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  1. I've told that for years. And in the past, concluded it with, "How else would an old, fat elf get around the world safely in 1 night without a bunch of females telling him where to go?" It usually gets a TON of laughs from the adults.
    6 points
  2. There's one exception to this story that science does not take into account. In order to deliver toys to the entire world on Christmas Eve, the Elves and I have developed a way to "bump" time. Not time travel, mind you, but just a slight bump in the space time continuum when I'm traveling over, let's say, the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean or the Mohave Desert. Now, the reindeer and I are inside the sleigh when the bump occurs, and as a result, it affects our metabolism. That's why, it appears that I haven't aged in over 1000 years and the male reindeer don't shed their antlers until after the holidays. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
    5 points
  3. Whilst Gordon may be under the impression he is a pet, he isn't !
    3 points
  4. Sorry for being a bit behind this month but I'd love to hear your answers to the question asked by kids about why Santa didn't bring them what they asked for last year? It's a rough question but we'd love to hear your response. Please call my 24/7 answering machine with your answer. Make sure you identify yourself and then give me a fairly concise answer. I'd love to hear some new voices this month! 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072. 509-392-6072.
    2 points
  5. Science proves Santa's reindeer are actually all female Source - The Independant By - Chelsea Ritschel in New York 2017 As Christmas quickly approaches and our ears fill with the sounds of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," it is impossible to ignore the festive spirit surrounding the year-end. And one Twitter user, Cat Reynolds, has given us even more reason to celebrate. She posted that all of Santa's reindeer - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph - are female, an observation that immediately went viral. According to experts, Reynolds' tweet is likely accurate - because male reindeer shed their antlers at the end of the mating season in early December, while females sport their thinner antlers throughout the winter. And given that the reindeer are typically depicted with their antlers in tact, we're pretty confident in saying that females power Santa's annual Christmas delivery. Some Twitter users did try to spoil our moment by pointing out that castrated males would not actually lose their antlers, but we'd like to think that it doesn't really sound like a scenario that Santa would resort to... Most people, however, were willing to believe - praising the strong female reindeer who pull Santa's present-laden sleigh.
    2 points
  6. Good story for that one, brother John. I have always gone with the dropping antlers after prior to winter story. But I will also add in that Rudolph is the one exception to that and it must be his red nose that keeps him from dropping his antlers when all the other male reindeer do.
    2 points
  7. Even grimmer for your pet goose. Better fatten it up just in case.
    2 points
  8. Sure will I might start my Halloween display this weekend we'll see
    2 points
  9. Yep me too! Our house is always the favorite of our neighborhood, so they say, but we have had several homes turned over in the past two years so we shall see!
    2 points
  10. I really love this sort of stuff. There is a really small village a few miles down the Dale from me and every home owner set up illuminations, including the Church and the bus shelter. I'll get some pictures this year
    2 points
  11. Super answer Johnny, I shall use that when/if the question arises, thank you fine Sir
    1 point
  12. Iceland boss pleads for shoppers not to panic buy ahead of Christmas Source - Sky By - James Sillars Date = 23-09-2021 Richard Walker says that while he has concerns about supplies over the bumper Christmas season, there is no need for consumers to stockpile as it would damage the grocery sector's supply chains. The boss of Iceland has told Sky News the "array" of pressures facing the supermarket sector is a worry but there is no need for customers to panic buy in the run-up to Christmas. The grocery chain's managing director Richard Walker, who had warned earlier this month that shoppers faced a significant increase in costs at the nation's tills because of the national lorry driver shortage, said the fresh food sector was more likely to face disruption and empty shelves. He was speaking just hours after it emerged that Tesco - the UK's largest retailer - had told the government that it was worried about panic-buying ahead of the festive season. Richard Walker wants the government to allow HGV drivers to be hired from abroad to help ease the shortage The Grocer reported that the company had told a meeting of the government's new food and drink taskforce it could be "far worse" than the stockpiling that took place at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Supermarkets have been at the forefront of demands in recent months that the government ease Brexit immigration restrictions and allow HGV drivers to be added to the Shortage Occupation List. "Of course, longer term, we need to recruit UK drivers and I hope that will happen but that will take six-nine months to get them trained up and we have Christmas to worry about before then", he said. The government has dismissed the idea on the grounds there is a shortage of drivers across Europe. The UK's logistics sector says it remains short of 100,000 drivers. The pressure on deliveries has added to costs down the supply chain to tills because companies are having to pay more to secure not only deliveries but drivers too. Other pressures in the consumer-facing economy include problems hiring staff as a record glut in vacancies leaves hospitality and retail businesses scrambling to meet their recovery plans. Soaring energy costs have also added to the cost of food production and logistics while the supply problems facing CO2 - widely used in the manufacturing process including slaughter - are contributing to the jitters too. A number of other well-known brands admitted on Thursday that they had been caught up in the web of challenges but reported that sales were, largely, back in full swing following the end of pandemic restrictions. Pub operator Fuller, Smith & Turner said that it was "not immune" from the effects of the recruitment crisis while DFS Furniture used the publication of its annual results to say it was working hard to mitigate the impact of the headwinds as orders continued to surge due to pent-up demand. Its statement warned: "It should be recognised that the short-term operational environment continues to be exceptionally uncertain and difficult, given well-reported logistics disruption, cost inflation pressures and unplanned COVID absences".
    1 point
  13. It shouldn't be a surprise that people are panic buying when 90% of media reporting over the past month has focused on shortages, cancelling Christmas etc.... Mixed messages again and headline media grabbing
    1 point
  14. Christmas is safe despite crisis promises Environment Secretary George Eustice Source - Wales Online by - Max Channon Date - 22-09-2021 A Government Minister has vowed that 'Christmas is safe', despite reports supermarket shelves could be empty within ten days due to the ongoing carbon dioxide crisis. Environment Secretary George Eustice said the deal to safeguard CO2 supplies would help ensure “Christmas is safe” although the food industry still faced problems. Poultry industry figures had warned that supplies of turkeys could be hit by a shortage of CO2. Mr Eustice told LBC Radio: “Christmas is safe, of course. But there are challenges in the food supply chain, I’m not denying that. “The lack of labour availability, pressures on logistics – all of these are causing some stresses. “It does mean that in some areas the degree of choice in some supermarkets is down slightly on what it would normally be. “But we are working with the industry to make sure that we get all the food that we need on the shelf for those all-important weeks running up to Christmas.” Mr Eustice defended the use of “many millions” of pounds of taxpayers’ money being used to prop up US-owned CF Fertilisers. The Environment Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It will go to ensuring that two critical plants that produce carbon dioxide which is critical to our food supply chain continue to operate and therefore sectors like the poultry sector, meat processors in poultry and pigs, can get access to the carbon dioxide they need. “The reason, sometimes, it is justified for the Government to intervene in this way, in a very short-term, targeted way, is that if we didn’t, there would be a risk to our food supply chain – that’s not a risk the Government is willing to take.” He also said that an increase in the price of carbon dioxide would not have a “major impact on food prices” because it was only a “tiny proportion” of overall costs. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today the rising price of CO2 would help maintain production once the state support for CF Fertilisers ends. “The critical thing was to get production up and running expeditiously, that’s why we have needed this Government intervention,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today. “But we have had meetings with the food industry, they all recognise that the price of carbon dioxide is going to increase substantially. “And when that price increases then the market signal will be there for these plants to continue producing.” It comes as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps updated MPs on the HGV driver shortage - another crisis which is stretching supermaket supply lines to breaking point. He told the MPs that the situation is improving “week by week” - and said that the issue was "absolutely global" in nature.
    1 point
  15. Yes, the news is full of gloom and doom in the UK too , not just for trees, but pretty much all things Christmas. Thankfully we still have family and a nice log fire, hopefully we will have a turkey too, if not, Gordon is on the Christmas day menu
    1 point
  16. Turkeys won't be on Christmas menu if CO2 shortage persists By Ben Makori - Reuters 21-09-2021 CHELMSFORD, England, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The traditional British Christmas dinner could be missing its centrepiece this year if a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by surging natural gas prices persists, leading turkey farmer Paul Kelly told Reuters on Tuesday. Kelly, who hatches 2 million of his own breed KellyBronze birds a year, accounting for 27% of all turkeys sold at Christmas, said CO2 was used in the slaughter process and more importantly to keep the product fresh. "Carbon dioxide is used to extend shelf life, so when you put a turkey in a bag, you suck the air out and you blow carbon dioxide in and that stops the bugs growing, " he said. "We can't create millions and millions of turkeys all in the week before Christmas, it has to be spread over a few weeks so if (CO2 production) really wasn't back up and running, it would be another car crash." The shortage of CO2 will hit meat processing in a matter of days if supplies do not come back online, the industry has warned, which would the make the alternatives of a joint of beef or a goose also hard to find. A gin and tonic could also be off the menu, with the carbonated drinks industry facing the same issue. Later on Tuesday, Britain struck a deal with CF Industries for the U.S. company to restart the production of CO2. The gas is a byproduct of the fertiliser it produces at two plants in northern England and the company had halted operations due to the soaring price of gas. read more The news will come as a relief to Kelly, who said the problem could be solved pretty quickly. "The production facilities are there, it's just about turning it on again, and paying the gas bill," he said.
    1 point
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  18. Blackpool family's fantastic Condor Grove Christmas light display to return for 2021 Source - LancsLive By - Rebecca Lockwood Dare - 17-09-2021 A Blackpool family has announced the switch on date for its famous Christmas light display in aid of poorly children. The spectacular Christmas light display is set on the Condor Grove house with a large percentage of the lights being donated and then fixed up by the creator, Ashley Forward. The family has collected the light display over the last eight years. Ashley told LancsLive: "We've been given donations from kind people, even if they don't work, I'm quite good at changing the light and making them work again." Out of all of the lights, Ashley said his favourite is an old 'Merry Christmas' light that he said the family have kept for around 11 years that is still 'going strong'. A key feature of the display is a Santa Claus that sits on a swing. Ashley made it himself which he said took "ages". This year, visitors can enjoy a great photo opportunity on the self-made sleigh which visitors can sit in at the switch on. Every year, Ashley and the family raise money for Brian House Children's Hospice. Last year they donated £603.05 to the charity from the light switch on. Ashley said: "I always raise money for them because a family member we knew, she was young and she had cancer, she only found out this year that she was clear after fighting for her life with it" With the fantastic family news, Ashley believes this year's light switch on will be better than ever. He said: "I'm hoping to get more people coming down, we didn't have much people last year due to the Coronavirus, but it's the more the merrier for us." Ashley said he loved seeing "children's faces light up when they see them (the lights) being switched on" and told LancsLive that the fundraiser will be passed on to keep up the family tradition, Ashley said "I'm never going to give it up" "I've had people say last year that they had been miserable in the pandemic, but after seeing the lights they've gone out and above to put up their own decorations which they weren't going to do. " The light switch on takes place from 6pm until 9pm on November 15. The lights will remain switched on from 4pm until 10pm each night, for seven days a week until January 7 2022 where they are switched off until next November. The switch on event will host free tea, coffee and juice for everyone in attendance as well as £2 hotdogs. All money raised at the switch on will be donated to Brian House Children's Hospice, Blackpool. Ashley will continue to host livestreams on their Facebook page and YouTube channel twice a week "so the people who can't get down to see the lights can see them on their phones"
    1 point
  19. I use a line from that movie when my wife says what was that Noise? I say you couldn't hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin factory. That was the squirrel jumping from the tree scene
    1 point
  20. Chevy Chase headed to Detroit for 'Christmas Vacation' screening Source - Detroit News By - A Graham Date - 15-09-2021 The comedy star will appear at a screening and Q&A session for his 1989 holiday classic at Detroit's Masonic Temple on Dec. 9th 13 hours ago Chevy Chase will be spending part of his Christmas vacation in Detroit. The comedy legend will appear at Detroit's Masonic Temple on Dec. 9 for a screening of his 1989 holiday classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," and will participate in a Q&A session following the film, promoters announced Tuesday. Tickets for the event go on sale at noon on Friday. Pre-sale tickets go on sale through Axs.com at noon on Wednesday. Proof of vaccination is required for the event. VIP tickets will also be available and may include a photo-op with Chase, although those details are COVID-dependent and are still being hammered out. "Depending on the state of the pandemic, CDC recommendations and in consideration of both artist and public health, this may be substituted with another exclusive benefit of equivalent value, to be determined," reads a message on the event's website. "Christmas Vacation" follows family man Clark Griswold's (Chase) attempts to have a great Christmas with his family, despite all of his attempts falling short. It hit theaters in December 1989 and grossed $73.5 million at the North American box office, and over the years — thanks in large part to repeated showings on cable TV — it has become a Christmas favorite for audiences. The Masonic Temple event is part of a touring series of "Christmas Vacation" special screenings with Chase; there are also events planned in Atlanta and outside Boston. Ticket prices for the Masonic event have not yet been announced, but tickets for the Atlanta event rage from $45-$75.
    1 point
  21. This movie is still one of my favourite Christmas comedy's. Mind you, I'm guessing Mr Chase may be short of money
    1 point
  22. Holiday bummer: Now prices are soaring for Christmas trees and decorations By Parija Kavilanz, CNN Business Updated 9:11 PM ET, Mon September 20, 2021 New York (CNN)It's a good thing that consumers are in a mood to spend heading into the holiday season. They may have to dish out more for a new artificial Christmas tree this year, depending on where they buy it from. Some large sellers of artificial trees say they are increasing their prices by double-digit percentages and are blaming unduly high shipping costs tied to the ongoing global supply chain mess. "We'll have to raise prices. For trees, it'll be on average about 20% higher," said Mac Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill. The company, based in Redwood City, California, does more than $200 million in direct-to-consumer annual sales of artificial Christmas trees and other decorations in the United States. "Even then it won't cover our own costs because we're paying as much as 300% more per shipping container this year," said Harman. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/20/business/christmas-tree-prices-2021/index.html
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