a visit from the North Pole
up to mischief if left to their own devices.
“But I just could not pass up the opportunity to visit the children at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. It is one of the highlights of my year.”
Mother Christmas said: “We’ve been visiting the hospital for many years, so many now that I can’t count anymore. I remember when I first came, I still had my figure.”
Father Christmas added: “And we always come before Christmas so that we can stay longer and make the visit extra special. As you know, our reindeer are exceptionally busy on Christmas Eve so they spend this time resting and Mother Christmas and I arrive in some other interesting way. Remember the year we came by helicopter, dear?”
“Oh I do,” she said. “But the most exciting by far was when we paraglided there.”
“My favourite was when we flew in by magic,” interrupted Father Christmas, “– but miscalculated and ended up on the roof. Ho, ho, ho! Thank goodness that friendly fireman was there with a ladder.”
“But travelling by magic is so exhausting,” said Mother Christmas. “That’s why our reindeer can only manage it once a year.”