“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.”
Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express
If You Were Asked to Board a Train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, Would You Do It?
Oh Good. Me Too!
I Saved You a Ticket.
This is The Polar Express!
“Well, are you coming?”
“Where? Why to the North Pole of course.”
“This is the Polar Express.”
“The train was filled with other children, all in their pajamas and nightgowns.”
The Golden Ticket to Ride.
“We drank hot cocoa as thick as melted chocolate bars.”
“Lights appeared in the distance. They looked like the lights of a strange ocean liner sailing on a frozen sea.”
“Who receives the first gift? we all asked. He will choose one of you.”
“Now, what would you like for Christmas?”
I knew that I could have any gift I could imagine. But the thing I wanted most for Christmas was not inside Santa’s giant bag. What I wanted more than anything was one silver bell from Santa’s sleigh.”
“When the train reached my house, I sadly left the other children. I stood at my doorway and waved good-bye. The conductor yelled something from the moving train but I couldn’t hear him.”
“What? I yelled at him.”
“He cupped his hands around his mouth. MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
I Know You Truly Believe. Magical Indeed.
Have A Wonderful Christmas and A Very Healthy and Happy New Year.
Hi Alan – Merry Christmas and Yes…Here’s to a Very Healthy and Happy New Year! Amen.
What a magical journey!
An unbelievably cool post. Beautifully told and illustrated. I had no idea this even really existed!
Evidently The Polar Express is big business in Durango…we barely got tickets when we booked in August…but when all is said and done, it truly is magical…the music swelled as the train chugged into the station and I cried…and continued to cry throughout…everyone was thrilled. 🙂
You paid a great tribute to the story and it’s a pretty good sales pitch, too