A Little Bit of Fun, A Few Good Giggles, and A Whole Lot of Happy Christmas Wishes!

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Hey Ladies, 

Do any of you have a really good recipe for a Christmas Pudding?  The kind of pudding I am craving is really, really dark.  It is hard to find here in Canada, and the closest I have come to finding the "really dark" thing I am looking for is an occasional wedding cake I have tasted and once an 'almost black' pudding made by a British lady.It's the intensity of flavour that I'm looking for.  I assume it must be heavy on currants, dates and dark raisins with maybe molasses in it?  I have tried many recipes over the years, but they never measure up.I suspect some of you Brits may be able to come up with something.

I'm not sure which is worse: this sudden craving for a Pud or humming the Hippo song  endlessly!!!  Help.

Gee, Anne, I don't have any suggestions here, but I'll bet there is someone out there who can help ... with the recipe, I mean ... not the repetune :) xo

When my son was a little boy, before he could read, he would memorise the words to songs, hymns and Christmas carols. If he wasnt sure of a word he would substitute it with something that sounded similar........

"Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his swede head".

A sweet carol, but I have visions of a vegetable head..... I always think of my little Andrew singing the words so heartily and sincerely whenever I hear this carol!

Chris, I love this.  Thank you for sharing such a precious memory ... xo

Awww....that is just so swede...er, I mean sweet, Chris. What a truly, lovely memory to have. xo

That has made me giggle , I can picture Andrew singing this  :))

I have just heard a new version of this song on the radio ... Stevie Wonder and Andra Day.  It's lovely, but I am a BIG Stevie fan and love the way he does it alone.  This is another of my fav Christmas songs by one of my fav singers.  I am including the lyrics in case the recording I've chosen is hard to make out :)

What a powerful song!  If only ...


Someday at Christmas men won't be boys

Playing with bombs like kids play with toys

One warm December our hearts will see

A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there'll be no wars

When we have learned what Christmas is for

When we have found what life's really worth

There'll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be

Someday in a world where men are free

Maybe not in time for you and me

But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we'll see a Man

No hungry children, no empty hand

One happy morning people will share

Our world where people care

Someday at Christmas there'll be no tears

All men are equal and no men have fears

One shinning moment my heart ran away

From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be

Someday in a world where men are free

Maybe not in time for you and me

But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail

Hate will be gone love will prevail

Someday a new world that we can start

With hope in every heart

(Someday all our dreams will come to be)

(Someday in a world where men are free)

Maybe not in time for you and me

But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmastime

So very beautiful, Glo. Thank you for providing the lyrics, too.  xo

Lovely words - we all look forward to that Someday , what a lovely place it would be :))

Someone sent this to me in an email a couple of years ago, and being of a 'certain age' when I am starting to forget things now and then, I cannot even say who it was. If it was one of the KASgang, I apologize for stealing it and posting it here.

A Politically Correct Christmas Poem
by Author Unknown

T'was the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves".
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the North Pole
were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he'd never had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls, or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacifistic.

No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
May you and your loved ones, enjoy peace on Earth.


Thank you for sharing this with us, Anne.  It's very funny.  Sometimes it's so difficult (and confusing) to be politically correct that I'm afraid to speak!

A number of Christmases ago I was in a grocery store looking at the produce.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted an elderly gentleman at the other end of the counter.  I didn't think too much of it, but noticed he kept getting closer to me, inch by inch. I wasn't worried ... he certainly looked harmless and there were other people around so I kept browsing the fruits and vegies.

Before long, he was about two feet from me, so I looked over at him.  He put a big smile on his face and very shyly and quietly said, "Merry Christmas, ma'am".  I immediately smiled at him and returned the greeting.  He looked elated as he wandered off.  

This was during the time when saying those two words in the same sentence was considered to be taboo.  I believe that poor soul just felt he had to say it to somebody, and I was it!  I guess I helped to make his day by giving him back his smile and his greeting :) xo

Thanks Anne, a cleverly written poem, and as someone who is absolutely fed up with some ridiculous 'rules and regs' and  being PC, this was amusing, but also rather sad!



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