Sleigh Number Six…

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 Sixth Sleigh…

The sixth sleigh was powered solely by steam,
A new innovation for all of the team.

Instead of the reindeers pulling from the front in a pack,
They’d be stoking the fire and shovelling coal at the back!

The sleigh used a system of pistons and gears,
Designed to pump, pull and push for fifty long years.

There were pulleys and levers and all kinds of gauges,
That would keep the sleigh going for ages and ages!

A great big fire kept the boiler piping hot,
The fire used coal – in fact, a whole lot!

It was hot, sweaty work for the reindeers to do,
And none of them liked being on the coal shovelling crew!

The elves kept the engine all covered in grease,
‘Cos anything sticking would cause it to cease.

The sleigh had iron wings that you just could not miss,
Each one letting off steam with an almighty hiss!

All of its parts leaked water and oil,
And numerous suits it caused Santa to spoil.

He got stains on his trousers and all down his shirt,
He never thought a steam engine would make so much dirt!

On Christmas Eve nights the sleigh chugged into the sky,
Flying over the world so way up high.

Santa and Rudy would check all the dials,
Recording coal usage and noting the miles.

But eventually, to change the sleigh became a must,
As all the water and steam had caused it to rust!

After fifty years it was starting to look old,
And in a second-hand sleigh store, it was finally sold!


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