Sleigh Number Three…

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 Third Sleigh…

For the third, Santa went for an industrial feel,
Commissioning a sleigh to be made out of steel.

It was put together in great big sheets,
The elves pounding the rivets in rhythmic beats.

The sleigh was properly forged and sealed,
With every elf wearing a protective eye-shield.

Working close to the furnace was incredibly hot,
Especially when welding a difficult spot.

The sleigh was enormous – like a big silver box,
To pull it a reindeer needed the strength of an ox!

With the additional weight of Santa’s toy sack,
The sleigh could not help but drag at the back.

It was delivered to the hangar on a great big truck,
But to get it airborne would need some luck.

The reindeers all started pumping weights,
To make themselves stronger for their Christmas Eve dates.

They soon got themselves all physically fit,
And, to be honest, that really did help a bit.

They managed to tow the sleigh into the sky
But not without one almighty try.

The sleigh was too heavy to land on roofs –
As making it stop wore down the reindeers hoofs.

So Santa jumped into chimneys with the sleigh still in flight,
Whilst gripping a rope incredibly tight.

Many times, in those years, Santa was left stranded,
Until Rudy could get the sleigh safely landed.

The sleigh met its end on its final flight,
It sank through the ice – well it never was light!

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Sleigh Number Two…

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 Second Sleigh…

The next sleigh made was number two,
Strongly made from wood through and through.

There were no bits tied on with lengths of string,
And nothing at all that would weaken the thing!

This one was styled in walnut and teak,
A beautiful sleigh, both sturdy and sleek.

The finest craftsmen in the land,
All worked very hard to make it look grand.

The skis and rails were both made from pine,
And even the reindeers thought it looked fine!

To finish it off it was polished and waxed,
Then, to make it legal, it was roof and air taxed.

The sleigh looked like some valuable antique,
It may not have been old but it was certainly unique!

Santa named it the ‘Clausmobile’,
As he jumped in behind the steering wheel.

Rudy climbed into the passenger seat,
Made from plush leather – it looked a real treat.

The sleigh was heavy and a struggle to fly,
But all the reindeers gave it a try.

It flew through the air like a giant chest of drawers,
Or like a wardrobe – without the doors!

It landed on rooftops with almighty clatter,
Making children wonder what on earth was the matter!

But, at last, the sleigh’s time was done,
It had made fifty flights but they’d hardly been fun.

The sleigh’s now for sale in an antique shop,
It’s quality and style you just could not top.

Read about a different one every day until Christmas…

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 First Sleigh…

The first one was basically just cobbled together,
And was completely useless in all kinds of weather.

Santa and Rudy built it themselves,
Without any help at all from the elves.

It was mostly fashioned from old wooden crates,
With the sides constructed from the warehouse gates!

These were fixed on with glue and string,
Which made that sleigh a rickety old thing!

Santa then varnished and polished the wood,
And when he had finished it looked pretty good.

After that, he and Rudy tied on the skis,
But it was a bit slapdash and showed no expertise.

The reindeer harnesses were pinned on with nails,
All hammered into the safety rails.

The seat was just an old wooden bench,
The top, English oak, the legs something French!

To protect Santa’s bottom, the bench had to be padded,
But with a bottom so large more cushions were added!

Even so, it was still an uncomfortable seat,
Yet with the padding now done their work was complete.

Sadly, the sleigh was a nightmare to fly,
It was made from old junk so that’s probably why.

Thankfully it would only get used once a year,
But that still didn’t give Santa or Rudy much cheer!

At last, after fifty hair-raising flights,
And for flying quite badly on those Christmas Eve nights,

The sleigh finally failed its safety test,
So, to build a new one was thought to be best!

Tomorrow, read about Santa’s second sleigh!