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!