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Merry Christmas 2015

Postby The Fish » Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:59 am

Merry Christmas to All from Down under
Merry Christmas from Down Under

Ted Mullett

An Australian Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas;
There wasn't a sound.
Not a possum was stirring; no-one was 'round.

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,
Sneaked 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 had 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 -

And good onya, MATES!"
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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby CSD » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:38 am

I'll have to share this at work. We have a couple of Aussies there.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby Bernd » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:24 pm

Well now, never thought Santa had any shorts. He may have to wear them tonight here in New York state. It's almost 70 degrees out. That's 21.11111 Celsius for you guys down under and in the Euro states. :lol:

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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:59 pm

Merry X Mas all! I hope Santa leaves you something nice under the tree :)
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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby Marquette » Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:06 pm

That was brilliant.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby TiTan downunder » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:24 pm

Wishing you and yours all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year from downunder.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby dwyaneward » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:30 am

Merry Christmas to All
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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby gerhard_k » Fri Dec 25, 2015 5:15 pm

Merry Christmas to you, Ted -

And thanks for your "Australian Night Before Christmas" - That's a lot more fun and spirited than the pablum version we get here in the 'States! :dance:

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Re: Merry Christmas 2015

Postby modorney » Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:59 pm

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through my pike,
Not a steamer was stirring, not even a Mike.
My yard tracks invitingly empty and bare,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The diesels were nestled all snug in their sheds,
While visions of DCC danced in their heads.
While I, in my blue-and-white engineer's cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When down in the train room, there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the basement I flew like an ace,
Then tripped on the cat and fell flat on my face.

I stifled a curse meant for Chessie (the cat),
And I muttered to no one, "I meant to do that,"
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But an HO-scale sleigh and eight Preiser reindeer,

With a little conductor, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than GG-1's, onward they came,
And he blew a steam whistle and called them by name:

"On Athearn! On Lionel, Kato and Walthers!
On Kadee and Micro-Trains, Atlas and others!
To the top of the mountains of cardboard and plaster,
Now Dash-2 and Dash-9 and dash away faster!"

As dry leaves that behind a new Genesis fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So in through the window the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of trains, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, on my roundhouse, I saw on the roof
The prints in the dust of each HO-scale hoof.
As I drew a deep breath, and was turning around,
From beneath the benchwork, St. Nick came with a bound.

He was dressed like an engineer from head to foot,
And his clothes had that fine smell of ashes and soot;
A bundle of trains he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — just like marker lights! Dimples, how merry!
His cheeks like a warbonnet, nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And his beard was so white, it would please Phoebe Snow.

He puffed on a pipe as he refilled its bowl,
And the smoke, it smelled just like bituminous coal.
He had a broad face and a belly (I found)
That shook like a tank car with wheels out-of-round.

He was chubby and plump, and I wanted to shout,
"The man's got a route the UP can't buy out!"
A wink of his eye as he passed near the door
Soon gave me to know I'd have freight cars galore.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work.
He filled all my yard tracks; then turned with a jerk,
And leaving an airbrush he'd found on eBay,
And giving a nod, he returned to his sleigh.

He pumped up the brakes, blew two blasts on his whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
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