Leprechaun Laughs # 120 for Wednesday 12/21/2011


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…And I DO NOT mean your weird relatives or co-workers!

I SWEAR I get ONE weird or ‘alternate lifestyle’ person gifted to me by a reader this year and I WILL respond by gifting that person with Impish for an entire year!

However should you just be looking to dispose of actual ‘who-the-hell-eats-these-anyway?’ fruit cakes either in round or loaf form please feel free to send them to us. Impish is quite fond of them. Our kitchen uses the maintenance department’s industrial plasma cutter to cut them into (dragon) bite sized pieces and soaks them in coffee over night in a pressure cooker before adding to his breakfast cereal. He thinks its a new  brand and professes a great fondness for ‘those weird brown crunchy clusters with the color flecks in them.

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Coffee beans roasting over an open fire..Jack the Barista grinding has he goes…

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Do you know why there is no Reindeer named “Joker” ? Apparently he played one too many reindeer games on Santa.

It’s TRUE! I SWEAR! See here:

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Joker didn’t know enough to leave it be and after this went into his stand up routine a day later:

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And thus Deer Hunting Season was invented!

Christmas Angel

One Christmas, a long time ago, Santa Claus was getting ready for his annual trip; but there were problems …… everywhere. Four of his elves were away sick and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones. So, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.

Then, Mrs. Claus popped in to tell Santa that her mother was coming to stay for Christmas; which stressed him even more.

After a while, he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and run away, heaven knows where to.

Then, when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards broke and several large toy-bags fell to the ground, scattering their contents all over the place. Needless to say, Santa was not in the best of moods. Suddenly, the doorbell rang and he went to the door expecting another problem. But when he opened it, there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree that she had brought especially to cheer him up. The angel greeted him very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas Santa Claus. Isn’t it just a wonderful day? I have a beautiful tree for you. See, isn’t it just the loveliest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen? Where would you like me to put it?”

Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

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A Proper Irish Christmas (Part II)

A lot of Irish houses still have an open fire, which is lit to keep the room warm and cheery over the winter months. Irish people burn a lot of Turf (from the peat bogs which fill most of the centre of Ireland.Turf is traditionally cut and dried in the summer months. Turf briquettes, which are a modern compressed version are commonly available to buy. Turf does not give out a high temperature so a lot of people use coal too, and or wood) Chestnuts can be bought and cooked in the fire which are delicious, and I can remember cooking toast on a toasting fork!

Christmas cards get sent, overseas ones sent surface mail have to be posted very early, way before December.

Children send letters to Father Christmas usually by throwing the letter into the back of the fire where it get sucked up the chimney by the draft and taken “to Father Christmas ” in the North Pole.

At the beginning of December children start opening the windows on their advent calendars revealing a Christmas picture or perhaps uncovering a sweet.Schools put on their end of term nativity plays, or concerts and there are carol services to go to. Some people will go out carol singing to raise money for charity, either singing door to door or at some place like a shopping centre.

Handel’s “Messiah” is often preformed in the run up to Christmas, (sometimes as a sing-a-long) and in fact the first performance of it ever was in Dublin. The organ which Handel played can still be seen in St. Michan’s church on the bank of the river Liffey in Dublin.

Families decorate their houses. Streamers are put up made of paper, or foil, candles may be put out, some people decorate their windows.Wreaths may be hung on the door.

Shops decorate their windows, some putting on fabulous displays. Many streets are decorated in cities with colored lights and often even small towns will sport a Christmas tree strewn in fairy lights. Many large stores hire people to act as Father Christmas, dressed in the red and white outfit and listening to the children’s wishes. for a small fee children visit him and get a small gift.

The traditional tree is brought in and fairy lights put on it. Some people put a star on top, others an angel or fairy. The tree is then decorated in tinsel and glass or plastic baubles and the gifts put underneath.

Holly and ivy are often brought in to drape around pictures (garlands), and some people hang bunches of mistletoe to be kissed beneath! A wreath of Christmas greenery may be hung on the door. Or “balls” of greenery may be hung in the hall

A lot of people put up a crib set depicting the nativity, with tiny figures made of wood, ceramics or plastic. Churches often have larger versions of these.

On Christmas morning, if there are any children in the house, they will wake you up.(Often early!) They will open their stockings from Father Christmas.

Before or after breakfast most families open their gifts. Others go to Church to welcome Christmas in , if they haven’t already been. Lots of people deliver gifts to friends or family, or travel to relatives for their Christmas meal or drinks.The roads are usually surprisingly busy.

The traditional lunch is often planned for as late as 2 or 3 pm.
The table is often decorated with candles and crackers.(Crackers are rolls of paper which contain a small explosive. This “cracks” when it is pulled between two people and reveals the contents, usually a hat, a motto or joke and a small gift.) There is no traditional starter for the meal -but possibilities are prawn cocktail, melon or smoked salmon with Irish brown bread. The main course is traditional and consists of Turkey, roast and stuffed, a Ham often boiled then covered in breadcrumbs and sugar, sausages, cranberry sauce, Bread sauce, gravy, potatoes and some vegetables. Turkey is a tradition brought back from the United States .Before 1600 it was usual to eat a goose.

Dessert is traditionally Christmas pudding served either with Brandy butter or Brandy or Rum sauce and cream. Mince pies may also be eaten at this meal.

In my own family we have we have this as an evening meal and we also give “table presents” as the day can seem a bit flat once all the gifts are opened. So we have one more small gift each after the meal.

Of all the Christian festivals in Ireland, Christmas is considered to be the most important. An Irish Christmas lasts from Christmas Eve until January 6th, the Feast of Epiphany, or “Little Christmas.” Preparations begin weeks in advance. There is the physical preparation of foods and gifts, decorating the home, and also a spiritual preparation that begins with the start of Advent–additional prayers added to the morning and evening devotions, the children urged to say extra Paters and Aves. (shortened Latin versions of the prayer names for The Lord’s Prayer a.k.a Our Father or ‘Pater Noster’ and Hail Mary or ‘Ave Maria’)

In bygone days, everyone, lapsed or faithful, was expected to attend chapel during the Advent season. On farms, a thorough cleaning of the house and farmyard ensued, including the whitewashing of the house, inside and out. Barns and outbuildings received an outside coat. Women scrubbed the house till it gleamed, scoured every pot and pan, laundered all garments and table linens. To children fell the task of gathering and making decorations for the house. Alice Taylor, in her An Irish Country Diary, wrote:

“There was the going to the wood for the holly and peeling the ivy off the bark of the old trees and looking forward to decorating the house, which we were free to do exactly as we pleased…. My father was dispatched to pick out the largest turnip from the turnip pit and we scrubbed it clean and then he bored a hole to take the tall white candle. My mother always insisted on red berry holly for the candle.”

Berry holly was prized as were long ivy tendrils which were used to make garlands. Loose holly and ivy, and laurel leaves were added using a packing needle and twine.

georges.jpgA few days before Christmas, some of the family went to town to “bring home the Christmas.” The Christmas Market (Margadh Mór–Big Market) found country people bringing butter, eggs, hens, geese, turkeys–though turkey has only recently become a popular festival food–, vegetables and other farm produce, and exchanging these for their Christmas purchases. Shopkeepers made presents of seasonal dainties to their customers.

The Christmas Market provided much goodwill and excitement from the street stalls and sideshows. Publicans enjoyed a brisk business.

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St. Fin Barre's, Cork CityChristmas Day began with several family members attending early Mass, often before daylight. Boys in some parts, brought hurleys to church for a game afterward.  (A hurley (or camán) is a wooden stick used to hit a sliotar (leather ball) in the Irish sport of hurling)  But in most communities, Christmas was a family festival where people remained at home following the Mass, enjoying the quiet gathering and the lovingly prepared dinner.

St. Stephen’s Day

The day after Christmas, St Stephens day or Boxing day (as in Great Britain). Boxing day is traditionally the day when “boxes ” of gifts were given to people who had done service to you in the year. These days small gifts of money are paid to dustbin men (garbage men) and milkmen before Christmas.

In old times December 26th was celebrated uniquely in Ireland. Hundreds of “wren boys” searched the countryside in the days preceding Christmas for the hapless little bird who was knocked on the head and placed in a box with holly or upon a pole decorated with holly. The wren boys then paraded up and down the streets in petticoats or other outlandish getup and sang the wren song at various households along the way.

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze;
Though his body is small, his family is great;
So, rise up good woman, and give us a treat.
Up with the kettle, and down with the pan:
Give us some money to bury the wren.

The words varied from locale to locale, but the above is a reasonable translation. I cannot but wonder if this custom has seen a decline in popularity with the current trend favoring animal rights.

Christmas carols were never as popular in Ireland as elsewhere; in fact, most of them are English carols. One such carol is Cornish. Ma Gron War’n Gelinen celebrates the nativity of Christ and the older veneration of the evergreen.

Now the holly bears a berry
as white as the milk,
And Mary bore Jesus,
who was wrapped up in silk.
And Mary bore Jesus
our Savior to be,
And the first tree in the greenwood,
it was the holly.
Now the holly bears a berry as
black as the coal,
And Mary bore Jesus who died
for us all.
Now the holly bears a berry
as blood it is red,
Then trust we our Savior
who rose from the dead.

A few seventeenth century carols survive, particularly in the county of Wexford. An even older carol, “Curoo, Curoo,” survives. It, and the Cornish Carol, were made popular by the Clancy Brothers a number of years ago. Out of print, this Columbia recording may, from time to time, be available on Ebay.

It is also the day when the Pantomimes start.These are funny plays usually based on a children’s fairy story. Traditional titles include : Cinderella, Babes in the Wood, Aladdin, Puss in Boots or Snow White. In these plays the sexes tend to swap roles. Men play the parts of some women such as the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, the washerwoman in Aladdin, The “Dame” as these parts are called. Young women usually play the male leads role the “Prince”, “Aladdin” or “Peter Pan”. Women also play the heroine, “Cinderella”, “Snow White” , “Wendy”etc. Usually topical jokes for the adults are written into the script and there may be songs to sing-a-long to or even games to play. Often the children get sweets thrown out to them during the pantomime. Lots of celebrities who don’t normally appear on the stage will take part in a pantomime, sports stars, pop stars or TV personalities all appear.

January 6th, (Twelfth night) is the date when all decorations are meant to be taken down. Christmas trees these days can often be recycled, or people chop them up and burn them in their fires. Life slowly returns to normal and the house seems awfully bare!!!

Putting up a Christmas tree is a relatively modern custom, initiated in the sixties with the advent of television. Previously, homes were decorated with boughs and garlands of laurel, holly and ivy.

Christmas has become commercialized in Ireland as the rest of the world. But here, the festival as a family occasion comes first. And the religious significance is at the heart of each family celebration.

Christmas in Ireland brings to mind the simple and lasting pleasures. It’s a wonderful time for budget airfares and accommodations. Be sure to check in advance for openings. Many B & Bs close for the winter, as do some tourist attractions. However, for those who enjoy the warmth of a turf fire, the cheer of a friendly pub, and miles and miles of open fields to walk in, there’s no better time to travel.

Nollaig Shona Duit agus Slainte. (Happy Christmas and Health to You)

 

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Eggnog Cookies

Recipe courtesy Jeffrey Saad

Total Time: 40 min Prep: 20 min

Inactive Prep: 0 min Cook: 10 min

Level: Easy Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • Variations:
  • Add white chocolate chips.
  • For the most aromatic and delicious cookies, grind whole spices.
  • Press a scoop of ice cream between 2 cookies.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and place into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the brown sugar and white sugar and cream using the paddle attachment just until smooth, about 2 minutes. You do not want to create a lot of air.
Turn the mixer to low and add the egg yolks, one at a time, until just incorporated. Add the molasses, milk and brandy and mix just to combine.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Mix with a fork just to combine.
With the mixer running on low speed, add the flour to the egg mixture in a steady stream and mix until just combined.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
Using a 1/4 cup measure or scoop, place 6 balls of dough evenly spaced on each baking sheet. (You can do twenty-four 1-ounce balls if you prefer smaller cookies.) Do not press down.
Grate nutmeg over the top of each ball of dough until there is an even dusting of nutmeg.
Place in the oven and bake for 9 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets (from top to bottom) halfway through the cooking to achieve even baking and color. Remove from the oven when golden brown and still soft in the center, after about 9 minutes.
Slide the cookies with the parchment paper onto a cooling rack. Once cool, carefully remove from the paper and enjoy.
These cookies are amazing eaten warm. Like a cup of holiday eggnog! Happy Holidays!

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Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

From Food Network Kitchens

Prep Time: 20 min Inactive Prep Time: 8 hr 0 min

Cook Time: 45 min Level: Easy

Serves: about 16 (2-inch) squares

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 20 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Filling:
Glaze:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light or dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes (see Cooks Note)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil.

For the crust: Process the chocolate wafers in a food processor with the butter, sugar, coffee, and salt until fine. Evenly press the crust into the prepared dish covering the bottom completely. Bake until the crust sets, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; heat at 75 percent power until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir, and continue to microwave until completely melted, up to 2 minutes more. (Alternatively put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water, and stir occasionally until melted and smooth.)

Blend the cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream together in the food processor until smooth. Scrape down the sides, as needed. Add the eggs and pulse until just incorporated. With the food processor running, pour the chocolate into the wet ingredients and mix until smooth.

Pour the filling evenly over the crust. Bake until filling puffs slightly around the edges, but is still a bit wobbly in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.

For the Glaze: Put the chocolate, butter and corn syrup in microwave safe bowl. Heat glaze in the microwave at 75 percent power until melted, about 2 minutes. Stir the ingredients together until smooth; add the sour cream. Spread glaze evenly over the warm cake and scatter the crushed candy canes over top. Cool completely, then refrigerate overnight.

Cut into small bars or squares. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Store cookies covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Cook’s Note: To crush the candy canes, remove wrappers and place in a resealable plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to roll and break the candy up into small pieces, about 1/4 inch or so.

 

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Helping Santa

Santa’s Gender

Christmas has to be a warm, well organized, caring, considerate, social occasion. So, it’s unlikely that a man could take responsibility for making it happen.

For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about Christmas until Christmas Eve. And when they do eventually rush into the high street at the latest possible moment, they seem genuinely surprised to discover that the only options remaining on the shelves are cheap perfume and lingerie suitable for high class tarts.

Let’s face it, Santa Claus must be a woman. If Santa was a man, all there would be under the Christmas tree are high tech’ toys …. still in the original wrappings, of course.

Another flaw in the ‘he-Santa’ argument is his apparent ability to arrive promptly every Christmas Eve. If Santa was a man, he could be relied upon to have transportation problems, get lost in all the snow and clouds and flatly refuse to ask anyone for directions.

There are lots of other reasons why Santa can’t be a man:

Men have no idea about packing bags.

Men would rather be dead than wear red velvet.

Men have no interest in stockings, unless they are being worn by an attractive female.

But, the real show-stopper is, most men simply can’t do commitment.

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A Soldier’s Christmas Call to Action

A father meets a phantom soldier on Christmas Eve. He’s reminded of our military history, founding of our country. He’s called to defend freedom at home. Six minute featurette based on Michael Marks’ poem followed by a call to action to each of us at home to stand up for freedom. Poem was made popular by LCDR Jeff Giles, CS, USN, stationed in Al Taqqadum Iraq.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in many languages

How to wish people a Merry Christmas and Happy New year in many different languages with recordings for some of them.

Language
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Albanian
Gëzuar Krishtlindjet e Vitin e Ri

Belarusian
З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem)
Шчаслівых Калядау (Szczaslivych Kaliadau)
З Новым годам i Калядамi (Z Novym godam i Kaliadami)

Bosnian
Sretan Bozic i sretna nova godina

Bulgarian
Честита Коледа (Čestita Koleda)
Весела Коледа (Vesela Koleda)
Щастлива Нова Година (Štastliva Nova Godina)
Честита нова година (Čestita nova godina)

Chinese
(Cantonese)

聖誕節同新年快樂 (singdaanjit tùhng sànnìhn faailohk)
恭喜發財 (gùng héi faat chōi) – used at Chinese New Year

Chinese
(Hakka)

聖誕節快樂 (siin5tan5ziet7 kuai5lok8)
新年快樂 (sin1ngien2 kuai5lok8)
恭喜發財 (giung1 hi3 fat7 coi2)
– used at Chinese New Year

Chinese
(Mandarin)

聖誕快樂 新年快樂 [圣诞快乐 新年快乐]
(shèngdàn kuàilè xīnnián kuàilè)
恭喜發財 [恭喜发财] (gōngxǐ fācái) – used at Chinese New Year

Chinese
(Shanghainese)

圣诞节快乐 (sêntê khuâloq)
新年快乐 (xingni khuâloq) 恭喜发财 (gong xi fa ze)

Chinese
(Taiwanese)

聖誕節快樂 (sing3-tan3-tseh khoai3-lok8)
新年快樂 (sin-ni5 khoai3-lok8)
恭喜發財 (kiong-hi2 huat-tsai5)

Chinese
(Teochew)
圣诞快乐 (siandang kuailak)
新年快乐 (singnin kuailak)

Cornish
Nadelik Lowen ha Blydhen Nowydh Da
Nadelik Looan ha Looan Blethen Noweth
Nadelack looan ha looan blethan noueth

Corsican
Bon Natale e pace e salute

Croatian
Sretan Božić!
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

Esperanto
Ĝojan Kristnaskon kaj feliĉan novan jaron
Bonan Kristnaskon kaj feliĉan novan jaron

Estonian
Rõõmsaid Jõule ja Head Uut Aastat
Häid Jõule ja Head Uut Aastat

French
Joyeux Noël et bonne année

Georgian
გილოცავთ შობა-ახალ წელს (gilocavth shoba-akhal c’els) – frm
გილოცავ შობა-ახალ წელს (gilocav shoba-akhal c’els) – inf

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 / en guete Rutsch is neue Johr
Schöni Wiehnachte und es guets Neus
Schöni Wiänachtä, äs guets Nöis

German (Pennsylvania)
En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr

Greek
Καλά Χριστούγεννα! (Kalá hristúyenna)
Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος! (Eftyhisméno to Néo Étos!)
Καλή χρονιά! (Kalí hroñá)

Hawaiian
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

Hebrew
חג מולד שמח ושנה טובה
Chag Molad Sameach v’Shanah Tovah

Hungarian
Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet

Icelandic
Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár
Gleðileg jól og farsælt nýtt ár

Irish (Gaelic)
Nollaig shona duit/daoibh (Happy Christmas to you)
Beannachtaí na Nollag (Christmas Greetings)
Beannachtaí an tSéasúir (Season’s Greetings)
Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit/daoibh (Prosperous New Year)
Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit/daoibh (Happy New Year to you)

Italian
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo

Japanese
メリークリスマス (merī kurisumasu)
New Year greeting – ‘Western’ style
新年おめでとうございます (shinnen omedetō gozaimasu)
New Year greetings – Japanese style
明けましておめでとうございます (akemashite omedetō gozaimasu)
旧年中大変お世話になりました (kyūnenjū taihen osewa ni narimashita)
本年もよろしくお願いいたします (honnen mo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu)

Klingon
QISmaS DatIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj (sg)
QISmaS botIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ botIvjaj (pl)

Korean
즐거운 성탄절 보내시고 새해 복 많이 받으세요
(jeulgeoun seongtanjeol bonaesigo saehae bok manhi bateusaeyo)

Latvian
Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un laimīgu Jauno gadu

Lithuanian
Linksmų Kalėdų ir laimingų Naujųjų Metų

Norwegian
God jul og godt nytt år (Bokmål)
God jol og godt nyttår (Nynorsk)

Old English
Glæd Geol and Gesælig Niw Gear

Polish
Wesołych świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku

Portuguese
Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo / Feliz Ano Novo
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo / Um Santo e Feliz Natal<=”” td=””>

Romansh
(Sursilvan dialect)
Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal ed in bien niev onn!

Romanian
Crăciun fericit şi un An Nou Fericit

Russian
С Рождеством Христовым (S Roždestvom Khristovym)
С наступающим Новым Годом (S nastupayuščim Novym Godom)

Scots
A Blythe Yule an a Guid Hogmanay
Merry Christmas an a Guid Hogmanay

Scottish Gaelic
Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr

Serbian
Христос се роди (Hristos se rodi) – Christ is born
Ваистину се роди (Vaistinu se rodi) – truly born (reply)
Срећна Нова Година (Srećna Nova Godina) – Happy New Year

Sicilian
Bon Natali e filici annu novu / Boni festi e bon’annu novu

Slovak
Veselé vianoce a Štastný nový rok

Slovenian
Vesel božič in srečno novo leto

Spanish
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!

Swedish
God jul och gott nytt år

Ukrainian
Веселого Різдва і з Новим Роком
(Veseloho Rizdva i z Novym Rokom)

Welsh
Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

Yiddish
אַ פֿרײליכע ניטל און אַ גוטער נײַער יאָר
(A freylikhe nitl un a guter nayer yor)

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A Christmas Gift

Impish bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas.
After hearing about this extravagant gift, Lethal Leprechaun, a friend of his said, “I thought she wanted one of those sporty four-wheel-drive vehicles.”
“She did,” he replied. “But where was I going to find a fake Jeep?”

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Signs of Christmas Everywhere

Toy Store: “Ho, ho, ho spoken here.”
Bridal boutique: “Marry Christmas.”
Outside a church: “The original Christmas Club.”
At a department store: “Big pre-Christmas sale. Come in and mangle with the crowd.”
A Texas jewelry store: “Diamond tiaras — $70,000. Three for $200,000.
Reducing salon: “24 Shaping Days until Christmas.”
In a stationery store: “For the man who has everything… a calendar to remind him when payments are due.”

 BugsBunnyTrainAni Parting shot 2 Ok I’ll admit it I’ve yanked pretty hard on the old heart strings this issue and last what with the Beagles that had never known sunshine, grass or freedom and the two Youtubes about being a soldier at Christmas.  I also happen to know that assuming Impish remembers and keeps his word, the most poignant salvo to your hearts is yet to come in the Christmas Issue on Saturday.

Because of this I was looking for a Parting Shot subject that was positive, not all gloom and doom, politics or about lighting enough candles to hold the darkness that appears looming on our country’s future horizon off just a little longer. Let me tell you even in this time of year, that is a pretty tall order. Fortunately my very own personal Christmas angel in the form of my darlin’ wife Molly called my attention to a worth while project in support of our soldiers that’s all that much more important this time of year.

See, it’s important that especially this time of year, Thanksgiving and Christmas (NOT that its not important the entire rest of the year) to remember that we get to celebrate and make merry with our friends families and loved ones because these people have sacrificed their ability to do the same on our behalf. As a REAL writer in a REAL publication put it so well:

“If anybody is wondering: Where are the young idealists? Where are the people willing to devote themselves to causes larger than themselves? They are in uniform in Iraq [and Afghanistan], straddling the divide between insanity and order.” — NY Times Columnist David Brooks

 

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Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

“May No Soldier Go Unloved,” encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers’ Angels.   The volunteers of Soldiers’ Angels work tirelessly to demonstrate active care and concern for veterans, the wounded, deployed service members and their families.

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To date, our volunteers have sent hundreds of thousands of care packages and letters to “adopted” deployed service members; we have supplied the wounded with over 25,000 of our First Response Backpacks directly at the Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan and the major military hospital in Germany, as well as provided care and comfort to those in stateside military and VA facilities; we have provided emergency aid to military families in need; we have partnered with the Department of Defense to provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptops to over 6,000 severely-wounded servicemembers, as well as other technology that supports rehabilitation; we have provided flights to soldiers on leave or in emergency situations, and to their families wanting to be with them upon return from overseas; we provided Level III KEVLAR armored blankets to give personnel extra protection in their vehicles when it was needed early in the Iraq war; and we help to honor and uphold the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and safety. With the assistance of our generous supporters , the many volunteers of Soldiers’ Angels have accomplished this and much, much more on behalf of the grateful citizens of the United States of America.

To see more about how Soldiers’ Angels supports the troops and their families, see the site menu or click on the link under “Teams and Projects – How to Help” on the homepage.

Yeah Lethal you keep putting this sort of thing in your blog and adding them to the WAYS TO HELP TANGIBLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMLIES section of the DragonLaffs homepage, but they all sound good on paper how do we know that they actually work like that and what if Obama’s Hope and Change has left me hopelessly with out the spare change I used to donate to such worthy causes?

Fair questions both. To answer the first part let me show you a couple letters from Iraq, they’re testimonials from greatful recepients:

Just wanted to take a second to tell you what happened in Iraq today. It was raining – and I was just coming in to my headquarters when when I passed by one of my newer soldiers – an immigrant from the former Soviet Union – and one of my BEST privates.

I was stopped in my tracks, for behold – on such a dreary day he was smiling. I was being funny (at first) and I said “awww you got a package with some goodies? Who sent that to you?” And as I expected to hear him say “my mom (or something like that)” he turned his face to me and said “I don’t know….” he had a smile on his face…..and as I saw his eyes glazing he said ” …that’s why I was smiling” and at that my eyes began to glaze too.

http://www.soldiersangels.org/

I received your care package…I am doing my best trying to saty safe, but your card and kind words took me away from reality over here, which is good when you just want to get away.  I can never say thank you enough for all that you do.  I will continue to fight and keep America in my prayers.  I won’t forget what you have done – “C” in Afghanistan, September 2011

Just wanted to take a second to tell you what happened in Iraq today. It was raining – and I was just coming in to my headquarters when when I passed by one of my newer soldiers – an immigrant from the former Soviet Union – and one of my BEST privates.

I was stopped in my tracks, for behold – on such a dreary day he was smiling. I was being funny (at first) and I said “awww you got a package with some goodies? Who sent that to you?” And as I expected to hear him say “my mom (or something like that)” he turned his face to me and said “I don’t know….” he had a smile on his face…..and as I saw his eyes glazing he said ” …that’s why I was smiling” and at that my eyes began to glaze too.

Finally….

Dear Soldiers’ Angels,

On behalf of the troopers of the First Cavalry Division, I would like to personally thank you for the tremendous support you have shown to our soldiers and their family members during our deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Division enjoyed numerous successes throughout our mission in Baghdad Culminating with the historic Iraq elections on January 30th. I am convinced tht these accomplishments would not have been possible without fabulous contributions such as yours. Not only were these gestures sincerely appreciated, but they rallied the morale of the soldiers, often at the most necessary times, and were absolutely critical to our mission completion. In other words, we could not have done it without you!

Thank you again for your friendship and support. We are extremely grateful for your dedication to your country and to America’s First Team.

MG Peter W. Chiarelli
U.S. Army Commanding Officer
Fort Hood, TX
June 24, 2005

Now as to the second part, there are SO MANY ways to contribute that really do not involve a great deal of financial resources. I ship them books I have read for inclusion in their consolidated shipments overseas. All those travel bottles of toiletries you’ve been hoarding without any particular use for? Our soldiers would LOVE to have them. There is a myriad of different things and way to contribute. Please go spend a little time on the site see how easy it is to support these people and how grateful they are for what in many instances are actually your recycled casts offs ( books and such)

BugsBunnyTrainAni

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For those preparing to celebrate Christmas I wish you a time of Peace, Intimacy and Joy with you family and friends.

For those who don’t believe in Christmas and are on the outside looking in, well, have a good time too. Take advantage of stores being closed and life slowing down to get some rest. You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy the lights and good cheer that should accompany a Christmas celebration.

We will wake up the day after (hopefully) with our health and lives intact (and in some of your cases hung over). But this does not change the reality of the world. The economic and political problems will not disappear. In fact, they may worsen in the coming year. This holiday is a temporary sanctuary. Hold on to it.  Keep alive the spirit of Christmas, the ‘Peace on Earth & Good Will To Men’ it makes the world a better place for having done so, even if its only for a short while.

Nollaig Shona Duit (Merry Christmas)

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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4 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs # 120 for Wednesday 12/21/2011

  1. Dan in NYC says:

    Merry Christmas to you Lethal and “the Mrs. herself”, Molly. Thank you for all the work you put into D & L Laffs. It really is appreciated and always looked forward to.

    Here’s to a fine Christmas and a healthy, happy and (as if a Leprechaun such as yourself needs any prodding) prosperous 2012!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      You’re right Dan I don’t need any prodding to be prosperous…just a few less federal regulations!

  2. paul says:

    May you both have the most merriest of Christmas’s and a Happy New Year.
    Thanks for all the work you do so we can laugh.

  3. Lethal,

    Excellent issue. Dragon Laffs is decked out in Christmas Class. 🙂 Happy to hear Impish’s Lady is on the mend and will be home for the holidays.

    The parting shot was the best one I’ve seen yet. Thanks so much for sharing the letters from the vets. It got my eyes all misty and put a big smile on my face.

    Hugs guys and Merry Christmas!

    femme

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