Santas Guest

Santa's Guest is actually a group of people who kindly share their memories and ideas but choose not to register and give us their name. We like to think all of these people are cheery, believe in the magic of Christmas, and have a generous spirirt.

I saw santa!

Santa's sleigh and reindeer in lightsBack in the day when I was say 5 or 6 years old, I saw Santa on Christmas day.

I remember we stayed on the ground floor of a big apartment and we had a fake fireplace. I wondered how Santa got in to bring us our presents. Then I sat at the window thinking he is magic, he can do anything and he has brought me awesome presents today!

Right then I looked into the sky and say the him and the reindeer flying across the horizon and I just felt all warm inside. Now that I am older I know more, but I still swear that is what I saw.

The night before Christmas – for aviation people…

Sorry, I don’t know the original source of this but as someone works with planes, this made me laugh!

I hope others enjoy it too – Merry Christmas!

The night before Christmas (aviation style)

Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,

Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. 

The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,
In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,

While peak gusts from three two zero reached 39 knots.
I sank behind the fuel desk, now finally caught up,

And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When over the radio there arose such a clatter,

I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,

Asked for clearance to land at the airport below.

Santa in a blue Christmas plane

He barked out his transmission so lively and quick,

I could have sworn that the call sign he used was “St. Nick”.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Sure that it was only Horizon’s late Dash.

Then he called his position, and there could be no denial,

“This is St. Nicholas One and I’m turning on final.”
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

A Rutan sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer.

Cleared for the ILS, down the glideslope he came,

As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
“Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!

On Comet! On Cupid!” What pills was he takin’?

Those last couple of fixes left the controllers confused,

They called down to the office to give me the news.
The message they left was both urgent and dour:

“When Santa lands, have him please call the tower?”

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,

Then I heard “Exit at Charlie,” and “Taxi to parking.”

He slowed to a taxi and exited Three-Two,

As he came down the taxiway the sleighbells’ jingle grew.

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I had run out to him with my best set of chocks.

He was dressed all in fur, which was covered with frost
And his beard was all blackened from Rotax Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn’t inhale.

His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,

His boots were as black as a cropduster’s belly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old fool,

And he kindly informed me that he needed some fuel.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his toes,

Let me know he was desperate to powder his nose.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,

And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom with a sigh of relief,

And then picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,

That with Rudolph, he could land in an eighth-mile fog.
Next, he completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,

Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, “Clear!”

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,

He called up the tower for his clearance and squawk.
“After departure fly heading three two zero,” the tower called forth,
“And watch for a Luscombe inbound from the North.”

Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night,

“Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.”  

Santa in sleigh pulled by 6 boomers1

 

* Images courtesy of Love Santa and 123rf

Putting up the tree

On the first of December, my 3 siblings, mum and dad and I put up the Christmas tree, we spent about an hour together, watching the kids’ laugh and feel the magic of Christmas.

Each decoration that Mum handed the little 2 they would ask her “Is this mine”?

three children decorating a Christmas tree at home

They are taking Christmas tree decorating seriously – it’s lovely to see children working together.

After the tree was up, my oldest younger sister and I were mucking about, and joked that the kids were the same size as their stocking’ so we put the little two ones into them and they were walking around the place in theses big red stockings nearly their height.

Probably the most fun we have all had in a while 🙂 Can’t wait for next year!!

Gumnut wreaths – craft for kids

Red and gold glitter on gumnuts and gum leave wreath

Red and gold glitter on gumnuts and gum leaves – a beautiful Christmas display!

 

I just had to share this craft idea! Being so Australian I thought it would fit beautifully on this site, too!

 

I helped at my children’s kinder the other day and all the children were busily making some Christmas wreaths, and loving it. I was impressed with the great results but also that they were so very Aussie, well within the children’s abilities and also so much fun to make.

Although be warned if you try this at home because it took me ages to vacuum up all the glitter afterwards!

 

 

Making gumnut wreaths

I didn’t see this bit, but the kids were given cardboard rings which they stuck together, with a loop of ribbon sticking out one end. I think they are double to be stronger, and it makes attaching the ribbon neater.

They painted this double ring green and left it to dry.

I then was there to watch them stick on gum nuts of various sizes, along with gum leaves and even sticks if they wished.

They also had some red felt leaves (which does add colour on the green background) but I think I prefer just the gumnuts, leaves and glitter – or is that just me?

Once they were happy with their arrangement, they sprinkled glitter over the top – first letting it stick to the excess glue already on the wreaths, then adding dobs of glue where they felt more glitter was needed.

gumnut wreaths drying - kids Christmas craft

Some of the gumnut wreaths made by kinder children – aren’t they beautiful?

As they dried, I got some photos – I think they are beautiful Christmas wreathes, don’t you?

Once they come home from kinder, there will be one hanging with pride on our front door!

Ribbons on a Christmas tree

Christmas tree covered in sports ribbons

Liz also supplied us with a photo of the ribbon-decked tree – I think it looks great!

We have small Christmas trees in the kids’ rooms, which they love:)

This year, a bit of ahead of me getting out the usual decorations, my daughter decided to decorate the trees.

She grabbed out some school sports ribbons and other sashes to use instead of tinsel. It actually looked quite effective and is a nice acknowledgement of her sporting achievements over the year (she was just after the colour and instant gratification, but I liked the display of her achievements!)

 

Stepping stones

stepping stones- i remember when i was a little girl i made unique stepping stones for my grand parents. Dad poured the cemet in to a frame him and mum made and my older sis and i put pebbles and stuff on top. I still some times see it at my grandmums house on her wonky path!

Working as Santa’s Elfs

It had been a rough year money wise. Christmas Eve was here and there wasn’t going to be anything under the tree. Luckily the kids were all small and probably wouldn’t even realize that Christmas had come without a visit from Santa.

I decided to at least bake some cookies for the holiday. Mainly to lift my own spirits.

I was just taking out the last pan when my brother-in-law showed up. He helped pack up the 3 children and fresh baked cookies so we could spend the night and Christmas day with the rest of the family.

After getting all the kids asleep for the night, he proceeded to open his closet which was piled to the ceiling with boxes. He started to pull stuff out handing it to us. It was toys! He worked for a donation center. All the toys had been donated but rejected because they weren’t in very good shape.

tools for reconstructions (sewdriver, thread, pliers & glue)Until the wee hours of the morning we fixed and rebuilt cars, dolls, stuffed bears and tricycles.

When we were finished there was more toys than all our kids needed. My husband and his brother loaded the extras in the car and using a list my brother had gotten ahold of, took off and left presents at doors of other struggling families with small children.

The next morning watching the kids tear open the gifts made me happy but the fact of what we had accomplished made me feel the happiest. Really felt like one of Santa’s elfs.

The Most Memorable Chistmas

The most memorable Christmas for me was Christmas 2007.

Our income that year was very tight. We did not have enough money to buy a tree. My son was four years old, so, not having a tree was not an option. I was heart-broken at the thought of my son not having a beautiful Christmas tree.

Pencil drawing of a Christmas treeI decided we would make one. I borrowed an overhead projector and downloaded a picture of a beautiful tree and a fireplace. My son and I spent all day drawing this wonderful tree onto paper on our wall. When we completed drawing and coloring we took out all of our decorations. Each decoration was carefully taped to our “new” tree.

That Christmas Eve I taped Christmas lights unto our tree. My son woke up Christmas morning to a beautiful tree, a fireplace, and presents. I will never forget that Christmas. My son still loves to make our own special tree.

We didn’t need the money that I thought would buy a great tree and provide a great Christmas. We only needed each other and some simple creativity.

* Image courtesy of 123RF

 

Silly family things

Happy children dancing in Christmas costumes

Christmas children dancing and laughing

We spend Christmas Eve doing silly things as a family!

It started when our kids were little but we all love it so it’s kept going – our kids are now grownup and bring along boyfriends and wives, too. The new comers find it a bit strange at first but soon they’re hooked – it’s a lovely way to relax before the big day and it really gets us feeling good and happy to be together.

Being silly on Christmas Eve is great family fun!Click To Tweet

A lot of it is just silliness that follows when you laugh a lot but some things we do are:

  • think up lots of alternative reindeer names for Santa or give each other reindeer names
  • tie pillows around our tummies and say ho ho ho a lot
  • someone usually finds something silly at a discount shop and we all take turns wearing it and acting to suit – so we get snooty with a feather boa or have a twang with a cowboy hat
  • read out spoonerisms (where parts of words are swapped around in a story e.g. Santa’s sleigh skies through the fly)
  • having staring competitions
  • sing silly songs (like ‘next verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse’)
picture of little girl drawing a star on a face of her father

Drawing on a parent’s face probably counts as silly!

  • tell tall tales where one person starts the story and stops mid sentence for someone else to continue on

We’re always keen for more silliness so bring on your ideas please!!!!!

* Images courtesy of Love Santa and ximagaination (at 123rf)

Multicultural Christmas activity

MUlticultral Christmas & Santa images

Santa, Sinteklaus or St Nick, Zwarte Piet, boomers – different Christmas traditions

As a cub leader, we’re always looking for ideas for un nights that help the kids develop income way. Throwing around ideas this term we thought of doing a Christmas night where kids’ families come along and share their culture/traditions.

The idea is for a parent/grandparent to talk for 10 or so minutes about the Xmas traditions of their home country/region, showing any costumes or props, then answering questions.

It’s a nice way to celebrate Christmas without just being about gifts or decorations and it’s a fun way to teach them about different cultures and countries (must remember to have a world globe handy!)

 

 

* Collage made form images from capl.washjeff.edu, free digital vintage stamps and private sources

Teen books for Christmas

For anyone looking for gift ideas for teenagers, but struggling to know which books to buy, check out the Inky Awards long list (and shortlist!) at http://www.insideadog.com.au/inkys/2010_longlist.html

These are books teens like rather than adult reviewers…

first christmas in queens size bed

I remember one christmas when i was about 6, mum and dad decided to give my little sister and I their queen size bed. We went to bed on xmas eve as usual then mum & dad moved my sister into my bed while they pulled her bed apart, assembled the big bed and then moved us both into the big bed.

We sleeped through it all!Next morning we woke to look for santa sacks and found ourselves in onr big bed as well! It was funny! But we kept forgetting to tell people that ws our bg present…

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