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An Aussie Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas; there wasn’t a sound.

Not a possum was stirring; no-one was around.
We’d left on the table some tucker and beer,

Hoping that Santa Claus soon would be here;

We children were snuggled up safe in our beds,

While dreams of pavlova danced ’round in our heads;
And Mum in her nightie, and Dad in his shorts,

Had just settled down to watch TV sports.

When outside the house a mad ruckus arose;

Loud squeaking and banging woke us from our doze.

We ran to the screen door, peeked cautiously out,

snuck onto the deck, then let out a shout.

Guess what had woken us up from our snooze,

But a rusty old Ute pulled by eight mighty ‘roos.

The cheerful man driving was giggling with glee,

And we both knew at once who this plump bloke must be.

Now, I’m telling the truth it’s all dinki-di,

Those eight kangaroos fairly soared through the sky.
Santa leaned out the window to pull at the reins,

And encouraged the ‘roos, by calling their names.

‘Now, Kylie! Now, Kirsty! Now, Shazza and Shane!

On Kipper! On, Skipper! On, Bazza and Wayne!

Park up on that water tank. Grab a quick drink,

I’ll scoot down the gum tree. Be back in a wink!’

So up to the tank those eight kangaroos flew,

With the Ute full of toys, and Santa Claus too.

He slid down the gum tree and jumped to the ground,

Then in through the window he sprang with a bound.

He had bright sunburned cheeks and a milky white beard.

A jolly old joker was how he appeared.

He wore red stubby shorts and old thongs on his feet,

And a hat of deep crimson as shade from the heat.

His eyes – bright as opals – Oh! How they twinkled!

And, like a goanna, his skin was quite wrinkled!

His shirt was stretched over a round bulging belly

Which shook when he moved, like a plate full of jelly.

A fat stack of prezzies he flung from his back,

And he looked like a swaggie unfastening his pack.

He spoke not a word, but bent down on one knee,

To position our goodies beneath the yule tree.

Surfboard and footy-ball shapes for us two.

And for Dad, tongs to use on the new barbeque.

A mysterious package he left for our Mum,

Then he turned and he winked and he held up his thumb;

He strolled out on deck and his ‘roos came on cue;

Flung his sack in the back and prepared to shoot through.

He bellowed out loud as they swooped past the gates-

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, and goodonya, MATES!’

I don’t know the author of this but it’s so nice. 🙂

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10 comments on “An Aussie Christmas

  1. Ralph
    December 24, 2013

    Very funny Judy ::D Merry Christmas !! Ralph xox 😀

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  2. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky
    December 24, 2013

    Great poem. Now I know even more of the Aussie English. Thanks for publishing it.

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  3. Ted Ross Savage
    December 24, 2013

    That was cute, my wife and I both liked it.

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  4. Alisha
    December 24, 2013

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014.

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  6. Alarna Rose Gray
    December 24, 2013

    Love it! Merry Christmas, Judy 🙂

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    • Judy
      December 28, 2013

      Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope it’s a good one for you Alarna 🙂

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  7. donnajeanmcdunn
    December 25, 2013

    Loved this! It made me smile.

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  8. Jane Thorne
    December 27, 2013

    Happy Christmas Judy, I hope it was a good one for you. Love Xx

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    • Judy
      December 28, 2013

      Thanks Jane and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to you and your loved ones. 🙂

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