The Christmas When Santa Missed The Post

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Every year, Santa always had hundreds of Christmas cards to post – he even posted one to the grotto ghost ! He knew that the postman was due to come at five – but to the North Pole is quite a considerable drive. There was a note to the snowman – to check the weather forecast … and one or two letters to friends he’d met in the past. There were cards to Australia and one or two to Canada, too – there even was a card to the panda in Tokyo zoo. Cards to royalty and people all over the world. He piled up stacks of letters in his sack – some of them popped out of the hole in his sack onto the track. Along the way, he stopped for a chat, to a very friendly gnome, who’d said he’d lost his hat. Together, the pair started to search … they looked so hard that they knocked the robin off his perch. Soon, they were having a snowball fight – so Santa completely forgot about the time until he heard the town clock chime – which made him remember that he wanted his cards to get to their destination before the end of December ! He rushed down the hill at such a rate, Mrs.Christmas could hardly see him as he flew past the garden gate. Santa skid around the bend – carrying all the letters that he had to send. He narrowly missed the postbox, on his slippy trip – the postman’s van was heading off down the road … and Santa was still left with his rather heavy Christmas card load. Although Santa waved to make him stop … he was speeding off to his next drop.When Santa returned home, he was most upset. That was the last post this Christmas and none of his friends would now receive his best wishes. Instead he’d have to blow them kisses ! Mmmm, that gave Santa an idea – he folded each of the cards into a paper aeroplane and threw them off into flight, out in the rain. They flopped of course, into a puddle with a “SPLASH !” … when out came the Christmas fairy – with her wand to give them a bash ! That made the Christmas cards magic – her spell did just the trick ! Before long, they were spinning around the world, towards the letterbox of Santa’s friends – not by post but by magic instead – off to hundreds of letterboxes, they sped ahead. Each of the cards seemed to magically know in which direction they should go. Some of the elves on the ground, thought that the cards were shooting stars, spinning around. Next December, Santa would have to remember that magic is far cheaper than a stamp – Christmas fairy tricks even work well when the weather is damp !

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The Missing A – post – rophe Game

1. Read the passage above – the apostrophes have been posted in the mail by Santa. Imagine that you are the lady at the North Pole post office – stamp them back ! 2. Circle the commas in the text.

Every year, Santa always had hundreds of Christmas cards to post – he even posted one to the grotto ghost ! He knew that the postman was due to come at five – but to the North Pole is quite a considerable drive. There was a note to the snowman – to check the weather forecast … and one or two letters to friends he’d met in the past. There were cards to Australia and one or two to Canada, too – there even was a card to the panda in Tokyo zoo. Cards to royalty and people all over the world. He piled up stacks of letters in his sack – some of them popped out of the hole in his sack onto the track. Along the way, he stopped for a chat, to a very friendly gnome, who’d said he’d lost his hat. Together, the pair started to search … they looked so hard that they knocked the robin off his perch. Soon, they were having a snowball fight – so Santa completely forgot about the time until he heard the town clock chime – which made him remember that he wanted his cards to get to their destination before the end of December ! He rushed down the hill at such a rate, Mrs.Christmas could hardly see him as he flew past the garden gate. Santa skid around the bend – carrying all the letters that he had to send. He narrowly missed the postbox, on his slippy trip – the postmans van was heading off down the road … and Santa was still left with his rather heavy Christmas card load.When Santa returned home, he was most upset. That was the last post this Christmas and none of his friends would now receive his best wishes. Instead he’d have to blow them kisses ! Mmmm, that gave Santa an idea – he folded each of the cards into a paper aeroplane and threw them off into flight, out in the rain. They flopped of course, into a puddle with a “SPLASH !” … when out came the Christmas fairy – with her wand to give them a bash ! That made the Christmas cards magic – her spell did just the trick ! Before long, they were spinning around the world, towards the letterbox of Santas friends – not by post but by magic instead – off to hundreds of letterboxes, they sped ahead. Each of the cards seemed to magically know in which direction they should go. Some of the elves on the ground, thought that the cards were shooting stars, spinning around. Next December, Santa would have to remember that magic is far cheaper than a stamp – Christmas fairy tricks even work well when the weather is damp !

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

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