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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’

Posted by cotojo on December 19, 2007

This version of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ was written by a peace keeping soldier
Twas the night before Christmas
He lived all alone
In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live
I looked all about a strange sight I did see
No tinsel no presents not even a tree
No stocking by the mantle just boots filled with sand
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands
With medals and badges awards of all kinds
A sober thought came through my mind
For this house was different it was dark and dreary
I found the home of a soldier once I could see clearly
The soldier lay sleeping silent alone
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home
The face was so gentle the room in such disorder
Not how I pictured a lone British soldier
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read
Curled up on a poncho the floor for a bed
I realised the families that I saw this night
Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight
Soon round the world the children would play
And grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day
They all enjoy freedom each month of the year
Because of the soldiers like the one lying here
I couldn’t help wonder how many alone
On a cold Christmas eve in a land far from home
The very though brought a tear to my eye
I dropped to my knees and started to cry
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice
‘Santa don’t cry this life is my choice
I fight for freedom I don’t ask for more
My life is my god, my country, my corps’
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep
I couldn’t control it I continued to weep
I kept watch for hours so silent and still
And we both sat and shivered from the cold nights chill
I didn’t want to leave on that cold dark night
This guardian of honour so willing to fight
Then the soldier rolled over with a voice soft and pure
Whispered ‘carry on Santa its Christmas day all is secure’
One look at my watch and I knew he was right
‘Merry Christmas my friend and to all a good night’

Santa says 'All is well & Merry Christmas to everyone.'

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Link Love Extreme -A Christmas Card For All Community Bloggers

Posted by cotojo on December 13, 2007

The world of blogging is exceeding itself with bloggers from many continents making the blogosphere a wonderful example of unity, peace and love.   
In the spirit of this Season of Goodwill I would like to pass this Christmas Card on to the following friends, old and new alike:

Merry Christmas

Thank you all for your support, comments and participation within the blogosphere.  YOU are the people who make it what it is…a growing Global Community.

Hugs and Love to ALL of you, you are awesome.

0-Cotojo  1-Lisa , 2-Kim,
3-Deborah, 4-Pearl, 5-Sandy,
6-Jesse, 7-Chris, 8- Colin 
9-Santa, 10-Blog Elf, 11-Jackie,
12-Marzie, 13-Adrian, 14-Jos,
15-NAFA SG, 16-Polli, 17-Sue,
18-Kathy 19-Maartje, 20-Morgan,
21-Greg, 22-MaryAnn, 23-Eric,
24-Hawk, 25-Carol, 26Diane,
27-Ev Nucci, 28-Surjit, 29-Kuanyin,
30-Christy Z, 31-Sandee, 32-Robin,
33-Hanna, 34-Maunie, 35-Kim,
36-Bobby, 37-Billy, 38-David, 39-Jennifer,
40-Aryst, 41-Winston, 42-Christy,
43-LilyRuth, 44-Jess, 45-Rudy,
46-Lynda, 47-Lili, 48-Sandy G,
49-Ange, 50-BlackWyrm, 51-Vincent,
52-Colin & Anne, 53-Blandly Urbane, 54-Marco,
55-Mihaela Lica, 56-John C, 57-Aziz-sm,
58-Ugyen, 59-Lansy, 60-Alex Badalic,
61-Victors, 62-Nostalgia Manila, 63-Franco Yong,
64-Herby, 65-Rubie, 66-Santaram & BVK,
67-Jean-david, 68-Namgay, 69-Catherine,
70-Yunita P, 71-Debbie Dolphin 72-Lorimer Black,
73-Dream Catcher, 74-Fred Plimley, 75-Anja Merret,
 76-Maria Lourdes, 77-Jon B, 78-Aayush,
79-Denise, 80-Dharmendra P, 81-Brent D,
82-Jerry & Daryl McCoy, 83-Brian B, 84-Calvin Innes,
85-Pieter Marburn, 86-Jessica Field, 87-Taflas,
88-Alex Sysoef, 89-Norie, 90-Justin Stanley,
91-Ashish, 92-David Ledoux, 93-Thanate Tan,
94-Kevin, 95-Etienne, 96-Gerbera,
97-Christina, 98-Abhishek d, 99-Uprai,
100-Texas_Jam, 101-Azmiel, 102-Daniel,
103-Kristin B, 104-Luwis, 105-Adavait,
106-Now Sourcing, 107-Buen Amigo, 108-Kiran Pande,
109-Peterson Wong, 110-Lynn, 111-Chessnoid,
112-Luis Hipolito, 113-Joliveira, 114-Jennifer & Pete,
115-Team Dog, 116-Megan, 117-Mark,
118-Raivyn, 119-Mel, 120-Andrea,
121-Jen / domestika, 122-Mimi, 123-Bobo,
124-Lynda Lehmann, 125-Dread Bob, 126-Julie,
127-RennyBA, 128-Bobbarama, 129-Becky,
130-Magdalena, 131-Michelle, 132-Stacie,
133-Climate of Our Future Team, 134-CashMarble, 135-OilOffShoreMarine,
136-Jos Additional BlogLove, 137-Piper, 138-Barbara,
139-Ann Clemmons, 140-Deb, 141-madang.com,
142-RamblingMoo.com, 143-blogginginmypyjamas, 144-StylewithPassion,
145-Chinneeq, 146-Dora-zooropazoo, 147-Babyshern,
148-HiPnCooLMoMMa 149-Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts 150-When Silence Speaks,
151-Dancing in Midlife Tune, 152-Underneath it All, 153- I am Dzoi,
154-Hobbies and Such, 155-moms…..check nyo, 156-Choc Mint Girl,
157-Amel’s Realm, 158- My Thoughts, 159-Rusin Roundup,
160-Juliana’s Site, 161-Max, 162-Rooms of My Heart,
163-A Great Pleasure, 164-LadyJava’s Lounge, 165-Jesie,
166-Steven, 167-Trinity, 168-Leena,
169-Nick, 170-Nessa, 171-Debbie Dolphin,
172- Anna t, 173-krrey_boo, 174-Logic,
175-Steve Ho, 176-Virtual Entrepreneur, 177-WalksFarWoman,
178-Anna, Beth & Cory’s Mom, 179-Toon, 180-Belinda
181-EPSpeaks, 182-Teacher Julie 183-jafajfer,
184-pmonchet, 185-Aslan186-arouetvoltaire ,
187-Tanny188-Il vaso di Pandora, 189-Non Lineare,
190-Omniamundamundis, 191-LineaNeuronica, 192-Semplicemente Lisa 
193-la penna che graffia  194-Angelbaby195-Divya
196-Cyn197-Donna, 198-Liudmila
199-djeblog200-Gracie Belle, 201-Reverend Ray
202-Walter Winstuff203-Denny204-Terry (mee mOe)
205-awannabe 206-Z.S.207-Il Gnagnera
208-Kevin Grieves,   209-DatCurious,   210-DatMoney
211-Sanni212-Rolando’s Quiet Space213-SatoNa ,
If I have missed you please accept my apologies, leave a comment and I will add you 🙂

 Link Love Rules!!

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Changes at The North Pole

Posted by cotojo on December 7, 2007

RE: Organizational Changes at the North Pole
The recent announcement that Donner and Blitzen have elected to take the early reindeer retirement package has triggered a good deal of concern about whether they will be replaced, and about other restructuring decisions at the North Pole.

Streamlining was necessary due to the North Pole’s loss of dominance of the season’s gift distribution business. Home shopping channels and mail order catalogs have diminished Santa’s market share. He could not sit idly by and permit further erosion of the profit picture.

The reindeer downsizing was made possible through the purchase of a late model Japanese sled for the CEO’s annual trip. Improved productivity from Dasher and Dancer, who summered at the Harvard Business School, is anticipated. Reduction in reindeer will also lessen airborne environmental emissions for which the North Pole has received unfavorable press.

I am pleased to inform you that Rudolph’s role will not be disturbed. Tradition still counts for something at the North Pole. Management denies, in the strongest possible language, the earlier leak that Rudolph’s nose got that way, not from the cold, but from substance abuse. Calling Rudolph “a lush who was into the sauce and never did pull his share of the load” was an unfortunate comment, made by one of Santa’s helpers and taken out of context at a time of year when he is known to be under executive stress.

Today’s global challenges require the North Pole to continue to look for better, more competitive steps. Effective immediately, the following economy measures are to take place in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” subsidiary: The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree never turned out to be the cash crop forecasted. It will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance.The two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are therefore eliminated.The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French.The four calling birds were replaced by an automated voice mail system, with a call waiting option. An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked.The five golden rings have been put on hold by the Board of Directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals as well as a mix of T-bills and high technology stocks appear to be in order.

The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day is an example of the decline in productivity. Three geese will be let go, and an upgrading in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that from now on every goose it gets will be a good one.

The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order. The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes and therefore enhance their outplacement.

As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching.

Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps.

Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords plus the expense of international air travel prompted the Compensation Committee to suggest replacing this group with ten out-of-work congressmen. While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant because we expect an oversupply of unemployed congressmen this year.

Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big. A substitution with a string quartet, a cutback on new music and no uniforms will produce savings which will drop right down to the bottom line.

We can expect a substantial reduction in assorted people, fowl, animals, and other expenses. Though incomplete, studies indicate that stretching deliveries over twelve days is inefficient. If we can drop ship in one day, service levels will be improved. Regarding the lawsuit filed by the attorney’s association seeking expansion to include the legal profession (“thirteen lawyers-a-suing) action is pending.

Lastly, it is not beyond consideration that deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to stay competitive. Should that happen, the Board will request management to scrutinize the Snow White Division to see if seven dwarfs is the right number.

Santa's Naughty List

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I’m The Reason For Santa’s Naughty List

Posted by cotojo on December 3, 2007

My dear friend Mary Ann from maryannaville sent me this…..apparently this suits me perfectly 🙂

I'm the reason lol

Absolutely wicked hahahaha
What makes you think that I may be in a little bit of trouble 🙂

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Santa’s New Contract For 2007

Posted by cotojo on December 3, 2007

Santa’s New Contract For 2007

A new contract for Santa has been negotiated…Please read the following carefully.

I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer be able to serve the Southern United States on Christmas Eve. Due to the overwhelming current population of the Earth, my contract was re-negotiated by North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. I now only serve certain areas of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies, so keep that in mind. However, I am certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement that happens to be my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all good boys and girls. However, there are a few differences between us.

They are as follows:
1. There is no danger of a Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads “This sleigh insured by Smith & Wesson”.

2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers children to leave RC cola and pork rinds (or a moon pie) on the fireplace. And Bubba doesn’t smoke a pipe. He dips a little snuff, though, so please have an empty spit can handy.

3. Bubba’s sleigh is pulled by floppy-eared, flying coon dogs instead of reindeer. I made the mistake of loaning him a couple of my reindeer one time and Blitzen’s head now overlooks Bubba’s fireplace.

4. You won’t hear “On Comet, on Cupid…” when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead you will hear “On Earnhardt, on Wallace, on Martin and Labonte. On Rudd, on Jarrett, on Elliot and Petty.”

5. “Ho, Ho, Ho!” has been replaced by “Yee Haw!” And you also are likely to hear Bubba’s elves respond “I hear’d dat!”

6. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus’ sleigh does have Yosemite Sam mud flaps with the words “Back Off”. The last I heard, it has other decorations as well. One is a Chevy logo with lights that race through the letters and the other is a caricature of me (Santa Claus) going wee-wee on the Tooth Fairy.

7. The usual Christmas movie classics such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” will not be shown in your viewing area. Instead you will see “Ernest Saves Christmas” and “Smoky and the Bandit IV” featuring Burt Reynolds as Bubba Claus and dozens of state patrol cars crashing into each other.

8. Bubba Claus doesn’t wear a belt. If I were you, I’d make sure that you, the wife and the kids turn the other way when he bends over to put the presents under the tree.

9. Don’t look for the traditional stocking items this year either. Instead of chocolates and candy canes, children in the South can expect to find beef jerky, Vienna sausages and a can of Spam.

10. Toys will be assembled by Bubba Claus’s elves in his Freedom Homes doublewide workshop.

11. And finally, lovely Christmas songs such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” will be replaced. “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” will be played repeatedly on radio stations all over the South.

Sincerely yours, Santa Claus

Santa and Rudolph

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