As everyone knows, Santa is busy this time of year.
So Novocastrians will be pleased to know he found time to check out this plane at Newcastle Airport on Friday.
Topics scored an exclusive interview with the big fella.
Topics: What did you think of the plane?
Santa: It’s good, but not as fast as my sled.
Topics: Do you smoke?
Santa: No way, it’s bad for my elf.
Topics: What do you think of the troublemakers who say you don’t exist?
Santa: That’s fake news.
Topics: How do you deliver presents to all the world’s kids in one night?
Santa: No comment.
A Christmas Poem
Topics feels very Australian at Christmas.
Bob “Minmi Magster” Skelton does, too. Mind you, we reckon the Magster feels very Australian most of the time.
He’s Aussie through and through.
The renowned bush poet thought he’d shared this poem with the Hunter’s people.
It’s titled White Christmas in Australia.
‘Tis Christmas time around the world
And how lucky we are to be
In this great land they call Down Under
Also known as the lucky country
Golden beaches flank our endless shores
With beautiful headlands in between
While to the west the range’s rise
Dressed in eucalypts, tall and green.
Cicadas drone from their treetop home
Small insects hum and croon
While cheeky kookaburras
Chuckle a happy laughing tune.
The bees are buzzing in the trees
In white blossom full in bloom
Their hidden hives in the hollow limbs
WiIl be stacked with sweet honey soon.
Suburban streets are aglow with coloured lights
Nativity scenes are everywhere
‘Tis a time to be with family and friends
The Christmas spirit to enjoy and share.
Inland, the sun beats down on dry parched ground
Where sheep and cattle graze
As the colour of the ranges
Turn blue through the distant haze.
There may be no scenes of ice or snow
From our coast to the far outback
Yet the scent and sight of beautiful gum blossom white
Surely compensates for that.
Meanwhile, our Southern Cross is gleaming
Over this great land we hold so dear
Now have a safe and peaceful Christmas
And a prosperous, bonzer new year.
Best Christmas Photo
We’ve seen loads of photos with Santa this Christmas.
This one, taken by Little Handprints Photography, has to be the best.
It features Beresfield's Summah and Kaden Mclennan giving Santa a high-five on Stockton beach.