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  • It’s The Christmas Party/Refuge From The Family Open Thread

    by Clairwil
    24th December, 2006 at 3:02 pm    

    Seasons Greetings to you all,
    It’s that time of year when we celebrate God’s boy’s birthday by getting roaring drunk, overeating and buying people we don’t like presents they don’t want. Like Easter I can’t help thinking the Christmas message might have got lost somewhere. Never one to pass up the chance to be self indulgent, I am afraid the only spirit I’ll be full of this year will be around 40% proof and toxic to the liver.

    I thought I’d wallop this thread up to allow us to hold a Pickled Politics office party. Or should I say an award winning Pickled Politics office party. So come on tell us all you love us, show us some terrible dancing, make unwanted advances on the furniture. In short make utter clown of yourself or tell us your tales of festive debauchery.

    Many of you, like me, will be trapped with relatives with no means of escape. There’s not much I can do to make this ordeal any easier. All I can offer is this thread is a means of venting your rage as auntie asks you once again why you’re not married. Remember you can’t stop your family being barking mad but you can at least amuse the rest of us by ridiculing them here (names can and probably should be changed).

    As well as the above I’m looking for your funny stuff, music and any other links you’d like to bring to the Picklers attention.

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    1. Nyrone — on 24th December, 2006 at 3:57 pm  

      Seasons Greetings everyone!
      I found this pretty funny:)
      It’s an SNL skit with Justin Timberlake hamming it up.

    2. Don — on 24th December, 2006 at 5:59 pm  

      This is silly and juvenile, but seasonal;

    3. Sam Ambreen — on 24th December, 2006 at 7:56 pm  

      I think relatives suck Sunny. Mine suck.

      (It’s Norah, by the way. Hope you have a laaaavely Xmas)

    4. Sam Ambreen — on 24th December, 2006 at 9:00 pm  

      Oh shoot, I just re-read and realised it wasn’t Sunny’s thread.
      Have a great Xmas Clairwil!


    5. bikhair aka taqiyyah — on 24th December, 2006 at 9:07 pm  

      What the hell is boxing day about. I just came from Wikipedia and they have alot of theories. But what is really up with the day I will go broke?

    6. sabinaahmed — on 24th December, 2006 at 9:19 pm  

      Hi Clairwill

      Have a great time whatever you do.I like christmas and i give myself permission to eat and drink freely for the four or five days of festivity. I think am a born optimist and always percieve the glass to be full.
      I wish we all could have a real party and get to meet everybody.Some picklers sound interesting ,intriguing and attractive! Who would you like to invite to dinner?
      As i have said elsewhere I find this site compulsive reading. I have never before followed a discussion site so regularly .Am hooked!
      Have a great time everybody,chill and enjoy and a very
      happy new year to you all.

    7. William — on 24th December, 2006 at 9:57 pm  


      I remember at school the headmaster explained boxing day. His story was that when there were lot’s of people working in service. That is servants to households etc they had to be busy for their masters Christmas on that day so the next day they got their turn in the form of a present in a box. Therefore it was called boxing day. Something like that maybe????

    8. William — on 24th December, 2006 at 10:08 pm  

      Anyone remember any unusual Christmas’s or bad ones.

      I remember one that I spent on my own in London. I meant to come back to my parents but there was a train strike and others that I lived with had all gone away. I actually quite enjoyed it. I went for walks around Streatham and nearby and loads of people wanted to say hello and wish merry Christmas and talk and stuff.

    9. Sam Ambreen — on 24th December, 2006 at 10:35 pm  

      My house was broken into on Boxing Day and I had just broken up with my boyfriend. That one was pretty bad.

    10. William — on 24th December, 2006 at 10:48 pm  


      Oh no!!! you poor love!!

    11. William — on 24th December, 2006 at 11:05 pm  

      Well this Christams so far. My computer monitor broke on Friday and not had chance to get a new one. I am typing this on my girlfreinds daughters and keep getting links to dating sites appearing in my face. Also we have just discovered an ant infestation in the kitchen. They are climbing all over the work surfaces. I am only staying at my girlfreinds for a couple of days so might not have much access to a computer (starts twiddling his fingers) Also my watch broke today.

    12. Leon — on 25th December, 2006 at 12:11 am  

      Happy Christmas everyone!:)

    13. Desi Italiana — on 25th December, 2006 at 12:29 am  

      Merry Christmas, everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    14. Desi Italiana — on 25th December, 2006 at 12:45 am  

      “In short make utter clown of yourself or tell us your tales of festive debauchery.”

      How Christmas parties a la “Indian function” get played out in the US (at least, the ones I’ve been to):

    15. William — on 25th December, 2006 at 1:42 pm  

      Merry Christmas to all!!

      No debauchery yet unfortunately. But!!
      opened some presents and

      Brut from an uncle aaahh! hate Brut

      Black pullover with a collar zip from mom
      don’t like style and hate black as bits show
      up on it.

      Elephant oil burner from mom. Got an oil burner
      already and don’t like it anyway

      Socks from partner, woolly ones which I don’t

      Red candle from mom

      Some money from mom which will go towards buying
      a new computer monitor as mine is broke. Best bit

      This morning was at work for a phone help line.
      One call was “It is Christmas and I am on my own and
      so lonely” along with tears. So has put some perspective on things I think.

    16. Kismet Hardy — on 25th December, 2006 at 1:51 pm  

      That was me William. I thought you said you wouldn’t tell anyone :(

    17. Chairwoman — on 25th December, 2006 at 3:14 pm  

      Wonderful present from Katy, ipod and ipod speaker system with remote. She’s going to put all my music on it, so that I don’t have to sit surrounded by bags of cds. Wonderful.

    18. Sam Ambreen — on 25th December, 2006 at 3:33 pm  

      It’s ok Wills, the boyfriend needed dumping and the most expensive thing taken were his presents. Closure I believe.

    19. Don — on 25th December, 2006 at 4:10 pm  

      Total haul from colleagues and the kid’s parents included three bottles of Jack Daniels, two of scotch and one of port (with a jar of stilton). I may have to consider what messages I’m sending out.

      Merry Christmas. Selamat Hari Natal. Naya Saal Mubarak Ho. Shuvo Baro Din. Nollaig chridheil huibh .Mo’adim Lesimkha.

    20. Sidhartha Claus — on 25th December, 2006 at 4:40 pm  
    21. the Ill Man — on 25th December, 2006 at 10:52 pm  

      Happy Christmas and a fine new Year to all at PP.


    22. Clairwil — on 26th December, 2006 at 2:56 pm  

      Have a good festive season everyone. I’m off on a weeks holiday. I will miss you all.

    23. Kismet Hardy — on 26th December, 2006 at 4:14 pm  

      I’ve written a book this morning. It’s called 10678 reasons I hate Rohin. Now just sit back and wait for the publisher to call and it’s ka-ching

    24. Rohin — on 26th December, 2006 at 5:07 pm  

      I want royalties.

      Oh did I mention my publisher wants to throw a launch party for my REAL forthcoming book? You’re not invited Kismet. 10,679.

    25. Kismet Hardy — on 26th December, 2006 at 5:09 pm  

      Please. I just want you to like me.

    26. Jai wearing a Santa hat at a jaunty angle — on 26th December, 2006 at 5:45 pm  

      Merry Christmas to everyone, or as we say around these parts, “Best wishes for the Christian Diwali !”

      Remember, folks — Xmas is about more than just having fun with lots of foxy minxes who are wearing nothing except for a furry Santa hat and some scraps of strategically-placed tinsel…..


      Okay, on a more serious note, I hope everyone had a safe and happy Xmas, and I wish you all the very best for the holiday season.

      I posted this on PP a few weeks ago but here it is again — it’s a short cartoon clip on Youtube depicting an Indian version of the Xmas carol “The 12 Days of Christmas”. Keep an eye out for the parts about the Indian cricket team and the “lotus” in particular ;)

      Video here.

    27. Rohin — on 26th December, 2006 at 6:21 pm  

      Jai, that better not be the same Santa hat you were wearing over at SM. You hat-recycling fiend.

      That boymongoose video has blown up hasn’t it? I think Manish first showed it to me a while back. As soon as something’s featured on Boing Boing it’s all over the Interweb. Boy done good.

    28. Katy — on 26th December, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

      Everyone be nice to Kismet. He called me a bag of saucy bones, which is probably the nicest thing that anyone has ever said to me ever.

    29. Sunny — on 26th December, 2006 at 7:03 pm  

      Hello everyone! I’ve finally managed to recover from my Christmas party, and have a ton of presents to show for it. Don’t be playa hatin’, please. I have got some badassss blazers and other goodies. Hope all of you had a nice christmas too!

    30. douglas clark — on 27th December, 2006 at 5:21 am  

      “badassss blazers”

      Oh My God. Eton, Rugby and Fettes.

    31. Chairwoman — on 28th December, 2006 at 3:05 pm  

      He’s in AMERICA where the height of male sartorial elegance is the sport coat (blazer) and jeans, for goodness sake!

    32. Sidhartha Claus — on 28th December, 2006 at 3:27 pm  

      After her first trip to Texas (back in the 80s), my mum was amused that all the grown men were fat and wore collared shirts and “half-pants” (shorts).

    33. Chairwoman — on 28th December, 2006 at 3:42 pm  

      With or without stetsons and boots?

    34. ZinZin — on 28th December, 2006 at 9:09 pm  

      “badassss blazers”

      No Doug he turned into Carlton Banks from the fresh prince.

    35. douglas clark — on 29th December, 2006 at 3:44 am  

      OK, Zin Zin, I prefer casual stuff from Gap. Anyway Carlton Banks is a beardless nonentity. Is this the Carlton Banks you speak of:


      (You’ve got to love the WWW sometimes, even if it throws up rotten results.)

      Personally I think his gear is more Asian, like, bright colours. Although my American Auntie used to send me clothes you couldn’t wear either.

      Well, everyones taste is different. Although Chairwoman seems ridiculously interested in guys in stetsons and boots. Oh, to be a Fireman.

    36. Chairwoman — on 29th December, 2006 at 12:49 pm  

      douglas clark - although I like country music, my interest in stetsons and boots is, sadly, only an interest in how far Texans will go to wear them.

      In New York a couple of years ago, I was queuing for a taxi behind two obviously extremely wealthy Texan ladies. They were dressed from neck to knee in Chanel, were carrying immensley expensive (and IMHO totally vile) mink coats, and were wearing leather stetsons and cowboy boots.

    37. ZinZin — on 29th December, 2006 at 1:14 pm  

      Thats the one Doug and i think he is the best character in the fresh prince.

    38. El Cid — on 30th December, 2006 at 11:40 pm  

      How depressing. I’ve just seen a video of Saddam’s hanging on the Drudge Report. What is the world coming to?

    39. Amir — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:00 am  

      El Cid,

      What the fuck are you talking about? Saddam’s life was utterly and uniquely worthless. His death, in my opinion, was long overdue.

      Let him rot in hell.

      For Fucks Sakes. Conserve your sympathy for a worthier cause.

    40. Amir — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:04 am  

      We’re all going to die. *Gasp* Fact.

      Get over it.

      Saddam’s long-overdue-death is nothing to cry about.

    41. Amir — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:08 am  

      On a lighter note….


      Do you believe in Mr. Hankey? I do! ;-)

    42. Amir — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:20 am  

      Here’s the best Christmas present I received this year.

      Cunting awesome!

    43. Amir — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:24 am  

      Here’s a great, fucking read for ye, ya bastards!!

      Read it. The Devil at his cunting best!

    44. Nyrone — on 31st December, 2006 at 5:27 am  

      she gets paid £140k? Is this some kind of sick joke?

    45. El Cid — on 31st December, 2006 at 11:01 am  

      I like your style Amir. Kinda feels familiar.
      But voyeuristic (did I spell that right?) capital punishment ain’t progress.
      I know what you are all thinking, but I did switch off before it really got going. I just wanted to check that it really did what it said on the tin.

    46. William — on 31st December, 2006 at 1:45 pm  

      After everything that’s been happening in IraqSaddams death is a sham

    47. Don — on 31st December, 2006 at 2:48 pm  

      As this little video points out:

    48. Sidhartha Claus — on 31st December, 2006 at 3:33 pm  

      Nice one Don. Saddam was a monster but he was a CIA-intalled monster. And Western complicity in Saddam’s crimes is never mentioned by neocon arselicks. Like this cretin.

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