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I GOT a Hippopotomus for Christmas, So Now What??!

Updated on April 18, 2014


Fantasy fairies make for a gorgeous Christmas tree but what about a hippopotamus ? Hummm? I bet you never thought of that before. Just think how CUTE that might be.. a tree featuring the lovely hippopotamus! I don't want my two front teeth, no way i want a hippopotamus and preferably a baby so I can watch it grow. Tee hee.. so fun to think of ya know? Where would you keep it? In your pool? You would have to build a pool if you don't already have one. For now though? Let's just settle for tiny ones on a tree.

I recently watched a story about this guy who had a hippo for a pet that eventually killed him. As it grew older it became more and more dangerous. You know that right? That hippos are very dangerous and aggressive. This whole lens is light fun and meant to be playful. The babies sure are darling though aren't they? I can kind of see how that guy fell in love with his hippo and lost perspective.

I imagine a hippopotamus wearing a tuxedo or a golf shirt. For girl hippos of course I see them in a fluffy pink tutu with pink bows on either ear. Too fun! Isn't it fun to use your imagination and be silly? Yes!

Did I get a hippopotamus for Christmas... some of you have asked, well...

YES I DID... and let me tell you, as much as I wanted one, as cute as the little guy is, he is GROWING and is pretty darn messy. Eeek! I think he will soon be too big for the tub and he refuses to wear a bib while eating and he won't wear any of the cute clothes I got him cause they are all in pink. Oh me, the life of a Hippopotamus owner. I know and you don't have to remind me, that I was warned by many of you. Still and all? Ohh he looks darling in his pink tutu and flower lei.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

WHERE Is Santa Right Now? (a poem)

WHERE Is Santa Right Now, cause I might need him to come back and get my dear hippo.. he is getting BIG!!

"Where Is Santa Right Now? Does Santa Go On Vacation? Or Stay Home At the North Pole? "

Where is Santa right now?

Off for the summer is he?

Does Santa take a holiday?

What does he do when he's not repairing his sled

keeping track of those elves

feeding Rudolf and the rest of the reindeer?

Does he go to Hawaii?

Does he go to the South of France?

Where is Santa NOW?

I want to give him a phone call

Can I?

If I find his number is it Santa himself

who answers?

Does he have an answering service?

Can I email Santa?

And if I do will he be the one who reads my message

or just one of his elves?


If Ol' Saint Nick does go on holiday

Do the elves go too?

Does Mrs. Claus go?

Don't they need some rest as well?

If they do go

who feeds the reindeer?


I just don't know!

It all perplexes me.

Of course Santa must rest

so where is Santa right now?

If Santa goes on a holiday

does he wear his red and white outfit?

What does he wear?

And Mrs. Claus

what does she wear?

If the elves go too

what do they wear?

I am wondering too

wouldn't people notice them all?

Lying in the sun

sipping ice tea?

If they reindeer go

isn't that a huge attraction?

Do people bug them all

and ask for their autographs?

OH! Where is dear Santa right now?

No, I don't think he is in Hawaii

I am not sure why but it just does not sound right

tourists would have said they had seen him there by now.

Santa, the elves and the reindeer surfing?

Humm I don't think so.

The South of France then?

If so, what is he doing there?

Does he eat French food?

Does he go to see the art?

What about the reindeer inside the restaurants?

No, that just cannot be it.

Oh I don't know where Santa could be

except maybe where he always is

The North Pole!

Yup, that is where Santa is now.

Santa and the elves

Mrs. Claus and the reindeer

Rudolf for sure!

Santa is much too busy for a holiday


or is he?

Ask any child

perhaps they will know,

"Where is Santa right now?"

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2012

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For fun.. maybe add a whole zoo of animals

I think a tree of ONLY hippos would be sooo CUTE but it would also be darling to have a zoo tree, that included all kinds of exotic animals. Ohh I can just see it all now adding zoo sounds of Christmas. Humm do you think animals sing Christmas songs after everyone leaves the zoo? Cause I know for SURE that they do in Africa as that is what a hippo told me. Who would doubt the word of a hippo? Not me!

YES... i want a hippopotamus for Christmas


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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      all i wanted was a sleeping doll and a pink dress/ pink flip-flops for christmas. squidangel blessings.

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      6 years ago

      OMG, I love that Hippopotomus song truly ... and hippos make such great gift ... especially for us gals with > hips! Hubba Hubba.

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      6 years ago

      Cute. I love hippos.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @BarbRad: But of course... smile

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      A baby hippo? For real?

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      6 years ago

      I love this lense, and my daughter would to. For the longest time, I thought it was Shirly Temple who sang that song. Thumbs up.

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      6 years ago


      I really enjoyed the hippos. LOL. Cuuute! Millions like. :)

      By the way, thanks so much for blessing my "Celine Dion's "All By My Self" The Versions: Wo Sang The Most Powerful Version?" lens. As a token of appreciation, I have features this fantastic lens on my "Adele Someone Like You" lens.

      Thanks again!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      6 years ago from California

      Very cute. Hippos are so, well, cute when they are little but not so much when they are grown up, imo anyway. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      6 years ago

      Cute idea! I loved the baby hippo video. Didn't know they were so small.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: You funny bunny.. no way would I take the one from the zoo.. no I got mine directly from Africa. Ooof though, like I wrote, he is really growing and quite demanding!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Really cute! I thought for sure you were going to tell us that someone gave you the gift of a real hippopotamus for Christmas via zoo adoption :)

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      6 years ago

      Who wouldn't want a hippo for Christmas?

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      6 years ago

      absolutely love this! delightful to read and see! Our daughter got a little stuffed hippopotomus for Christmas when she was very small. she called it her "pa-mot-amus" and she still has it !! she is an adult lady now but she has that little hippo in her home!

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      6 years ago

      Great hippo lens! Love it!!! :) Blessed!

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @CoeGurl: I just kind of stumbled across a UTube and saw it is actually an old song. Who knew!

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      6 years ago from USA

      So interesting to find your lens because this Christmas, a neighbor had a pink airblown inflatable Christmas Hippo in his front yard!

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      6 years ago

      Haha... enjoyed the song!

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      6 years ago

      super funny and fun to read and see, thank you for it!

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      Karen Kay 

      6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      one of the most fun Christmas songs! Love it1

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      6 years ago

      Love the song, but I don't know why anyone would want one for Christmas! lol

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      6 years ago

      What a cute lens! Loved it.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Yes, I did.

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      6 years ago

      So??? I am all ears ... did you get your Hippopotomus for Christmas??

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Intriguing title for this lens. It lived up to my expectations. Love the unexpected!!! :)

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      sponias lm 

      6 years ago

      The hippopotamus is an intriguing animal and a complicated pet. I hope you can deal with the problems of life as a hippopotamus owner, even thought the idea of living with a hippopotamus is exciting and funny. Merry Christmas!

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      6 years ago

      for all my life my dad used to say how nice it would be to have a goat as a pet, so one year I got him one! I hope he doesn't start asking about a hippopotamus for Christmas or I'll be in trouble!

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      6 years ago

      I wish you get your hippo for Christmas!

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      Titia Geertman 

      6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      It's been such a long time since I heard that song. Must've been in the late 1960s when I lived in the States for as short while. Great idea to write a lens about it.

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fun lens! I want a hippopotomus for Christmas too! Blessed. :)

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      TheLastResort LM 

      6 years ago

      I have to admit the baby hippopotamus looks cute, though an adult one might be a bit hard to keep :)

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      6 years ago

      Sweetness Kathy!

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      Moe Wood 

      6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      "I Want a Hippopotamus Christmas" is one of my favorite Christmas songs and is the only Christmas song I have on my iPod. This song makes me smile all year.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      i would love to have a stuff toy but not a real one. i would need a lot of vegies to feed it.

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      6 years ago

      Never in a million years would I thought of creating a Christmas lens about a hippopotamus...but this is a good example of how lensmasters are super-creative! It's all about approach and fresh ideas, and you've proven that. Great job! Merry (hippo) Christmas! :)

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      6 years ago



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