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The Highways Agency - A Winter's Tale


Twas a night before Christmas, and all through the land
Not a creature was stirring – their journey was planned
They’d made time for winter, their car was prepared
For the family journey: no need to be scared

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Christmas Day danced in their heads,
We would be visiting Grandpa and Ma
Presents all wrapped, in the boot of the car

Time for a rest, we’re leaving early next morn
I sat down by the fire – and stifled a yawn
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my doze to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer

With a little old driver, so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick
The blizzard was awful, his reindeer can’t fly
(a severe weather warning had closed down the sky!)

He must use the motorway, he’d heard they get busy
Poor Santa Claus was all of a tizzy.
So I sat the old fellow down in a fireside chair
And explained to him what I’d done to prepare.

As well as the presents, the car had inside
A shovel and ice scraper, for a less worrisome ride
An emergency kit and stuff to keep ourselves warm
Just in case we get stuck (though it’s out of the norm)

We’d topped up the anti-freeze, got de-icer as well
The battery was healthy for a cold winter spell
We’d checked over the tyres, the wipers and lights
For a clear view ahead through dark, snowy nights

Santa said he’d prepared – no need to panic
Rudolph was rather a good sleigh mechanic!
He’d got plenty of warm clothing and a cosy white beard
But really the state of the traffic he feared!

Travelling hither and thither, in the dark and the snow
With so many people, would the going be slow?
So I switched on the website to show him the view
From motorway cameras – and traffic flow too

His eyes — how they twinkled! He could now see his way
To visit all children before Christmas Day
His journey was planned. His sleigh full of toys
Plenty of time to visit all girls and boys

He whistled to Rudolph and flew off in the night
and I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight
A Happy Christmas to all, where e’er you should roam
Make time for winter – and a safe journey home

For more tips on driving in winter visit www.highways.gov.uk/winter