- Santa's Sleigh in Trouble
- Santa and Rudolph Take to the Air
- Funny Santa Sleigh - Back on the Ground
- Santa's Sleigh with His Very Red-nosed Reindeer
Not So Funny Sana Sleigh Cartoon - Another Breakdown"It just goes JINGLE, JINGLE, then stops!"
Santa Claus Sleigh Flies Off-course!Bad flight? An aeroplane was flying over the jungle when the engine stalled. The pilot ejected and drifted gently down to land. Unfortunately he landed in a large cooking pot which was gently simmering over a low fire. All the local tribesmen turned to look at him until the chief, blinking in disbelief asked, 'What's this flya doing in my soup?' (You've guessed it - out of a Christmas cracker.)
Sleighs: Some Interesting FactsWhen Catherine the Great* travelled from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation ceremony, the court followed in fourteen large sleighs and nearly 200 smaller ones. The grandest sleigh in the entourage was a miniature palace on runners; in addition to a bedroom, it contained an area in which to entertain and a small library. *Catherine II, known as Catherine the Great of Russia (1729-1796) was Russian Csarina 1762-1796.
Vandals Strike Father Christmas' Sled
Understandably, Father Christmas Abandons His Sleigh
On a Happier Note, Father Christmases Have Their Own Tour de France
More Santas Abandon their SleighsSee more Santa Claus pictures South Korean postmen, wearing Father Christmas outfits, ride motorbikes to deliver Christmas gifts to poor people for their charity campaign in Seoul.
Father Christmas Caught in Police Road-block
An honest politician, a kind lawyer, and Santa Claus were walking down the street and they saw a $20 bill. Which one picked it up? Santa! The other two don't exist!
With Bells On ItYou will have heard the expression: "We'll be there with bells on," but do you know the origins of the saying? We have researched this using the internet. Apparently, years ago, once snow had a good covering on the ground, people used horse drawn sleds and sleighs. The rural roads were unadopted [had no tarmacadam] and the runners of these vehicles left ruts to be followed in the deep snow cover and in the mud. Many folk walked to their destinations and used the ruts as "the path of least" resistance to follow. In the winter months, these pedestrians were bundled up from head to toe against the cold, it was impossible for them to hear a sleigh coming until it was on top of them. The snow cushioned the hoof beats and made the runners almost silent. Drivers and riders in these open vehicles got the full brunt of the wind and cold in their faces, making visibility dicey at best; nonexistent in the dark. Consequently, the foot traveller was at great risk of mortal injury. Bells, handmade, by local blacksmiths, were attached to the harnesses and leather trappings so the walkers hear them coming and could quickly "get out of their rut", before being run over. Since each bell was slightly different in shape and size, it had its own sound. Putting a set together meant that each person's horse harness had its own distinctive sound and rhythm with the horses movements. People would know long before seeing them, who was coming down the lane. Inhabitants living in roadside homes could tell who was passing and in what direction they were going without looking. They also knew when there was a stranger in the vicinity or someone was using new harnesses. If company was coming, people might say: "We'll be there with bells on", so you knew, even in the dark, when they were coming down the lane and could meet them at the door with a smile, a hug and a warm drink.
Jingle Bells - In-sleigh MusicJingle Bells is one of the most famous American Christmas songs. Apparently Will and Guy have discovered it was originally written for Thanksgiving. The author and composer of Jingle Bells was a minister called James Pierpoint who composed the song in 1857 for children celebrating his Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving. The song became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas, and indeed Jingle Bells has been reprised ever since. The essence of a traditional Christmas is captured in the lyrics of Jingle Bells and the sound effects using the bells have become synonymous with the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus to the delight of children of all ages. Incidentally, we have learned that Pierpoint originally named his song: "On a one horse open sleigh."
Jingle BellsDashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh, yeah Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh.
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