MERRY CHRiSTMAS & a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Australian Tawny Frogmouths family birds mistaken for owls tree branches  xmas photo by Anton Kressnig 2013
Merry Christmas from our family to yours ~ Australian Tawny Frogmouth family (photo by Anton K. Kressnig 2013)

“Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family and friends” 

~ from AntonK.com

Merry Christmas eve sunset Melbourne Xmas photo Kookaburra Australian birds Aussie tree Dandenongs Boronia view
“An Aussie Christmas ” ~ Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree on Christmas Eve at sunset. View over Melbourne from the hills of Boronia in the Dandenongs, Australia  ~ photo by Anton K (2011)
Merry Christmas beach writing in sand Chelsea  Melbourne Australia Edithvale Port Phillip Bay ocean water sea Xmas
“My Merry Christmas message in the sand” at Chelsea Beach, looking towards Edithvale and Melbourne across the waters of Port Phillip Bay ~ Photo by Anton K on Christmas Day 25th December 2011

DiD YOU KNOW: The very first SMS text message sent was “Merry Christmas” on the 3rd December 1992, when 22 year old Neil Papworth, a test engineer for Sema Group in the UK (now Airwide Solutions) sent the world’s first ever text message. Since mobile phones didn’t have keyboards at the time, he typed the “Merry Christmas” message out on a PC, and sent it to the phone of Richard Jarvis of Vodafone in the UK, who was enjoying his office Christmas party at the time. No-one on that day had any idea how gigantic the texting phenomenon would become, as this concept was for them to use essentially as a paging service.

1992 Nokia 101 mobile phone cell Worlds 1st SMS text message Neil Papworth texting Merry Christmas Vodafone Richard Jarvis 1990s
The World’s 1st SMS text message “Merry Christmas” sent by Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis at Vodafone on the 3rd December 1992 (Photo: Nokia 101 mobile phone from 1992)

One of my FAVOURiTE CONTEMPORARY CHRiSTMAS SONGS is Driving Home for Christmas written and performed by Chris Rea, and released in December 1988. Chris Rea said he wrote “Driving Home for Christmas” many years before he first recorded it. His wife had come down to London to drive him home to Middlesbrough in her Austin Mini, because it was cheaper to drive than travel by train. The inspiration for this car version of a Christmas carol song came as they were both stuck in heavy traffic, while heading out of London on their long drive to Middlesbrough. 

FUNNY XMAS CARD / PHOTOS by Anton K:

Times are shit & times are hard heres ya crap Xmas Card funny Christmas meme toilet roll holder poem
“Sitting here thinking of you.. Times are shit & times are hard, so here’s ya crap Xmas Card” by Anton K (2009)
Christmas excites me so much i get wood Santa Claus cutting saw timber log cartoon Xmas card
“Christmas excites me so much i get wood” Xmas cartoon card art by Anton K (1994)

TRACK SANTA’S FLiGHT PATH ONLiNE: Santa’s Flight Path Revealed:

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON CHRiSTMAS DAY?:

  • 1643 – Christmas Island was found and named by Captain William Mynors.
  • 1968 – Apollo 8 performed the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
  • 1974 – Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia.
  • 1990 – The first successful trial run of the World Wide Web was conducted.
  • 2004 – Huygens probe was released by Cassini orbiter, which successfully landed on Saturn‘s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.

FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN ON CHRiSTMAS DAY:

FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DiED ON CHRiSTMAS DAY:

  • 1946 – W. C. Fields the American comedian died (b. 1880).
  • 1995 – Dean Martin the American singer died (b. 1917).
  • 1977 – Charlie Chaplin the English actor and film director died (b. 1889).
  • 2006 – James Brown the American singer died (b. 1933)
  • 2008 – Eartha Kitt the American actress and singer died (b. 1927).
Happy New Year 2013 Sunset Western Highway Middle Creek Victoria Australia windmill Summer Sunrise photo Anton K
Happy New Year 2013 (Photo Anton K)

“All us living creatures all want the same thing, HAPPiNESS!!.. so let’s all spread some more happiness like sunshine around the world this year, among ALL people and animals of Earth, life is too short to not be happy.” ~ Anton K. (1st January 2013)

Leave a Reply