I LOVE THE SMELL OF RUBBER
ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
The last time I published this Christmas newsletter was 2007.
Since that time most people will have forgotten all about it and because a
lot more people have subscribed to my newsletter I'm hoping it's good for
I grew up in Whyalla in a family of four boys and the smell
of rubber is definitely the smell of Christmas. I can smell and picture the
lounge room as I write - pillow slips draped over arm chairs with a new pair of flippers or
goggles, some beach bats, buckets and spades, a toy bulldozer and dump
truck, or a brand spanking new bike standing up against the wall.
I love the smell of rubber on Christmas morning. In fact every time I walk
into a bike shop or a sport store I'm transported back to those Christmases
I believe in Father Christmas.
In the middle of the
night, he'd filled up the pillow slips, eat his cake and sip his drink for
the delight, several hours later, of watching four small boys, enter the
lounge room wide eyed with
expectation. For weeks before there'd be the tension of expectation, 'what's
he going to bring'.
It's funny how he knew exactly what you wanted.
And the tension continued on Christmas morning. We weren't
allowed to go into the lounge room until mum had put on her brunch coat and
made a cup of tea. This was another of the many lessons in self discipline
in our household.
We were never disappointed.
Then he did it again for my own
children Jo and Lisa.
You'd watch their eyes boggling
with excitement as they opened their presents and know that this
belief had been passed on, and the great man had quietly done
his work and then slipped away under cover of night.
The presents were delivered
without expectation of gratitude, except the look on a kid's
face as they were opened up.
And now he's doing it for the two
little fellas, Jackson and Harry.
In the next few days the old bloke
will be loading up the truck and spreading Christmas cheer far
Yes, there is a Father Christmas and I know that when you're
sitting around the tree opening your presents you'll be thinking of him.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and have
a merry Christmas and a fit and healthy 2017
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