An Aussie Night Before Christmas

  1. '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!'
    Last edit by Grace Oz on Dec 16, '06
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   weetziebat
    Oh, Grace, I love it! Is it as famous in Oz as our version is in the States? Thanks so much for sharing it. Gotta send a copy to my dd and her bf - they'll get a real kick out of it.
    I'm sitting here with the fireplace on, Christmas tree twinkling, carols playing and I'm enjoying a beer.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Grace. Love ya :Ball:
  4. by   rn/writer
    Flippin' fantastic! Thanks for sharing it.:icon_cool:
  5. by   sanctuary
    By crikey, that's a beauty.
  6. by   live4today
    :santa3: hi grace! thanks for sending me a copy to my email. i luv it! thanks for sharing it here, too. :kiss
  7. by   dianah
    That is GREAT!!! Thank you!!!
  8. by   Grace Oz
    Glad you enjoyed it!
    It's from; "Australia's Best Selling Christmas Book".
    Us Aussies like to put our own unique slant on things! lol
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    leave to the aussies for something original with just enought of the old
  10. by   psychonurse
    That is great and very original. I like your countries rendition of the old classic and it talks about the part of your customs that are not part of ours. I just wish that i had a fireplace to celebrate the season by this year. Have a great holiday season.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    THIS is COOL!!!! love it.
  12. by   nursemary9
    Dear Grace,

    Thanks for sharing!!:Santa3:
    This was really good; enjoyed, as did DH!!:Snowman2:

    Very Original:Santa5:

    Mary Ann