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  1. As I'm getting ready for the new podcast I ask you to answer a question from the big chair but this month I'd like you to call my toll-free, 24-hour answering machine and first off tell me who you are and where you are from...then give me a brief over-view of whether you are doing in-person visits this year or virtual...or a combination of the two. If you have a new event on your calendar, please include that but try and be as brief as possible. BELOW IS A SAMPLE: "Hi, this is Greg Martin from Washington State and this year I will be doing all live, in-person visits including the tree lighting ceremony in Anytown. I do have a few virtual visits planned for some special people as well. Merry Christmas!" Call my 24-hour number at: 509-392-6072. That's 509-392-6072. Thank you in advance! - Greg
    6 points
  2. Radio station that plays non-stop Christmas songs launches from today Source - The Daily Record By - Daniel Morrow Date - 18-10-2021 We're at the point of the year where people are arguing over when it’s appropriate to put Christmas decorations up and if it’s too early for supermarkets to put out their festive stock. And it is anticipated that a number of Scots will bring in the festive cheer early once again this year, because let’s face it... it’s been a rough 2021 for many. For those seeking a bit of a Christmas pick-me-up, then Heart has come to the rescue with the launch of its radio station that is dedicated to non-stop plays of the biggest festive bangers. This year’s launch comes 10 days earlier than it did in 2020 - and we think it’s much-needed, given the disaster that was last year’s Christmas. Although Scots are unable to access the the radio station on DAB Radio, there are many other ways to tune into the Christmas hits. It will be available on Alexa, the Global Player app on smartphones, Google Home, Apple HomePod and Sonos Speakers.
    5 points
  3. The massive Christmas shop which has become a Welsh tourist attraction re-opens fully for first time since pandemic Source - WalesOnline By - Morgan Hughes Date 03-10-2021 Wales' most magical Christmas shop, Seasons, has re-opened this weekend. And, like always, stepping foot into the shop is like stepping into winter wonderland or Santa's grotto, despite the rain outside. The Bridgend-based Christmas shop opened its doors for the 2021 Christmas season on Saturday, October 2. A family-run business for over 20 years, it can attribute its welcoming atmosphere in part to Father Christmas on the door spending time with children and getting to know them individually. The store on the Brynmenyn Industrial Estate in Bridgend started life selling mostly garden and household furniture. But since it launched the festive side of the business 20 years ago, it's become a huge part of the shop's brand. Stocking more than 15,000 decorative items, with everything from trees to baubles to gifts, they've got it all at Seasons Christmas Outlet. There are also a number of animatronic reindeer and children can leave their letter in Santa’s post-box. Seasons attracts thousands from around the UK and is a sign that Christmas is coming. Last year their famous grotto was closed due to Covid restrictions, with many regular visitors having to settle for click and collect services, but this year is set to be even bigger. The Powell family who run Seasons Garden Outlet are overjoyed to be re-opening this Christmas without the same restrictions as last year. Justin Powell, who co-runs the business with brother Mark, and his Seasons team have been working non-stop all week to get the Christmas shop ready. It really is a family-run business with parents, partners and relatives involved in the preparation of the shop. Haydn Powell, who is the dad of the two owners and has been involved since the very beginning, said: "I am so proud of my boys with how hard they work, it comes together every year with the help of the fabulous team. "We have had a love of Christmas instilled into us since I was very young by my father and I have passed that down to my children. "We all absolutely love Christmas, to see the joy on the children's faces, particularly as last year was such a tough time for the kids. We don't realise the effect its had on the children so it will be so lovely to see the smiles on their faces again."
    5 points
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  5. Back to the basics. 200 years ago Christmas was celebrated a bit differently in both gift giving and meals. Like the Grinch found out, You cannot STOP Christmas from coming. It comes anyway.
    4 points
  6. Looking for the party responsible for fixing this mess
    4 points
  7. I think it’d be good to brush up on the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” history. Those fine citizens of Who-ville went through a lot. Yet they were still able to remember the meaning of Christmas. When the Who-ville children didn’t get any presents, and when the Roast Beast wasn’t on the table, and even when the Cheer Meister canceled the Who-bilation…Christmas still went on. They still gathered together and were thankful. It a good thing for children to remember that the best gifts, the really best things in life, can’t be wrapped up with bows and ribbons.
    4 points
  8. Im not sure what the position over there was, but when the lockdown was ongoing here, if you were found in breach the Police were pro- active in terms of enforcement, imposing hefty fines and also court appearances etc so if the restrictions are to return I will be co-operating Hopefully this wont be the case and everyone can share a normal Christmas, possible minus the Turkey lol
    3 points
  9. Buy American made. No shipping overseas. 😉
    3 points
  10. I play Christmas music on my guitar all year long, so I don't have to relearn when "the season" gets here. I can't imagine only thinking about Christmas when December gets here. I see Christmas as the umbrella that other celebrations are under, and I don't mind it as a backdrop any time of year. (my opinion)
    3 points
  11. Not sure I want to see this one. Any Christmas movie that comes with a warning just makes me wonder...
    3 points
  12. Exactly right, time spent with family at Christmas is /should be the most important element of the season, not what we can eat or buy. Toad in the hole......yum yum Being together
    3 points
  13. I think it would be an excellent idea to come up with an updated backstory about shortages at the North Pole to give the parents an "out". While we never promise anything, this year, even while getting the "parent nod", I will be extra careful that the children do not come away with an expectation. The parent may feel they the particular toy will be no problem to acquire, historically only the "hottest" toys have been, this year may be unlike any other.
    3 points
  14. Warning over Christmas shortage of popular Elves Behaving Badly dolls Source - Journal By Kieran Doddy Date - 15-10-2021 A shortage of HGV drivers and post-Brexit complications have led to concerns over a range of shortages this Christmas. Supermarkets have been left with empty shelves while petrol shortages led to long queues across the UK. Unprecedented demand and the current shipping crisis have created a stock-deficit for loo-roll, petrol, turkeys and now toys. Warning over high demand for Elves Behavin’ Badly dolls Nearly one million Elves Behavin’ Badly dolls have been held-up in heavily congested ports in China, where shipping space and container equipment is in massively short supply. PMS International, the company behind Elves Behavin’ Badly, has been forced to air freight 300,000 dolls to the UK. The rise in demand for the Elves dolls and the delay in shipments is likely to create shortages this Christmas. Especially since a number of major retailers sold out in 2020, even without the shipping issues, so consumers may experience difficulties on getting their hands on the dolls this year. Whilst additional dolls are on the way and due to arrive in time to avoid disappointment, the additional 300,000 Elves Behavin’ Badly dolls are not expected to arrive in the UK until the third week of November. So, to avoid panic buying and ensure a fair distribution, some retailers have intimated they may limit purchases to two dolls per customer, keeping families happy whilst causing maximum mischief in homes up-and-down the UK in the run-up to Christmas.    Paul Beverley, a director of the worldwide distributors for the Elves Behavin’ Badly dolls said: “Sales on the high street and on the Internet are both showing signs of earlier purchasing and sales in larger numbers than last year.  “This is particularly encouraging because we know many parents are packing away their pranking Elves from one year to the next so there is clearly huge growth in the annual Elf pranking season from late November until Christmas Eve.     He added: “Sales of the one hundred plus items of Elves Behavin’ Badly accessories have seen even more growth perhaps a reflection of the combination of the reusability of Elf dolls from the previous year and the big increase in overall new Elf doll sales.” Supply chain issues in the UK ahead of Christmas PMS said it has been luckier with Elf shipments to other countries like the USA, Australia, Europe and Scandinavia where 95% of orders have already been shipped. The UK has been particularly difficult, as a result of succumbing to extraordinary freight rates the vast majority of our stock is finally on-board container vessels bound for UK.  However, consumers are being encouraged to snap up the Elves quickly as it may be a sign of things to come as the UK continues to struggle with supply chain issues.
    3 points
  15. I think we'll leave the presents in the hall rather than under the tree on this one! We''re going to need a bigger sleigh
    3 points
  16. MAKING A LIST Royal Mail free Santa letter 2021 – how to get a personalised reply from Father Christmas. Source - The Sun By - Jessica Worth Date - 10-10-2021 CHILDREN can get a personalised letter from Santa if they write to him this Christmas. All you need to do is post a letter to Father Christmas before the deadline and he will send a reply back in the post. Full details are yet to be revealed but Royal Mail - which helps Father Christmas deliver his replies - told The Sun its annual Letters to Santa scheme is definitely going ahead. Royal Mail will confirm where to send your letter and the deadline for posting it at the end of this month. Last year the address was Santa/Father Christmas, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ. When you do get round to posting your letter to Santa, make sure the address is written clearly on the envelope so it doesn't get lost. Don't forget you will need to pay for postage to send the letter but you don't need to include a return envelope and stamp inside. The deadline last year was December 11 and it's likely to be at a similar time this year to give Santa enough time to reply to everyone before Christmas. It's a good idea to post your note with plenty of time before the deadline as it's a busy time of year for the postal service - and for Santa Claus. Royal Mail says your name and address won't be used for anything else and it will be deleted after Santa has replied. Brothers and sisters can send letters in one envelope and still get an individual response, or they can post lists individually if they'd prefer. There are other ways of getting a reply from Father Christmas this year. Children's charity NSPCC can also ask Santa to send a personalised letter in return for a donation - parents can give however much they can afford. Meanwhile, toy shop chain The Entertainer hosts letter writing workshops where kids can write to Father Christmas and receive a personalised response. This year, the retailer will hold events in stores nationwide on the weekends of November 6, 13 and 20 -
    3 points
  17. I haven't ever had a hot dog wrapped in bacon ... I must have had a deprived childhood! I learn something new everyday ... they look delicous. What I know is what Santa Craig descrbed. They are not something that I relate to a Holiday, well not until now! Thank you
    3 points
  18. Remove the media and most conflict that we have all disappears.
    3 points
  19. Biscuit dough. Yum, sometimes they are called a kolache. We eat them wrapped in bacon as you do as well, but most of the time it is biscuit dough. I'll take one of each please.
    3 points
  20. good idea Bruce. To be honest I'm fed up with the media coverage and doom n gloom, 'Its the end of Christmas' bla bla bla.... The joy of Christmas should not be dependent upon a turkey and toys yes it is nice to maintain family traditions, but we dont need all of the additional, and in many cases the unnecessary waste at Christmas. Perhaps if the media predictions are true, people will focus on what is important and maybe have an even better Christmas as a result. Surely it cant be worse than last year when most families could not even meet up with each other.
    3 points
  21. I have many thought running through my mind about the shipping situation, but I’m tired of how possible shortages are announced that only causes panic. We’re thinking of a different menu and simplifying our celebrations. One of my brothers has recommended that we rethink out gift giving to each other and plan more family events this year instead of buying items that we eventually donate.
    3 points
  22. In case you missed it...the October ClausNet Podcast is up and available for your listening pleasure! Just follow the link: https://clausnet.com/podcast/ I'll try and get a November Big Chair Question posted a bit earlier this month for you to respond to. Thanks. - Greg
    3 points
  23. Just as a FYI... I worked the haunt this weekend and we were sold out both nights. 2500 tickets sold each night. I just don't see how they can roll it back for Christmas. I would post some videos that Jimmy Dore did about Fauci on YouTube but they are a bit too abrasive for ClausNet. Though they are enlightening.
    3 points
  24. WAIT WHAT!!!!???? WHEN DID THEY CHANGE THAT? I taped the .55 to the envelope LIKE I ALWAYS DO!!!
    3 points
  25. Ladies and Gents....I've only had two people call in to answer this month's Big Chair question! I'll be putting the show together early next week and would appreciate your help. Please see above for phone #. Thank you.
    3 points
  26. Top 10 Christmas baby names for boys and girls revealed Source - Guardian By - Kieran Doody UK Trending Editor Date - 24-10-2012 The most popular Christmas-themed baby names for boys and girls in the UK have been revealed. Those expecting new arrivals to the family over the festive period will now find new inspiration if they’re struggling settle on a name. Analysing the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, ChristmasTress.co.uk compiled a list of the 10 most popular names for boys and girl inspired by the most wonderful time of the year. Popular Christmas names for boys The three most popular names for boys are Jack, Theodore and Joseph. Here is a breakdown of the meaning behind the names. Jack The name Jack means ‘God is Gracious’, but can also resemble Jack Frost, a popular character in English folklore who personifies winter. Jack Frost has inspired movies, literature, and music that appear each December, and is mentioned in the popular Christmas song ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’. In 2020 there were 2,900 babies born with the name Jack, placing it at the top of the list for Christmas themed names. Theodore A big part of Christmas is gifts, and the name Theodore literally means ‘God’s Gift’. Although of Greek origin, the name was popular among early Christians and it was borne by more than twenty saints. Last year there were 2,737 new-borns named Theodore. It also ranked 14th across all boys’ names born last year, up 123 places since a decade ago. Joseph Joseph’s relevance to Christmas should need no explanation, featured in the Bible as father to Jesus, and husband to Mary, the name Joseph means “increase or addition”. In 2020, there were 1,437 babies born named Joseph. Popular Christmas names for girls The three most popular names for boys are Ivy, Grace and Evie. If you like the sound of them, here is a breakdown of the meaning behind the names. Ivy Last year 2,166 babies were born named Ivy, ranking it top on list of Christmas themed names for girls. Grace Grace means eloquence, kindness and favour. The name itself does not have a direct tie to Christmas, but the sound and meaning have strong connotations of the festive season. 2,010 new-born girls were named Grace in 2020 placing it 2nd in the Christmas-themed list. Evie Evie is the Latin form of Eve, the name itself means living, and the night before, and you can’t get much more festive than Christmas Eve itself. In 2020 there were 1,793 baby girls born named Evie. Top 10 baby girl names inspired by Christmas
    2 points
  27. It is in the top 3, but you don't want to know what list.
    2 points
  28. This world needs and is seeking after joy. True joy is one of the central focal points of Christmas and the true meaning behind it! I believe this is one of the reasons for these early establishments of that focus!
    2 points
  29. Same here, I've got about four different Christmas stations saved on my Bose SoundTouch!
    2 points
  30. I do hope the children will receive some of the things they wish for this Christmas! I hope that maybe they will also realize the line from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." "Maybe Christmas (he thought) doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."
    2 points
  31. Most important for us who reprsent Christmas in the form of Santa is to make no promises, that the best thing we can do is to bring hope that there will be a surprise for the children come Christmas morning.
    2 points
  32. Agreed. Didn't mention anything about drinks, though, there really ought to be Egg Nog
    2 points
  33. 2 points
  34. SELL OUT Supermarket shelves empty across UK as shoppers start stockpiling for Christmas and 8million ‘unable to buy essentials’ Source - The Sun By - Niamh Cavanagh Date- 09-10-2021 SUPERMARKET shelves across the UK were stripped bare today after Brits took to stockpiling essential goods as the supply crisis continues. Pictures from stores show empty meat, fruit and frozen food sections as shoppers raided what was left Empty frozen food shelves in a supermarket today Throngs of shoppers were spotted pushing trolleys stacked with toilet paper and bottles of water ahead of the festive season. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that up to eight million Brits have been unable to buy essential food items over the past two weeks - between September 22 and October 3. Almost a quarter of Brits said they were struggling to find non-essential items. Earlier this week, it was reported that Brits were already going crackers panic buying turkeys with sales for the frozen fowl skyrocketing more than 400 percent. With fears Christmas dinner could be "cancelled" due to shortages, thousands have been dashing to supermarkets to stock up early. Supermarket chain Iceland has revealed sales of frozen turkeys have surged 409 per cent compared to the same time last year, admitting customers are "concerned about food supply", reports the Telegraph. The frozen-food empire had already increased its order of turkeys by 20 percent in anticipation of soaring demands. A survey by The Grocer found that a third of people had started stocking up on Christmas food and drink or were planning to by the end of October. Two-thirds of Brits said they were concerned about the shortages over the festive period. Meanwhile, loo roll stocks could be under threat again in weeks. Manufacturers warned they would have no choice but to restrict production to protect their finances as gas and electric prices rocket. And toilet paper and food packaging are among the items that could be hit hardest — sparking fears of panic buying like seen during the pandemic. Andrew Large, director-general at the Confederation of Paper Industries, said its members are being “affected very, very severely” by cost increases — and called for an energy price cap for firms to help see them through the winter. He said: “They’re seeing their costs go up through the roof. It’s damaging their profitability and in some cases, it’s causing them to manage their production rates so as not to expose themselves to the very, very highest costs.” It comes as Boris Johnson conceded the country's delivery crisis could last months. Last Sunday the PM said he agreed with Rishi Sunak that the chaos could stretch into the festive period. The Chancellor has warned the shortages "are very real" and that "we're seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors". Pressed if he agreed, Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr that Mr Sunak was "right... but it depends how you interpret what he's saying." He was only confident that Christmas "will be considerably better" than last year - when snap Covid restrictions banned travel for millions.
    2 points
  35. Same here Rob. Our Pig in a Blanket is a sausage link. Sometimes they are small, sometimes the size of a hot dog weenie, but definitely a sausage link. Some people even make a hot dog with a true sausage link. In Texas we do tend to refer to them both as dogs, but we know a link from a weenie. I'll still take one of each, any day of the year, add at least little mustard, please.
    2 points
  36. I wasn't aware these existed. Guess who will be checking his change on a regular basis from now on!
    2 points
  37. I'm MEARLY here for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!!!
    2 points
  38. You crack me up Schwindy ... thank you!!!
    2 points
  39. Is pigs in a blanket a British Holiday delight ... I've never associated "pigs in a Blanket" to the holidays ... ?
    2 points
  40. Oh well, here we go again, Im sure most of this is media hype which in turn creates the panic buying, grrrrrrrrrrrrr Im so pleased I purchased the last 200 toilet rolls in our local shop
    2 points
  41. Hopefully the Molnupiravir antiviral drug will alleviate any restrictions Federal, State, or local governments would like to impose on gatherings in December. If the Merck oral drug is approved it’ll make being vaxxed or unvaxxed a non-issue since you’ll only need treatment if you are infected.
    2 points
  42. Well Ive popped a turkey in the freezer in advance of the potential shortage, but Ill be looking for a fresh one if available. Gordon the goose is definitely on the Christmas menu regardless Poor Gordon
    2 points
  43. 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.
    2 points
  44. Sorry to hear / read about this for the some of you people! Really, the things we take for granted. I have The Jaindl's Turkey farm only 6 to 8 miles from our house and I go and walk into the Jaindl store that sells turkeys and only turkeys. Wait my turn and ask for a (typically 12 - 16 pounder) on the rare occasion they are out around Thanksgiving or Christmas, I go back the NEXT DAY & get what our family needs! I wish I could help you all out and buy them up and send them out to you ONE AND ALL. BUT I don't believe I have the skills to purchase and deliver them to you! Sorry, OHHH WAIT, if @Drosselmeyer got that sleigh working, HE PROMISED ME A RIDE, MAYBE WE COULD MAKE A FEW DELIVERIES, IF HE IS ABLE TO MAKE SOME ROOM FOR US AND THE TURKEYS BOTH TO FIT! Let me talk to him about this! I'll see what I can do!
    2 points
  45. Lengthy queues at Brigg Garden Centre as hundreds queue to see Father Christmas - in September Source - The Express. By - Lucy Marshall Date - 25-09-2021 Hundreds of people have queued at a popular garden centre to meet Father Christmas, despite the festive season still being months away. Christmas really has come early at Brigg Garden Centre - just 40 minutes away from Hull, as customers lined up to meet the main man himself and Mrs Christmas as staff opened the doors to a winter wonderland on Saturday. From Christmas trees, lights, gifts, and even Santa-inspired crockery baskets, people have been filling their trollies with heaps of decorations. The car park at Brigg Garden Centre was 'packed' on Saturday from 8am, and queues of customers continued into the afternoon (Image: Katie Pugh) Customers were seen queuing from one end of the store to another on Saturday morning. It comes as the popular garden centre is open for 12 hours today. One staff member reported the car park was "packed" from 8am. Staff had to put out metal barriers for people to form an orderly queue outside at around 12 noon. To commemorate the opening, children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs Claus; the pair are walking around the store greeting customers and handing out sweets. There is also a performer singing Christmas songs as customers browse. Customers waited to go inside the winter wonderland of decorations at a busy Brigg Garden Centre (Image: Lucy Marshall) The displays include interactive features, and you can also enjoy some seasonal treats in the restaurant at the garden centre. Speaking about starting off the festive season, organiser Amy Stubbs said: "We are all so excited for this festive season. "Christmas is our favourite time of year here in Brigg Garden Centre - it is a truly spectacular experience and you don't want to miss it." There will also be a Santa's Grotto event coming to the centre in the run up to Christmas.
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