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We were all lined up in order, and I was at the front of course. I am Rudolph, and my fog-cutting red nose means that I get to go in front. This year we are having a bit of trouble trying to get off the ground and I know why.
It started yesterday in the early morning hours. Some friends and I decided to have a little fun with Prancer as he tried to go through his usual morning routine. Very few people know this, and now you do too, but each reindeer can lift the sleigh on his own. We can all carry the sleigh for short distances. We need eight reindeer to carry the sleigh around the world, especially when it is loaded down with presents. I am the ninth reindeer and I am really just leading the way through storms and bad weather.
So every morning Prancer lifts the sleigh into the air and sets it back down a couple times before he takes his ten mile jog. I woke up about an hour before and then I woke up Herbie and Sherman, two elf friends of mine, and we loaded the sleigh down with weights. When Prancer went to lift the sleigh he crashed immediately to the ground. Herbie, Sherman, and I laughed as quietly as possible while Prancer fought and struggled to get the sleigh off the ground and finally he did manage to get the load into the air.
The older reindeer headed out on his jog and my friends and I went over to take the weights out of the sleigh. We could not stop laughing. The best part was that we hadn’t gotten caught and nobody knew it was us. As we took the weights out we noticed that one of the straps was broken. Prancer had pulled the stitching right out and the reins were only held together by a thread. Herbie sewed it back together very quickly and we thought we were in the clear.
That was until now, the sleigh is stuck on the runway and even with nine reindeer we cannot get the sleigh to even budge. I didn’t get very worried until I heard Santa say, “It doesn’t look like there are any tears in the reins. He walked back and forth looking for the break in the magical link that allows reindeers to pull a sleigh into the air. I wanted to keep quiet. Somebody else may be to blame after all. When Santa came back to search my reins I stopped him.
“Santa,” I started very humbly, “I broke the reins.” I said as I told Santa the whole story. Everybody laughed about the prank on Prancer, even Prancer thought it was funny. Santa said that the reins needed special magical thread. The Magical Elf Emergency Thread Team had the strap fixed and in no time we were flying through the skies. I felt lighter than air after I told the truth and I laughed to myself as we headed out to deliver the toys.
I have always loved to fly. It has always been one of my strengths. As a fawn I remember people saying, “That Rudolph is an excellent flier, now if he could just stop his nose from glowing.” Of course everybody knows the story of how people started to like the fact that my nose glows, and I am very glad that they did. It hurt my feelings to be thought of as an outcast and for a while. I thought there was no place for me at the North Pole. I tried to leave many times, but I always ended up coming back to my home.
I remember one night I jumped into the sky to practice my flying and I just kept getting higher. I was only going to go a little ways up, but I was climbing higher than I had ever been able to before and so I just kept trying to get higher. I was looking down on the tiny little elf houses that surround Santa’s workshop. They are small anyway, but they look even smaller from way up in the air. I climbed higher and decided that I should head out farther. “What is the worst that could happen?” I asked myself.
The winds were with me that night and I headed south following the reindeer path that leads out into the real world. Far away from the magic of Christmas town I started to feel the cold in a way that I never had before. I flew out of the cold as fast as I could and I found my way to London, England. I perched up on top of a giant clock and watched the city. I scared a few pigeons. As I watched the city move I could see people laughing and having fun, and then the city fell silent as nearly everyone had gone home for the night.
I watched the same thing happen time after time in all of the other cities I visited that night. People went out and had fun, but they always returned to their homes. From the top of the Empire State Building I decided that I needed to do the same. I needed to go home and see my family. The whole time I had been travelling there was a pit in my stomach. I had known all along that home is where I need to be. I jumped into the sky once again and started rapidly kicking my feet as if I were running through the air.
I headed back into the cold. I could sense that the workshop was close. As a reindeer you can feel the magical pull of the North Pole from anywhere on the planet. I went right home that night and almost immediately fell asleep. I could not resist the urge to sleep, it hit me hard as soon as I was back in my home and I felt safe I passed right out in my bed. Even though where I live is not perfect it was good to be home.
Not many people ever get to see the process that toys go through at the North Pole as the elves get them ready for Christmas. The equipment has changed a bit over the years and Santa has to deal with new toy regulations all the time, but it is still as magical as ever. My name is Rudolph, I am at least the ninth most famous reindeer and today I am following a toy that my friend Sherman the elf carved for me out of Magical Elm.
The Mystical Forest is where all toys start their journey. Only the wood from these trees is flexible enough to make it through the many stages that these toys have to go through. The first step is sawing the logs into smaller, more manageable pieces. Next the elf finds a piece the right size and carves out the shape of his toy. Then the toy goes into the plant through one of three chutes. The chutes are labeled Wood, Glass, and Modern. I watch as Sherman puts my toy down the Modern chute and I run down the steps and onto the main factory floor to watch it come down. It enters the first machine, a sensor that finds out what kind of toy is going to be made. The next step is the transmogrifyer machine that turns the wood into plastic. It is a very odd process that lets off the smell of cinnamon into the air. I lost my focus for a minute as I took in the delicious scent.
Then I raced off again following the toy down a long conveyor belt towards the paint shop. Here the elves add stickers and paint and anything decorative that the toy may need. My toy was being painted green and I was upset because I still couldn’t quite see what it was. It had been moving through the chutes so fast that I had yet to get a good look at it. The toy was painted and then stuffed in a vacuum tube and shot all the way to the top floor. On the top floor is where all the microchips and sound boxes are added. I knew there was no way I was making it up there in time.
So I headed to the warehouse to wait for the toy to make its way down from the electronics department. The warehouse is where all of the toys go before they are loaded onto Santa’s sleigh. I was reading through the cards on the different bags. One was headed to Hungary and another to Kansas. It was so hard to wait I just started spinning in circles. Finally the toy came flying down into the warehouse and I grabbed it out of the big receiving bin. It was a talking Rudolph doll. How did Sherman know?
Mary and Doug were playing out by their father’s ice shanty when the storm winds started to blow. The Chase family lived in a big house on the beach and they used the lake all year round. Mom and Dad were using this time to wrap presents and get things ready around the house so that the family could enjoy Christmas Eve. When they saw the storm come up and heard the winds howling across the lake, they knew that they had to find the kids immediately and get them inside. The shanty is about a quarter of a mile out onto the lake and with the snow it was hard to see five feet in front of your face. Mr. Chase pushed on and tried to walk out to the shanty from memory. He could not see the little shack or the kids at all, but he felt like he could find the way.
The kids had been playing tag. Doug caught Mary and said, “You’re it!” Just as the first flakes of snow started to whip against his face. The kids found their way into the shanty and decided to hunker down until the storm was over. Rudolph had seen all of this happen from high up above. He broke away from the sleigh. You see Rudolph is only there to help with visibility. Santa told him to hurry back but he knew that these children needed Rudolph more than he did right now.
The only real problem was that on Christmas Eve Santa and all of his reindeer are invisible to normal people. Not only invisible either, they cannot even be heard by regular people. It is a time saving measure more than everything. Santa hates to be rude and so it is very hard to have a conversation and not cut the other person short and possibly offend that person. So it saves a lot of time to just go undetected.
Rudolph tried to think of a way that he could get the father’s attention and bring him to the kids before he got farther off course than he already was. That was when Rudolph remembered that his nose did not respond to the detection magic. Rudolph got right in front of Mr. Chase and flashed his nose. Mr. Chase had no idea why he was following the red light in the sky, but it felt like the right thing to do. They reached the shanty and Mr. Chase opened the door. Doug and Mary ran to hug their dad. Doug suddenly jumped back, “Ahhh! What is that light?!” He yelled.
“I don’t know,” His father answered, “But I know that it led me to you and I think it is going to lead us home. We don’t need to be afraid.” Rudolph felt good as he heard Mr. Chase talk about the red light. Then Doug, Mary, and their dad all followed the red light back home. As Rudolph flew away he heard the children telling their mother about being saved by a magic red light.
What most kids don’t know is that it is never too late to get switched over to the good list and get a present from Santa Claus. If you wait too long, the presents will have to be delivered by one of the elves and reindeer of the Present Emergency Team. This elite team stands at the ready each Christmas to leave at a seconds notice. The emergency manufacturing orders are handled by a special machine called the Jiffy Toy. It takes the child’s letter to Santa and turns that letter into one of the fun toys that the child asked for in the letter.
It was a very clear night across the world that Christmas Eve and Rudolph had decided to stay back this year and help out with the emergency deliveries. The night had gone very slow. Not as many kids seemed to be on the naughty list this year. Sherman had been on the team for several years and he had seen it all. He was excited about riding with his friend Rudolph. The first call came in and Sherman jumped up and started trying to find the letter that matched the name. Stu Barns had been very naughty this year. He was five years older than his sister, but he spent a lot of his time picking on her and acting out at school.
The Jiffy Toy spit out a great action figure and Sherman and Rudolph took off to deliver it. Stu had decided only hours before that he was not going to pick on his sister anymore. Stu went and gave Emily a big hug and he even helped her clean up her room so that she could go sing carols with the rest of the family. Stu had really turned things around and he was not doing it for the present. He even remembered to hold his sisters hand when they crossed the street.
The family was out caroling when Rudolph and Sherman reached the house and snuck around to the back. Santa has special powers that allowed him to get into houses through their chimneys, but Sherman had invented his own way to get into houses. The Unlockinator 4000 opens any back door in the world. They still have no idea why it does not unlock front doors.
They edge their way into the house and move slowly and carefully over to the tree. After placing the present the two friends hear the back door open and tons of carollers charge into the house, still singing their songs of Christmas. Rudolph and Sherman jump out a window and head back to the North Pole. Stu sees the present as he heads into the living room and he cannot believe his eyes. Stu looks at the card and it says, “It is never too late to make the right decision. Love, Santa.”
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Q: Why does Santa go down the chimney?
A: Because it soots him!
Q: What do snowmen like most about going to school?
A: Snow and tell!
Q: What’s Santa called when he takes a rest while delivering presents?
A: Santa Pause!
Q: When is a good time for Santa to visit?
Q: What songs do Santa’s elves sing to him when he comes home freezing on Christmas night?
A: Freeze a jolly good fellow!
Q: Why couldn’t the skeleton go to the Christmas Party?
A: He had no body to go with!
Q: How did the chickens dance at the Christmas party?
A: Chick to chick!
Q: Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
A: Santa Jaws!
Q: Why is a cat on a beach like Christmas?
A: Because they both have sandy claws!
Q: Why did Rudolph wear sunglasses at the beach?
A: He didn’t want to be recognized!
Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Q: What did they call Santa after he lost his pants?
A: Saint Knickerless!
Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish!
Q: What can Santa give away and still keep?
A: A cold!
Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
A: Fleece Navidad!
Q: Where does Frosty the Snowman keep his money?
A: In the snowbank!
Q: Why is it so cold at Christmas?
A: Because it’s in Decembrrr!
Q: What is Tarzan’s favorite Christmas song?
A: Jungle bells!
Q: What’s Scrooge’s favorite Christmas game?
Q: How does Santa Claus take pictures?
A: With his North Pole-aroid!
Q: What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa as they were looking out the window?
A: Looks like rain dear (reindeer)!
Q: Which reindeer has the worst manners?
Q: What does Santa call that reindeer with no eyes?
Q: What was the hairdresser’s favorite Christmas song?
A: Oh Comb All Ye Faithful!
Q: Who delivers cat Christmas presents?
A: Santa Claws!
Q: What is red then white and red then white?
A: Santa rolling down a snowy hill!
Arnie Lightning is a dreamer. He believes that everyone should dream big and not be afraid to take chances to make their dreams come true. Arnie enjoys writing, reading, doodling, and traveling. In his free time, he likes to play video games and run. Arnie lives in Mississippi where he graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
Fun Christmas Stories for Kids Christmas is almost here and the excitement is all around! The twinkling Christmas lights and the aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air. You and your child will enjoy these special Christmas stories about Rudolph! Each story is about includes a moral lesson and includes cute and colorful illustrations for early and beginning readers. ALSO INCLUDES CHRISTMAS JOKES! These stories are great for early & beginning readers, reading aloud at home, and bedtime stories. -2,500+ words -Cute Christmas stories for kids -Perfect for early and beginner readers -Funny and hilarious Christmas jokes included -Bright and colorful images for early and younger readers These stories are great for quick bedtime stories and cute tales to be read aloud with friends and family! Fun for the entire family! Kids and children can practice their reading skills and enjoy the holiday season. These special Christmas stories are sure to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit. The hilarious Christmas jokes will have everyone laughing! Story List and Activities: -The Prank on Prancer -Flying Practice -The Toy's Journey -Christmas on Ice -Present Emergency Team -Plus Christmas Jokes! Best-Selling Children's Book Author, Arnie Lightning Arnie Lightning is a best-selling children's book author with a straightforward goal. He wants his work to create a positive impact in the lives of others through children's books. Learning morals, lessons, and good character can start at a young age. Arnie's books reflect this. By providing a comfortable and entertaining environment, learning can be a fun activity! Scroll up and click 'buy' to make some special Christmas memories with your child!