Santa has been having problems with the heater on the sleigh. Without heat Santa and Jessie would get frost bite when delivering the presents on Christmas Eve. The woman who normally fixes his sleigh had broken her arm so Santa had to get a mechanic from the nearest town to come and fix the vehicle. The mechanic’s name was Tom and he thought that Santa was rather eccentric. He did not believe in Santa Claus but was willing to fix the sleigh. He thought there was no harm in keeping an old man happy.
When Tom looked at the sleigh he found reindeer hair in the fan. The hair had stopped up parts so the heat could not reach the back of the sleigh. Tom scrunched his nose curiously, held up the hair and looked at Santa. Santa just shrugged, and grinned at the man. Tom sighed and put the fan back together. He went home confused and shaking his head.
Now that the fan was fixed Santa called upon his pit crew to get the sleigh ready for the trip. One elf secured the harnesses for the reindeer. He made sure they were strong and would last the trip around the world.
Another elf refilled the cocoa and cookie dispensers so that Santa and Jessie would not be hungry on their journey. Delivering billions of presents is hard work and Santa likes to have a treat on his journey.
A final elf waxed the runners on the sleigh making it easier for the reindeer to pull.
While the elves were working Santa put blankets and pillows in the back of the sleigh for Jessie and then checked that his magic sack was securely wedged into the back of the vehicle. He would take the presents from the magic sack and put them into his personal sack when going down the chimney on Christmas Eve.
Santa also checked that all of the gadgets and gizmos were working correctly and ready for the flight. When finished he slapped the side of the sleigh and called Jessie from her nap in the corner of the building. Santa reached down and petted the dog’s fur. “She’s all ready , girl. We’ll be safe and comfortable on our journey. Are you excited?”
Jessie’s tail pounded on the floor and she stood up and licked Santa’s cheek.
Santa laughed. “Me too, girl. Just think! Only a few more days and we’ll be on our journey.”