Welcome to our first Christmas Energy Talk Online Newsletter. The Christmas season is here and so are the holidays. This joyous and blissful festival reminds you of the beautiful moments and happy memories celebrated in the past, giving you another chance to relive them and create new ones.

In this month's spotlight interview we would like to introduce Simon Thorpe from Business Review Webinars. Simon is providing thoughts on his role as Head of Sales and Operations for our Energy department.

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I am originally from the Czech Republic and we have different Christmas traditions to the UK. In Czech, we primarily celebrate Christmas day on 24th of December rather than the 25th.

According to tradition, gifts are brought by Ježíšek, or "baby Jesus". Fish soup and breaded roasted carp with special homemade potato salad are a traditional dish for the dinner. The gifts are surreptitiously placed under the Christmas tree (usually a spruce or pine), just before or during dinner. Children have to wait for the ringing of a Christmas bell (one of the decorations on the Christmas tree) - the sign that Ježíšek (little Jesus) has just passed by - to run for the presents. That happens at the end of their Christmas dinner. There is a rich tradition of hard baked Christmas sweets (Cukroví).

Other Czech and Slovak Christmas traditions involve predictions for the future. Apples are always cut crosswise: if a perfect star appears in the core, the next year will be successful, a distorted star means a bad year or illness, while a cross may suggest death. Girls throw shoes over their shoulders - if the toe points to the door, the girl will get married soon. Another tradition requires pouring some molten lead into water and guessing a message from its shapes.

Our main Christmas eve dinner dish is carp. Purchasing your Christmas carp is a very simple task. All it takes is waiting 1 week or couple of days before Christmas, where those who have not witnessed it yet will notice fishermen selling live carp on many street corners all around towns and villages. Regardless of whether you wish to feed your entire house or just yourself, the fishermen will offer you just what you need.

Some Czechs prefer to buy the fish and keep it in their bath until Christmas eve, while others leave the job to the fishermen to gut the Carp. What you are left with, is the fish, usually without its head and ready to serve to your hungry family. Make sure that you do not forget to keep a Carp scale in your wallet, as a scale from a Christmas carp is believed to bring good fortune for the upcoming year.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we are looking forward to seeing you at our future webinars.

Warmest Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 from all our team at Business Review Webinars,

Aneta Manningtonova
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