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“Beware Revelers” the season of memes

By  George launches its season of Christmas memes with a warning that the endless deluge of Christmas posters and gifs are seldom funny and often in bad taste. Still, our hope is to unearth a few striking memes that you will want to share. We begin with this set of 5 which we entitle “Beware Revelers”. (Go ahead – right click on the meme below. You can copy or save it and then share it to help spread the joy of the season…)             Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need…

Top 10 Christmas Record Breakers

Here is an interesting list of some pretty amazing Christmas records. Biggest selling Christmas song is Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The song was written by Sir Bob Geldof, and sold fifty million copies and continues to be a holiday favorite today! The world’s largest gift was the Statue of Liberty. The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It’s 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighs 225 tonnes. The most valuable Christmas card was sold at an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK in 2001 for £20,000 (approx. $40.000). The card was originally sent by…

O Christmas Tree

The best selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine. For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. Cultured Christmas trees must be shaped as they grow to produce fuller foliage. To slow the upward growth and to encourage branching, they are hand-clipped in each spring. Trees grown in the wild have sparser branches, and are known in the industry as “Charlie Brown” trees. Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good…

Our elves will be serving Christmas cheer daily!

Be sure to follow our By George Journal for countless posts celebrating the Christmas season. Our wordsmith elves will be busy providing remarkable quotes, the best of Christmas humour, seasonal facts and articles – all guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Follow the By George Facebook page and our Twitter @byGeorgeJournal to drink in a steady stream of creative yule time content.   It is a very social time of year. So, let us provide you with merry sayings and helpful information. Our content will ensure you suffer no awkward silences with your family and friends, or at office parties. We encourage…

Conversations over the eggnog bowl

As we enter Christmas and New Year’s festivities, inevitably, we will find ourselves at cocktail parties or dinner settings where we will be reaching for a topic of discussion. To help us through this season, By George Journal provides observations and questions that will serve as perfect conversation starters. Here are a dozen questions to start us off – enjoy your talks! How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it…

Greek Kourambiedes – “The” Christmas Cookie

Ingredients Beat on medium speed until lightened in color and creamy: 3/4 pound unsalted butter, softened & 1/4 teaspoon salt Beat until very fluffy and well blended: 2/3 cup powdered sugar & 1 large egg yolk 2 tablespoons brandy & 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract And then gradually add and stir until well blended and smooth: 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 cup Ground Almonds (optional) Instructions 1. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm enough to shape into balls, about 1 hour. 2. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F…

Our PR Services Explained

  We are frequently being asked about CG&A COMM services. What is it that you do?! Here’s a brief explanation of our public relations offering.   Writers  We write a lot. Our public relations and government affairs firm specializes in advocacy campaigns, issue management and wordsmith services. At the core of all our work is quality writing and content marketing services. We are creative, provocative where required, and always effective in delivering clients’ key messages.   Advocates  With a background in politics and government relations, we provide advocacy advice and help to deliver public relations and issue oriented campaigns. Our company…

Christmas facts from around the world (2)

One Norwegian Christmas custom begins in late autumn at harvest time. The finest wheat is gathered and saved until Christmas. This wheat is then attached to poles made from tree branches, making perches for the birds. A large circle of snow is cleared away beneath each perch. According to the Norwegians, this provides a place for the birds to dance, which allows them to work up their appetites between meals. Just before sunset on Christmas Eve, the head of the household checks on the wheat in the yard. If a lot of sparrows are seen dining, it is suppose to…

Christmas facts from around the world (1)

In Britain, the Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551, which has not yet been repealed, states that every citizen must attend a Christian church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service. Also in Britain, eating mince pies at Christmas dates back to the 16th century. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 happy months in the year to follow. It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding…

The hustle & bustle of Christmas shopping

A few years back, the Philips Corporation in the US released a list of facts surrounding the holiday season. Here’s what the average person has to look forward to when shopping for Christmas: Five miles of walking around stores, parking lots and malls Spending at least 90 minutes waiting in line to pay The average person will buy 22 presents and they will only receive 14 from others Expect to spend an average of 2 hours and 27 minutes wrapping presents Getting elbowed or pushed three times. Six hours and 38 minutes of shopping online. Most people will have their…