Sleigh Number Four…

The Twelve Sleighs of Christmas

This is the story of Santa’s many sleighs,
Some will surprise and others will amaze.

But for fifty years each sleigh should last,
So they’re built to be strong and designed to go fast.

Yet not every sleigh has been that easy to master,
In fact most have been a complete disaster!

Each day you can read about a different one,
And with a bit of luck you might have some fun!

The Fourth Sleigh…

This time Santa had learnt his lesson,
With heavy materials there would be no messin’,

Now he wanted something more speedy and light,
Something to cruise through a Christmas Eve night.

Aluminium was the material he finally chose,
A metal, yes, but one that just flows.

It’s pliable and thin and simple to bend,
And any little dents are easy to mend.

Santa set out his plans and met with the elves,
With the ease of design they were beside themselves.

They knocked up the sleigh in no time at all,
It was plain and simple and really quite small.

The sleigh fared quite well when it was duly air trialled,
Its performance and speed were all noted and filed,

It was swift and sleek and had less weight,
And Santa said the whole thing looked really great!

The reindeers thought it would be so easy to pull,
Even when Santa’s toy sack was full!

Rudy, however, thought it a little bit plain
Although he knew it would not do to complain.

The first time out the sleigh got blown off course,
And its handling in high winds was hard to endorse.

To make it more stable they stacked bricks in the back,
But they got in the way of Santa’s toy sack.

They just couldn’t make the thing fly straight in the wind,
So the plans for another just had to be binned.

When the sleigh was retired it was all dented and banged –
Well in fifty flights it was bound to get pranged!


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