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Apparently the 'rats of the sky' can make "a great alternative to turkey at Christmas," according to Mark Hix, author of 'British Seasonal Food.'
Instead of a tasty turkey, Hix suggests that you should give your guests two small birds served up on a wooden platter 'with a pan of gravy or hedgerow jelly.
Personally, I'll stick to turkey thanks.Apparently the 'rats of the sky' can make "a great alternative to... more
Photographs from the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, December 3, 2008.Photographs from the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan... more
The U.S. Postal Service is continuing its New York City tradition of making children's letters to Santa Claus available to the public to answer.The U.S. Postal Service is continuing its New York City tradition of making... more
BERLIN (Reuters) – Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.
Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says.
Germans are trying to shut out the financial crisis by taking comfort in traditional festivities, and there is an acute shortage of Santas to entertain children at shopping centers, Christmas markets and private parties.
"Being Santa is not an easy job," Jens Wittenberger, in charge of Santa Claus recruitment at the Jobcafe Munich, told Reuters Monday. "To be honest, not many people have what it takes to be a good Father Christmas."
The job center wants its Santas to be child-friendly, good organizers, reliable and have acting skills. They also need a clean police record.
"You can't have your Santa drive up in a car," said Wittenberger. "Every child knows that Santa travels in a sleigh pulled by reindeer so we don't want to disappoint anybody." Santas are told to park their car a few streets away and walk.
"People are turning to traditions to protect their children from the 'evils of the real world', especially in the wake of this financial turmoil," Wittenberger said.
Recruitment sessions are being held in cities across the country, and while the job may be stressful, it's better than being jobless, Wittenberger said.
"Santas can make up to 60 euros ($75) an hour," he said. "That's not bad, is it?"
(Reporting by Josie Cox, editing by Tim Pearce)
hmmm...so what's next Christmas TREES!?
Where's Tim Allen...spread the word GERMANY NEEDS HIM!!!BERLIN (Reuters) – Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white... more
New England football boss Cappello enlightens the English fans with a festive message!
New England football boss Cappello enlightens the English fans with a festive message!... more
The reindeer, known as caribou when wild in North America, is an Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer (Rangifer tarandus).
Domesticated reindeer are mostly found in northern Scandinavia and Russia, and wild reindeer are mostly found in Norway, North America, Greenland and Iceland (where they were introduced by humans in the 18th century).
Reindeer have a four-chambered stomach. They mainly eat lichens in winter, especially reindeer moss. On occasion they will also feed on lemmings, arctic char, and bird eggs.
Reindeer have specialized noses featuring nasal turbinate bones that dramatically increase the surface area within the nostrils. Incoming cold air is warmed by the animal's body heat before entering the lungs,
Reindeer hooves adapt to the season: in the summer, the footpads become spongy and provide extra traction. In the winter, the pads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and crusted snow
The reindeer coat has two layers of fur, a dense woolly undercoat and longer-haired overcoat consisting of hollow, air-filled hairs.
Santa Claus' reindeer were first named in the 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, where they are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem. Dunder was later changed to Donder and ? in other works ? Donner, and Blixem was later changed to Blitzen.
Rudolph was not part of the original poem
The name of a male is referred to as a buck The name of a female is referred to as a doe
The name or offspring, or a baby Reindeer, is a fawn
The collective name for a group of Reindeer is a herd
The sound made by a Reindeer is referred to as a bellow
Both male and female reindeer grow antlers
Antlers are shed during the winter
The reindeer, known as caribou when wild in North America, is an Arctic and... more
Santas All Around: Merry Christmas!!" This piece presents a number of very colorful holiday photographs; some of them are vintage Christmas images. In addition, it also has a wonderful photo-gallery and Christmas music videos.
I hope that you'll take a look and enjoy this piece!!Santas All Around: Merry Christmas!!" This piece presents a number of very... more
In "A Christmas Memory," Capote paid loving tribute to his old cousin, Miss Sook Faulk, who nourished and cared for him during his childhood loneliness living in a tiny Alabama hamlet. The article has biographic notes, superb vintage photographs, a vivid slideshow and a video tribute to Capote. The full audio of Capote reading "A Christmas Memory" is included.In "A Christmas Memory," Capote paid loving tribute to his old cousin, Miss... more
"Photo of the Day: Desperately Lonely Santa." This is a very, very lonely Santa seen in Times Square. The stunningly colorful photograph is presented for you in high-resolution, although it is also extremely sad. The photograph is accompanied by a touching, heart-warming vintage animated music video (1934), "The Shanty Where Santy Lives."
I truly hope you'll take a look at this composition!"Photo of the Day: Desperately Lonely Santa." This is a very, very lonely... more
"Chilly Winter Snow Scenes." This presents a stunning, high resolution B&W photograph of a snow scene in New York's Central Park. Also, it has a gallery of winter scenes from around the world. Finally, it has a related, delightfully creative, somewhat daffy animated video entitled "It's White Out!!"
I that hope you'll look at this piece and enjoy it!!"Chilly Winter Snow Scenes." This presents a stunning, high resolution... more
Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits defined the soft-rock era, died on Sunday. His songs, such as "Same Old Lang Syne," were powerful in their simplicity, conveying his emotions through his soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Wonderful photographs and the music video of "Same Old Lang Syne" are included.Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits defined the soft-rock era, died on... more
Unsilent Night is like a Christmas caroling party except that the people don't sing. People in Boulder Colorado brought out their boom boxes,mp3 players and even cell phones to play ambient, holiday-esque music as they walked through downtown. The magical sounds of this unique event are heard worldwide from NYC to Sydney. for more info go to www.unsilentnight.comUnsilent Night is like a Christmas caroling party except that the people don't... more
"Photo of the Day: Snow-Garden." This is a superb, elegant photograph that is presented to you in stunning high-resolution. The photograph is accompanied by a related, delightfully wonderful animated music video, entitled "It's White Out!!"
I deeply hope that you'll take a look and enjoy this one!!"Photo of the Day: Snow-Garden." This is a superb, elegant photograph that... more
A drive-thru Christmas light display consisting of approx 2 million lights is on every evening at Life University in Marietta Ga.
Every night from 6pm - 11pm, till New Years Eve.
A drive-thru Christmas light display consisting of approx 2 million lights is on every... more
"Magical Pipedreams: A Visual-Musical Holiday Delight." This piece presents colorful photographs, offered to you in high-resolution. In addition, the composition includes a delightful animated ambient music video. Enjoy!!"Magical Pipedreams: A Visual-Musical Holiday Delight." This piece presents... more
The idea of Santa Claus brings about pleasant images of toys, cookies and a jolly laugh. But not all Santa Clauses are created equal. In Boulder Colorado, a group of 50 not so common Santa Clauses hit the malls to inspire the true 'non materialistic' meaning of Christmas in shoppers. The idea of Santa Claus brings about pleasant images of toys, cookies and a jolly... more
"Happy Holidays: Behold the Feelings of Joy." Wonderful, engaging photographs of people showing great feelings of happiness and joy, presented for you in high-resolution. This piece is accompanied by a music video, entitled "Joy."
Take a look, I sincerely hope that it gives you some pleasure during this holiday season!!"Happy Holidays: Behold the Feelings of Joy." Wonderful, engaging... more
"Photos of the Day: Vintage Christmas "Found Photos." This is a set of vintage Christmas "found photos." They range from the humorous, to the downright strange. My personal favorite is "The Most Unfortunate Midnight Mass Ever."
For a good chuckle, take a look at these. Best wishes and Happy Holidays to all!!"Photos of the Day: Vintage Christmas "Found Photos." This is a set of... more