Given the charge of creating a backdrop for photos with Santa Claus for Hope for Christmas (a charitable undertaking my church is participating in to help deserving families have Christmas gifts and food), I decided that Santa needed a sleigh. Found a sleigh online accompanied by a live reindeer (what could possibly be better than that??!!!) and I could rent it for only $2000. Way out of my budget range. Ebay had a few vintage/antique sleighs, some so wonderful I would have dug into my piggy bank to buy, even if they weren’t in pristine condition. But they were up North and “local pickup only.” I am in Georgia. I asked my kids to drive to Pennsylvania and bring one back. They asked how. Maybe a snow machine at the front of the car so that you could pull it home??
Finally gave up on that idea after a couple of days of watching Ebay auctions. Then I thought Santa could sit on his throne for pictures. Problem with that idea is that I couldn’t find a throne at all. Go figure. Below is a work in progress of me creating one with some help from husband and his jigsaw. Reality doesn’t always match the vision in my brain, but I am sort of proud of it. Thinking of upholstering it but do I really want that on my to do list at this time of year?! I think Santa will just have to lean against hard plywood but he will have a cushioned seat. You will have to come back after December 8th to see the final product.
That’s 4 coats of red paint and it still needs another!