CRAZY TALK

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CRANKVENT...

...we ponder the image below and realise OTHER transportation options are apparently available to Father Christmas. We blame the excision of the Christmas Eagle from festive lore on the popularity of that infernal carol, 'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer'. Bring back the eagle! Leave a small dead rabbit out for Santa's trusty steed this year—flapping is hard work.

And tell children to be good or the Christmas Eagle might be tempted to catch them up in his terrible claws as an in-flight snack.

Father Christmas on eagle carrying basket of toys, by Miss M. Scott, 1906. Gelatin silver photograph. State Library of Victoria, H96.160/1334.

Father Christmas on eagle carrying basket of toys, by Miss M. Scott, 1906. Gelatin silver photograph. State Library of Victoria, H96.160/1334.