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24th and 25th December Parties and Project Management
Is your country celebrating December 24th and 25th with parties?

Could these parties be managed as a project? Or as a program?

Which development approach would you choose? Predictive or Adaptive?

If your choice was predictive, what high-level activities would you consider?

If your choice was adaptive, what stories would you include?
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Luis -

I'm not sure that there's any tradition of parties on December 24th in Canada. Usually for families with younger kids, the plan is to get them into bed early enough so that Santa will be encouraged to visit! Then, some of them might escape from bed close to midnight to try to catch Santa in the act...

December 25 is also usually a time for celebrating the holiday season with families for those who consider it a "special" day.

The predictive sub-project is usually the meal preparation - multiple courses with a fair bit of planning required. The adaptive sub-project is getting all the family members over in time from wherever they are coming from - although the movie "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" was based on Thanksgiving, the same chaos can often apply for Xmas travel!

Happy holidays!

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 25, 2019 7:31 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
The vast majority of families in Portugal usually decorate the houses with the Christmas tree, the whole house with Christmas ornaments and on the 24th they usually dine.

For Catholics, this supper occurs after the mass of the rooster
The dining tables are decorated to match the Christmas decorations.

Usually supper has a cod dish.

Cooked cod is traditional, although there are people who prepare it differently

In recent years, in some houses cod has been replaced by octopus
Gifts are placed on the Christmas tree.

At midnight the presents are opened

When there are children, one of the people dresses like Santa Claus to deliver the presents.

It is Santa Claus who distributes the presents to the children

It's a thrill

On the 25th, families gather for lunch to eat oven-roasted turkey, kid or other specialties.

Next, they usually walk their children to places where there is Christmas-related entertainment.

There are usually many candies on the 24th and 25th

To organize the decoration of the house, the acquisition and distribution of gifts and these two events (dinner and lunch), confectionery is only possible with a project or a program :-)

If we are organizing and managing these two meals for 24 people :-)

Happy holidays!
Dec 25, 2019 6:52 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

I'm not sure that there's any tradition of parties on December 24th in Canada. Usually for families with younger kids, the plan is to get them into bed early enough so that Santa will be encouraged to visit! Then, some of them might escape from bed close to midnight to try to catch Santa in the act...

December 25 is also usually a time for celebrating the holiday season with families for those who consider it a "special" day.

The predictive sub-project is usually the meal preparation - multiple courses with a fair bit of planning required. The adaptive sub-project is getting all the family members over in time from wherever they are coming from - although the movie "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" was based on Thanksgiving, the same chaos can often apply for Xmas travel!

Happy holidays!

Kiron
Dear Kiron
The vast majority of families in Portugal usually decorate the houses with the Christmas tree, the whole house with Christmas ornaments and on the 24th they usually dine.

For Catholics, this supper occurs after the mass of the rooster
The dining tables are decorated to match the Christmas decorations.

Usually supper has a cod dish.

Cooked cod is traditional, although there are people who prepare it differently

In recent years, in some houses cod has been replaced by octopus
Gifts are placed on the Christmas tree.

At midnight the presents are opened

When there are children, one of the people dresses like Santa Claus to deliver the presents.

It is Santa Claus who distributes the presents to the children

It's a thrill

On the 25th, families gather for lunch to eat oven-roasted turkey, kid or other specialties.

Next, they usually walk their children to places where there is Christmas-related entertainment.

There are usually many candies on the 24th and 25th

To organize the decoration of the house, the acquisition and distribution of gifts and these two events (dinner and lunch), confectionery is only possible with a project or a program :-)

If we are organizing and managing these two meals for 24 people :-)

Happy holidays!
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 25, 2019 3:40 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

Sounds like the traditions in Portugal are fairly similar to those in the U.S. and Canada although some of the specific dishes (e.g. cod & octopus) might be replaced with local options.

BTW, my wife and I are doing a cruise of Spain & Portugal in October 2020 - it'll be my first time visiting your beautiful country so I am very much looking forward to seeing the lovely beaches and enjoying the good food & wine!

Kiron
United States, so yes. I don't plan though, just partake :) I'm no good to answer this question to your expectations. Though, I do like to hang out, talk shop, and have a few drinks!
For the home festivities, I clean while my wife prepares, then after! Sure, there is some planning behind the scenes, but nothing worth typing.
Happy holiday's.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 26, 2019 4:04 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Dec 25, 2019 7:31 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
The vast majority of families in Portugal usually decorate the houses with the Christmas tree, the whole house with Christmas ornaments and on the 24th they usually dine.

For Catholics, this supper occurs after the mass of the rooster
The dining tables are decorated to match the Christmas decorations.

Usually supper has a cod dish.

Cooked cod is traditional, although there are people who prepare it differently

In recent years, in some houses cod has been replaced by octopus
Gifts are placed on the Christmas tree.

At midnight the presents are opened

When there are children, one of the people dresses like Santa Claus to deliver the presents.

It is Santa Claus who distributes the presents to the children

It's a thrill

On the 25th, families gather for lunch to eat oven-roasted turkey, kid or other specialties.

Next, they usually walk their children to places where there is Christmas-related entertainment.

There are usually many candies on the 24th and 25th

To organize the decoration of the house, the acquisition and distribution of gifts and these two events (dinner and lunch), confectionery is only possible with a project or a program :-)

If we are organizing and managing these two meals for 24 people :-)

Happy holidays!
Luis -

Sounds like the traditions in Portugal are fairly similar to those in the U.S. and Canada although some of the specific dishes (e.g. cod & octopus) might be replaced with local options.

BTW, my wife and I are doing a cruise of Spain & Portugal in October 2020 - it'll be my first time visiting your beautiful country so I am very much looking forward to seeing the lovely beaches and enjoying the good food & wine!

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 26, 2019 4:12 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
How many days are you scheduled to stay in Lisbon?
In October it is not too hot to go to the beaches
But you can enjoy visiting some monuments.

Portugal has a very interesting historical heritage to know
We were the pioneers of the 1st globalization :-)

Portugal was considered, for the third consecutive year as the best tourist destination in the world by the “World Travel Awards”

Good food and good wine is not lacking here :-)
Luis

In Canada, I agree with Kiron, that is what normally happens. However, in Palestine (Where I originally come from), Christmas night parties are very common and part of the tradition.

RK
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 26, 2019 4:14 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Do you follow a Palestinian or Canadian tradition?
Dec 25, 2019 2:16 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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United States, so yes. I don't plan though, just partake :) I'm no good to answer this question to your expectations. Though, I do like to hang out, talk shop, and have a few drinks!
For the home festivities, I clean while my wife prepares, then after! Sure, there is some planning behind the scenes, but nothing worth typing.
Happy holiday's.
Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Dec 25, 2019 3:40 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

Sounds like the traditions in Portugal are fairly similar to those in the U.S. and Canada although some of the specific dishes (e.g. cod & octopus) might be replaced with local options.

BTW, my wife and I are doing a cruise of Spain & Portugal in October 2020 - it'll be my first time visiting your beautiful country so I am very much looking forward to seeing the lovely beaches and enjoying the good food & wine!

Kiron
Dear Kiron
How many days are you scheduled to stay in Lisbon?
In October it is not too hot to go to the beaches
But you can enjoy visiting some monuments.

Portugal has a very interesting historical heritage to know
We were the pioneers of the 1st globalization :-)

Portugal was considered, for the third consecutive year as the best tourist destination in the world by the “World Travel Awards”

Good food and good wine is not lacking here :-)
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 26, 2019 9:53 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

unfortunately, like most cruises, our stay in any one port is fairly short. We will be in Lisbon for a full day (7 AM - 4 PM) so our focus is likely to be on getting as much of a sense as to what the city is like in that short time frame so that we can plan a follow-up visit.

I've had some exposure to Portuguese culture from my visits to Goa (India) which used to be a colony of Portugal and still somewhat reflects that heritage but I am looking forward to enjoying the "real deal".

Kiron
Dec 25, 2019 4:08 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Luis

In Canada, I agree with Kiron, that is what normally happens. However, in Palestine (Where I originally come from), Christmas night parties are very common and part of the tradition.

RK
Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.
Do you follow a Palestinian or Canadian tradition?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 26, 2019 3:22 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Luis

A mix of both I guess, sometimes we celebrate home, other time we go out.

RK
Dec 26, 2019 4:12 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
How many days are you scheduled to stay in Lisbon?
In October it is not too hot to go to the beaches
But you can enjoy visiting some monuments.

Portugal has a very interesting historical heritage to know
We were the pioneers of the 1st globalization :-)

Portugal was considered, for the third consecutive year as the best tourist destination in the world by the “World Travel Awards”

Good food and good wine is not lacking here :-)
Luis -

unfortunately, like most cruises, our stay in any one port is fairly short. We will be in Lisbon for a full day (7 AM - 4 PM) so our focus is likely to be on getting as much of a sense as to what the city is like in that short time frame so that we can plan a follow-up visit.

I've had some exposure to Portuguese culture from my visits to Goa (India) which used to be a colony of Portugal and still somewhat reflects that heritage but I am looking forward to enjoying the "real deal".

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Dec 26, 2019 10:25 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
All I can do is wish you an excellent cruise and, as far as possible, enjoy Portuguese cuisine on the day you are here
Dec 26, 2019 9:53 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
...
Luis -

unfortunately, like most cruises, our stay in any one port is fairly short. We will be in Lisbon for a full day (7 AM - 4 PM) so our focus is likely to be on getting as much of a sense as to what the city is like in that short time frame so that we can plan a follow-up visit.

I've had some exposure to Portuguese culture from my visits to Goa (India) which used to be a colony of Portugal and still somewhat reflects that heritage but I am looking forward to enjoying the "real deal".

Kiron
Dear Kiron
All I can do is wish you an excellent cruise and, as far as possible, enjoy Portuguese cuisine on the day you are here
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