SANTA'S NEW RIDE: Jacko Bevan had the task of painting Santa's tractor in Mundubbera.
SANTA'S NEW RIDE: Jacko Bevan had the task of painting Santa's tractor in Mundubbera. Philippe Coquerand

Hay Santa, time to upgrade the sleigh?

SANTA is set to replace the reindeer with John Deere thanks to a Mundubbera resident.

Ashley Maeyke built a tractor out of hay bales especially for the man in red.

He said the idea came about as a couple wanted some hay for their property, and he decided to get a little creative.

"I received this phone call (to deliver some hay) and I decided to go one better and build this tractor,” Mr Maeyke said.

"It was unbelievable, they thought it was brilliant.”

Mr Maeyke said it was good to try something different for Christmas.

"It's a great way to keep Christmas alive in the country towns, we've got the lights tradition and now we've started with decorating and making stuff out of hay,” he said.

Jacko Bevan was asked to paint the tractor and he thought it was a great new initiative.

"We used water based paint and it took around two hours to paint,” Mr Bevan said.

"Ideas like this help keep Christmas alive, this is very unique.”

Mr Bevan believes it could be the start of a new Christmas tradition.

"It's going to be competitive every year and everyone will try and out do each other, it's exciting,” he said.


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