Christmas

Catholics light second candle of Advent

In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas.

At the St Joseph Parish in Port Moresby, Father Paul explained that the first candle that was lit last Sunday represents Hope in Christ.

It is to remind Catholic faithful of Jesus Christ, the saviour born a king in the line of King David and the belief that he will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to mankind.

The second candle lit today was the candle of peace.

NCD Christmas night programs to continue

The backlash follows experience from previous years where opportunists made the area unsafe for residents during such events.

Parkop, when questioned about residents’ safety, gave his assurance that authorities are doing more than enough to make such night events as safe as possible.

He said no mayor or governor of any city can guarantee absolute safety for their people; authorities can only give assurance that they will do their best by putting security mechanisms in place.

Trukai brings festive cheer with major Roots Rice drop

Despite experiencing the same tough economic conditions as other local companies in what has been a tough year for PNG business, Trukai has again prioritised the needs of its customers and wants to help stretch small family budgets in need of a boost at Christmas time.

So the rice favourite has implemented a price drop of 14 per cent to help offset the inevitable extra costs associated with the Christmas season.

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The Christmas Story

Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.' Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant.

Origination of the Christmas Candy Canes

A story says that a choirmaster, in 1670, was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. So he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! As he wanted to remind them of Christmas, he made them into a 'J' shape like a shepherds crook, to remind them of the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus at the first christmas. However, the earliest records of 'candy canes' comes from over 200 years later, so the story, although rather nice, probably isn't true!

VC manual checks will continue: Security

It’s no different, or even worse, for those trying to do Christmas shopping at bigger shops like the Vision City megamall.

Customers have complained on the congested traffic flow into the mall as a direct result of these checks, manually scanning three people at a time.

Some have called on the management for alternative options to ease the flow of traffic, especially during this peak period.

But the mall’s security will not ease off for the wellbeing of their customers, according to the security manager, Sevanaia Koroi.

The 10 worst Christmas songs of all time

We all have our favourite Christmas songs, from Mariah Carey to the one where the lady is on a drip.

But Christmas also inflicts on the listening public an annual barrage of aural abominations that could make Frosty the Snowman take a sauna. They're appalling, but Christmas wouldn't be the same without them.

Here are the definitive Ten Worst Christmas Songs of All Time.

Aussie Jingle Bells

Hitting the road to avoid high airfares

The father, Julias Maputuna, from Goodenough Island, is taking his family home for the first time for Christmas after living in Moresby for 17 years.

Their journey started this morning at Boroko where they got on a PMV to Kupiano in Central Province.

From Kupiano, they will travel by dinghy to Mailu Island in Central, which is about 121km from Alotau Town.

They plan to spend a night on the island before heading out to Five Bay in Suau, MBP, by dinghy.