Christmas - 2016

How to be a good friend this Christmas, by a Samaritans volunteer

But the reality for many people is nothing like this - and you might find your friends turning to you for help.

"For a lot of our callers, every day is a struggle, but Christmas can be more of a struggle than usual," says Samaritans volunteer Nadine Barr.

Here's how she recommends you support the people you love.


Samaritans takes over 5.4 million calls every year, and Nadine says bereavement, loneliness and money are all common problems for people at this time of year.

Citizens step in to gift unfortunate children

Sisters with the Missionaries of Charities (MC) had weight lifted off their shoulders when generous citizens stepped in to gift at least 80 children today.

The “dare to share” initiative, by Vision City megamall management, arranged for tenants and genuine customers to share their Christmas blessings.

This first-of-its-kind event saw entertainment by talents from the Vocal Fusion show and then gifts were presented to each child.

Santa Claus is already in town!

And no he is not resting somewhere to make a secret visit at night.

Have you been to any big shops near you lately?

Because with shops picking up on the busy mode, the man dressed in red with the long white beard is sure to be nearby.

Make this Christmas a memorable one.

Bring your child for a Santa treat; sit on his lap and take a picture with him!

Loop PNG met Santa this morning at Brian Bell.

Have you spotted him yet?



Beyoncé, Kris Jenner and more reveal glamorous holiday decor

Several A-list stars have taken to social media to show off their holiday decor.

Beyoncé posted a video montage on Instagram, complete with a pink tree just for her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Kris Jenner brought fans into her Calabasas mansion and debuted a giant Christmas tree with over-the-top trimmings. Who knew you could get nutcrackers that big? Jenner's eldest daughter, Kourtney Kardashian posted three videos revealing that each of her children had their very own tree.

How White House staff pranked President Obama with snowmen

"There's a whole kind of Chucky element to them. They're a little creepy," he told People Magazine.

When First Lady Michelle joked about putting one in their bedroom Mr Obama said he would move out if he saw one there.

But that didn't stop White House staff having a go at scaring him.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza explained the prank on his Instagram page.

Stay safe this Christmas!

How to Stay Safe at Christmas

It’s the holidays, folks!

That most wonderful time of the year when 32 million families across the nation resurrect ornaments, twinkle lights and motorised Santas from garages and basements, and get ready to tackle that favourite December pastime: Decorating.

Any plans this Christmas?

Here’s a few events that have been mentioned more than once by many Papua New Guineans.

For a good family time:

Lamana Hotel:

LAMANA CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET Sunday 25th December 12pm-3pm

Bill Gates was her secret Santa, and it was as awesome as you'd think

A Reddit user named Aerrix says the world's richest man -- worth a cool $75 billion, in case you've forgotten -- sent her gifts last week through Reddit's Secret Santa Gift exchange.

It was Christmas party time for the Digicel family

For bigger groups, it brings everybody around the table.

For Digicel PNG staff in Port Moresby, the mood set in early, bringing everyone around the stage yesterday.

The company threw an early Christmas party at its headquarters, ending their Friday on a jolly note.

Staff entertained each other with items, and a treasure hunt looking for Digicel’s Secret Santa.

There were gifts for winners and food for the rest.