Show Notes for Saturday, December 23 and Sunday, December 24, 2023

Today we will visit with Dr. Michelle Oakley (Yukon Vet ) The final season of her Nat Geo show Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet is wrapping up. Oakley, Yukon Vet is an American television series on Nat Geo Wild. The show premiered April 4, 2014. The show stars Dr. Michelle Oakley and follows her adventures usually around her home base of Haines Junction, Yukon and Haines, Alaska.


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December 23rd

National Roots Day


National Pfeffernusse Day


December 24th

Christmas Eve

National Eggnog Day

Last-Minute Shopper’s Day

National Consumer Rights Day

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The countdown to Christmas is on, and hopefully it includes some time off for you to spend with those you love most (and other family members…!). Time off work, of course, is closely associated with happiness, and according to a new survey of workers in the US, the happiest people took an average of 15 days of paid time off last year. That’s the good news. Not so good is the fact that a whopping 38% of workers took less than the average – some because that’s all they are allowed, some because they felt they couldn’t get away. And this might sound familiar: To compensate for their guilt of leaving their work for vacation days, 66% put in extra hours ahead of time, and 69% admitted responding to notifications while off. And by the way, 87% of employees said they would prefer a $10,000 raise rather than taking vacation days at all.

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Every year, you hear about those surveys that tell us how much money we are expected to spend as a nation on Christmas. And also, how much individuals expect to spend on gift-giving. But here’s a new angle: According to a new survey of adults who participate in gift exchanges, whether it be with friends, co-workers, or as part of A Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange, they expect to spend an average of $88 on gifts, simply for that type of gift giving. The poll, commissioned by discount retailer Big Lots, found that, among adults who celebrate Christmas, the average participant said they’ll be involved with 6 different gift exchanges this year, and spend 11 hours shopping for the right gifts – for gift exchanges alone! When it comes to the recipients of these gift exchanges, participants said they were likely to exchange with their extended family (68%), friends (64%) and coworkers (53%). And 12% even participate in gift exchanges with strangers they meet in online communities.

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Olivia Wilde is set to direct her first film since psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling”. The synopsis for the Christmas comedy “Naughty” says the upcoming movie follows “a mother, Mallory, whose only hope of securing custody of her son from her gaslighting trash-bag ex is to find Santa Claus and convince him to testify in her divorce hearing”. The film will be produced by “Barbie” star Margot Robbie’s production company LuckyChap.

The Library of Congress announced the 25 films joining the National Film Registry for 2023, with titles including “12 Years a Slave,” “Home Alone,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Selected films must be more than 10 years old and are selected each year for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to preserve the film heritage of the U.S. The selected films encompass more than 100 years of history, including the earliest title of this year’s additions — the 1921 educational film “A Movie Trip Through Filmland.” Other titles selected this year include “Apollo 13” from Ron Howard, animated classic “Lady and the Tramp,” and “Desperately Seeking Susan.”

Fans of the 1990 Christmas movie “Home Alone” went wild after a trailer was dropped on YouTube for a supposed 3rd film starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The fake trailer, featuring a grown up ‘Kevin’, purportedly takes place 30 years after the events of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, and features the rapscallion facing off with the Wet Bandits one final time. It takes viewers on a wild roller coaster involving booby traps, SWAT teams and even someone being lit on fire. Sadly, it’s just a well-crafted fake, with many of the clips lifted from various television shows, movies and commercials. LINK:

Arnold Schwarzenegger hands out Christmas gifts at a youth centre every year because he’ll “never forget” the kindness he received during his first holiday season in the US. The 76-year-old distributed presents on Saturday at the Hollenbeck Youth Center in LA. Later, he wrote on Instagram: “There is a reason I have been handing out presents at the @hollenbeckyouthcenter in Boyle Heights for over 30 years. When I first came to America, my friends at Gold’s Gym were so generous. They brought me in during Christmas time and made me feel so happy and included.” He added it makes him “feel good” to continue to be able to give something back after more than 3 decades. LINK:

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A survey found that 3:18 P.M. on Christmas Day is the peak time for family fights.

17% of people re-gift to save money around the holidays.

A kind-hearted schoolboy is helping the poor this Christmas by opening his FIFTH foodbank — and donating toys to families who can’t afford to buy presents. Isaac Winfield made headlines 2 months ago after a foodbank outside his home was robbed. Thieves took £50 worth of food, leaving the shelves bare. The 12-year-old had started his Friend’s of Isaac’s Food Bank on Facebook 3 years ago using his birthday money, which went viral and now helps hundreds of families every week. After being targeted by the thief, well-wishers helped restock the food bank with thousands of pounds worth of donations. And now, he has enlisted the help of a local pub to store all the donated goods after being inundated with hundreds of toys and gifts for needy families this year.

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The South Pole is colder than the North Pole.

The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.

The tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot (67.3m) Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ was almost named “Little Fred.”

The word ‘nog’ (as in ‘eggnog’) comes from the word ‘grog’ which refers to any drink made with rum.

Until a Coca-Cola ad gave him his red and white suit, Santa Claus wore green, purple or blue.


Question: About 70% of people say they will buy THIS during the holiday season. What is it?

Answer: Scotch tape

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Many North American cities are announcing the winners for their annual “Name a Snowplow” contests. The Ohio Turnpike received 3,800 name submissions this year, and these winners were announced on Monday: “Don’t Flurry Be Happy”, “Scoop! There It Is”, “Blades of Flurry”, “Who Let The Plows Out”, “We’re Off To See The Blizzard”, “I’ve Got Friends In Snow Places”, “Hang On Scoopy” and “Fast and Flurrious”. In Orangeville, ON, the 10 finalists have been announced: “Darth Blader”, “Snow Diggity”, “Snow Way Out”, “Betty White-Out”, “S’no More”, “Ctrl+Salt+Del”, “Snowbe Gone Kenobi”, “Catch My Drift”, “Blizzard Wizard” and “Fast & Flurious” (again). The deadline is past for entries in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s annual content, which, in the past, has inspired winning names like “Ope, Just Gonna Plow Right Past Ya”, “Better Call Salt”, “Plowy McPlowFace” and “The Truck Formerly Known As Plow”. The idea has become a tradition in other spots too, including in Alaska, Massachusetts and Nebraska, in the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Calgary, and as far away as Scotland. It has become an even more awesome concept since the adoption of map applications that gave those in blizzard-prone areas real-time updates on the positioning of the colorfully-named snowplows. LINK:

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Paediatric emergency doctor @dr.beachgem10 shared her top 5 items she would never consider buying a child, because of the horror stories she has witnessed during her shifts in the children’s ward…

Anything with a button battery: “They keep those little compartments closed with those little cheap screws. It’s not worth it. They can literally kill kids and they do, every year.”

Water Beads: “These are sold as sensory toys, but little kids can ingest them…and they can get larger and cause bowel obstructions.”

Electric Scooters: “Kids go way too fast on these. They hit a bump, they go flying. They mess up their faces, their arms, their heads. It’s bad news.”

Hoverboards: “We see so many hoverboard injuries right after Christmas. They break their forearms, their elbows, and sometimes their heads. And they can literally light your house on fire”.

Trampolines: “They literally keep the emergency department and the orthopedics team in business. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a net, it doesn’t matter if they’re buried in the ground. Most of the injuries actually happen ON the trampoline.”


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