No jokes about why the reindeer are smiling but hopefully this brings a smile to your face as we bring some xmas joy to the last email of the year and the last email in this format.  Next year will be a new look web page and newsletters with plenty of searchable function.  This is the last of the long scrolling list of information.  Maybe that is why the reindeer are smiling.

Snowball  ~Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first – it wet the bed!

The year started with us describing 2013 as being the year of the “belligerent resident” where ‘the people would fight back’.  We know many who did this and stuck to their guns, held out and were successful in their endeavors to take control of their lives; the Quake Outcasts case being one of those resident groups.  Obviously this sort of fight does take its toll on health and families and we applaud all of you who have endured and continue to endure the difficulties of being “stuck” by earthquake issues.

A big, ‘you’re fabulous’ has to go specifically to those other community leaders who work so hard for so many people – you know who you are.

Q: What would you get if you crossed Groundhog Day with a Christmas drink?
A: Ground Nog Day!

In summary, unfortunately, for us this past 365 days has ended up being a bit of a ground hog year.   We were forced to re-run well trodden territory by repeating to agencies that they were missing “the people”.  They were not serving the “stuck people” but were serving their own views or lost in servicing everyone, everywhere at all times and therefore stretched too thin to see… “the stuck people”.


So to all the people out there who are living in tough conditions in the red zone, the flood zone, the class zone aka Port Hills, in broken homes, in someone else’s home, a rental or no home – the ‘stuck’ people; we say you are awesome.  In the face of incredible adversity, we believe you are amazingly patient with some very stupid systems and some very wrong ways of doing things.

Ten Things To Say About A Gift You Don’t Like

10. Hey! There’s a gift!
9. Well, well, well …
8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would’ve fit.
7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement.
6. Gosh. I hope this never catches fire! It is fire season though. There are lots of unexplained fires.
5. If the dog buries it, I’ll be furious!
4. I love it — but I fear the jealousy it will inspire.
3. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.
2. To think — I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity.

           And the Number One Thing to say about a Christmas gift you don’t like
1. “I really don’t deserve this.”

We  give heaps of thanks to all who have helped us again this year, including the people who “get it” even though they  work for some of those ‘stupid systems’.  We of course  would love to thank our courageous membership who haven’t given up on us, our very kind funders – Todd Foundation, Tindall Foundation and Hugh Green who continue to believe in us and everyone else who has supported us with time, resources or funds.

Merry Christmas people and here’s to better work stories next year!

The CanCERN Team