How Thornton Clause Saved Christmas
by Michael Lanty
Twas the week before Christmas
and up at the North Pole,
Santa was rapidly becoming
a very troubled old soul.
The population had grown fast in the last hundred years, causing Santa to worry and even shed a few tears.
His reindeer were fast and the sled could hold loads, but how could he visit all the children, dogs, cats, birds, and toads.
And then came a suggestion from an unusual source, an old brown goat named Thornton of course.
Take on some help from each animal kind, so you dear Santa can have peace of mind.
Give me the power to fly on your special day of the year and I'll take care of the goats, sheep, and deer.
I know an old stallion who would be happy of course to deliver your presents to each cow and each horse.
An emu I know, although he can't fly, I'm sure would be willing to give it a try.
So tell me dear Santa what do you say, let's give it a try and rescue your day.
Old Santa he chuckled and let out a yell. Your idea dear Thornton sure sounds swell.
Teaching the animals to fly and deliver packages wasn't easy. Some caught on quite quickly, flying made others quite queasy.
Each year Santa trains more to carry packages and fly, and Santa's job becomes easier as each wonderful year goes by.
And one old brown goat so proudly each year delivers Christmas joy to each goat, sheep, and deer.
Thornton Clause's brilliant idea has brought him much fame, but he's most happy because he loves his last name.





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