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26 December 2001
Well it's all past now and we at Caithness.org hope you have all enjoyed the holiday and seen all the family and been in touch with everyone you wanted to see or talk to.  But remember its never too late to phone or send an email.  And now on to New Year.  This is Scotland after all and half the party is yet to come.

Looking for things To Do At Christmas
Try These Links
Stressbusters -
all sorts of games and jokes
Christmas Jokes

Silly Girl

Christmas Crossword

Santa Talks First On Caithness.org 15 December 2001
Santa Interview (Windows Media 328k) (28kbs)
Reindeer Keeper Interview (Windows Media 188k)

Santa & His Reindeer Came To Wick 15 December2001
Lots of families out today with children to see Santa and a set of Reindeer from the Aviemore herd.  These reindeer are the only ones in Scotland and only a few of the quite large herd kept at the reindeer centre.



Police Christmas Drink Driving Campaign 10 December
Northern Constabulary launch there latest campaign determined to crack down on young male drivers who make up a high percentage of alcohol related driving offences  - often leading to serious accidents and deaths.  The message is Leave the Car if heading out to drink.

Ormlie Estate's First Christmas Tree 9 December
Ormlie is to have its first community Christmas tree this year.  The tree lights will be switched on on Saturday 15 November 2001 at 5.30 pm at the new Ormlie Centre, beside Marr Terrace. (Surestart building).  Mr Leslie MacLean, LRM  Services, kindly donated the tree and even sent his men up to Ormlie to erect it.  The Highland Council Street Lighting team also gave their assistance by providing an electrical socket outside the new Ormlie Centre.
Music will be provided by Iain Sinclair and friends and Mr Hugh McPhee, Lord Thurso Court has kindly offered to play the pipes .  The young children from the Ormlie Playgroup will also be involved in the entertainment by providing some seasonal songs!
We hope lots of people will turn up to this event as its the first of its kind on the estate.

Santa's Grotto - Thurso 8 December

Santa's Grotto In Thurso 8 December
Saturday 8 December
The grotto from the Beyond 2000 group gets going and will be on until 23 December.
Saturdays and Sundays 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Mon - Fri  6.00 - 8.00pm

Christmas Parties 8 December
A Caithness dialect Poem by Jenny Stewart

Castletown Lights Up 5 December
Castletown expected to have 20 lights around the town for Christmas but ended up with 60 due to the fantastic response from donors..  Retired Teacher and some pupil from primary four helped to switch on the lights.  So why not take a drive to Castletown one evening to see them and stop off for Christmas meal at the hotel or Highlander restaurant.

Best Dressed Windows Winners 2 December

More Thurso Fayre 2 December

Ai Christmas Stocking 2 December
Another in Caithness dialect from W T Lyall who was in action again on drums at the Wick Pipe Band Coffee morning on Saturday.

Jazzing Up Christmas 2 December
Some Jazz kept things lively at the Christmas Lights Switch On In Thurso



Gala Queen & Attendant Switch On Lights 2 December
Councillor Roger Saxon did the announcements (A microphone would be a good idea in future) whilst the Gala Queen got ready to throw the switch to put the lights on throughout the town and the Christmas Tree


Children In Ormlie Get Special Treat 2 December
Due to a very generous donation the children in Ormlie, Thurso will have a special Christmas treat to Wick to see Santa and his 6 reindeer on 15 December 2001.  On their return to Ormlie there is to be another special treat - ie the first Community Christmas tree on the estate. 

Ormlie Gets First Christmas Tree 2 December
A big thank you must go to Leslie MacLean, LMR who will be donating the 10' tree, whilst the Highland Council Street Lighting team, (Robbie Gunn and the boys) have been a tremendous help by supplying an outside socket to the new Community building on the estate.  A big thank you to everybody for supporting the Ormlie project.

Near The Tree, Thurso 2 December
The small crowd gathered to see Santa and the Gala Queen switch on the lights at the tree and round the town were lucky that the rain had gone away and the evening turned out to be quite pleasant as the sky cleared.

Harry Potter theme At Buttresses 2 December
Saturday saw the crowds out in Thurso and the Harry Potter crew in Buttresses certainly were going all out by the afternooon.  Maybe they had cast a few spells of their own as their was a constant flow of shoppers getting out early for Christmas shopping.

Tree Lit Up In Thurso 1 December
A very wet day but it stopped raining for long enough to get things under way



Thurso Christmas Fayre 1 December

Pipe Band Coffee Morning Festive Style 1 December

Hit Santa For What Was Happening At Christmas

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16 November 2001
Castletown Kids Send Presents To Eastern Europe

15 November 2001
Santa And Real Reindeer Coming to Wick

Kids in Caithness' event on Saturday 15 December 2001
when Santa and his six reindeer will trot through the main street of Wick before finishing at the Market Square. 
Santa and his six reindeer will begin their journey to the Market Square at the Co-op, down the Station Road, onto Bridge Street before entering the Market Square at approximately 3.00 pm.
we will pen them in the Market Square where the children can sit in Santa's sleigh and get their photo taken.
As a special treat we have organised a raffle for two lucky children (5 - 10 years) to ride through the street in the sleigh with Santa.    Raffle application forms are available either at Reids the Chemist, The Wool Shop or at The Wick Project Office.  The raffle will be drawn just before the switch on of the Christmas lights at 4.00 pm on 24 November 2001.  See The Reindeer   More Reindeer Links

Get your events for the Christmas Season noticed by sending details for the Caithness.org Christmas Pages.  Just email details of your play, party, musical event, Religious events services and any other event planned for the festive season.
Send it all to bill@caithness.org for inclusion.

Why not send in your Party photos for the web site.  Let us know about your party and we might turn up to take pictures for FREE.

AI Festive Season  - In Caithness Dialect 30 November
W T Lyall this time in Caithness dialect -
Ai festive season's here again
Thank goodness chuist wance a year,
A time for ye till enjoy yursel'
Hard drink, rich food, good cheer.
.........The whole poem

Norad Santa Starts 1 December
NORAD tracks Santa every Christmas eve, following his trek around the world for children everywhere
Three Million people hit this web site on Christmas Eve last year to find out about Santa's progress around the globe.
Go and have a look.  You will need some bits and pieces like Real Player to get the best from it but its free and can be downloaded via the site.

Wicks Lights Switch On & Fun Day 24 November