All of us here at UKIP Daily wish all of you – friends, readers, correspondents and contributors – a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
To start off in the spirit of the day, here is a most beautiful video which our outstanding contributor Sonya Jay Porter sent us. It’s the Christmas Story read in Old English, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon, predating the Norman Invasion:
We’re not meant to sit around po-faced on this day, so here’s a Christmas anecdote meant to put the ‘Merry’ into ‘Merry Christmas, sent in by Stan Parr:
Santa’s Difficult Christmas
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..
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.
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 glass of cider and a shot of rum. He went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the rum. 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 an 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.
Not a lot of people know this.
Making an early start writing a Thank-You letter, Peter McHugh, Branch sec Bromsgrove, sent this letter which, I’m sure, we would all sign:
GOD REST YE MERRY
As we citizens of the UK, under our sovereign Elizabeth II prepare to offend all non Christians by celebrating our Saviour’s birth, is it also time to give thanks and credit to those whom Her Majesty has called to Her parliaments, now and over the decades of Her reign ?
This is maybe, a particularly appropriate time to say thank you to Westminster for its sterling, post Referendum, efforts.
We all join in saying: Thank you Prime Minister for a year and a half of prevarication before flying to Brussels to capitulate in person to a band of unelected EU officials and for totally ignoring the electorate’s clear instruction to leave the EU.
You were given no instruction to implement Article 50 – nor pay a severance fee, you were simply told to withdraw us from the EU.
Thank you for continuing to send our £ 61 million pounds/day subscription to Brussels, whilst cutting funding for all essential services here at home.
Thank you for totally ignoring the electorate’s concerns over uncontrolled immigration and heightening them by publishing false figures and reporting that numbers are falling, causing our unease to harden into resentment.
Thank you for houses on our Green Belt and fields, to accommodate those displaced from our major conurbations by newcomers whose right of residence is never satisfactorily established, before they avail themselves of our services and benefits .
Thank you for providing free NHS medical care to these people at the expense of the British taxpayer.
Thank you for reducing our armed forces to impotence and contemplating scrapping the Royal Marines, and for leaving the Royal Navy with no capability of policing cross channel traffic!
Thank you for having so many members in the Lords and Commons, intent on sexual harassment (36 named from the government benches alone)
Thank you for destroying this Sceptred Isle
Thank you for destroying the happier land of my youth.
Thank you for giving away that which our soldier boys fought for in two World Wars .
THANK YOU FOR DESTROYING OUR NATION
A MERRY – EXPENSES FUNDED – CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL
And finally a bit of music for Christmas Day. It’s by a dead old white composer, Michael Praetorius, and is a brilliant, early example of an all-inclusive musical performance: church choir and court musicians, congregation and even the soldiers’ drummers and brass players. It’s tender but also loud. Enjoy!