Does That Sleigh Have Brake Lights, Mr Claus?

Lin at her creative best again comes up with today’s LBC topic. It is mid summer here in India where I live and a sleigh, brake lights or no brake lights is far removed from our thoughts.

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In any case, in India, Santa Claus travels by many vehicles and once, in Kerala, when I was much younger, I was persuaded to dress up like him and visit the children riding on an elephant. I can assure you that it was not an experience that I would like to undergo again and, no, the elephant did not have brake lights.

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Even in our Himalayan regions where snow is available in plenty, Mr. Claus is not known to come in a sleigh and so, I am afraid that I have to stop this post with that little story about my experience.

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24 Responses to Does That Sleigh Have Brake Lights, Mr Claus?

  1. shackman says:

    That’s a nice 2-wheeled sleigh! And this topic gets my vote for most off-the-wall. Interestingly enough, I have had several holiday Santas suggest I give it a whirl as there is good money to be made.

  2. tammy j says:

    rummy!
    an elephant? you know i love elephants i would have paid to see you!
    is that you in that picture? or is it usual for santas to ride an elephant there?
    i so wish i could send you our cool rainy day here. it’s unusual.
    and you can bet i’m enjoying every second of it.

    • No, that is not me atop the elephant. That is just a photograph of some Santa Claus in Kerala. In Kerala, in some places, yes, Santa rides an elephant. Oh, yes, we would dearly love to have some rain here.

  3. Cathy in NZ says:

    how fun is that Santa’s vehicle having to pass what they deem a Warrant of Fitness here for your vehicle – nevermind the fact that many don’t have a current WoF windscreen label and may be driving around on bald tyres and other such things…

    definitely interesting to see you have been a Santa on an elephant…you have many tales to tell for sure 🙂

  4. Maxi says:

    You look great atop that elephant, Rummy. I have to wonder though, is it hard to stay on?
    blessings ~ maxi

    • That is just a photograph of some Santa in Kerala Maxi. That was not me. It is pretty hard to stay on as the swaying of the elephant can be very disturbing and there are no stirrups or things to hold on to.

  5. Dunnasead says:

    If you lean forward and lie flat, can you hold on by the ears?
    Since they hook them with a stick with a hook to move them, I assume the ears aren’t sensitive? Anyway, nice article.
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  6. nick says:

    Not only does Santa’s sleigh probably not have brake lights, Santa is probably over the alcohol limit and the sleigh probably doesn’t have a road-worthiness (or sky-worthiness?) certificate. But then again, I don’t think the world’s legal systems apply in space or in Santa’s grotto, so he needn’t worry.
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  7. The reindeer part of the story came from the 1822 poem by Clement Clarke Moore: The Night Before Christmas. I assume the poem isn’t well known in India? I also assume Rudolph isn’t famous there either?
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    • Rudolph, the reindeers the sled etc are all quite well known among the English speaking non Christians as well as the substantial Christian population of India. It is just that we do not have snow and the kind of winters that the West has. Christmas trees and stars outside homes during the season are all quite common.

  8. Kaitlin says:

    My favorite part of that photo is the pink parasol. It is very interesting how different “traditions” manifest in different parts of the world.

  9. Dick Klade says:

    Your comment about not wanting to play elephant Santa struck a chord. Years ago, I played Santa in a motorized sleigh in a Wisconsin, USA, town. I and several helpers handed out about 2,000 popcorn balls to the children. An experience I’ve never longed to repeat!
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  10. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I think it is more creative to distribute presents on an elephant :). So that Santa was you? lol the things you have had to do…

    Cheers
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    • No Max, it is not me on this particular elephant but it was something like this that I had to do. I was the only one among various people approached for the job, crazy enough to accept as I wanted to impress my then four year old son!

  11. wisewebwoman says:

    I just read a story about an elephant who collapsed and died in exhaustion from taking tourists around. I found it so upsetting so the timing of yours is a little off, sorry.

    Glad that you Santa’d yourself though 🙂

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