Santa sends his apologies. He was unable to be here. It is the day before Christmas and things were out of control at the North Pole. The elves were frantic, the sled needed loading and there were a lot of lose ends to tie. Mrs. Clause put her foot down. It was time for Santa to hang up his swimwear and head home.
But no worries mates. He sent someone in his stead. Someone with little to do on this busiest of days.