It was a week before Christmas and everyone was heading home or overseas to be with family. It was no different for us. We'd gathered in Auckland and packed our bags to head to New Zealand's South Island.
Little did we know we'd have a surprise guest on our flight to Queenstown. Our flight was at 7.30am. Yeah, joyous early morning flight. Whilst sitting at the gate barely able to keep our eyes open, we see 3 guests coming up the escalators. Who might they be? Why, Santa and his two elves!
One elf carrying his rather large sack of goodies and the other smiling away in glory. Santa was busy talking to the little kids at the gates. It was a temporary shot of caffeine. Back to sleep we go till we have to board that is.
As we get on board, oh my what is this, Santa's on board! So are his elves along with his large sack. Yay Santa is flying with us. Not too sure what that meant. I'm guessing he has to fly using legal modes of transport these days.
The usual thing happens, everyone fasten your seat belts your flight is about to take off bla bla bla. Santa gets a special mention. I do have one question, did he not feel hot in his red suit? It is summer time in the Southern Hemisphere after all. Maybe he's used to it.
On domestic flights when flying Air New Zealand, they usually serve a light snack and some refreshments i.e. tea, coffee or water. But what is this, Santa and his elves are out of their seats too. That's when we hear a wonderful announcement. Santa is delivering his presents to the passengers on his flight to Queenstown. Efficiency at its best! He saves time and well doesn't have to climb through our chimneys in the middle of the night!
Each and every single passenger, young and old received a present. Some kids got toys, some adults got headsets and some got Dan Carter's book. I think delivering Dan Carter himself wouldn't be a bad present either. Go the All Blacks!
Thank you Air New Zealand for the lovely surprise and for making us all feel like little kids again. I suppose I've been good this year.
Merry Christmas and season's greetings everyone! Enjoy the festive season!
Until next time,