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Christmas Eve

"I've been sitting in this shop window for just over 3 weeks now watching the world go by. This happens every year, I'm enjoying my 11-month hibernation on my shelf in the stockroom when two shop assistants carry me downstairs to my window and put me in this chair. At least I am comfortable this year, last year I was leaning over and got a real crick in my back."

 

"Im not allowed to move, some people think I'm actually a dummy but we know that I am really one of Santa's thousands of helpers, dressed to look like him, who come out every December to help him with his rounds on Christmas Eve. Still it is nice to watch the children's faces as they peer at me through the window and whisper what toys they would like for Christmas. Oh how I wish I could give them a wink or a wave but that certainly wouldn't do, no I have to wait until the middle of the night when the streets are empty before I can have a quick stretch of my arms and legs and get myself comfortable for another day in the window."

 

"Tonight is the busy one when Santa and his sleigh fly all round the world from Lapland leaving presents for all the children on his way. He couldn't do it all himself of course which is where I come in. I join him very briefly as he flies over Sidmouth and between us we deliver all the presents for the whole area. It doesn't take long, about 5 seconds because as we all know it is a very magic time. If you stand in front of my window at precisely 1.38 am tomorrow morning and close your eyes for those 5 seconds you won't even notice that I have been away."

 

 "Mind you I certainly know I've been somewhere what with all those mince pies, biscuits, and glasses of milk and sherry I consume on the way. I usually suffer from indigestion for quite a long time afterwards and it's normally Boxing Day before I feel quite comfortable again."

 

"Then it's all over for another year, on Saturday the shop assistants will take me out of the window, back upstairs to my shelf in the stockroom, and I can settle down for my next 11 month hibernation until it happens all over again in 2009."

Christmas Eve

"I've been sitting in this shop window for just over 3 weeks now watching the world go by. This happens every year, I'm enjoying my 11-month hibernation on my shelf in the stockroom when two shop assistants carry me downstairs to my window and put me in this chair. At least I am comfortable this year, last year I was leaning over and got a real crick in my back."

 

"Im not allowed to move, some people think I'm actually a dummy but we know that I am really one of Santa's thousands of helpers, dressed to look like him, who come out every December to help him with his rounds on Christmas Eve. Still it is nice to watch the children's faces as they peer at me through the window and whisper what toys they would like for Christmas. Oh how I wish I could give them a wink or a wave but that certainly wouldn't do, no I have to wait until the middle of the night when the streets are empty before I can have a quick stretch of my arms and legs and get myself comfortable for another day in the window."

 

"Tonight is the busy one when Santa and his sleigh fly all round the world from Lapland leaving presents for all the children on his way. He couldn't do it all himself of course which is where I come in. I join him very briefly as he flies over Sidmouth and between us we deliver all the presents for the whole area. It doesn't take long, about 5 seconds because as we all know it is a very magic time. If you stand in front of my window at precisely 1.38 am tomorrow morning and close your eyes for those 5 seconds you won't even notice that I have been away."

 

 "Mind you I certainly know I've been somewhere what with all those mince pies, biscuits, and glasses of milk and sherry I consume on the way. I usually suffer from indigestion for quite a long time afterwards and it's normally Boxing Day before I feel quite comfortable again."

 

"Then it's all over for another year, on Saturday the shop assistants will take me out of the window, back upstairs to my shelf in the stockroom, and I can settle down for my next 11 month hibernation until it happens all over again in 2009."

comments (10)

...and doesn't it come round quickly Brian! I wish you the compliments of the season
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris and seasons greetings to you and yours as well.
Happy Christmas, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad and seasons greetings to you as well.
lol nice one Brian. Have a great xmas fellasmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tim, and I hope you enjoy Christmas as well.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Dec 2008, 08:27
Ho! Ho! Ho! You've beaten me to shot I was going to post (assuming I can still find it!) for later in the week. A similar Santa in a shop window in Broadway but this was animated and gave the impression of breathing. Good to see some shops still making the effort.
Brian Walbey: Sorry about beating you to it with Santa Alan, I loook forward to seeing yours later in the week. Have a good Christmas.
Nice Christmas story Brian. A very merry Christmas to you and a happy new year.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Bill, I hope you and yours enjoy the Christmas holiday.
  • mike
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Dec 2008, 10:20
Good true story!
Brian Walbey: Who am I to doubt this guy exists Mike, I saw him in the window :-D Have a good Christmas.
Very nice story Brian.
A Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard and I hope you all have a good Christmas also.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Dec 2008, 10:41
Lovely story Brian - glad to see my belief in Santa and his helpers has been confirmed! Happy Christmas to you and I hope you get what you want from Santa. Did you leave your list out?
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Did you ever doubt Santa will call tonight Ingrid, he never takes notice of my list though, socks again I suppose smile have a great Christmas both of you.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs England
  • 24 Dec 2008, 13:56
Great story Brian, Happy Christmassmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, have a good Christmas yourself as well.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 24 Dec 2008, 17:43
How nice.

A lovely tribute to all Santa's helpers all round the world. Theirs is a very important job.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie, my Grandson certainly thinks this man is one of the best.

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