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* Happy Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

    T'was the night before Christmas, and all round the house,
         Not a VeeDub was running, I felt like a louse

    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
         in hopes that St. Wolfsburg soon would be there

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds
         while visions of Campers danced in their wee heads

    And Mama in her flannel and I in mine, too,
         thought a cross-county bus tour was a neat thing to do

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
         like sounds of a bad clutch; you know how they chatter

    Away to the window I flew like a flash
         i loosened the locks and threw open the sash

    And what to my wondering eyes did appear?
         But a Volkswagen bus, of the earlier years

    With a little old driver so pudgy and round
         that i knew in a moment St. Wolfsburg I'd found

    And pulling the Bus, through the snow and the cold,
         was an octet of Beetles, so proud and so bold

    More rapid than turtles, they strained as they came
         as he yelled and he screamed and he called them by name

    Now Sunroof, now Oval, now Super, and Sunbug
         On Verti, on Kuebel, on Karmann, and Goldbug

    To the top of the carport, to the top of the wall
         drive away, drive away, drive away all

    So up to the rooftop this convoy then flew
         The Bus full of car parts and the Beetles were, too

    As I drew in my head and was turning around
         from the chimney St. Wolfsburg came out with a bound

    He was dressed as mechanics, from his head to his foot
         and he reeked of old motor oil and ashes and soot

    A huge bunch of car parts he had stuffed in his sack
         marked VeeDub and Bosch - I was taken aback

    His face was all wrinkled, his eyes so dejected
         like he'd been told his repairs were more than expected

    His feet were all covered with oil, which was dripping
         all over my carpet where he had been tripping

    He was rotund and jolly, a competent mech,
         but my room now was filthy, a horrible wreck

    He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,
         with his butt-crack all showing, like some plumber, the jerk!

    Then putting his finger aside of his nose
         with a wink and a nod, up the chimney he rose

    He sprang to his Bus, fixed his seatbelt, and farted
         Then hit the ignition, and up they all started

    But I heard him exclaim ere he drove round the side
         Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good ride!

    Joel Walker

    apologies to Mr. Moore (the original author),
    and to Jim Finn (who adapted it for British Cars, 1992)
    (and from whom I shamelessly stole the idea :)

* Christmas Ornament - Make your own!

It's here!. Hang your Westy from a tree... a Christmas Tree
You can download a template and then print it on your inkjet.
Use a pair of scissors and glue and you will have a Westy Christmas ornament. Chose the color you want, or make them all. Click on the links below and a page will appear that you can print out.

Red Westy
Green Westy with white top
Green Westy with green top
Yellow Westy
Tips and tricks in building the Westfalia Xmas ornament.
Here are my 2 completed Westies. It is a marvel how nice and realistic they look. Here's some suggestions.
  • I printed 2 sheets, one to refer to where the fold lines are while I worked on the other.
  • My hands are shaky and I am not good with scissors. I used a straight edge ruler and an exactor hobby knife to cut out the pattern. Slow going, but accurate.
  • If you use the knife method, do it with a cardboard backing so as to not cut up the table. I used the back of a notepad.
  • Once the pattern is cut, pre-fold where you are supposed to. Before gluing, do a dry fit to make sure you have it right.
  • Have some scotch tape handy if you make a mistake. I needed to mend one when I didn't cut right.
  • I used Elmer's glue but I think a paper glue (muselage) might work better.
  • Go slow and hold the things together while the glue sets up.
  • Try and resist going vrooom when playing with your new Westy.  Enjoy!
  •  If possible, print on Hi-Gloss photo paper, 
  • I used double backed Scotch Tape instead of Elmers Glue. It grabs and holds very well and you don't have hold the tabs while the glue sets. Also, it's easier to reposition the tabs for any re-alignment.
  • Another tip; attach one side of the underbody to the body (after tape has been applied to all tabs on both body and underbody). Assemble only the front and back to the side to which the underbody is attached, then attach the other side and swing the underbody into position. This sequence allows you to squeeze the tabs together with your fingers for a more secure bond.
  • The double backed tape makes the whole job a snap. Be sure all tabs are folded and creased for a sharp bend. I scored the fold lines with a ball point pen before bending and applying tape.

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