The Christmas That Santa Exchanged His Wellingtons For Walking Boots

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One year, instead of sugary fruits, as a present from the others in the grotto, Santa received a new pair of walking boots. He looked at the box, and checked it’s size, shook it a bit – then out fell the surprise : a big pair of leather walking boots ! Were they magic ? Santa wondered somewhat, knowing that the Christmas fairy’s spells usually had a lot. Santa couldn’t wait to try them on. The next time Mrs. Christmas looked, off upstairs, he had gone. Suddenly, BANG ! the snowman thought that the roof was tumbling down, because there was such a loud crash, it could be heard on the other side of town. Santa, of course, didn’t notice at all, how the picture frames wobbled in the hall and fell off the wall. THUD ! THUD ! one by one, Santa plodded downstairs as the bannister rail shook and the hatstand spun.
Santa had never been known for having dainty feet, but in his new clog – hoppers, Santa made more noise than all one thousand gnomes, (more than a thousand coppers stomping on their beat !). Soon, the grotto floorboards broke and outside in the garden, Frosty the Snowman awoke. “Keep down the racket !”, the elves outside cried, still trying to get some sleep from the party the night before, inside. The Christmas fairy, who usually floated around the grotto as lightly as a ballerina – laughed at the sight, of two thousand elves looking as green as greenfly … going slightly greener !
When Santa went to climb down the chimney pot, because he still had one or two presents to deliver, he found that on the grotto roof, there was three inches of snow, which with all the commotion, started to quiver. In the cold, Santa’s shivering became worse … which shook the roof, even more of course. As the television aerial gave a shake, CRASH ! off fell the ice in the quake. The Christmas fairy giggled some more, as the chimney pot wiggled, three icicles jiggled, Santa wriggled and all jiggled to the floor ! The walking boots that Santa received this year, were much better than last year’s slippers or 2005’s swimming flippers. Although not as comfortable to wear, he hoped every year from now on, he’d get a new pair. Since, they were so useful for clearing the snow, and perhaps, in new boots, Santa clearing the Winter ice would only take an hour or so.
As soon as his Christmas jobs were ticked off the list, Santa decided to take his sleigh for a ride in the mist. Making more noise in his walking boots, than the Yeti, Santa opted to drive on holiday in the mountains, rather than safari in the Sarangetti. His trip, however, turned out to be rather trying, (since Santa was rather more used to usually flying !). Santa took lots of photographs en route, and was so busy focusing on the forest, he fell over a Christmas tree root. There were still more problems afoot, when Santa accidentally dropped his compass in a mountain pass and trod on it with his boot. In the fog, he couldn’t see his map – then underfoot, he heard a snap. “CRACK !”. Broken branches left a trail on the track where Santa had walked over the mountains and back. “CRUNCH ! CRUNCH !”. There was a trail of leaves on the footpath, as well as crumbs from Santa’s picnic lunch, which had dropped from the knapsack, that he carried on his back. With no compass, now, Santa didn’t know which way to go ! especially with the ground covered in four inches of snow.
Whilst he was squeezing the water out of his socks, Santa rested on the rocks. He took a drink from a flask that he carried on his hip, (Santa always kept a hot toddy of whiskey for his trip). His new walking boots rub and hurt. Santa could only just see the laces, since they were covered in so much in muddy dirt. Santa tied each of his new walking boots to a log, tentatively placed his feet down, then jumped off like a frog. Using two twigs as ski – poles, he almost lost his wig in a bush of figs, and ran over two moles. Whooosh ! The curvy hillside made his ski – ing journey swervy, so hardly surprising Santa arrived back at the grotto a little nervy. The wind blew strong, making his trip even quicker.
As the gust howled, Santa scowled, and his glide down the moutainside became considerably slicker. Collecting mushrooms had always been one of Santa’s favourite pastimes, but today, he didn’t have much time, nor much room, to stop. His size nine new boots, gave him size nine new blisters. Santa badly needed some first aid, so he rushed through the Christmas fairy glade. Santa’s well – polished walking boots shone more than the Christmas lights along the way, helping to illuminate the darks woods and get him to the other side of the mountain and back in one day.
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Snapped Branches Word Game
Imagine Santa had trodden on some of the words, from the story with his boots and snapped them into pieces. Can you stick them back together again correctly ? There are three broken branches in each sentence. Write a list of the broken words, properly stuck back together.

1. One year, tead ins of sugary fruits, as a sent pre from the others in the to grot, Santa received a new pair of walking boots.
2. He ed look at the box, and eck ch ed it’s size, shook it a bit – then out fell the surprise : a big pair of her leat walking boots !
3. Santa couldn’t it wa to y tr em th on.
4. ly Sudden, BANG ! the snowman ought th that the roof was ing tumbl down, because there was such a loud crash, it could be heard on the other side of town.
5. Santa had never been own kn for having dainty feet, but in his new clog – hoppers, Santa made more is no e than all one thousand gnomes, (more than a and thous coppers stomping on their beat !).
6. The Christmas fairy ally usu floated round a the grotto as lightly as a erina ball.
7. The Christmas fairy gled gig some more, as the c ney him pot wiggled, three les icic jiggled, Santa wriggled and all jiggled to the floor !
8. As soon as his Christmas jobs were ed tick off the list, Santa cided de to take his eigh sl for a ride in the mist.

9. His trip, ever how, turned out to be her rat trying, (since Santa was rather more used to ually us flying !).

10. Santa took lots of p ographs hot en route, and was so busy sing focu on the forest, he fell over a mas Christ tree root.

11. There were still more p blems rob afoot, when Santa acci ally dent dropped his pass com in a mountain pass and trod on it with his boot.

12. In the fog, he couldn’t see his m ap – then foot under, he heard a snap. “RACK C !”.

13. Broken an br ches left a trail on the rack t where Santa had ed walk over the mountains and back.

14. Santa didn’t know which way to go ! es ially pec with the round g covered in four ches in of snow.

15. Santa could only ust j see the ces la, since they were covered in so uch m in muddy dirt.

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The Colder Boulder Game

Whilst walking, Santa stopped. As he rested on a rock, he found that the temperature dropped.

1. What was the temperature (t) on the following rocks ?
t = 12 + 25
t = 30 / 3
t = 100 / 4 + 2
t = 20 – 9
2t = 20 / 2
2t = 5 + 15
2t = 25 – 3
2t = 2 (16 / 4
3t = 60 / 3
3t = 120 / 3
           2
3t = – 3 (12 / 4)
3t = 100 / 25 / 3
2. Which boulder is colder ?

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Santa’s Size Nine’s

Write 10 sums that include one of Santa’s size nine boots.

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

Game 1 Answers :
1. One year, instead of sugary fruits, as a present from the others in the grotto, Santa received a new pair of walking boots.
2. He looked at the box, and checked it’s size, shook it a bit – then out fell the surprise : a big pair of leather walking boots !
3. Santa couldn’t wait to try them on.
4. Suddenly, BANG ! the snowman thought that the roof was tumbling down, because there was such a loud crash, it could be heard on the other side of town.
5. Santa had never been known for having dainty feet, but in his new clog – hoppers, Santa made more noise than all one thousand gnomes, (more than a thousand coppers stomping on their beat !).
6. The Christmas fairy usually floated around the grotto as lightly as a ballerina.
7. The Christmas fairy giggled some more, as the chimney pot wiggled, three icicles jiggled, Santa wriggled and all jiggled to the floor !

8. As soon as his Christmas jobs were ticked off the list, Santa decided to take his sleigh for a ride in the mist.

9. His trip, however, turned out to be rather trying, (since Santa was rather more used to usually flying !).

10. Santa took lots of photographs en route, and was so busy focusing on the forest, he fell over a Christmas tree root.

11. There were still more problems afoot, when Santa accidentally dropped his compass in a mountain pass and trod on it with his boot.

12. In the fog, he couldn’t see his map – then underfoot, he heard a snap. “CRACK !”.

13. Broken branches left a trail on the track where Santa had walked over the mountains and back.

14. Santa didn’t know which way to go ! especially with the ground covered in four inches of snow.

15. Santa could only just see the laces, since they were covered in so much in muddy dirt.

Game 2 Answers : 37 ; 10 ; 27 ; 11 ; 5 ; 10 ; 11 ; 8 ; 20 ; 20 ; 9 ; 25

 

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