Sleigh Number Five…

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 Fifth Sleigh…

By now Santa had just about had enough,
With metal and wood he was sick of the stuff!

This time he thought he would do it with class,
So he sculpted the fifth sleigh completely from glass!

Now Santa is not as dumb as he looks,
And he’d searched through all of his reference books.

He discovered toughened glass could be really quite strong,
But for fifty years – would it last that long?

On expert advice he had a sleigh made,
Using the strongest glass of the highest grade.

It took quite a while but at last it was done,
And that shiny glass sleigh looked really fun!

But at night the sleigh was completely see-through,
Making the thing nearly impossible to view.

So Santa had to be careful where to park,
Because the sleigh could be easily lost in the dark!

The reindeers thought it all a bit kooky,
As an invisible sleigh seemed terribly spooky!

They did not like the feeling one little bit,
And several of them even threatened to quit!

Santa managed to calm them all down,
By painting the sleigh a nice golden brown.

Rudy thought of something more festive instead,
So they got rid of the brown and painted it red!

The sleigh got chipped over fifty hard winters,
And, every year, Santa got a few glass splinters.

In the end the sleigh started to crack,
And on its last flight out they only just made it back!


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