Santas Accident In The Mountains
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Santa was delivering toys the night before Christmas in Colorado when the light of Rudolph's nose went out. He was guiding the reindeer when his nose light blew out in the high winds.
Without light in the dangerous Rocky Mountains, the reindeer did not see the summit of Pikes Peak due to the fog.
This is the story of what happened to Santa right after the accident.
The sleigh crashed and Santa fell out of the sleigh and hit his head on a rock, knocking him unconscious.
He rolled down to the visitor's area where the train at the Pikes Peak station was being loaded with tourists to return to Colorado Springs.
A foreign visitor, Zayd, not knowing Santa, kindly and skillfully administered first aid.
Santa came to and Zayd helped him aboard the train.
Santa had forgotten his name or who he was.
He was wearing a colourful red winter suit and felt jolly but didn't know why.
He had amnesia, a total loss of memory, and his long white beard was itching him.
Santa always went prepared to foreign countries when delivering toys.
He had U.S. Dollars in a money belt on him for emergencies, enough money to pay his way back to the North Pole, if he ever needed it.
Rudolph led the reindeer and sleigh above Pikes Peak and observed the lighted scene below. Remarkably, none of the toys fell out of the sleigh or broke.
When he saw Santa arise and board the train, he decided to lead the reindeer with the sleigh back to the North Pole to inform Mrs. Claus of the accident.
The foreigner, Zayd, who assisted Santa, brought him into the emergency room of the nearest city hospital.
They had him undress and put on a hospital gown.
When he told them about his beard bothering him, they shaved it off.
He had a large bump on his head which they treated before putting him in a room for observation.
The next morning the doctor examined him and found a jolly old man with memory loss.
They kept him in the hospital for a few days until his head injury was healed and then released him.
Santa never saw Zayd again, but he wanted to reward him for all his help.
He had no identification on him, so he was unable to fly out of Colorado Springs.
He checked in to the Antlers hotel, and for some unknown reason, the name appealed to him.
This is the hotel Katharine Lee Bates was staying in when she wrote the lyrics to 'America The Beautiful.'
He tried to sign in with the name 'John Doe,' but they refused and said they already had two John Doe's registered at the hotel.
He changed his name to Jack Sprat and they graciously accepted him.
Then one morning, the hotel put up a notice that they were hiring a security guard and 'Jack' applied.
He got the job as Jack Sprat, but it only lasted a few days.
He was discharged for fighting with a hotel customer and the Italian chef.
This particular customer seemed to be an important businessman in the city.
The man complained loudly about his food to the waiter and the Italian chef heard the complaint and came out of the kitchen angrily.
Jack, now the security guard, heard the shouting and entered the restaurant.
He tried to calm both men down but he was struck with a chair instead.
The blow to his head knocked him silly, and to the floor.
When he recovered and stood up, he remembered who he was: Santa Claus.
The next morning, he went into the hotel office and told the manager he was resigning.
The manager snickered at him and said, "No need to resign; you were fired last night."
Meanwhile Mrs. Claus had told the elves that she believed Santa would be fine as he had mystical powers. However, after a month with no sign of him, she began to worry.
She then sent two flying elves, Chipper and Nipper, to Pikes Peak to search for him.
Jack, now Santa, used his mystical powers and returned to the North Pole very speedily.
He immediately changed into his spare red suit.
His white beard had grown back and he joyfully posed with his wife.
Chipper and Nipper never made it to the North Pole.
Instead they landed in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, and to the newly named Bald Eagle Peak, not Pikes Peak.
They were captured by the First Nations people, the Stony Nakoda Women.
Their wings were clipped and used for weaving, basket making and sewing clothes, but that will be the subject of a later story.
P.S. 1st verse lyrics, America The Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
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