They haven't decided who will play Santa this year yet. There's certainly no shortage of men with beards about!
I reckon it'll be between Air Mechanic - Dougie Laws and Pilot - Dave Leatherdale.
You can decide which one would make the best Santa Clause!
There are only around 80-90 people at Rothera at any one time yet there are two rock bands here!
The Kebabs are the original group and they let me listen in on one of their jamming sessions last night. They are really good!
They play a whole load of stuff but mainly rock songs by bands like Foo Fighters and Oasis. I can't tell you their set list because it's a secret for the New Year's Eve party.
I was having serious trouble not giggling this morning when my producer Paul was sick over the side of our boat!
We were filming a Marine Biologist called Andy Miller. He was in one boat with a special machine that measures things like the temperature and depth of the sea, while we were in another nearby trying to film him doing his work.
The water was quite rough though and very soon Paul went pale and then he was sick. (He's better now by the way.)
So that's it from me for today. Tomorrow I will try to sum-up my stay here and let you into my thoughts about life in Antarctica.
Day 17: Tuesday 16 December 2003
It's snowing! Now that might not sound unusual for the Antarctic, but since we've been here this place has been sunshine city.
Today though the skies are grey, the air is icy cold and everywhere is covered in a layer of soft new snow.
But it's still pretty mild compared with the kind of weather we'd braced ourselves for when we left the UK two and a half weeks ago.
We were expecting this to be a seriously cold place so Paul and I brought a whole host of special gizmos to work in the extreme Antarctic; batteries that would last in very cold conditions, a special polar duvet to keep the camera warm, hand warmers for our pockets as well as millions of layers of clothing.
So far we haven't had to use any of them!
Today's photo was taken in almost exactly the same place as yesterday's. Have a look at the difference between the two! Talk about a change in the weather!
It might be snowing we were still out in the cold this morning filming Keiron and Andy using the Remote Operated Vehicle.
It's an underwater video camera with it's own motor and the marine biologists put it in the water on the end of a long line so they can look at the really deep seabed without having to get wet.
It was really interesting to see what the it looked like.
From the ground, Antarctica appears mainly white, blue and grey. But underwater the continent is a rich variety of colours.
Oranges and lemons
We saw one creature they called a 'lemon' because it looks just like a lemon - bright yellow and well, lemon shaped!
Apparently there's another that looks just like an orange. I must say I'm pretty impressed with Antarctica's sea life.
Originally I'd just seen a few sea spiders which are what you'd expect - big spiders in the sea. But the lemons and orange slugs are great.
There's not much more we can do today unless the weather perks up.
Now I know why there's such a fab library of films and books here. I guess a lot of people spend a lot of time waiting for the weather.
Day 16: Monday 15 December 2003
Saddam Hussein and the problems in Iraq seem a world away from down here.
Of course we are in Antarctica which is a very long way from Iraq.
But it's easy to forget about the troubles elsewhere when surrounded by snow and ice. Life here focuses on work and weather, science and skiing.
Still, here at the Rothera Research Station they have the 'Rothera Times'.
I would like to say it's very good but I would be lying. But it is a daily mix of news and sport with the Pop Idol results every week.
It's a life line to the real world but with no TV or live internet, that would be impossible.
The weather is starting to turn now. For the first time since I've been here, I woke up to a grey sky.
The sun still manages to find a way through the clouds though. It's always a factor 30 sun cream day here.
Producer Paul and I are hoping to film the diving scientists today. They're the people whose work involves looking at all things to do with the sea.
It might mean taking another boat trip, but this will be a gentle float around the bay as the scientists do things like collecting sea creatures.
Oh I nearly forgot - I went snowboarding yesterday! It was amazing. I was a bit rusty and fell over a few times but I mean how cool is that?!
Thanks to Jobbo for lending me his board. In case you're wondering, no they don't have ski lifts here.
The only way up the hill is to be towed by a skidoo. It's kind of like a scary drag lift.
Unfortunately I didn't get a pic of me boarding, so today's photo is of the beautiful ice bergs in the bay yesterday.
Day 15: Sunday 14 December 2003
Yesterday afternoon I did one of the best things I have ever done.
I took a ride in a blow-up boat to Lagoon Island.
It might not sound very special but for me sitting on the edge of that little orange boat hanging on for survival as we hurtled over the Antarctic waves doing 23 knots (very fast) was an amazing experience.
At one particularly wavy point I thought I might not be able to hang on any longer. My arms were aching and my legs were burning as we kept crashing down onto another dip in the sea's waves, bang, thump, giggle (I kept laughing).
Anyway big thanks to Heff and Andy who took us out. Good driving lads.
Lagoon Island was pretty cool. That was the reason we'd made the fantastic boat journey in the first place. It's a beautiful little island with a hut which some of the guys go to when they want to escape living with 90 other people.
It's a lovely little hut with two bunk beds, a sink, and table and chairs. I'm not sure about a toilet though. I expect you just have to take your chances outside with that!