There’s an ad on TV this Christmas in Australia in which Santa says he delivered presents in a Jeep. However, in Canberra, there are lots of kids who know that this is false advertising – as Santa has a ute! (I’m reblogging this post as Brendo died only two months after I filmed this last year.)
A good friend of mine, Brendo, donates his time each December to spread Christmas cheer and glad tidings across the region. He bolts an armchair and two dining room chairs to the tray of a ute, dons his Santa suit, and is driven around the suburbs of Canberra by ‘Rudolph’ giving away lollies in the middle of the hot Australian summer.
My friend has been doing this since 1983 when it started as a bit of a joke with a few mates in their local area – in a hired costume and a pillow case for a Santa sack. Brendo was the obvious choice to play Santa because he didn’t need any padding. In the past, he would dye his beard but now he can go ‘au naturel’.
Two elves (in high visibility vests) always accompany Santa to make sure that kids cross the road safely (and possibly as chaperones in…
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