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In the most recent edition, the origin of 'tree-topping tinsel t.ts' is explained.
One Christmas a long time ago Santa Claus had problems.
Four of his elves were sick so Santa got behind schedule. Then Mrs Claus told Santa that her Mum was coming to visit; this stressed Santa even more. He went to see his reindeer and found that three of them were about to give birth. More stress. Then when he began to load the sleigh he dropped the toy bag and scattered the toys.
Santa went into the house for a shot of whisky but the elves had drunk him dry.
Just then the doorbell rang and Santa cussed on his way to the door. There was a little angel with a big Christmas tree. "Merry Christmas Santa", said the angel, "Isn't it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?"
Thus began the tradition of the angel on top of the Christmas tree.
And now, a little one from the Popb.tch Old Jokes Home:
Q: What's orange and fizzy and comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Fanta Claus.