It was 2 nights before Christmas, December 23rd to be precise,
And up in the north pole things were covered in ice
Everyone was inside, with the windows boarded up tight
And good old St. Nick knew that something was not right.
“The reindeer can’t fly in a storm this sick.”
“Sir,” said an elf, “I think the reindeer are sick.
The cold was so bad, and their practice, much worse.
If things don’t get better soon, we may need a hearse.”
Santa slumped in his chair, his head in his hands
Until inspiration struck! And he hatched a clever plan
He sprang from his chair, and dashed down the hall
Laughing all the way, as I do recall
On an old rotary phone, Santa dialed with haste
“Oh if I could only see the look on his face!”
The elves tried to eavesdrop, gathered in the hall
Wondering who would Santa ever call?
“Please hurry and come over, it’s our darkest hour
To save Christmas, it’ll take both of our powers!”
Santa put down the phone, wiping sweat from his brow
Turning to the elves, he said, “Load the sled, now.
All the presents, the toys, the puzzles and Lego
Forget the reindeer, just get it ready to go!”
The elves rushed to get ready, working all through the night
While Santa worked in secret, to make sure all went right.
It was about noontime the next day, Christmas eve
That the elves understood santa’s plan, one they couldn’t believe
For there in the workshop, dressed in all black
Was the infamous Pumpkin King, Skeleton Jack.
A large bony smile topped his slender frame,
For Jack looked forward to taking part in Christmas again.
“So Jack! You made it, there’s not a moment to waste!
Quick, you must get changed, we need to make haste!
Did you bring what I asked? Will they be able to fly?”
“My dear Sandy Claws, why don’t you look outside?”
And with a deep bow, Jack motioned to the door,
As the elves rushed to the windows, wondering what was in store.
Out in the cold, a curious sight in the snow
Stood eight skeleton reindeer, Sally, and Jack’s dog Zero
“Oh Jack, I cannot thank you enough.
And I’m glad you brought Sally, that girl knows her stuff.
Last night I built a second sleigh, so we can both fly tonight
And maybe this Christmas will turn out all right.”
Both Santa and Jack got changed, into their red clothes
The sleighs were loaded and hitched, it was time to go.
Santa was bundled up tight, goggles shielding his eyes
While Jack took a deep breath, and with a smile and a sigh,
“Thank you for trusting me, I won’t let you down.
Tonight it’ll be Santa and Jack coming to town!”
Then with cackling glee, Jack’s sled took off into the sky
With Santa’s sled keeping pace, rushing side by side.
The split off and began their race around the world
To deliver presents to all the good boys and girls.
They worked through the night, and accomplished their task
And it was only back at the North Pole I overheard Santa ask
“Maybe, Jack, on rough years, you could help out again?”
Jack humbly replied, “I would be honored, my friend.”
So if some Christmas eve, you look up into the night sky
And instead of Santa Clause, see a Skeleton fly by
There’s nothing to fear, no need to scream or cry
After all, we all need help sometimes
And he has helped Santa quite a ton
My friend, the Pumpkin King, Jack Skelington
I was there that night, and every rough Christmas too
And promise you that my tale is true
So from old elf, sharing what he has seen,
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Halloween.”
- This short was inspired by the 'missing' ending of the Nightmare Before Christmas poem: https://youtu.be/npvD5dsCKtI
as well as a child who wished me a heartfelt "Merry Christmas and Happy Halloween" in the store just the other day.
So from all of us at Bricks & Minifigs, have a Wonderful Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year.