Christmas

Cry Baby of the Week

Someone seriously needs to build a bridge and get over it.

Look at this cry baby who is having a sook in the courts over a Secret santa present 2 years ago.

A former Canberra public servant has told how his career was ruined by a heartless “Secret Santa” prankster.

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu says he never got over the cruel gift he was given by an anonymous colleague in Christmas 2012.

Ngoc was working as an economic modeller when he was targeted by the unnamed colleague with a present that clearly implied his economic modelling work was animal poo.

As part of his team’s Kris Kringle, Ngoc was presented with a plastic reindeer.

“When you press its tail it gives you a chocolate dropping, and a play dough with handwritten words ‘Luan’s modelling kit’,” the economist said.

Teehee, that’s funny. I once gave a stinky work colleague some underarm and soap.

But wait…someone wants to be outraged and a victim.

“I was shocked and very upset.

“That really spoiled the joy of the division’s Christmas lunch so I quit halfway through it.

Teehee, that’s funny.

“I had many sleepless nights after that, and always felt heartbroken when going to work the following days.”

Things got worse when colleagues told Ngoc that the anonymous joker might have been one of his bosses.

“The problem is the present is from a Secret Santa so I do not know who gave it to me so that we can talk it over,” Ngoc said.

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It doesn’t feel like Christmas without Christmas music

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This week my daughter said that it didn’t feel like Christmas yet as we haven’t played any Christmas music. In the past the home has been filled with music but not this year. I have thrown out all our old Christmas CDs along with a lot of other stuff prior to moving house and now find myself looking online for songs to download or to listen online to.

As a public service to Whaleoilers I have compiled a list of links where you can find some Christmas tunes to brighten up your holiday.

1) Christmas songs

2) Christmas music

3) Christmas carols

4) Christmas tunes

5) Christmas downloads

6) Xmas songs

7) More Christmas downloads

Grandma, were you alive when it was still called Christmas?

Have yourself a merry little Winterfest. That’s what they’re calling the season in Stoke-on-Trent, the latest city council to go utterly bonkers and rebrand Christmas.

Forget Santa and his reindeer, let alone the little baby Jesus – the switching on of Stoke’s lights featured a giant Jack Frost freezing the streets with a firebird chasing him down. Cue outrage.

“The politically correct brigade on the council think it’s fair game to discriminate against Christians by calling Christmas ‘Winterfest’,” said Edward Cook, one of many residents who complained to the Stoke Sentinel. “I assume it is so that Muslims are not offended.”

There is still a tree by the town hall, but the decision to bundle traditional celebrations with an expensive, spiritually neutral arts event called Winterfest has been taken by some as a sign that the councillors of multi-faith Stoke are embarrassed by a festival with Christ in the name.

They should have known there would be a hostile reaction, having tried this a decade ago.

People come to live in western Christian countries, and end up being offended by those already there for generations.  There is something inherently screwy about that.

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Face of the day

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RELUCTANT HERO: Sam Christians-Cupido says what she did shouldn’t be seen as anything out of the ordinary.\ Photo -Anna Loren

We need more people in the world like Sam who walk the walk. How often do we say the right things, but when it comes time to take action we find something else more important to focus on? Christmas is a time of great stress for many many people. I hope her story motivates us all to play it forward for someone who needs our help this Christmas. It may be only a small gesture but it could mean so much to someone feeling alone this Christmas. I remember once, complementing a lady on a necklace she was wearing when I was shopping in the supermarket. It turned out that it had a very special meaning for her and she told me about the death of a loved one. She told me I had made her day and I realised how powerful just a small gesture can be. Of course what Sam did was not a small gesture, hers was a life changing one.

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It’s Christmas, time to pimp the poor

It’s Christmas time and so we will see a constant stream of bludgers being pimped out to readers of the mainstream news outlets.

They will tell us how hard done by they all are and the reporters and papers will print their stories without a hint of irony or even bare research.

As is usual the Herald uses the same useful idiot to run their stories.

Simon Collins seems unable to realise his lack of perspective.

Hundreds of families from as far away as Hamilton are queuing at the Auckland City Mission for help to put food on the table this Christmas.

City Missioner Diane Robertson said the queue started at 1am on Monday after word got out on social media that Work and Income staff would be at the mission’s Hobson St offices from this week to process applications for emergency help.

The mission gave out 125 food parcels on Monday, compared with 39 on the first day a similar pre-Christmas Work and Income service opened last year.

It closed when the queue reached 200 families on Tuesday, up from 160 on the second day last year, and expected to feed a further 200 families yesterday.

Ms Robertson said the mission did not advertise the service, but word got out through local Work and Income offices and spread through word of mouth and social media.

Bludgers will be bludgers, if you are giving stuff away for free of course you will inundated…but hey it makes a great story to pimp out…and City Mission does this every year.

But let’s look at these so called poor.

Vanisa Samuel, 34, from Papatoetoe, saw it on a Facebook site called South Side Freebies.

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Face of the day

Robert L May the author of the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Robert L May the author of the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

We are all familiar with the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer but there is a touching story involving its author that is not so well known.

Almost as popular as Santa himself is his sometimes lead reindeer with a glowing red nose, Rudolph. Unlike Santa’s history, the story of Rudolph can be traced back to a specific author: Robert L. May. May was a copywriter for Montgomery Ward department stores in 1939. The company had been buying and giving away coloring books at Christmas time for many years. May’s boss thought they could save some money by printing their own books and asked May to come up with a story. May thought up the idea of a misfit reindeer who saves the day for Santa on a foggy Christmas Eve.

The story of Rudolph was written originally for a coloring in book for a Department Store

The story of Rudolph was written originally for a coloring in book for a Department Store

The story took off, but unfortunately May did not own the rights. His employer, Montgomery Ward, did.

With a generosity not often seen in the corporate world, in 1947 the company’s President turned the rights over to May, who was in debt because of his wife’s terminal illness.

How many companies do you know that would make a gesture like that? This was not an insignificant gesture either as the rights were  worth a lot of money. It was certainly a gesture made in the spirit of what Christmas is meant to be all about.

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A physical book. What were they thinking?

A Whaleoil reader shares his Christmas story

I got given a book for Christmas. As I was un-wrapping it & realised it was a book I was quite horrified. It was a big thick book about some dead black guy. ‘What the hell am I going to do with this?’ was my immediate reaction.

It’s not that I don’t read. In fact I am an avid reader often reading both a fiction & non-fiction book at the same time. I often read first thing in the morning & for short periods during the day. I read more now than I did 5 years ago, because now I have a Kindle. The Kindle lets me flick between books & magazines. The Kindle has changed my reading behaviour.

One of the times of year I read the most is over Christmas / New Year when normally I am camping at the beach without the distraction of the internet. During these camping holidays I would take a half hour stroll to the local store to buy the Herald. That was the only time in the year I bought the paper. 10 years ago I would buy the Herald every Saturday & Sunday & read it over brunch at the café. 20 years ago I would read it cover to cover at my desk each morning before starting work. Now I never buy it at all.

The internet came along, so I stopped buying physical newspapers and started visiting the Herald website. Then I discovered other websites & realised that I had the whole world at my keyboard. Then something significant happened.   Read more »

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Cooking turkey like a boss [VIDEO]

Cooking turkey is a fine art…and you should use the finest of utensils to cook them. Personally I can’t stand turkey, awful bloody birds.

But if you must cook a turkey then get it down with some class. 

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This is the moment a Christmas turkey was roasted on the world’s most expensive cooker – a £300,000 Lamborghini.

Car blogger Tim Burton, from London, bought a fresh turkey and put the festive bird on the end of a pitchfork.

He then bravely stood behind the 700bhp Lamborghini Aventador and got the owner of the supercar to rev as hard as he could.  Read more »

At least they weren’t singing Snoopy’s Christmas…