December 2010

December 1, 2010


Birthdays in the month of December  ♫ Happy Birthday to you,

Ruth, Y  Barbara, Y Pat, Y Angela. Y Steven Y  Dolores

Happy Birthday, God Bless you, Happy Birthday to you! ♫

Dec 02 to Dec 11 –    Hornbeam Tree

Hornbeam Tree (Good Taste) — of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.


Dec 12 to Dec 21 –    Fig Tree

Fig Tree (Sensibility) — very strong minded, a bit self-willed, honest, loyal, independent, hates contradiction or arguments, hard worker when wants to be, loves life and friends, enjoys children and animals, few sexual relationships, great sense of humor, has artistic talent and great intelligence.

Dec 23 to Jan 01 –    Apple Tree

Apple Tree (Love) — quiet and shy at times, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude , flirtatious smile, adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves children, needs affectionate partner.



We close out the year with fond memories of two members of our group who have returned to the Lord.

Always remembered – never forgotten


SUE JOHNSON (nee Paro)

November 20 – November 21, 2009




1915 – May 9, 2010




Almage 50+ Center Events and or Trips

Christmas Party Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 beginning at 11:45am.

Place:  Le Baron Place, 6020 Jean Talon Street, East, St. Leonard.

Cost: $27.00 for members and $37.00 for non members

Tickets went on sale Nov 1st.  Deadline for tickets is Tuesday, November 30th.

The meal includes punch, soup, salad and chicken parmigana, dessert, tea and coffee.

There will be a cash bar available, a glass of wine $4.00 and a bottle of wine $25.00.

Mr. J. A. Gamache will provide entertainment.


Christmas Luncheon at Almage:

Date: Tuesday December 14th, 2010 at 11:45 am

Lunch: Turkey with all the trimmings, with a glass of wine and a Yuletide log

Cost $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members

Tickets went of sale as of November 8th, 2010.


Christmas Breakfast at Café Boccacino,

6850 Jean Talon East.   Tuesday, December 21 at 10:20am 

Please call the Almage Centre to reserve a place.


Beating the Winter Blues Party

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at the Almage 50+ Centre. 

Organized by Carmine Di Nezza in conjunction with Almage

On the menu: Hawaiian chicken on rice, vegetables, dessert.

Entertainment and other surprises…

Cost: $5.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members

Tickets will be on sale as of December 13th, 2010 – deadline January 14th, 2011

            The Almage 50+ Centre telephone number is 514 355-1712

CCS/Almage St. Michel-Rosemount Centre

‘Old Bones Christmas Party’ December 6.

Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift $5.00 value for our gift exchange.

Year End Review:

It is hard to believe 2010 will soon be over and we will have a bright New Year to muddle up.   The truth be told I’m just getting the hang of writing 2010. 

Many events happened during the year… some good – some bad.  We grew and enjoyed our times together. How does that song go?  I’ll Get by with a Little Help from my Friends!  Yes, with a little help from our friends 2010 was a great year!

ALMAGE + Centre celebrated its 28th anniversary dinner.  It was a fun celebration with good food, music, and line dancing.

Several major Staff changes came about this year at Almage +.

“Old Bones” elected an “Ad Hoc” committee to meet with Johanna and Dianne. 


CCS advised us that funding from Centraide will be drastically cut in March 2011 consequently CCS will cut our funding for our rent to $15.00. 

            From Centraide’s web site

            “2010-2015 Strategy of Centraide of Greater Montreal for Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion.”

            In 2009-2010, Centraide has taken stock of the situation of poverty in Greater Montreal and updated    its social investment priorities so as to act even more strategically and proactively on poverty and             social exclusion.

While giving the situation some thought an idea come to me… Why don’t we put on a “Burlesque show?” 

A catholic parish paid off construction of their new church in less than two years that way.  The down side is we would have to practice a lot and perhaps costumes might be a problem for some of us.  I hate girdles and high heels… However, the exercise would be great!  Maybe Jeannette could rent some props for us to hold onto to enable us to kick up our feet.  What a sight for sore eyes!  I’m just joking…

Our cute, very funny, intelligent, and out-spoken friend Ruth moved away.  We don’t see her often.  Perhaps Diane can arrange a group visit with Ruth via the webcam. Let’s make plans to bring her to the center for our Christmas party. Ruth always made me laugh even when there wasn’t anything to laugh about.  I miss her. 

Angela regained her health after being hospitalized several times during the year.

Jeannette lost her pants only once during exercise session thanks to the thoughtful gift of red suspenders from Old Bones.  And I’m not sure what happens when she brings helpful articles to the men’s shelter.  There was a little tale she told of making a mistake and ending up in the showers.  Thank you Jeannette for collecting medicine bottles, tabs from soft drink cans etc. to help the shelter out. –  A big “thank you” to everyone who donates to the cause.

Barbara’s mother Bertha celebrated her 100th birthday.  Bea celebrated her 95th birthday this year.  I hope I will look and feel as wonderful as Bea does when I reach her age. 


Days we celebrated this year just to mention a few!

We all worked very hard in February preparing a “St. Valentine’s Day” lunch for our French speaking guests from Centre Chenier


We celebrated Mother’s Day in fine style lunching on finger sandwiches and special deserts while wearing beautiful hats. and sipping hot, well steeped tea from beautiful china cups.

For Father’s Day all the gals wore neckties and a special dinner was prepared by Ivylin.

We celebrated with laughter when we needed it most with laughologist John Lederman

And October was our busiest month.  We celebrated; Thanksgiving Day, October Fest and Halloween.  Whew!   And the year isn’t over yet!  We still have Christmas to celebrate on December 6th!

Our friends Helena and Nasir will soon be vacationing under sunny skies. We are all envious – wouldn’t you agree?  Having said that, we are all invited to visit them in sunny Florida. 

Dear Helena and Nasir you may just have a few visitors.  We, ‘Old Bones’ are always ready to have fun especially when it is ‘fun in the sun.’  We will miss you. Return to us safe, happy and rested.

Frank will be vacationing out west over the Christmas holidays!  Lucky guy! Have a great trip. Return home safely.

In 2010 we set up a schedule for our activities and added many new ones to our agenda: Knitting teddy bears for Haiti, Making jewelry, Monday computer lessons, Brain teasers, board games, Art classes, Christmas food basket collection, as well as the many other previously mentioned activities. 

Helena has been working on the computer and trying to get the webcam to work.  It will enable us to visit with Ruth and with other members who cannot join us on Mondays.  It will also keep us in touch Helena and Nasir while they are away this winter.

We have welcomed several new members this year.  It is always a pleasure to see new faces returning weekly and becoming good friends.

All in all it’s been a productive year.   Every Monday was crammed full with activities and we still had time for our favourite pastime…talking and sharing with each other… After all that’s what the group is all about… making friends and having fun.   May God bless us with another wonderful year.


Words of Wisdom

There are only two ways to live your life. 

One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein (1879 -1955)                                                                                        Submitted by Frank




1          Canadian Tire considered one of Canada’s favourite strictly Canadian stores started with one store in Toronto in the early 1920’s by two brothers. What are the names of the Canadian Tire’s founding brothers?

2          How do you make a Kleenex dance?

The answers are on page 9


HEALTH TIPS          A healthy heart = a younger brain (Excerpts from 50 +)

The biomarker tests are still in the research stage.  But there are still some things we can do now to keep our brains healthy.  Research has shown that a healthier heart is linked with a younger brain — here are 6 ways to keep both in shape.

Get moving. Regular aerobic exercise reduces risk of fatal heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It also helps to control weight and reduces stress, a factor in heart disease.

A US study:  Older adults who walk 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) per week have less brain shrinkage, which may help ward off dementia.   And activities like gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs and walking the dog all count toward a healthier heart.

Eat foods your heart (and brain) will love. Choose foods low in fat, cholesterol and salt. Think fruits, veggies, and whole grains, Legumes, low-fat dairy, low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish such as salmon and mackerel.  Also, omega-3 fatty acids can decrease risk of heart attack, protect against irregular heartbeats and lower blood pressure. Other sources are flaxseed oil, walnut oil, soybean oil and canola oil.

Watch your weight. Keep in mind that reducing your weight by just 10 per cent can decrease blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol level and reduce risk of diabetes.

Don’t smoke. It is one of the biggest risk factors for developing heart disease. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,800 chemicals.  Nicotine causes the heart to work harder by narrowing blood vessels and increasing heart rate and blood pressure. The carbon monoxide replaces some of the oxygen in your blood which in turn increases your blood pressure by forcing your heart to work harder to supply enough oxygen. Quit smoking and your risk of heart disease drops dramatically within one year.

Gets regular health screening High blood pressure and high cholesterol cause damage to your heart and blood vessels.  But without regular testing, you won’t know.

Stay connected. Research has indicated that older adults with strong social ties have better brain health and motor skills like strength, speed and dexterity. A strong social network also helps to protect against stress, depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness.

Helpful Hint: Tea is the most popular beverage in the world after water, with more than 2 billion cups consumed daily (Aug 2010).  It is a delicious drink that is healthy too.             Submitted by Frank


Threatened Animals

The annual polar bear migration has started in Churchill – and WWF is pleased to invite you to join them  LIVE to meet and talk with world-renowned scientists during Polar Bears International’s exclusive, free webcasts from the tundra.

WWF’s very own Geoff York will be there to observe and comment on how one of the world’s most threatened subpopulations of polar bears is faring in a year with the latest freeze up on record, reducing the amount of time the bears can spend on the ice, feeding on seals.

Check out Tundra Connections 2010   (Living Planet Community)

Laughter is the Best Medicine

2010’s First Christmas Joke

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

‘In honor of this holy season’ Saint Peter said, ‘you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.’

The man from Nova Scotia fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on…

 ‘It represents a candle’, he said.

‘You may pass through the pearly gates’ Saint Peter said.

The man from Saskatchewan reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, ‘They’re bells.’

Saint Peter said ‘You may pass through the pearly gates.’

The Newfoundlander started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, ‘And just what do those symbolize?’

The Newfie replied, ‘These are Carols.’   And So The Christmas Season Begins.

 Submitted by Barbara



A Christmas Story for people having a bad day
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor.  In his frustration,
he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?”

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.                       Submitted by Janet

Just before I was deployed to Iraq, I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him.  ‘I’m going to be away for a long time,’ I told   him.  ‘I’m going to Iraq.’   ‘Why?’ he asked.  ‘Don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?’                                                                                                            Submitted by Barbara


While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room.  As she went   to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent.  Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair.  Placing his hand on the   man’s, he said, ‘I know how you feel.  My mom makes me ride in the stroller too.’

Submitted by Barbara

Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children.   One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle. ‘No, no, no!’ she   screamed.  ‘Lizzie,’ scolded her mother, ‘that’s not polite behavior.’  With that, the girl yelled even louder,

‘No, thank you!  No, thank you!

Submitted by Barbara

On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, ‘Dad, I know babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?’  After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, ‘You don’t have to make up something, Dad.  It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.’

Submitted by Barbara


Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation.

They were determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy.  As soon as the plane landed they headed for a store and bought some really outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals, sunglasses etc.

The next morning they went to the beach dressed in their ‘tourist’ garb.  They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a ‘drop dead gorgeous’ blonde in a topless bikini came walking straight towards them.  They couldn’t help but stare.

As the blonde passed them she smiled and said ‘Good Morning, Father – Good Morning, Father,’ nodding and addressing each of them individually, then she passed on by.   They were both stunned.  How in the world did she know they were priests?

So the next day, they went back to the store and bought even more outrageous outfits.  These were so loud you could hear them before you even saw them!

Once again, in their new attire, they settled down in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine.  After a little while, the same gorgeous blonde, wearing a different colored topless bikini, taking her sweet time, came walking toward them.   Again she nodded at each of them, said

‘Good morning, Father ~ Good morning, Father,’ and started to walk away.  

One of the priests couldn’t stand it any longer and said, ‘Just a minute, young lady.’

‘Yes, Father?’

‘We are priests and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world do you know we are priests, dressed as we are?’   She replied,  

‘Father, it’s me … Sister Kathleen.’ `                                                                             Submitted by Donald

Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases.  One afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. 

A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained,

 ‘That’s the man who made this camp possible.  Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?’ 

Blank stares. 

‘Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.’ 

An eight-year-old girl perked up.  ‘How long was he missing?’

Submitted by Barbara

The Teacher asked young Patrick Murphy: “What do you do at Christmas time?”   Patrick addressed the class: “Well Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight mass and we sing hymns; then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited, we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.

“Very nice Patrick,” she said. “Now Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?”

Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mom and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.”

Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked,

 “Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?”

Isaac said, “Well, it’s the same thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce; then we drive to Dad’s toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves and begin to sing:  ‘What A. Friend We Have in Jesus.’   Then we all go to the Bahamas.” 

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. “Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say,’

There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘that’s Michael, He’s a doctor.’

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

Alas, where has all our innocence gone?                                                                        Submitted by Barbara

To Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity


1          In the Memo field of all your checks, write ‘ For marijuana.

2          When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream ‘I Won! I Won!’ 

3          Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face                   Submitted by Ted

Answers to the quiz on page 4
1          John William and Alfred J (AJ) Billes                      2          Put a little‘boogie’ in it.



Remember these?   Words from the 50’s and 60’s

‘wall-to-wall’ was once a magical term in our homes.  In the ’50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with it!  Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors.

When was the last time you heard the quaint phrase ‘in a family way?’  It’s hard to imagine that the word ‘pregnant’ was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company, so we had all that talk about stork visits and ‘being in a family way’ or simply  ‘expecting.’

Apparently ‘brassiere’ is a word no longer in usage.  I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up.  I guess it’s just ‘bra’ now.  ‘Unmentionables’ probably wouldn’t be understood at all.

I always loved going to the ‘picture show,’ but I considered ‘movie’ an affectation.

Some words aren’t gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. 

Submitted by Ted

Why Men Wear Earrings

Did you ever wonder why earrings became so popular with men?

A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring.  The man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in “fashion sense”.

The man walks up to him and says, “I didn’t know you were into earrings.”

“Don’t make such a big deal, it’s only an earring,” he replies sheepishly.

His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to ask, “So, how long have you been wearing one?”  “Ever since my wife found it in my truck.”

(I always wondered how this trend got started)                                                              Submitted by Barbara

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from internal trauma associated with repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.
Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was considered a very smart cookie, but wasted much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.
Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.
The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
Please rise to the occasion and take time to pass it on and share that smile with someone else who may be having a crumbly day and kneads a lift.

Recurring Dreams by H. V. Louttit

There are those who every now and then,

Have a troublesome dream over again.

In which they agonize beyond belief,

Till they wake up with a sigh of relief.

In one such, you find yourself on the street,

Without a stitch on, from your head to feet

Then realize with the utmost despair,
There’s nothing to cover yourself with there.

A piece of paper would be a relief,
For you could use it as Eve did her leaf,

And can use to hide in, at least part way.

Then you notice the place where you could hide,

Is behind a pole but at the curbside.

Which is the best you can do, though you know,

You’re wider than it, so some part will show.

Then, to make your desperation complete,       
The local gossip’s coming down the street.

And you know for sure that if she sees you,      
She’ll ruin your good name before she’s through.

On she comes, while you wait with mounting dread.

Fervently wishing that you could drop dead.

Yet hoping that somehow she will go by,

Without the parts showing catching her eye.

She’s alongside the pole.  Will she go past?

While each second seems for hours to last.

But she looks your way, sees you standing there,

And with hysterical screams fills the air.

But then you wake up and find you’re in bed,

And realize that you’ve nothing to dread.

Yet in a cold sweat, with heart beating fast,

But greatly relieved that the dream is past.


                                                                                                                        Submitted by Frank



Quotes: Submitted by Pat

If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

People who predict earthquakes are fault finders.

Give some people an inch and they think they’re rulers.

If your outgo exceeds your income then your upkeep will be your downfall.  Amen



Don’t Break The Elastic!!    In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.  And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.” Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first.    The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this: “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

“I’ve learned that “making a living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”

“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



St. Mary was given the name “Magdalen” because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile.

St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her.  Because of this association with sin and redemption, she has become the archetypal penitent in Christian lore.  Mary of Magdalen was present at Our Lord’s Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb.

Legend has it that 14 years after Jesus’ death, St. Mary was put in a boat by the Jews without sails or oars, along with Saints Lazarus and Martha, Maxinin (who baptized her), Sidonius, ‘the man born blind: her maid Sera, and the body of Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin.  They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where Mary Magdelen spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Saint Baume.   She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was 72 on July 22, her feast day.                                                                Submitted by Frank

“Good news of great joy that will be for all the people” — Luke 2:10



                                                            Holiday Drinks!

Whiskey Toddy

If a hot toddy doesn’t cure a cold after a couple of toddies you won’t really care!

Heather honey or sugar,

Lemon juice, Whisky, & Hot water,


Dissolve a teaspoon of honey or sugar in a glass of boiling water.  (Place a spoon in the glass before pouring in the boiling water to prevent the glass from breaking.) Add a shot glass full of whisky and a little lemon juice, Stir. Serve while still hot.

Traditional Scottish Hot Toddy

3 dessertspoons Drambuie liqueur (whisky)

1 level dessertspoon brown sugar

Fresh, strong coffee

Double cream


Heat a stemmed wine glass with hot water and dry quickly. Add the Drambuie whisky stir in the sugar. Pour in the coffee, leaving an inch below the rim. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved Pour the cream over the back of a teaspoon so that it floats on the surface to the depth of about half an inch.

Cold Whisky Punch

2 pints boiling water

Half a pound of lump/cube sugar

1 bottle of whisky

3 lemons, A few leaves of mint


Use a sharp knife to remove the yellow rind (not the white pith) from the lemons before squeezing out the juice. Place the peel, juice, mint and sugar in a large jug and add the boiling water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. When it is cold, remove the lemon peel and mint and add the whisky. Chill before use. Add some thinly sliced soft fruit before serving from a punch bowl.



Whisky Punch This Punch can be made either hot or cold.

2 pints of freshly made, hot, milk less tea

1 pound of lump/cube sugar

1 bottle of whisky

One thinly sliced lemon


Heat but do not boil the whisky. Pour the hot tea over the sugar and lemon and stir with a silver spoon until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the hot (but not boiling) whisky. Flame and serve.



May the year 2011 be filled with family, peace, wealth, friendship, love, fun sharing and caring and

 lots and lots of laughter!

Christmas is not universally celebrated and there are a number of different dates for Christmas and New Year depending on which calendar is used. Orthodox Christians, for example, celebrate Christmas on 7th January. This includes speakers of Serbian, Macedonian, Russian, Ethiopian languages such as Amharic, and Christians in Egypt.


Afrikaans Geseënde Kersfees en ‘n gelukkige nuwe jaar Geseënde Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwe jaar 

Breton – Nedeleg laouen na Bloavezh Mat, Bosnian Sretan Bozic i sretna nova godina Breton Nedeleg laouen ha bloavezh mat Bulgarian Čestita Koleda / Cantonese singdaanjit tùhng sànnìhn faailohk/ gùng héi faat chōi – Mandarin shèngdàn kuàilè xīnnián kuàilè/- Chinese Shanghainese (sendaijiq kualoq/ sinni kualoq Chines Sèng-tàn-chiat Khòai-lo̍k – Czech Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok – ChineseTeochew (siandang kuailak) (singnin kuailak) Chinese – Xin Nian Kuai Le – Czech – Šťastný Nový rok (or Stastny Novy rok), Cornish Nadelik Lowen ha Blydhen Nowydh Da Cree (Mitho Makosi Kesikansi) Croatian Sretna Nova godina! Czech Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok  Danish Glædelig jul og godt nytår Dutch Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! Zalig kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar  Faroese Gleðilig Jól og eydnuríkt nýggjár  Gleðilig Jól og gott nýggjár (frm) Gleiðilig jól og eitt av harranum signað nýggjár  Finnish Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta  Filipino Maligayang pasko at manigong bagong taon! Flemish Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar  French – Joyeux Noël – Bonne Annee, German – Froehliche Weihnachten – Prosit Neujahr, German Frohe/Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr/ ein gutes Neues / und ein gesundes neues Jahr/ und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr  Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch [ins neue Jahr]  German (Bavarian) Froue Weihnåcht’n, und a guad’s nei’s Joah  German (Hessian) Frohe Weihnachte unn ein gudes neus Jahr German (Swiss) Schöni Fäschttäg / Schöni Wienachte und e guets neus Jahr Greek -Kenourios Chronos Greek Kalá hristúyenna Eftyhisméno to Néo Étos! Kalí hroñá  Hebrew – L’Shannah Tovah, Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauoli Makahiki Hou  Hindi Śubh krisamas Naye sāl kī hārdik śubhkāmnayeṅ  Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket, Boldog Új Évet Kivánok, Indonesian Selamat hari natal dan tahun baru  Irish – Nollaig shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit  Irish (Gaelic) Beannachtaí na Nollag Irish (Gaelic) Beannachtaí an tSéasúir Irish (Gaelic)  Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit Irish (Gaelic) Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit Italian Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo Japanese merī kurisumasu – ‘Western’ style  shinnen omedetō gozaimasu – Japanese style akemashite omedetō gozaimasu  kyūnenjū taihen osewa ni narimashita/ honnen mo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu Japanese – Shinnen omedeto, kurisumasu omedeto, Korean – Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo! Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha, Old English Glæd Geol and Gesælig Niw Gear Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia, Szczesliwego Nowego Roku, Portuguese – Feliz Natal” “Boas Festas” Feliz Ano Novo, Rumanian – Sarbatori Fericite, Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom,  Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok, Spanish – Feliz Navidad – Feliz Ano ~Nuevo Scots A Blythe Yule an a Guid.Hogmanay Scots  Merry Christmas an a Guid Hogmanay Scottish Gaelic Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr. Tahitian – Ia orana te Noera Ia orana i te mata iti api” Ukrainian – Z Rizdvom Khrystovym i Novym Rokom Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Yugoslavian – Cestitamo Bozic Yiddish (A freylikhe nitl un a guter nayer yor) Zulu Ngikufisela uKhisimusi oMuhle noNyaka oMusha oNempumelelo

should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind

should auld acquaintance be forgot and days o’ auld lang syne

for auld lang syne my jo’ for auld lang syne,  

we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne

Robert Burns


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