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MatC
68911.  Mon May 08, 2006 6:02 am Reply with quote

“The word Christ has a savage history; it simply means 'the anointed one'. The earlier saviour-gods, connected with ancestor worship, were covered in oil to make them cook and taste better for their followers to eat. It then being the prevailing belief that by eating the sacrificed body, the virtue, the strength or everlasting life of the victim would be transferred to the communicant.”
- www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/background/sok/sok-04.html

 
Molly Cule
69013.  Tue May 09, 2006 7:14 am Reply with quote

This is a letter sent to Father Christmas from eight-year-old Edsel Ford, son of Henry and Clara Ford...

Dear Santa Claus:

I Havent Had Any Christmas Tree in 4 Years And I Have Broken My Trimmings And I Want A Pair of Roller Skates And A Book, I Cant Think Of Any Thing More. I Want You To Think O Something More.

Good By.

Edsel Ford

 
Molly Cule
69033.  Tue May 09, 2006 10:30 am Reply with quote

Czechs eat fried and breaded carp and potato salad or plum sauce for Christmas. Big fish tanks crop up all over the pavements in the run up to the big day. People either keep the carp in their bath and look after it like a pet, putting it in the sink if they want to wash themselves, or they buy it on Christmas eve and get it killed on the street before taking it home to fry.
PHOTO –
http://www.stillscenes.com/Archive%20pages/Christmas%20carp.html

The preparation for all this carp eating starts in October, when fishermen start to plunder the ponds of Southern Bohemia, there are more than 7,600 of them, covering a surface area of 27 thousand hectares.

The fishponds that are used today were first built in the 11th C, thanks to the Rozemburg family who ruled Southern Bohemia until the 17th C. They employed Stepan Netolicky who designed a system of fishponds, the hub of which is the 45-kilometer long Golden Drain - Zlata stoka.

Traditionally the fishponds were looked after by monks, who raised the carp to eat for Lent.

Most of the carp in Czechoslovakia are normal carp, but there are some ‘bald’ carp, which have no scales and are exported to the West where there is a big demand for them.
S http://archiv.radio.cz/christmas/carp.html

Carp is also eaten in Poland, East Germany and Hungary.

Gelfite fish is a Jewish dish, carp served in jelly. That sounds revolting. They buy the carp live too. On the Marais in Paris you can see fishmongers selling live carp around Jewish festival times.

Fishmongers change the water regularly at in the bucket at their stall to get rid of the carp’s muddy taste.

Since the communist days ended in Czechoslovakia things are obviously a changing, it’s getting less common to see a carp in the bath as people have nice bathrooms, the less traditional lot have also started acquiring a taste for salmon.

S http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/12/22/news/carp.php

 
Molly Cule
69035.  Tue May 09, 2006 10:38 am Reply with quote

US statistics
s - http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/000786.html

$493 million
The amount the nation's farmers received from Christmas tree sales in 2001, which in current dollars was up 18 percent from five years earlier. <http://www.ers.usda.gov/>

$151 million
The amount received by farmers in Oregon from Christmas tree sales in 2001, making the "Beaver State" the nation's Christmas tree capital. North Carolina, Washington, Michigan and Wisconsin round out the top five states. <http://www.ers.usda.gov/>

$841 million
Value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2002. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees in the United States ($103 million worth in shipments).
<http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

$33.9 billion
Retail sales by the nation's department stores (including leased departments) in December 2001, a 43 percent jump from the previous month (when retail sales, many Christmas-related, registered $23.6 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year came anywhere near that.

Other U.S. retailers with sizable jumps in sales between November and December 2001 were: clothing stores (47 percent); jewelry stores (145 percent); book stores (78 percent); sporting goods stores (59 percent); and radio, TV and other electronics stores (60 percent). <http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html>

$11.7 billion
Value of electronic shopping and mail-order sales in December 2001, easily the highest total of any month that year. <http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html>

$11.2 billion
Value of e-commerce sales for the fourth quarter of 2001. This amount, which made up 1.3 percent of total retail sales over the period, was greater than e-commerce sales for any other quarter of the year. Doing holiday shopping online is rapidly gaining in popularity; e-commerce sales were $9.5 billion during the fourth quarter of 2000 and $5.5 billion during the same period in 1999. <http://www.census.gov/mrts/www/mrts.html>

 
Molly Cule
69036.  Tue May 09, 2006 10:48 am Reply with quote

Why would an armoured tank be a nice Christmas present for your Mum?

In Sierra Leone the weapons that were used for civil war are being used to rebuild the country. A tank can be made into farm tools, as can a Kalashnikov, which becomes hoes and axe heads and a rocket launcher which can be worked into pickaxes, sickles and even school bells. A tank can provide a year's work for 5 blacksmiths, turning it into 3,000 items vital to equip a farming village of 100 families.
http://www.goodgifts.org/goodgifts/product_info.php?cPath=75&products_id=150

 
Molly Cule
69037.  Tue May 09, 2006 10:50 am Reply with quote

How to Say Merry Christmas
In Akan (Ghana) Afishapa
In Zimbabwe Merry Kisimusi
In Afrikaans (South Africa) Geseënde Kersfees
In Zulu (South Africa) Sinifisela Ukhisimusi Omuhle
In Swazi (Swaziland) Sinifisela Khisimusi Lomuhle
In Sotho (Lesthoto) Matswalo a Morena a Mabotse
In Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya) Kuwa na Krismasi njema
In Amharic (Ethiopia) Melkam Yelidet Beaal
In Egyptian (Egypt) Colo sana wintom tiebeen
In Yoruba (Nigeria) E ku odun, e hu iye' dun!

 
Molly Cule
69041.  Tue May 09, 2006 11:00 am Reply with quote

The Ethiopian Christmas is called Ganna and is celebrated on January 7th.

Ganna is a game, like hockey, that the shepherds apparently played as they were so happy when Jesus was born. On Christmas day Ethiopians still play Ganna in the afternoon.

Ganna food is chicken stew on a pancake: injera, a sourdough pancake like bread and Doro wat, a spicy chicken stew. A piece of the injera is used to scoop up the wat. Wat is served in decorated baskets.

 
Molly Cule
69044.  Tue May 09, 2006 11:04 am Reply with quote

The first ganna sticks were the shepherd's crooked staffs.

 
Molly Cule
69177.  Wed May 10, 2006 9:44 am Reply with quote

Mistletoe is spread by birds called Misselthrush.

Mistletoe was valued by the druids, especially when it was found growing on an oak tree. It had to be cut off left handed with a golden sickle by a fasting druid in a white tunic. The Mistletoe was thought to promote fertility, for this reason it wasnt supposed to touch the ground. It was caught in a white cloth held by virgins, as it fell from the tree.

The Norsemen thought that men who were fighting who met beneath it could strike a truce.

s a book about Edwardian Christmas.

 
Molly Cule
69178.  Wed May 10, 2006 9:46 am Reply with quote

Christmas cards were introduced in 1846 by Henry Cole, the first director of the V and A.

 
Molly Cule
69182.  Wed May 10, 2006 10:09 am Reply with quote

South Park began as a Christmas card.

The very, very first South park mini-episode was called Jesus vs. Frosty. It had a character that looked like Cartman called Kenny in it. Fox executives saw the movie and Brian Graden of Fox asked the creators of South Park to make him a video Christmas card he could send out to his friends, one of whom was rumoured to be George Clooney, who loved it and pushed for it to be made into a series. This was in 1995. The Christmas card was called The Spirit of Christmas or Jesus vs Santa, it closely resembled the style of the series and featured a martial arts duel and subsequent truce between Jesus and Santa Claus over the true meaning of Christmas. The video card pirated and copied and put on the then burgeoning Internet. This led to a commission for a series in 1997.

http://animatedtv.about.com/od/spiritofxmas/ to download it.

 
Bunter
69201.  Wed May 10, 2006 12:23 pm Reply with quote

The Queen is a party pooper at Christmas...she refuses to wear a Christmas hat.

The Queen watches her own speech on telly.

The Royals give presents to each other on Christmas eve...a german tradition.

Quote:
Name cards on white-linen-covered trestle tables indicate where they are to place each other's presents


The Queen's two favourite presents have included a casserole dish, and a 'gift-wrapped washing up apron'.

Quote:
Cracker jokes they have enjoyed include "What kind of fish do you find in a birdcage? A perch!" and "What's musical and handy in a supermarket? A Chopin Liszt!".


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4110757.stm

 
Molly Cule
69275.  Thu May 11, 2006 5:22 am Reply with quote

There is a jolly Santa Claus school in Michigan, the oldest Santa school in the world in fact, which was opened in 1937 in Albion, NYC by Charlie Howard, who for 17 years was the Santa in Macys. He also opened a Christmas park in his house and was technical advisor for Miracle on 34th Street.

Wannabe Santas sign up to learn the history of St. Nicholas, how to wear Santa dress, correct make-up, storytelling, how to deal with different types of children, reindeer facts and how to handle the media. They also have Santa flying lessons with reindeer.

The school has had a few overseas courses in Australia, England and Greenland.. in Greenland the Santas all hung out on a boat floating past icebergs, the Santas came from Germany, Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Spain, Australia, Greenland. South Africa, Switzerland and American.

s : http://www.santaclausschool.com/TheWorld'sOldest.htm

 
eggshaped
69276.  Thu May 11, 2006 5:30 am Reply with quote

This reminds me of the big fight which took place between about 30 Father Christmases in Wales last year.

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More than 30 drunken men dressed as Father Christmas were slugging it out in the main street after the world’s biggest gathering of Santa Clauses ended in a mass brawl.

Officers used CS spray and drew their batons to break up the fighting Santas after the record-breaking fun run.

More than 4,250 runners had donned their Father Christmas suits to raise thousands of pounds for charity. But after taking part in the 2˝-mile run a few of the Father Christmases headed straight for the pub.

Amid scenes that would not go down well at the North Pole, five men were arrested for alleged public order offences. Four officers suffered minor injuries during the fight in the centre of Newtown, Mid Wales, on Sunday.

The fun run set the world record for the largest gathering of Santas in one place.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1396681,00.html

If anyone's ever been out drinking in Newtown they would realise that this isn't too surprising; but what about

"What happened at the world's largest gathering of Santa Clauses?"


Last edited by eggshaped on Thu May 11, 2006 5:48 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Molly Cule
69278.  Thu May 11, 2006 5:41 am Reply with quote

There must be hundreds of big santa conventions all over the world, Ive seen a photo of one in central park last Christmas..

for starters there is a big Santa pub crawl in Canberra on the Friday before Christmas. Over 300 people turn up dressed as Santa, sometimes in red shorts and flipflops. This is from an article about it... By the end of the night you will see Santas being shunted into police wagons, Santas arguing with kebab shop owners, Santas up telephone poles and Santas doing all kinds of things to Mrs Santas in alleyways all over the city.

http://www.2camels.com/destination374.php3

 

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