Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Christmas Gift Hampers – It’s the Festive Season - a time for giving

Aaah, Christmas! The Christmas holiday season is a magically special time when family and friends come together to celebrate, create memories, and recall Christmas's past as they continue traditions. What do you envision when you think of Christmas? Children's eager faces? Christmas shopping or Christmas carols? Decorating the tree? Special Christmas recipes? Christmas cards and family traditions? Gift-giving? The memories of past holidays and the anticipation of future Christmas seasons keeps us all looking forward to all that Christmas has to offer.
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Christmas Traditions:
The traditions surrounding the celebration of this season are almost as
numerous as the people who celebrate it. Through the years, the holiday has been adapted to local customs, culture, and history and so has produced an amazing variety of Christmas traditions around the world. Some, such as the giving of gifts or the use of a star, arose directly or indirectly out of the biblical nativity stories. Some, such as the legends of Saint Nicholas, have their origin in church history, historical fact that became legendary as it was embellished in story. Others, such as the use of evergreens and the yule log, have pagan origins but were transformed into distinctively Christian traditions. Others, such as the use of a crèche or caroling, arose first as local traditions in certain countries or regions that became widely adopted. And still others, such as, reindeer, elves, the North Pole, etc., have largely secular origins and are only loosely associated with the holiday in popular imagination or marketing techniques.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Boss's Day Quotes and Quirks

  • Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee’s compliance than on threats or sanctions.
  • Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.
  • If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.
  • The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
  • Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.
  • Ability is what will get you to the top if the boss has no daughter.
  • Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it.
  • By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
  • Monday is a lame way to spend 1/7 of your life.
  • Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.
  • There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
  • One measure of leadership is the caliber of people who choose to follow you.
  • My Boss said to me, “What you see as a glass ceiling, I see as a protective barrier.”
  • The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.
  • Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
  • The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.
  • Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
  • The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week.
  • We passed over a lot of good people to get the ones we hired.
  • My Boss frequently gets lost in thought. That’s because it’s unfamiliar territory.
  • I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you.
  • Workplace surveys confirm that one of the most important elements of job satisfaction is a positive relationship between a supervisor and employee.

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Boss's Day, 16th October 2009

The History of Boss’s Day

Boss's Day (also known as Bosses Day or National Boss Day) is a secular holiday celebrated on 16th October. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The origin of Bosses Day dates back to 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haroski chose the date because it was her father's birthday. Who was her boss? .... her father. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day.

National Boss's Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, England and South Africa.

What To Do on Boss’s Day

Boss's Day is an opportunity for you to thank your boss for being a mentor and leader throughout the year. Now here is a day that gives you a chance to both tell and show the boss what you really think of him or her, and to give your boss the appreciation that he or she truly deserves. You can do many things to make Boss’s Day a good thing in your office! This is a time to set aside petty conflicts and invest in your future by taking care of your boss. After all, Boss’s Day only comes around once a year.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

National Secretaries’ Day, 2 September 2009 – South Africa

Many of us do not even realise they are around us. They schedule our appointments and remind us of things we have to take care of. They bring us tea when we are thirsty and cope with us when we are in a bad mood. Well, if you have completely forgotten what day we are talking about, here is a quick reminder – secretaries' day.

Secretaries’ Day is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of September to recognise the work of office professionals.

Celebrate the third most important person in your life [Wife-1st, Mother-2nd] by showing your secretary how much they are appreciated. Dedicate this one day to them, after all it is they that keeps things running smoothly all year round, no matter how bumpy the ride. Remember that by doing something special for them on that day, you will show them that you really are grateful for everything they do for you and that they are just as important to you as your most valuable client.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The History of Father's Day, South Africa, 21 June 2009

The History of Father’s Day
Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement
Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, and special dinners to fathers and family-oriented activities. In 200, it will be celebrated on 21 June in South Africa. It originated in Spokane, Washington.[1] In 2009, it will be celebrated on June 21 in many countries. In a few Catholic countries, it is celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph
The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on July 5 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, West Virginia, by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Central United Methodist Church of Fairmont.
Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother's Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church at Spokane, and she arranged a tribute for her father in June 19, 1910. She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father's Day observance.
It took many years to make the holiday official. In spite of support from the
YWCA, the YMCA and churches, it ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar. Where Mother's Day was met with enthusiasm, Father's Day was met with laughter. The holiday was gathering attention slowly, but the wrong reasons: it was the target of much satire, parody and derision, including jokes from the local newspaper Spokane Review. Many people saw it as just the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions like "Grandparents' Day", "Professional Secretaries' Day", etc. all the way down to "National Clean Your Desk Day". A bill was introduced on 1913, US President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924] a national committee was formed in the 1930s by trade groups in order to legitimize the holiday,
In addition to Father's Day,
International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries, most often on November 19.

Father's Day - South Africa, 21 June 2009

Story of Father's Day
Father's Day is a beautiful festival that acknowledges and appreciates the important role played by a father in raising the child and consequently building a stronger society. Though fathers have been revered at all times by civilizations across the globe ironically what was missing until the last century was the official recognition of the significance of fathers in ones life. Father's Day story is the tale of realization of the need for a Father's Day festival primarily by Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington. The story narrates Sonora's unflagging struggle to officially set a day to honor all fathers. Thanks to Sonora, today Fathers Day is celebrated in a large number of countries around the world. The Beginning of Father's Day Story
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate Father's Day even thousands of years ago. Their study say that 4,000 years ago in Babylon a son called Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card. In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son duo but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of celebrating Father's Day.
Genesis of Father's Day in Modern Society
The tradition of celebrating Father's Day as seen today originated in the last century. Though there are several people who are credited for furthering the cause of Father's Day, there is far greater acceptance for Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd's contribution. A doting daughter from Spokane, Washington, Ms Dodd is recognized as the Founder or Mother of the Father's Day Festival. Inception of the Father's Day took place in Sonora's mind when she happened to hear a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora, who was 27 then, had begun to recognize the hardships her father must have gone through while bringing up his six children alone. When Sonora was 16, her mother had died during childbirth. Sonora's father a Civil War veteran by the name of William Jackson Smart raised six children including the newborn on his own. Sonora questioned that if there is a day to recognize mothers then why is not there a day to honor fathers? Many people laughed and joked at Sonora's idea. But her will did not droop. She began a sincere campaign lobbying for the cause of Father's Day. Her hard work began to show signs of success when Spokane celebrated its first Father's Day on June 19, 1910 with the support of Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). To pay tribute to her affectionate father, Sonora wished that Father's Day be celebrated on her father's birthday on June 5, but it so happened that there was not enough time for preparation and the day came to be celebrated on third Sunday in the month of June. The noble idea of celebrating Father's Day became quite popular in US so much so that President Woodrow Wilson approved of the festival in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge too supported the idea but it was President Lyndon Johnson who signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
Fathers Day Celebration in Present Time
Father's Day has become a hugely popular festival. World over people thank their father and pay tribute to them. Most commonly children gift Father's Day cards and flowers to their father. Neckties are a popular gift on the occasion of Father's Day. Due to the tradition of giving gifts, cards makers, florists and gift sellers campaign for Father's Day Festival in a big way and cash in on the sentiments of the people.
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Father's Day Gift Ideas from Gift in a Box

Father's Day is a perfect occasion to express your deepest feelings for dearest Papa and pamper him with loads of Father's Day Gifts. Ties and wallets are nice but don't you think that dad deserves something more personal. Try and be a little more innovative and thoughtful this year and present a gift that leaves an everlasting impression and creates sweet memories for a lifetime. The most daunting task is to decide on the right gift for dad. Gift in a Box is your solution. We have a wide variety of Gift Ideas for father’s day. These might help you to widen your approach for selecting Father's Day Gifts. These father's day gift ideas can suitably be implemented for grand dads, uncles or men who are like your father. The most important thing that should complement any Father's Day Gifts that you select is to include a warm hug and a big THANK YOU.
Here are just a view of our stunning ideas for Father's Day gifts:
The Best Braai Boffin
For the Sunday Braai Man. Give him a glass of his favourite beer and this wonderful selection of braai goodies to turn him into the Best Braai Boffin ever
Golf day
For a relaxing and competitive day on the golf course. He will thoroughly enjoy this box of golf goodies even Gary Player would be envious of!
Especially for dad
A classic selection of male grooming products to leave him smelling like roses
Super dads choice
Dad knows best! A tantalizing selection of gourmet goodies to make his day.
A wide selection of trendy colognes to really perk him up
A wide selection of Swatch and Police watches to keep him up to date