English Writer Publishes New Christmas Story About Santa Claus on a Tropical Island Where He Now Lives

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Roy Thomsitt, an English writer now living in tropical Palawan, has uncovered a story that raised doubts about Santa Claus being able to visit children ever again. It all happened not in snow and ice, but on the edge of a tropical rainforest, at Christmas 2004.

Roy Thomsitt left England in 2000 to get away from the cold winters of his home, to find an alternative lifestyle and live on a tropical island in the SW Philippines. Thoughts of snow, Christmas and Santa Claus could not have been further from his thoughts as he settled in Palawan in 2002. Now, for Christmas 2005, he has published a new Christmas story about Santa Claus and a little girl living in a native hut on the edge of the rain forest.

The story revolves around Di, a very happy child whose family live in poverty and very poor conditions. Di sees a Santa Claus movie at her aunt’s house in the city, which leads her to ask her mother: “Why Won’t Santa Visit Poor Children?”

That simple question, asked by an innocent 7 year old girl in November 2004, led to an amazing sequence of events, the like of which no other child but Di can ever experience.

Santa Claus lived in a wonderland in the snow and ice in Lapland, while Di lived in on the edge of a Palawan tropical rainforest. What was it that would cause fear for Santa’s life? What was it that would bond Di and Santa Claus, from such different worlds?

The story mixes the fantasy of Santa Claus with the real life culture and conditions of the Philippines and its generous people. Even the animals of the rainforest join in as Santa makes his annual tropical visit to a watering hole near Di’s home.

In a land where those with little give much, the conclusion of the story leaves Di facing a dilemma over her first ever Christmas morning gift; and Santa Claus, from afar, confident of how she will deal with it.

Roy Thomsitt tells the story from his home in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where he has fulfilled a childhood dream of living on a tropical island; a major contrast to his former small business life in advertising back in England.

Roy, 55, now writes full time for the internet, and can be contacted at +63 48 434 7685

The story, called "Why Won't Santa Visit Poor Children?" can be read online at:


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