one of the best things I do each christmas is get photos taken with camels they are a wonderfull animal and very impresive to ride and as you can see make a great photo
however why the camel ? I think that the camel brings in to the christmas season the first present gift givers the three wise men. as santa surely we are coninuing on the tradition started on the very first christmas
below is a meditation by CK Chesterton
What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a point, Santa Claus has grown larger and larger in my life until he fills almost the whole of it. It happened in this way. As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring explanation. I hung up at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full stocking. I had done nothing to produce the things that filled it. I had not worked for them, or made them or helped to make them. I had not even been good—far from it. And the explanation was that a certain being whom people called Santa Claus was benevolently disposed toward me. . . . What we believed was that a certain benevolent agency did give us those toys for nothing. And, as I say, I believe it still. I have merely extended the idea. Then I only wondered who put the toys in the stocking; now I wonder who put the stocking by the bed, and the bed in the room, and the room in the house, and the house on the planet, and the great planet in the void. Once I only thanked Santa Claus for a few dolls and crackers, now, I thank him for stars and street faces and wine and the great sea. Once I thought it delightful and astonishing to find a present so big that it only went halfway into the stocking. Now I am delighted and astonished every morning to find a present so big that it takes two stockings to hold it, and then leaves a great deal outside; it is the large and preposterous present of myself, as to the origin of which I can offer no suggestion except that Santa Claus gave it to me in a fit of peculiarly fantastic goodwill.
—G. K. chesterton in The Tablet 2
Alice is the shortened version of Alice Springs the great town I live in it is 1000 miles from the nearest coast and also the nearest is the largest town withint that 1000 mile radius. our weather goes from highs of over 110 to lows of 15 F
the Alice is within a desert region that is over 500 miles in most directions this all means we are in a isolated area however as most people from alice springs like to say we are the closest to all beaches in Australia
I have lived here for 15 years and been Santa here for about 12 years I started being santa when i was asked to fill in for a local club I wore a cheap suit the kind you buy in Kmart with a cheap suit. since then i have a regular job in a local shopping mall where I am on set for the last two weeks before christmas.
in my other time I work as a manager in inflight catering and as a chef for a local resturant
being a santa is interesting in alice as there is a high proportion of aboriginals living here and thier beliefs are a bit different to the normal white persons. Many of the traditional Aboriginals have taken santa to be a high elder and it is also considered good luck to shake Santas hand.
this week in the alice it has been very cold down to -3C and we had one day when it didnt get over 8c this means when not working Im sat in front of the heater most of the time
I would like to first introduce my self I have been a Santa for ten years or so I also have 3 kids of which i am thier sole parent. I am heavily involved in Athletics cumilating in attending the commonwealth games in 2006 as an Official.
I live in Alice Springs which is nearly dead centre of Australia during the christmas season the temperatures get up to 45 or more degrees celcius however during our winter which is now we get temperatures as low as -5.
Alice Springs is a town of 25000 people the next nearest town is 500 Km away and the nearest city is 1500 Km away.
I will atempt to blog at least once a week and we will see where this takes us
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