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.


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.


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.

24 thoughts on “Does That Sleigh Have Brake Lights, Mr Claus?”

  1. 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. 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.

    1. 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. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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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    1. 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.

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

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