THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
I've been dating a coworker for about six months. She is a huge fan of the movie Office Space. I found her a copy of the movie poster with signatures from several of the actors. I had it framed and ready to give to her, but she told me earlier this week that she wants to take a break. She feels like we were rushing things a bit. I'm not sure if it has something to do with her not wanting me to meet her family or why exactly she wants to take a break, but I'm respecting her decision. DO I give her the gift anyway? Do I hold on to it until next year? Do I post it online and sell it? What is the right thing to do with a gift after you break up? This is a first for me.
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You may be enjoying the jolly festive music of the season these days, but you’d be listening to heavy metal – if you knew what’s good for you. A study has found that people who live in areas with more heavy metal bands might live longer. The study was carried out in Finland by a group of university researchers. Their main conclusion is that there is “no evidence for adverse health outcomes” with exposure to heavy metal bands. In fact, the scientists wrote: “Cities with a high density of heavy metal bands showed slightly lower rates of mortality and of hospital admissions for alcohol related problems and self-harm.”
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The custom of kissing under the mistletoe originated in France, were it was reserved for New Year’s Day. Today, kisses can be exchanged under the mistletoe anytime during the holiday season. The common name for mistletoe is derived from … bird droppings. ‘Mistel’ is the Anglo-Saxon word for ‘dung’; and ‘toe’ the word for ‘twig’. So, mistletoe means ‘dung-on-a-twig’.
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Cecily Strong got an ‘Elvis goodbye’ from “Saturday Night Live” when host Austin Butler — who was later joined by the rest of the “SNL” cast — ended the show with a performance of ‘Blue Christmas’. Kenan Thompson had a solo during the bittersweet number for Strong, who is leaving Saturday Night Live. A post from SNL’s official Instagram account confirmed Strong’s exit earlier in the day. Strong first joined SNL in September 2012. The following year, she began hosting the “Weekend Update” segment alongside Seth Meyers and later, Colin Jost. Strong’s return for season 48, her 11th overall, made her the longest-tenured female cast member in the show’s history, a spot previously held by Kate McKinnon.
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When to put up the Christmas tree
Modern tradition is to put up a Christmas tree the day or weekend after Thanksgiving (after the fourth Thursday in November). Thus on Black Friday. In some communities it is tradition to put up the Christmas tree on the 6th of December in honor on Saint Nicholas. The classic tradition is to put up the Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas day, on the 13th of December. In Catholic tradition the Christmas tree is put up after noon on Christmas eve.
Which Christmas tree to buy
All Christmas trees are cute – the sight of any should bring a smile to your face. And there are many types: from the small prepackaged collapsible artificial trees which you can pick up for a dollar or two to the 9.5 ft (2.9 m) high Chesapeake Christmas tree, pictured, that comes with 1500 pre-lit clear lights and a $500 price tag. If you feel even splashier this season you may consider the famous 20 ft (6.1 m) Soo Kee Christmas tree that could be yours for $1 million or so – you may keep the decorations that consist of 3,762 beads and 21,798 diamonds. If you’d prefer something smaller in the same price range, consider the 24k gold Ginza Tinaka Christmas tree. All of the above are, of course, non-drop trees. Non-drop – meaning the needles are retained by the tree – real Christmas trees are the Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir or Nordman Fir spruce tree varieties with the Scots Pine said to be the best retaining spruce tree with its long needles and fresh pine smell. The Blue Spruce is a low-drop tree. If you do not mind a bit of extra excitement with spruce fir needles among the gifts you can choose between the so-called Traditional Christmas trees: the Norway Spruce or the Omorica Spruce. The National Christmas Tree Association has all the tree facts.
When to take a Christmas tree down
Indeed, what goes up must come down. Traditionally Christmas trees are taken down 12 days after Christmas but some take it down on Epiphany, January 6th. Whichever tree you choose and whenever you put it up it is important to remember the reason for the season.
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‘Silver Bells’ was called ‘Tinkle Bells’ until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.
A fruitcake, properly prepared and stored, will last for 25 years.
Assuming Rudolph was in front, there are 40,320 ways to rearrange the other 8 reindeer.
Norwegians pay half the usual amount of tax in November, so everyone has more money for Christmas.
Many Denny’s restaurants were built without locks, which became a problem when they decided to close for Christmas.
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Question: 60% of us have never done THIS during the holiday season.
Answer: Kissed under the mistletoe.
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A North Carolina family shared video from the unusual festive scene that unfolded when a squirrel entered their home and tried to hide out in the Christmas tree. Taylor Stading said the squirrel can in through a loose roof shingle, climbed through a sink pipe opening and emerged in an upstairs bathroom. The family dog, Dixie, then chased the squirrel through the house until it managed to hide out in the Christmas tree. Videos show Stading attempting to get the squirrel out through nearby window while advice and commentary is offered by her kids. She eventually used a dust mop to give the squirrel a push out the window and back into the wild. Online commenters naturally pointed out that the videos evoked memories of the famous Christmas tree squirrel from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/sjsp86k7
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QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING EGG NOG:
• “Am I feeling sufficiently noggy today?”
• “What’s the best egg-to-nog ratio?”
• “I have high cholesterol — is there egg white nog?”
• “What other disgusting egg-based beverages could I try?”
• “Has this egg nog been approved by the Nogmaster General?”
• “Is egg my best choice of nog?”
• “Which one’s the egg nog that all the rappers drink?”
• “Do I really feel like drinking this crap?”
• “What would Jesus drink?”
• “Which came first, the egg or the nog?”
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