurel St., Willard, is on maneuvers aboard the USS Charles H. Roan in the Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean Sea as part of “LANTFLEX 66, the largest composite training exercise of thte U.S. Atlantic fleet this year.


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