Access Careers Christmas
On behalf of our entire ACSI/TMI team we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
 All the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 

Well it's hard to believe that Christmas is only around the corner. As many of you know I have been baking up a storm for over 25 years for the whole month of December. As everyone is watching their waist lines - and there are so many other temptations at this time of year I have decided to make a donation to the Hospital Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in lieu of baking. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!  Thank you for all of your support.  

Linda Ford, President





2011 Hot Christmas Gifts    


Number 10 - Xbox 360 with Kinect

You are the controller!   A brilliant gift for the entire family or just your game lover of a friend or relative!

 Number 9 - 3D LCD/LED Televisions

 Normal television viewing on big LCD/LED television is good and all, but there's just something extraordinarily mesmerizing about 3D when it throws the football right at your face during your favorite game or takes the movie watching experience to an all new high with all the action happening as if you were right in the middle of it.


Number 8 - Apple iPad 2
PCs and laptops are soon becoming things of the past. It's the new generation of Tablet computing: the generation of Apple iPad. Loaded with extraordinary features, the new Apple iPad is smart computing right in your hands: thinner, lighter, and full of ideas.

Number 7 - Espresso Coffee Machine
Gift an espresso coffee machine from a reputed brand to your near and dear ones and allow them them to savor every sip of that freshly brewed coffee without giving up on the excellent taste and quality and without having to run to Starbucks every time there's a craving.
Number 6 - Sports/Concert Tickets

All will agree that the hectic schedule of festivity before and after Christmas can take a lot out of us. At this time, many of us wish to get away to spend some time doing things we love all year round (festivity or no festivity). By gifting tickets of a sports event or concert that's in town, It's a gift whose memory will be cherished for a long time to come.

  Number 5 - Golf Clubs

Yes, a set of golf clubs can make for the loveliest and most adored gift to your golfing father or uncle.

Number 4 - Clothes
 Doesn't matter what month or season of the year it is, clothes are one of the most loved gifts to give and receive. You can either choose to take your loved one shopping or shop on your own and bring home the clothes neatly wrapped up as gifts.

Number 3 - Foot Massager
The gift number 3 will have the users release a sigh of relief and bless you every time they put their feet on it. Foot massagers from numerous brands are gaining a huge fan base among the gifting community.  Just put your foot down for this gift and let the feet of your near and dear ones be smoothened.

Number 2 - Pet
 If you have someone in the family or friends who's an animal lover and a caretaker by heart, a pet will make up as the best gift that they could've ever gotten. Added joy to the spirit of Christmas season!

Number 1 - Amazon Kindle
Whether you're looking for a gift for your mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, your favorite aunt, or a friend who loves to read; Amazon Rekindle is the thing for you that is sure to rekindle the spirit of reading in them. It can store up to 3500 eBooks and will please both casual and avid readers alike. 
How to Say Merry Christmas in a Different Languages

1. Arabic - I'd Milad Said Oua Sana Saida


2. Brazilian - Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo    


 3. Croatian - Sretan Bozic     


4. Danish - Ględelig Jul


5. English - Merry Christmas


6. French - Joyeux Noel


7. German - Froehliche Weihnachten


8. Greek - Kala Christouyenna!


9. Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka


10 . Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova


11. Hindi - Shub Naya Baras


12. Hungarian - Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket


13. Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit


14. Italian - Buone Feste Natalizie


15. Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto


16. Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha


17. Mandarin- Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan    

 18. Portuguese - Boas Festas
19. Slovakian - Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

 20. Spanish - Feliz Navidad




Fun Hoilday Facts



The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs. The modern New Year's ball is made of Waterford crystal, covered with 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe lights, and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.


Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

Silent Night was written in 1818, by an Austrian priest Joseph Mohr


In 1834, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal family.

The first American mention of a Christmas tree was in 1747, and, strictly speaking, it wasn't a tree at all but a wooden pyramid covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with apples. Once the tree idea caught on, it grew by leaps and bounds. More than 34 to 36 million Christmas trees are now produced each year. The industry employs over 100,000 people, and over 1 million acres of land have been planted with Christmas trees. 

Chocolate Candy Cane Bark



1 pound chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 pound chopped white chocolate

8 drops peppermint oil

 3/4 cup chopped candy canes


Line an 11 x 17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Adjust amounts for different sized cookie sheets. Set aside.

Melt bittersweet chocolate in a heavy pot on low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in 4 drops peppermint oil or more to taste.

Spread chocolate evenly onto the prepared pan. Chill until set, about 1 hour.

Melt white chocolate in a heavy pot on low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining four drops of peppermint oil, then add candy canes.

Spread white chocolate mixture over chilled dark chocolate, spreading to the edge of the pan. Chill until set. Break into pieces and serve

Networking Strategies for the Holidays

Holiday parties mean much more than free food and fun. They also can bring entrepreneurs a host of new opportunities to network and build relationships.

Most people think of networking only through the traditional venues, whether chamber of commerce events, business contact referral groups, or online sites such as LinkedIn. But holiday parties, including professional and industry social events where you can network with people outside your business, can be an even better time to introduce yourself to a new contact or share a friendly conversation with someone you already know.

To make the most of holiday party networking, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Be prepared. Try to learn in advance the names of people you will likely chat with, their jobs and their recent accomplishments. You will need to do a little homework, perhaps a Google search and a look at their LinkedIn or Facebook pages. Use the information you glean to break the ice.  
  • Ask good questions. From the CEO to intern level, people love to talk about themselves. Here are some suggested conversation starters: How did you get started? What were some of the challenges with. . . ? Have you read any good books lately? My favorite is: How can I help you?
  • Have a "teaser" topic ready. Approaching the end of the year, every business executive is thinking about how to increase profits and performance in the new year. Have an idea ready that describes the steps you'd take to improve your networking contact's business. Make this research part of the homework you do ahead of time. But don't give away the goose; save the details for a later conversation.
  • Don't have more than a couple of drinks. It's a party, but you don't want to smell of liquor or be too relaxed when you approach people you want to connect with. Impressions count. Make the right one.
  • Be confident of your value. Introducing yourself to an executive can be an intimidating experience, so give yourself a pep talk before the party. Make a list of your accomplishments over the past year and figure out how you might weave them into conversations. Once you've got that down, you should feel good about yourself.
  • Use the introduction to segue to a future meeting. You don't want to end your chat at the party. The endgame here is to open the door for a follow-up meeting one-to-one. But remember that a party is a social gathering, so keep it natural and leave them intrigued.  
  • Honor the event. This is really important. Make sure that when networking at a holiday party -- or any nontraditional networking event for that matter -- you don't treat it like a business mixer. Show finesse. Yes, it is a great networking opportunity, but if you overtly sell, you may turn people off. After all, it is a holiday.


A Dozen Rules for Regifters



1. Don't mention it to the person you are giving the gift to that it is a regift.  


2. Do update the wrapping, especially if it is torn or crinkled


3. Don't give hand-me-downs as regifts. Hand-me-down is an item you've already used that you'd like to pass along to someone who will enjoy it and use it more than you will.


4. Do keep track of who gave it to you first, you wouldn't want to give away a gift to the person who had originally bought it for you - very embarrassing.


5. Certain items are a total, dead, instant giveaway that you not only are regifting, but you're also too lame to put any effort into it: candles, soap, random books, mysterious CDs, obscure software, cheesy jewelry, scarves, fruitcake, pens, cologne, boxed sets of extinct bath products, videos or DVDs


6. Do have the courtesy to clean your regifts. Some hand-me-downs can be passed off as regifts if the packaging is intact, like the wine glasses you've belatedly decided to share with a loved one.


7. Don't give partially used gift cards, don't give a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble that has $14.56 left on it.


8. Do remember that regifts can be funny. If you think a friend would get a good laugh out of, say, a regifted self-help book, go for it -- as long as you make the prank clear.


9. Don't give something you've owned for a while. Not only is this in violation of the hand-me-down rule above, the giftee can and will recognize that picture frame from your living room shelf.


10. Do regift champagne. There are never hard feelings from regifting a bottle of bubbly, unless it's really cheap or given to a confirmed teetotaler. Eventually it will find a happy, champagne-guzzling home.


11. Don't give products from defunct companies. If you give lovely crystal decanter from a department store that no longer exists. The decanter is a classic. It will be just a little depressing to think it had been in someone's closet for that long.


12. Do sell your gifts on eBay. Rather than regift, sell unwanted presents on eBay and use the proceeds to buy real gifts.

Tips for Avoiding Holiday

Over - Indulgence  

1. Don't arrive on an empty stomach

2. Offer to bring a healthy dish.   

3. Avoid excess alcohol and snacks

4. Select small portions 

5. Eat slowly  

6. Leave the table when you are finished





Santa Claus Poem


S stands for stockings we hang up so high.
A is for all we get if we don't cry.
N is for nobody he will pass by.
T is for to-morrow, the day we eat pie.
A stands for at last old Santa is nigh. 


C for the children who love him so well.
L for the little girl, his name she can spell.
A stands for apples so rosy and red.
U is for us as we wait for his sled.
S stands for Santa Claus, who comes in the night when we are tucked up in bed with our eyes closed so tight


Whats Going On Around Town in December 


2011 Holiday Carriage Ride Program
The BDDC is proud to present Caledon Horse & Carriage for the Annual Carriage Ride program Horse and Carriageduringthe 2011 Holiday Season.  Come Downtown (Diplock Lane & George St) and enjoy a carriage ride and travel through historic Downtown Brampton.  Tour the picturesque heritage attractions of Downtown Brampton by horse-drawn carriage and tour restaurants, art galleries, shops, as well as Gage Park and the Rose Theatre.  Enjoy the beautiful outdoor experience of Downtown Brampton. 


The Rose Theatre Presents ... A Christmas Carol - The Musical 

December 15-18th

Complete with falling snow, exuberant dances, flying ghosts and the streets of Dickensian London, A Christmas Carol is brimming with emotional power and pure joy. A marvellously-told story set with beautiful melodies and touching lyrics, this spectacular musical ran for ten years at Madison Square Garden and the show's original song "A Place Called Home" has become a holiday standard.

This Charles Dickens classic has the full Broadway treatment by the team of Alan Menken Lynn Ahrens and Mike Okrent



City of Vaughan Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Celebration of Chanukah  

Tuesday, December 20,2011 at  3:30 p.m.

Vaughan City Hall

Mayor and Members of Council invite you to the City of Vaughan Menorah Lighting Ceremony in celebration of Chanukah at Vaughan City Hall.  

The celebration will include entertainment and traditional treats.


Vaughan Chamber of Commerce 
12/16/2011  - 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

Vaughan Chamber  Annual Holiday Open House

Good cheer, good fun and good times at the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Open House! It's an enjoyable afternoon of networking, refreshments and holiday cheer spent with your friends and colleagues in the business community!
They ask that all guests bring an unperishable food donation and/or a new, unwrapped toy to support the Vaughan Food Bank and those in need.


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