Sunday, December 27, 2009

Panamanians Rule OK!

What do the Republic of Moldova, Sao Tome and Principe, Pakistan, Yemen, Panama, Svalbard & Jan Mayan Islands and South Georgia have in common? All were ably represented at the Christmas Olympiad held at mine on Christmas Day. The ham and salmon would have to wait, there were games to play!

Seven countries selected arbitrarily by closing eyes and pointing to a list. Seven teams of two selected at random. All dressed totally inappropriately in home made attempts at depicting their country's colours, primed, ready and eager to let the games begin:

Panama represented by a Drug Lord and a Banana Magnate

Pakistan came armed and ready for fight

The Moldovan Olympic Physio and Coach

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands were marooned
with nothing more than Wilson to keep them company
and a bottle of champers by the looks of it

The Yemenites were bonding . . well as long as his wife behaved!

The Sao Tome and Principe ladies shook their booty
and found their geles surprisingly comfy

As for those Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islanders . . all threats and no pillage

Egg nog and spoon race
Each pair has to run a relay with a
Chinese spoonful of eggnog then empty the remaining contents into a shot glass. The first filled to the brim wins. Of course the egg nog is consumed immediately afterwards. No photos I was too busy participating in this one.

Tinsel three-legged race
Partners are tied at the ankle with tinsel and race a gruelling course hampered by rabbit dug
divets, spikey balls that fall off the liquidamba, rain and snapping tinsel. Same deal, very competitive, we were ripped off!

Speed Wrapping
All were given a box, some paper, bows, ribbon,
cellotape and bendy sparkly pipe cleaners to create a wrapped gift of unusual splendour. The efforts were remarkable and each 'country' had to explain their rationale. There was some consternation and an official challenge to Panama by the Sao Tomeans who made a beautiful little reindeer handbag.

Mango Daiquiri Sculling
Now this is a travesty in any language, those little glasses of fruity sunshine should be savored not sculled!

Pin the Pom Pom on the Grinch
There's always one at Christmas so we blindfolded the faithful, spun them round three times and made them pin a Christmas pom pom on that Grinch's butt!

Twisted Carol Singing
A carol or Christmas song is randomly selected from a hat then the lyrics read from an obscure book. A favourite being "How to Care for Your Pony" and "The Little Book of Farts". Don't ask.

In the end, Panama won in a games off of trivia selected from the net because there was a three way tie between, Panama, Svalbard and Jan
Mayen Islands and Yemen. Whilst nobody was keen to upset the Yemenites, we were all glad that Pakistan was out of contention. They had weapons and weren't afraid to use them. I found some projectiles on the roof the following day.

To the Victor's went the spoils. Although I think they were bloody lucky! Yes, there were chocolate medals and a trophy!

Smug Conquering cousins

I've just come from visiting
Ces and her beautiful table settings and civilised fare . . she must think we're a bunch of nutters. One day . . we'll have a civilised, sophisticated sit-down meal with fine china and beautiful glassware. Sadly, probably not at Christmas! I hope yours was wonderful. Looking forward to catching up.


JeffScape said...

Have Sao Tome and Jan Mayen shoot me a line!


Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

And, no, no Army for me just yet.

e said...

I grew up in the real Panama, and there is more to it than what is here...Sounds like a fun time, though...I hope 2010 is a good year!

Ronda Laveen said...

What a grand time! I love this kind of fun!

How can you loose when the sacred "Little Book of Farts" is consulted?

Baino said...

Jeff Sao Tome's taken but Jan Mayan is available and for the life of me I don't know why. She'll be on your side of the planet next year maybe we could arrange a rendezvous.

I know 3, we're terribly politically incorrect but it was all in good fun! I hope it's a good year for us both.

Megan said...


Mara said...

It sounds like you had a great time! Love the photos as well...

Brian Miller said...

haha. sounds like an amazing time! how festive and creative...holidays were okay...heading home today while the rest of my fam heads on to the FIL house...

Tom said...

ha ha! wish i was a fly on the wall. Or a drunk in the corner. You are a hoot and a half!

Ocean Girl said...


otin said...

That is one of the most creative Christmas traditions that I have ever seen! It was a very entertaining post!! I think more people should let loose like that!

Roy said...

Uh-huh! This definitely looks like one of those "only in Oz" things. Heh, heh!

jay said...

Hahaha! That does look fun, and I love the games you devised. Choc medals? Count me in, next time!

CatLadyLarew said...

I'm asking for a Brunhilda costume like that for Christmas next year. Wish I could have been there to participate in the games!

Renee said...

This looks like the most joyous Christmas I have ever seen.

You are all beautiful. All of you.

You are gorgeous, don't rip up one other picture again.

I laughed so hard at the pictures and Yemites and Pakistan har har har.

Merry Christmas darling.


Cinnamon said...

hey what fantastic fun! Lovely pics- glad you are having such a happy time!

AngelMay said...

My xmas cannot EVEN begin to compare with yours. Looks like you had quite a time. Good for you! Nice!

Baino said...

Sorry e I renamed you '3'

Megan we're just a bit silly like that

Welcome over to the madhouse Mara

Aww sorry your Christmas break is over so soon Brian. Stay warm and dry.

No wallflowers Tom, everyone has to participate although Adam's girlf refused to sing saying she wouldn't inflict that on anyone.

Lolz indeed Ocean Girl

Otin we've always had a colour theme but just went silly for the last couple of years. We do precious little as an entire family now that the kids are largely grown so it's one of the few times to actually let loose

Perhaps Roy! For once, not 'only in America' huh?

No credit to me Jay. All Clare's doing. All we had to come up with was a costume!

We could have done with some extra teammates Cat! I've since found out that two teams cheated! Ha! And stll didn't win.

Renee, my young niece got right into it. Bit of a worry actually and the younger Yemenite was pinging warheads all over the garden and the roof!

Thanks Cinnamon. Hard not to be happy after all that egg not, daiquiries, Pimms, Champagne . . you get the picture?

Angel it's a bit sacreligeous and mad but if Christmas spirit is bringing us together to have fun. It worked even if only for one day.

Pam said...

You ARE a bunch of nutters, admit it! Who'd have it any other way!Great times, great photos. Thanks for sharing them Baino.Enjoy what's left of this year, and all the best as we head into the next one!

Jill said...

What a fabulous and fun party!!!

I will have a mango daiquiri please!!!

JeffScape said...

Hah! I'm sure I'm too old at this point. ;)

Lizzie said...

Looks like everyone had a blast. Oh what it would be like to actually be a part of a party for a change! :)

Rowe said...

Excellent. Oh what fun! Great photos, too.

River said...

What a fantastic christmas! I love the reindeer handbag. My gift wrapping skills are non-existant. a large piece of paper and lots of sticky tape, that's my style.
Unfortunately on Christmas day I crunched a mini candy cane given to me the day before by one of the girls at work, and chipped largish chunks off the veneers on my front teeth. *Sigh* Back to the dentist....

nick said...

Struth, you sure know how to enjoy yourselves down under. A right little United Nations there. Did you agree on a master plan to solve all the world's problems while you were at it?

No frolicking in the garden for us, we've still got sub-zero temperatures so we're not even venturing out if we can help it.

Dot-Com said...

Oh that sounds like a ton of fun! Love the pics of the wiking helmet *smile*

Kate said...

How brilliant!!!! I think we should come to yours next year ..... it looks so much fun!!! Crazy, but fun!!!

ebony said...

! Oh my gosh! I've never heard of anything like that. Wow. You are one interesting family. I wish we were as daring. Your Christmas sounded like a really lovely party :). It's really weird, though.. how you are dancing in dresses and here it's snowing like mad... Does santa wear shorts there?

Who Is Tim Burton? said...

Hi! Baino,
Great photographs...It seems as if a great time was had by all.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Grannymar said...

That sounds like one wild day. Glad it all went well.

Ropi said...

I just checked my ideal university and it has partner institute in Sydney, Australia.

You had a nice party. I can say that the ladies in your family are very well equipped with their beauty genes. Crap, I only inherited good hair only. It won't fall according to my family.

I have been dressed only as 19th century Hungarian costume and sombrero.

Candie Bracci said...

OMG!LOL that is SO COOL!!Youy guys surely know how to party!Nice one!;)

Annie Ha said...

That Pakistani girl looks serious. I'm not messing with her!

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