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Christmas Countdown-Day 5 (Sorting out the sleigh)

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.sleigh

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.”

August 15th – More little known facts about Christmas at the North Pole

  1. The elves are given a one month vacation on a private  island after Christmas.  They sun bathe, swim and play in the sand.

    Christmas at the North Pole
  2. Santa stays at the North Pole in January and works with architects, carpenters, painters, artist and toy makers to plan the lines for next years toys.
  3. Molly Claus is in charge of planning the candy and sweets for next year.  She works many hours in her kitchen dreaming up unique recipes for next years stockings.
  4. The reindeer sleep for several days after Christmas Eve. Dasher snores loud enough that you can hear him at the Claus house.
  5. Each Santa throughout history has either had a painting or a photograph taken just before take off on Christmas Eve.  this year Molly plans to use her new digital camera to take a picture of Santa and Jessie beside the reindeer.
  6. Santa takes one last look at his list minutes before take off.  He doesn’t want to miss any children on his trip around the world.
  7. Santa and Jessie stop on each of the continents for a rest on Christmas Eve.  For example, in Australia Santa goes for a swim while Jessie nestles in the warm sand and in Africa the pair watch elephants and giraffes wander.
  8. Molly has planned a new line of dog toys that she plans to send with Santa on his trip.  Her favorite toy is a squeaky frog that ribbits when its tummy is chewed.
  9. Santa monitors the toys that break in the first month after Christmas.  If he finds any line that is defective he arranges for a fixed version of the toy to appear in each child’s home.
  10. Santa’s boots are worn through by the time he returns home on Christmas Eve.  He has to employ the shoemaker to make him another pair for the next year.

Countdown to Christmas Eve!

Jessies Favorite Top ten list

Trudy Talow asked Santa to tell her some of Jessie’s favorite things.  This is the top ten items from the list he gave her.

Jessie with her favorite blanket.


  1. Sugar Cookies – With or without sprinkles.  She is particularly fond of them with eggnog.
  2. Riding in the sleigh with Santa.   She likes to have her eats blow in the wind as the reindeer travel faster and faster.
  3. Running with the dog sled team.  Jessie has been practicing with the sled team and has become an official back up for the team in case of emergency.
  4. Her blanket.  She’s been known to drag her blanket away and hide it when other dogs visit.
  5. Walks down main street with Molly and Santa.  Jessie likes to visit with her friends and adores getting petted by people as they pass by.  She stops every walk to visit with Cuddles the poodle down the street and play squeaky ball.
  6. Molly’s singing voice.  Molly likes to sing Christmas carols in the house.  Jessie likes to listen to her sing and will come from anywhere in the house to hear her.
  7. Having her coat brushed.
  8. Visiting the animal hospital with Santa.  Jessie likes to cheer up sick patients.
  9. The pillows on Molly’s couch.  Molly is constantly shooing her off of them.
  10. Chasing cats.  The last cat she encountered she chased up the main Christmas tree in the village.

January 24th – Jessie and Santa visit Sybil’s sleigh Shoppe

There was a loud clang as the technician dropped a wrench onto the cement floor.  Jessie jumped and shook her ears. She moved closer to Santa and wagged her tail when Sybil came into view.

Sybil owned Sybil’s Sleigh Shoppe and she was the only person that Santa would allow to fix his sleigh.  He said that Sybil could feel when there was something wrong with his main sleigh  More than once he had been woken by a phone call from Sybil telling him he needed to have the sleigh checked out immediately.  The last time he had done so the left runner was split and would have come off if it had landed once more!

Jessie liked Sybil.  Sybil was always friendly and had gone out of her was to add things to the sleigh for Jessie.  She had already added a dog biscuit dispenser, a blanket holder and a heater.  Today, she had called Santa to the shop telling him that she had added more features and Jesse couldn’t wait to see what they were.

Hello, Sybil.  You look tired.  I hope you haven’t been staying up too late working on my sleigh.  It is the off season after all.  Why don’t you take a rest while you get the chance?”  Santa looked genuinely concerned at Sybil.

Sybil was very pale and her left arm was shaking as she filled in a purchase order for one of her technicians.  She smiled at Santa.  “I’m fine Santa.  I just had a rough night last night with my son.  He kept me up until three a.m. and I’m quite tired.  I am planning to take a vacation.  I just have a few things to finish first including showing you the improvements I made to your main sleigh.”

Sybil led Jessie and Santa to the corner of the building where Santa’s sleigh sat on a bed of wheels.  She hopped up on the runner and motioned towards the front dash.  I’ve increased the range of your radar system so that if your communications go down with the North Pole you’ll be able to function by yourself.  To prevent this I’ve also improved the communications system.  Not only do the messages bounce off the various satellites at the speed of light but they also are automatically translated into English!”

The sled had been shone until it gleamed but Sybil took her cloth and rubbed a scuff mark off the arm rest.  “And don’t think I’ve forgotten about you Jessie!  I’ve added  something new for you as well.  You must get thirsty traveling with Santa so I’ve added a drinking fountain for you.  It’s heated so the water will not freeze in the Northern countries and it’s chilled in the Southern climes.  To activate it you just push it with your nose.”  Sybil demonstrated the fountain for Jessie.

Jessie wagged her tail, and pressed the lever with her nose.  Warm water filled a small trough in the back of the sleigh.  She lapped up the water and then licked Sybil on the face.

“I think she likes it Sybil, and I’m certainly impressed with the new additions to the sled.  But they could have waited.  I’m concerned for you.”  Santa reached out to grab Sybil’s arm as she staggered slightly moving away from the sleigh.  She tottered for a moment and then fell on the cement hitting her head on the hard surface.  She lay unconscious on the floor.

Jessie whined. If something happened to Sybil, Jessie thought, who would take care of the sleigh.

Santa extracted his cell phone and called the ambulance.  “They said they’d be here soon Jessie.  My magic tells me she will be okay.  Maybe though the medical professionals  can help us to convince Sybil to take it easy for a little while.”

The paramedics were at the shop quickly.  They bundled Sybil up onto a gurney and put her in a waiting ambulance.

“Jessie, I’m going with Sybil.  Sybil’s technician Climey is going to take you home.  I’ve already called Molly and she knows you are coming.  Don’t wait up girl.  It’s late and I may have to stay at the hospital all night.  I’ll let you know how Sybil is in the morning.”

Santa patted the dogs head and then jumped in the back of the ambulance.  The doors closed quickly and the vehicle quickly sped off into the distance.