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User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2011 11:34PM
I think Pete only started this thread to do that great pun in the title Smile

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
23 Nov 2011 11:38PM
I haven't read all through this thread but, if he hasn't already done so, maybe Pete can tell us how he is planning to spend Christmas Day? Smile
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
24 Nov 2011 7:25AM
No plans yet - it's way too early Wink
24 Nov 2011 11:35AM

Quote:......but what about the other fifty days in the year?


Gosh! Christmas must come round quick for you, Ken! Wink
24 Nov 2011 11:37AM

Quote:No plans yet - it's way too early


Better get your booze in quick, though, Pete! Tongue
24 Nov 2011 11:41AM
Happy 24th of November, everybody! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

And 'Happy Unbirthday' to Pete..! Wink
24 Nov 2011 12:02PM

Quote:Happy 24th of November, everybody! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

And 'Happy Unbirthday' to Pete..! Wink



What I am saying is enjoy every day the best you can!SmileSmileSmile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
24 Nov 2011 1:34PM
Yes, you never know if it will be your last............. there's a happy thought! Grin
conrad 10 10.9k 116
24 Nov 2011 2:29PM
I like Christmas - over here we're not distracted by giving presents and all that (at least, most Dutchmen aren't) because with a few exceptions of those who insist on following the Anglo-Saxon model, we celebrate St. Nicholas on the 5th of December and give presents then.

(Ironically, Santa Claus is a fat, non-religious version of our St. Nicholas, but oh well...)
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Nov 2011 2:40PM
It is an odd one that the Santa Clause sculpture in Demre, Turkey where Nicholas was Bishop, is the Coca Cola Santa rather than the more traditional St Nicholas.
conrad 10 10.9k 116
24 Nov 2011 2:41PM
Is it? Urgh!

Oh well, it could be worse. Years ago, a Japanese department store wanted to get in on the commercial successes of Christmas and decided to introduce some Christmas ornaments in their product range. Unfortunately, instead of importing some good ones, they had a Japanese firm design and make some, and when the products arrived in the store astonished Western tourists concluded that the Japanese designer hadn't quite grasped the concepts of Christmas: one of the ornaments was a crucified Santa Claus! Tongue
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2011 2:52PM
Unfortunately that is of dubious provenance. But the rest of this article does have other amusing observations:

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/cross.asp
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
24 Nov 2011 2:53PM
LOL. I believe that Cathy bought every one of them.

Santa Clause, Saint Nicholas is apparently seen by some more extreme (very) christian religions as being Satan in the midst of our children.
conrad 10 10.9k 116
24 Nov 2011 3:11PM

Quote:that is of dubious provenance.


An acquaintance of mine, who works for Sony and was in Japan for his work, saw it himself, he says. I believe him.
John_Frid 8 514 56 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2011 4:44PM
santa-hates-you-mg-7375.jpg



Spotted in a shop window in Brussels a couple of year back

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