Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 14th 2015 Contents Dear Santa,
I hope this letter finds you in
good health, notwithstanding
your diet of milk and cookies,
and your chronic "Ho, ho, ho,"
which sounds like some serious
acid reflux which could burn
a hole in your gullet, if you
don t see Dr North soon.
The reflux is probably a
consequence of your sug-
ary diet and lack of
with the stress of hav-
ing to circle the globe in
24 hours and meeting your impossible
toy-delivery deadline year after year.
Given your heavy workload, I could
see how mistakes can happen. Remem-
ber the time I asked for a bicycle and
you got me a yellow-haired doll
instead? I don t hold grudges but you
really need to delegate more, and
appoint a new director of customer
services. Such foul-ups could destroy
Try to get it right this year. No par-
tridges in pear trees, please. A one-
year gym membership will suit me
nicely, and you could do with some
exercise yourself, if you want to set a
good example for the children who
consider you an icon. American First
Lady Michelle Obama might be able
to get you the Congressional Medal of
Honour if you help prevent childhood
obesity, which has been her platform
for the last eight years. Getting out of
your sleigh and onto a treadmill would
be just the right image makeover.
Instead of being the poster boy for
Type II diabetes, you could save some
lives and be named Time s Person of
the Year 2016.
Since economic restrictions are pre-
dicted, I don t want to sound greedy,
but you still owe me that bicycle, and
with 30 years interest accrued, that
gift has matured into a red Porsche
sports car. Remember to deliver it with
a full tank of gas. Details like that will
make you the Santa Who Cares, instead
of just the white-haired guy in the out-
dated red suit.
And if you can spare the
time, a cappuccino
machine, Cartier perfume,
and pearl earrings would
make some nice stocking
I won t sound like
some beauty queen
and pretend that all I
really want is peace
and love and a cure for
knows Santa can t
work miracles. But
your generosity, and
jolliness in a world of Grinches, are
qualities still worth celebrating.
However, those reindeer---the animal
rights people are not very happy with
you. The Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals and the People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals rec-
ommend you get an electric van instead
of forcing the reindeer to gallop 40,000
kilometres in one night. Better yet,
modernise operations and introduce
online gifting and virtual presents.
Also, the Occupational Safety and
Health Authority has been enquiring
about the elves overtime and the safety
hazards in the workshop at the North
Pole, where, it is rumoured, no hard
hats and safety boots have been pro-
vided in the last 300 years.
One more thing: lay off the ponche
a crème. It s kind of cray-cray to be
breaking into people s homes in the
dead of night, claiming you are bringing
cheer and battery-operated toys. You
could get shot like that.
You are probably drunk on the job,
since half the time, you leave the wrong
gifts. And drinking and driving could
attract a huge fine and suspension of
your "On Comet! On Cupid! On Don-
ner! On Blitzen!" permit forever.
So, Santa, have a safe trip, and I wish
you lots of belly laughs in 2016.
PS: Just leave the Porsche in the
driveway. I want all the neighbours to
see I have been a very good girl.
QED TT, the dynamic partnership of three of
T&T s finest soloists, Edward Cummberbatch, Nigel
Floyd and Raymond Edwards, will host their first
full-length holiday concert and television special
on December 19.
The event, One Night In December, is an intimate
evening of classic and Christmas music presented in
the Zen Garden at Estate 101 in Maraval.
A release said the three singers will be joined by
special guests, calypsonian Kizzie Ruiz, classical bari-
tone Marvin Smith and pop singer Jolene Romain.
An all-star band provides the musical accompany-
The band comprises veteran musicians Jill-Ann
Walters-Morris, Joseph "Joey" Rivers, Elliot Francois,
Enrico "Di Gittarman" Camejo, Sherwyn Gray, Johann
Chuckaree, and Anthony Woodroofe Jr.
QED TT intends to make One Night in December
an annual event with part proceeds being donated to
a worthy cause.
This year, proceeds will go to Cancer Hospice Vitas
House which works lovingly and quietly in St James
providing dignity and care to those with terminal
• Tickets for the event are $400 and are avail-
able at the venue Estate 101, 101 Saddle Road,
Maraval or by calling 381-2704.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 14, 2015
Dear Santa Baby...
One Night in December concert on Saturday
The Lydian Singers filled Queen's Hall with beautiful sounds on the weekend as they staged their annual
Christmas concert. This year's concert, The Rhythm of Christmas, showed off the different styles used
to represent the various aspects of The Rhythm. The Lydians' repertoire included traditional carols in the
classical style, the infusion of jazz, salsa, parang and soca beats. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
QED T&T singers, Raymond Edwards, left, Nigel
Floyd and Edward Cumberbatch.
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