An Aussie Night Before Christmas


MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM DOWN UNDER!!

For this post I thought I would do a bit of show & tell – I am going to show you what Christmas looks like in Sydney & tell you the story of An Aussie Night Before Christmas (& yes, I bought a copy of this book, along with one called Christmas Wombat! ;))  So grab a cup of hot cocoa & settle in – this is going to be a good one! . . . Oh!  And be sure to warm up your voices – we might just sing a rendition of Jingle Bells (Aussie-style, of course!!) before this post is through! ;)

An Aussie Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison

‘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 & 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, & Dad in his shorts,

Had just settled down to watch TV Sports,


When outside the house

a mad ruckus arose;

Loud squeaking & 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 & Shane!

On, Kipper!  On, Skipper!

On, Bazza & 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,

& Santa Claus too.

He slid down the gum tree

& jumped to the ground,

Then in through the window

he sprang with a bound.


He had bright sunburned cheeks

& a milky white beard.

A jolly old joker

was how he appeared.

He wore red stubby shorts

& 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 sack 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 & 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 & he winked

& he held up his thumb;

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

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

He bellowed out loud as they swooped past the gates -


‘MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, & GOODONYA, MATES!’

Well, now that I’ve got you in the Christmas spirit, are you ready for a little sing-a-long?!  I thought so!! :D  Here’s a video of “Bucko & Champs” singing “Aussie Jingle Bells.”  Oh!  If you like what you hear, you may also want to search for some of their other well-known holiday hits, including such favorites as “Six White Boomers” (Careful!  You won’t recognize this tune, but you’ll be surprised how quickly it’ll get stuck in your head), “Deck the Shed With Bits of Wattle” & “Santa Has Got a New Truck” (which, sadly, I could not find a link for. :()  Totally serious, people – I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!  You’ll see an ad for their CD at the end of the first video. :D

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!  AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Light Show at St. Mary's Cathedral

Christmas Window Display at David Jones Department Store

Doves at St. Mary's

Inside Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

The Madonna & Child

Nativity at Hyde Park

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Camille
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 22:40:39

    What a fun Aussie Christmas post! Love the story and the songs, oh, and leave it to you mate to find a Christmas Wombat book!

    How wonderful that you get to experience Christmas in Australia. The Christmas photos around Sydney are beautiful – love the Madonna and Child and the Doves at St. Mary’s.

    Merry Christmas from all back home who love and miss you so much…..and thanks for making us smile on Christmas morning….Love MOM & DAD xoxo

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  2. marillynw
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 22:49:42

    MERRY CHRISTMAS NIKI!!! HOW FUN CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA!!! LOVE THE LINKS FOR THE SONGS :))) IMAGES ON THE BUILDINGS ARE SO AWESOME – LOVE AND MISS YOU – AUNTIE MARILYN

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  3. Kele Schwab
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 01:46:56

    Merry Christmas Niki!!!

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  4. Cousin Marie
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 06:34:06

    That looks so beautiful there. What a wonderful opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Love,
    Marie

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  5. Aunt Barb
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 08:03:03

    Loved the story, the pictures, and hearing from you! Merry belated Christmas. Uncle Mike is here and we just finished singing some carols and I will read him your story–I know he will enjoy hearing from you too! Have a wonderful rest of your time there. What an incredible experience. Take care, Happy New year and see you soon!!!!!.

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  6. Heather
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 11:20:59

    I didn’t know about any of these songs or the Night Before Christmas differences :-) Hope you had a Merry Christmas in QLD!

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  7. Aunt Penny
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 03:21:36

    Hi Niki… What a wonderful post!!! I thoroughly enjoyed the photos, videos and music. It was fun to see and hear how people on the other side of the world are celebrating Christmas. I’m sure you had a lot of fun, even while missing everyone back home. This experience will give you the most wonderful memories of your Christmas in Australia. Much love…

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  8. nicoleinoz
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 19:59:50

    Thanks for all of the comments, everyone! I’m glad you all enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. :) Love & miss you all! See you soon!

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  9. Tash
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 23:37:55

    Love it! Ha…and the ‘Goodonya!’.
    Merry Aussie Xmas!

    Gee, I love our obsessions with these building projections this year….so enchanting! Your pics are amazing!

    Reply

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