"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."
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