Still on the Shelf – Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission

Here’s another in my Still on the Shelf series, where I tell you, book by blessed book, why I periodically run a dust rag across them, pull them off the shelf, and open them up to read.

A lifetime of reading has left me with a sizable number of books. Throughout the years I have donated them for tax deductions and traded them for credit by the carload. But for all the trimming and weeding my collection has undergone these past decades, the ones remaining on the shelves are there for a reason: they’ve withstood the tests of time. Although I’m more inclined to pick up my Kindle these days, there are still plenty of books on my shelves, and Flight of the Reindeer is one of them.

Flight of the Reindeer:516fhNErOmL._SX418_BO1,204,203,200_
The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission
By Robert Sullivan, Drawings by Glenn Wolff
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright: 1996, Hardcover
92 pages

Let’s kick off this holiday season with one of my favorite holiday books! It’s packed with insider information on how Santa Claus and his reindeer accomplish their fantastic voyage every December 24th. The illustrations and photographs are first class, and the quaint details add to the festive mood of the work. Technical facts, drawings, and maps abound and explain everything from ancient Australian cave paintings showing reindeer in flight, to how reindeer hooves and antlers create lift, to the activities that make up the year of the reindeer.

And yes, Santa’s reindeer really do fly — it isn’t extended leaping, as was believed at one time.

Among the evidence proving reindeer flight are eye-witness accounts from Intuits, Arctic explorers, and other scientists who have also measured the speed of reindeer in flight. Will Steger, the only man to have ever visited Santa’s Village at the North Pole, says he thinks “cookies are the national food up there, everyone’s always eating cookies.” He’s also witnessed the reindeer making practice flights and says his sled dogs “were never bothered by the reindeer flying overhead. They were northern dogs, and seemed to understand.”

The credibility of the information disclosed in this book is not easily doubted. Santa’s list of Helpers include a United States President, a physicist, a celebrity meteorologist, and a Hawaiian chimney sweep. Each has a story to tell about our beloved reindeer.


So .  . . Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen! (Rudolph, too!)

Do you know which reindeer are boys and which are girls? Flight of the Reindeer discloses this, and much, much more.

Now, dash away! Dash away! Dash away all! Ho, ho, ho!

Flight of the Reindeer is a delightful book that warms the soul of my inner child and awakens the believer in me. And that’s why it’s still on the shelf.


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