How many times did you pull on a bonbon this Christmas?
We had them at two family functions, and actually found different jokes in each set. Not that they are necessarily jokes we haven’t heard before, but at least there was variety!
So to add some post-Christmas cheer (or groans as you may be inclined!) here are some of the jokes I came across this year… and they are all family friendly, too!
What do you call a bankrupt Santa?
What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus?
A rebel without a Claus
Where does Santa go when he’s sick?
the elf centre
What did the sea say to Santa?
Nothing! But it did wave…
What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
What do you call a dog who works for Santa?
What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?
What do monkeys sing at Christmas?
Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells
What goes OH OH OH?
Santa walking backwards!
Why is it getting harders to buy advent calendars?
Because their days are numbered
Why does Santa love gardening?
Because he goes HO HO HO!
What is the best Christmas present in the world?
A broken drum – you just can’t beat it!
What nationality is Santa?
What do you get when Santa stops moving?
Why is it getting harder to buy Advent Calendars?
They’re days are numbered
Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
What is green and goes camping?
A Brussel Scout
What’s the difference between a boogie and a Brussel spout?
Kids don’t eat sprouts
There were lots of non-Christmas and non-Santa jokes in our 2014 bonbons if you want some more to read or share!
On Saturday night we were lucky enough to be amongst the Melbourne Zoo members who attended their Christmas party.
It was a lot of fun!
For our turn with Santa, a Christmas fairy greeted us and took us into Santa’s cave for a personal chat with Santa then a chance to take a photo. Each child also got an early gift, but only if they could answer a special question from Santa (like “how many reindeer pull my sleigh” and “name two of my reindeer other than Rudolph“.)
Within the winter wonderland, there were multiple snow machines, a couple of craft activities, a silent disco (we spent ages in there!), a family photo scene (complete with snow covered mountains and a Rudolph statue) and a chance to pose with the Penguins of Madagascar.
A jungle gym, festooned in tinsel and bells was very popular, as was an inflatable maze. There was also a little kids area with Christmassy playthings and dressups.
We were at the zoo, so of course we also walked around to see some animals before enjoying the Christmas activities. Unfortunately, many of the animals had decided to have a nap or otherwise stay out of view so we didn’t see many, but it was nice to walk around in the evening and experience a different sort of atmosphere at the zoo.
To keep us all entertained outside of Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Cave, there were various entertainment options provided.
“Mum, today’s calendar is really Christmassy!”
Meanwhile, in Lego City advent calendar, my son found a boy with ice skates and hockey gear.
Santa loves all children (and adults!). No exceptions, he’s just a loving person.
So it is always special when others help Santa reach other kids than those who manage in mainstream situations.
There is a shopping mall in Novia Scotia, Canada, where autistic children can have private chats with Santa in a quiet room that has fewer decorations.
I think that is a wonderful idea to allow those children to experience sitting on Santa’s lap (or beside him), knowing that the noise, movement and crowds in a normal Santa situation could easily overwhelm children on the autism spectrum.
I have heard of other places in the past doing this, too.
The Sensitive Santa Project, run in Nillumbik Council in Victoria is a similar program being run this year. And Sensory Santa 2016 is encouraging shopping centre to hold more quiet Santa visit options – it lists centres across Queensland, NSW and WA that will offer Santa visits this coming Sunday (20 November).
Last year, I was just as moved by the story of Santa using sign language to chat with Tilly in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and to communicate with a three-year-old girl, Mali, in Cleveland, USA.
That Cleveland Centre will have Santa signing again this year, as will a school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Back in Australia, some 2016 Christmas and Santa events including Auslan are:
Have you ever experienced an inclusive Santa experience somewhere? Did you see it make a difference to children who may otherwise have missed out on something that most other kids take for granted?
Do you know of any others coming up in Australia this year as I’d love them to be shared and become more common.
Santa of course loves all children and will communicate with them as best he can (writing letters to children is obviously a key way he communicates!). But because he is such a busy many, he has some other Santa helpers who take his place in some shopping centres and the like so more children can experience being with a Santa. And that’s why not all Santas you see can use Auslan, other sign languages or communicate in other ways and languages.
I am sure there are many more inclusive Santa events in Australia (and outside of Victoria!), but the ones above were the only ones I easily found via Google. If you know of others, please share them in the comments.
Everyone wants to be on Santa’s nice list when we get to Christmas Eve!
But how do you make sure you are on that list?
Santa doesn’t just decide who’s naughty or nice on Christmas Eve, or even the last few days before Christmas – he remembers if you were mostly nice throughout the year.
So it’s important to try your best ALL YEAR not just near Christmas time 🙂
It’s a nice idea that we can be nice or good all the time, but in reality we’re human so we make mistakes and sometimes are not so nice.
But the best way to make up for any mistakes or naughty things is to do some good deeds whenever we get the chance.
Most good deeds can be done very quickly and with little effort, but can have a huge impact on the people around us (and our chances of making it onto Santa’s nice list!)For instance, smiling at a lonely person can lift their spirits and picking up a dropped pen for someone with a bad back is very helpful.
Nobody has to know about it for it to count as a good deed, either, so picking up rubbish in an empty park is just as relevant as holding a door open for someone.
In case you are wondering what good deeds or nice things you could do (or to acknowledge in others), I thought I’d share some of the good things Santa wrote to Aussie children about last Christmas.
*Image created with images from 123RF ( ragnarocks & nazlisart)
Writing letters to Santa is a long standing tradition in many places around the world.
It is a lot of fun and has many benefits for children, but it can also be a family event that is lots of fun.
So how can you make it a family activity?
Basically, you just have to make the time to sit down together and write letters to Santa. But to get you moving, here are a few tips…
Writing Santa letters together has a number of advantages, including kids learning some useful lessons such as
Has your family (present or in your childhood) ever written Santa letters together? Are they special memories?
I just came across a news article that is wonderful so I am sharing it here 🙂
Ken Miller lives in the USA and literally carves Santas for a hobby and profit!
He carves Santa’s face and body into wooden objects such as rolling pins, bowls and shoes (clogs), and then paints them. Some are given as gifts and others he sells at craft markets – what a pity none of those markets are in Australia as I’d love to see his work!
But what I think is really special is that he sometimes carves Santa into old wooden objects that have sentimental value to people. For example, taking the rolling pin of someone’s great grandmother and turning it into a Santa statue that can be placed on a mantelpiece with price each year – rather than keeping the treasured rolling pin locked away in a cupboard.
Do you have any old objects that could perhaps be given new life by being turned into a Santa? Are you game to try the transition yourself?
I recently had a short time with my daughter when we had nothing planned so we pulled out a Christmas craft set and enjoyed making some masks.
The kit was complete – most of the decorations were foam stickers so no glue was required and allowed us to make both masks quite quickly.
We decided to make the Santa mask first – and I’ll do a separate blog post for the reindeer mask.
They are very simple to make – start with the biggest pieces, peel off the backing paper, align it on the mask and stick it down. Depending on the child’s fine motor skills, the aligning part may be challenging and need some assistance – while things not being perfect is fine for kids’ craft, any sticky bits that are not attached will remain sticky and be a magnet for dust and fluff!
The pom pom on Santa’s hat is the hardest part – there are many little bits of foam to remove and then aligning all the lines takes some skill. I would expect adult help is needed with this for most kids under 10.
Then tie on the elastic and you have a mask to wear straight away – no need to wait for glue to dry! Note to add the elastic, poke it through the holes from the front and tie it behind the beard so when it is word, you can’t see the knots and there is less force on the edges of the holes.
Once the mask is finished, there is a reasonable bit of foam left over – certainly enough to keep my daughter happy with additional stickers to make something else with!
Do you like our fun Santa mask?
It’s a quick and easy kit to have in the cupboard to pull out when you need some brief entertainment – or if you need a quick costume for a Christmas party!
If you can’t find the kit to buy, you could just buy a sheet of foam to cut out the face and then some adhesive foam to cut out the beard, hat, etc – but you may want to find a pattern for that if your drawing skills are anything like mine!
* I purchased this set and receive no rewards (money or otherwise) for reviewing this kit – I have no contractual or business arrangements with Kmart.
The Five Mile Press, Scoresby, 2015
Santa prepares at home then heads out to deliver gifts before celebrating with reindeer at home.
I like this board book. While it obviously needs to be simple for young children, it covers a lot of ideas through the text and images.
For instance, it includes colours, numbers and shapes within the story and introduces the idea of Santa being tired out by all he does on Christmas Eve.
The sleigh on the front cover in inset and texture for young children to enjoy feeling – it makes the sleigh shiny, interesting and special.
I like the happy images of the reindeer, and I like the humour of Santa giving the dog and cat the wrong gifts. On the other hand, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing to give kids the idea that Santa may confuse gifts…
It is a happy story and sure to be enjoyed by any youngster, just as it was by my three year old nephew on Christmas Day!
The Lego advent calendars have gone so well with the children enjoying them and actually managing to leave the Lego with the calendars to complete the sets!
But tonight was the big one, flap 24!
To complete the icy winter theme, the Friends calendar gave my daughter a cute little penguin on an ice-berg which she was very happy with.
But Lego City delivered as expected – Santa! Complete with a sack and a spare beard!), Santa was behind flap 24 and has since been put in his rightful spot of Santa’s chair beside the Christmas tree. Actually, he was also put between it and the Friends Christmas tree.
If you have been doing any sort of advent calendar, I hope you have enjoyed it and are excited by opening this last one!
Merry Christmas for tomorrow 🙂
So most Aussies know that it is too hot in Australia for the reindeer (they are used to the snowy North Pole after all!) so six white boomers help Santa get around Down Under on Christmas Eve.
Many people are interested in the reindeer names, but did you know that the boomers also have individual names?
The actual six white boomers song does not include the names, unlike the original Night before Christmas story, but they are included on the album by Rolf Harris when he produced the song in the 1960s.
So, the boomers who help Santa are…
If you are not an Aussie, many of those names may seem a bit strange or foreign, but they seem fairly normal to me!
Day nine and Lego Friends is continuing on the performance theme as tonight’s flap revealed a saxophone on a stand (well, on a stand once you assemble the pieces anyway!)
Lego City on the other hand had a Christmassy surprise in store – my son had to build Santa’s chair tonight! It’s pretty cool, once put together, although we did find the instructions a little harder to follow as two small pieces are joined without that being shown in the diagram (something Lego is usually excellent at is instructions, but they have so little space on the flaps that I understand why this was more difficult).
We are having fun with these advent calendars and the kids are playing with the pieces in between opening flaps – it’s nice having lots of bits that are adding up in ways they can make stories out of them.