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Second last day of advent calendars…

Collage of 2016 lego Advent Calendars

Day 23! That means we’re almost finished our advent calendars and Christmas is almost here…

The Lego City calendar produced a sleigh tonight –  to which the husky from last night can be attached to pull it along.

Lego sleigh pulled by husky dog

We have Santa’s sleigh – now we just need Santa and his sack of presents!

My daughter discovered a snowman in her Lego Friends calendar – one that looks quite different to those already discovered in the City calendar this year or in the 2015 Friends calendar. Given it’s shape and size, I’m now wondering if last night’s table was meant for the Christmas pudding, or as a stand for the snowman! What do you think?

A Lego snowman holding a guitar in front of a CHristmas tree

A Friends snowman who can play guitar!

SO it is looking like Santa will arrive in Lego City on Christmas Eve – but will he also arrive for Naomi and Emma?

And if you are keenly following along with our advent calendars, you can do back to day one or sneak back to read what happened in 2015.

Reindeer names

Two boomers pulling Snata in his sleigh

Everyone knows Santa’s sleigh is predominantly pulled by his reindeer, but not everyone can remember their names!

As well as the 8 named in the ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’, there are other reindeer in stories about Santa:

 

  • Rudolph – the unusual red-nosed reindeer helps guide the sleigh on particularly dark and foggy nights
  • Olive – “olive the other reindeer shouted out with glee”
  • Chet – the reindeer in training in “The Santa Clause II”
  • Cupid – the reindeer who falls in love with Private (the penguin) in “Merry Madagascar”

Can you add any more?

And you may not know that the original story included Dunder (which became Donder then Donner) and Blixem (later Bliksem then the German Blitzen).

Santa just smiles when asked the names of his reindeer and lets us remember the poem…

Santa has told air control he’s coming…

Air Services Australia (who manage our airports) has confirmed that Santa has told them what sleigh he’s bringing this year! Watch out as they track his progress until Christmas morning…

Santa is preparing for his trip…

It is getting close now – one week to Christmas Eve and Santa’s arrival Down Under to help create some more Christmas memories.

As Santa is flying across Australia, our Air Control Towers will be keeping planes and other air traffic out of Santa’s way so there are no nasty surprises for anyone.

Apparently, Santa has a new sleigh with added safety features – you can see pictures ot Santa and diagrams of his sleigh (click on the labels below the diagram for a full explanation) on the Air Services website’s Santa pages.

Due to this being the most popular flight in Australia, Air Services will continue tracking Santa’s progress everyday until Christmas.

White boomers

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun…

(from Six White Boomers by R Harris & J Brown)

So what is a white boomer? It is a large, male Kangaroo that has white fur. When they move fast across the dry sands of Australia, they make a booming noise so they earned the name boomers. Most boomers are not white by the way 🙂

In Australia, Christmas Eve can be hot – and it certainly isn’t cold and snowy. Santa’s poor reindeer would find it very hard to pull a sleigh across the Australian skies so he gives them a rest while six large boomers pull the sleigh instead. The boomers can’t fly normally, but with Santa’s magic, anything is possible.

Rolf Harris made this story famous in the 1960s by releasing his version of six white boomers. You can see the lyrics on the all down under website* (it would be a copyright infringement if we copied the words here!) and find out the boomers’ names here.

If you are creative, you may like the instructions on painting some white boomers of your own. Or grab our boomer colouring in page before ordering a Love Santa letter.

Boomers pulling Santa's sleigh

* We used to link to the song composer’s personal site for the lyrics, but it has disappeared now.

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