Gentlemen (and Ladies) of the Corps A Merry Christmas!

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  1. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for 2007*

    Keep safe wherever you are.

    :) Fatbadge

    *terms and conditions apply
    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for a socially responsible, minimum stress, non-addictive, environmentally conscious, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday (for the northern hemisphere), practiced within the traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all...
    Also a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make England the great country it is today (not to imply that England is necessarily greater than any other country), and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, beer preference, choice of computer platform, or sexual proclivity of the wishes.

    Terms and Conditions
    By accepting this greeting, you are accepting the attached terms and conditions.
    This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting, It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, Is void where prohibited by law, Is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher, This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, Warranty shall be limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

    :wink: Just to keep it PC, loike...
  2. hear hear merry christmas all
  3. Aye,

    Merry Christmas and seasons greetings to you all!

    Especially the geezers in Iraqistan and their families.

  4. Writing you're christmas cards must be very time consuming. :p

    Merry Christmas everyone!
  6. What a good idea for a thread!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of those ex and still serving members of the Corp!

  7. Merry Christmas to the Corps!
  8. Health, Wealth & Happiness to all ROYAL ENGINEERS past & present from not so sunny Basra.

    Hurrah :D :D :D :D
  9. Yes ! A very merry Christmas and Healthy New Year from an ancient Normandy Sapper.
  10. A very FESTIVE and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all past, present and future SAPPERS.

    Especially those oversea's at this time (That includes AKTTE :D )

    HOLDFAST :santa:

  11. Best wishes to all who contribute and moderate the Sapper forum on ARRSE, and particularly those such as Knocker, who are not at home with their families at this time of year. We are all thinking of you, and wish you a safe return home.

    Hurrah for the Corps of Royal Engineers.




  13. A Soldier's Christmas

    Twas the night before Christmas,
    He lived all alone,
    in a one bedroomed house made of plaster and stone.

    I had come down the chimney
    with presents to give,
    And to see just who in this home did live.

    I looked all about,
    a strange sight I did see,
    No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

    No stocking by mantle,
    Just boots filled with sand,
    on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

    With medals and badges,
    Awards of all kinds,
    a sober thought then came through my mind.

    For this house was different,
    it was dark and dreary;
    I found the home of a soldier, that once I could see clearly.

    The soldier lay sleeping,
    silent, alone,
    curled up on the floor of this one bedroomed home.

    The face was so gentle,
    the room in disorder,
    Not how I pictured my thoughts of a soldier.

    Was this the war hero
    of whom I'd just read?
    Curled! Up on a poncho, the floor for his bed?

    I realized the families
    that I saw tonight,
    owed their lives to these soldiers, who were willing to fight.

    Soon round the world,
    the children would play,
    and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

    They all enjoyed freedom
    each month of the year,
    Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

    I couldn't help wonder
    how many lay alone,
    on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.

    The thought of it
    brought a tear to my eye,
    I dropped to my knees, and I started to cry.

    The soldier awakened
    and I heard a rough voice,
    " Santa don't cry, this life is my choice”

    I fight for freedom;
    I don't ask for more,
    my life is my god, my country, my corps."

    The soldier rolled over
    and drifted to sleep,
    I couldn't control it, and continued to weep.

    I kept watch for hours,
    so silent and still
    and then we both shivered, from the cold night's chill.

    I didn't want to leave
    on that cold, dark, night,
    this guardian of honour, so willing to fight.

    Then the soldier rolled over,
    with a voice soft and pure,
    Whispered, "carry on Santa, it's Christmas day, and all is secure."

    One look at my watch,
    and I knew he was right.
    " Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."

    With Best Christmas & New Year Wishes to all members of the Corps at home or abroad. Keep up the excellent work that you are doing and may you all return safe and sound to your families.

    REgards & REspect

    Ex Sgt Paddy Craig
  14. Best wishes to all!!

    Knocker- Does that mean you are doing some work now? Have a good one mate, best wishes.
  15. none of that poxy wet american Tosh..... this is a Sappers christmas...

    Twas the night before chrimbo
    and all through the blocks
    the only sound audible
    was the tugging of cocks

    If you're on ops, head down be safe,

    if you're on guard.... stag on :D

    merry Xmas.