Come Christmas night, the sleigh it was a wondrous sight
And as it took off from the ground it made an awesome jangling sound
For this, the greatest journey of them all, the reindeer answered Santa’s call
Soon they were on their way right across the Milky Way
The sleigh, now riding high was heading for a stormy sky
Santa could see it getting rough and knew it would be tough
‘Rudolph, there’s a storm ahead’ a worried looking Santa said
And sure enough not just rain but thunder and lightning came.
So looking a bedraggled sight Santa continued through the night
Determined to deliver toys to all the little girls and boys
But as night wore on Santa’s time would soon be gone
The weather went from bad to worse, poor Father C was heard to curse
By now in quite a stew Santa rang our Chairman Hugh
Amid the rain and thunder he quickly dialled Hugh’s Mackney number.
‘Hello’ said Hugh, what’s the time? Who is it on the line?
Santa?! Good God’ came Hugh’s shout ‘What’s all this about?’
‘My dear chap’ Santa said ‘Sorry to get you out of bed
But the weather has been so cold and wet
I haven’t finished the presents yet! ‘
Across the room Hugh saw his empty stocking
Wendy cried ’It’s really shocking!’
‘I can see ‘ said Hugh’ you’ve not been here
I’m disappointed Santa, dear oh dear.’
‘What will my committee say?
What’s that ? You’d trouble with the sleigh?
Sue Booth won’t like that one little bit. James Davys will have a fit!
‘Hugh, calm down’ Santa said I know I got you out of bed
We’ve tried with all our might on such a wretched night
‘I hear you Santa, I really do but Christmas ? No presents?’ responded Hugh
‘That won’t do at all. Your reputation’s heading for a fall’
‘Right now’, said Santa, I’m heading for the Rec, we’ll land in just a sec
Hugh please join me if you can, I need to make a cunning plan.
What Santa didn’t know was the villagers were on the go
From everywhere they came, all heading down to Mackney Lane
The Baines, the Burdasses and the Ebbs all were rising from their beds
The Chiltons, the Sangers were on their way all meeting up by Santa’s sleigh.
Jeremy led the shout ‘We’re here to help you out
You’re looking such a poorly sight we want to help to put things right’
‘Well’ an embarrassed Santa said (By now he’d gone bright red)
The presents that I’ve yet to do are all the ones meant for you!’
Olive was weighing up the situation ‘I can see that’s a complication’
‘Perhaps we should help ourselves’ Sheena shouted to the elves.
‘I think not’ said Father C ‘We must do things traditionally
Down each chimney I must go otherwise we spoil the show’
Hedley spoke up from the back ‘Each of us should take a sack
We can help you on your way by forming a sort of human sleigh!’
So treading quietly, avoiding noise each villager carried a sack of toys
Between them they went to every house with Santa as quiet as a mouse
Quite how he did it without his sleigh is difficult to say
But by some magic feat the roof top task was soon complete.
Then as dawn began to show Santa said ‘It’s time to go’
The reindeer were marshalled in the Street
while waiting, they stamped their restless feet
‘Thank you Brightwell’ Santa said ‘Now you must away to bed’
Then he was heard to say ‘Reindeer, away, away
The sleigh rose slowly in the sky, the villagers waved ‘goodbye, goodbye’
Then to their homes went on their way
Ready for Christmas Day.
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