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If you like sliding down chimneys and you don’t mind being pulled by a Deer.

I know of a job you can apply for that will be available soon this year.

You must like spreading joy and laughter and you’ll need a beard that’s white.

The rest of your appearance is not important, but you can’t give the children a fright!

Please report to Lapland with my blessing and make friends with the elves that are there.

You have almost a month before they’ll need you so watch carefully in the corner from a chair!

Come Christmas Eve you’ll be busy as there are miles that you must go,

But worry not Mr Santa as Rudolf travels fast not slow.

Do not eat too much of the offerings nor drink too much of the wine.

Please be careful on reading the labels and make sure you deliver what’s mine!

© 2015, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.

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About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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