The Christmas advent calendar (above) shows Santa preparing for his Herculean task of delivering presents on Christmas Eve. Firstly, he checks his
trusty reindeer to see if they are still fit enough to do their job of carrying his stock of presents all over the world.
Santa then sets to work on his computer. Over the year, his special
hearing has picked up on people's thoughts, in addition he receives sackfuls of DEAR
SANTA letters from children. Early in January - yes January, he starts
making a note of presents to select for every house. This is much
earlier than we imagine. It takes a lot of time to get everything
ready for the special day that celebrates the birth of Jesus.
Some of the work he does on his computer will include ordering Xmas gifts from special places. Santa has such a big workload that sometimes he asks certain parents to help him. He contacts them
secretly by email or sends one of his elf messengers to have a chat with the
parents, who then spend hours queuing up at special toy stores, just to oblige
this kind old man. This is especially useful when he has to get large
awkward gifts such as bikes or if he runs out of stock in the North Pole. Then Santa gets parents to collect the presents and send them on to him so he can be sure it is exactly what their child wants.
After that Santa has to tick off all his lists and cross check that he has all the names correctly matched to gifts that pass him on the conveyor belt.
Otherwise there would be many disappointed children and adults on
Christmas morning. He also likes to see that the presents are wrapped up
with nice wrapping paper and ticks every single gift off on his list on the
He is always fretting about his reindeers so he makes sure the elves keep
a watchful eye on them too and that the reindeer get plenty of nice carrots
and apples to eat. Next Santa gives them a test run in the sleigh to see
they are up to the special lightening speed delivery technique required on
Xmas Eve. As he goes past the North Pole he waves to some snowmen and
notices two snow people that are kissing. He thinks winter must
be coming to see such sturdy snowmen and he knows they are very happy too because
Xmas is coming.
Once Xmas Eve arrives, Santa begins his busiest day of the year.
He sits in his deluxe Santa sleigh and sets off to deliver every gift to
every child everywhere. He gets annoyed at how thoughtless some people
can be leaving their fires burning as the smoke gets in his eyes.
Sometimes chimneys are so small he gets stuck or he can't get his
bottomless sack in as well as he would like. The number of mince pies
he has eaten in the past year can also create a problem when his waistline
just seems too large for some of the smaller chimney pots; so he has to make
special arrangements at some houses and slip in by a door or window.
Once in a house, Santa reaches into his bottomless Santa sack and finds gifts for everyone. He puts them around the tree or fills up the stockings hanging on the fireplace. Wherever he goes
families leave mince pies for him and he always tucks into them everywhere.
Before he leaves Santa wishes everyone the Season's Greetings and
sometimes he can be seen kissing Mummy underneath the Xmas Tree. Then
Santa waves goodbye and often catches up with his elves and reindeers by
using the special Xmas train.
What a jolly fellow Santa is - he can come back anytime! Of course he will next year too.
The name Santa Claus probably originated in America way back in the 1820s. However other names are even older, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Papa Noel and Kris Kringle. The
latter is derived from the German Christkindl (Christ Child).
Santa's reindeer who pull the sleigh are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (Dunder) and Blitzen (Blixhem). There is also Rudolph, the red nose reindeer, who frequently steals
the limelight of Christmas verses. Here are the lyrics for
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to 30th November. The word advent means coming and of course refers to Jesus' birth on 25th December. Epiphany on 6th of January marks the end of the
Christmas season, and this date is sometimes referred to as 12th Night.
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