T’was the Night Before Christmas . . . Pete Polar Bear Lends a Hand

Pondering Pete Polar Bear

T’was the Night Before Christmas; Santa was not amused. His ice sheet runway was all puddles; it could no longer be used.

The North Pole was melting – it could not be a worst plight. Santa’s workshop that topped it sank fast, then clear out of sight.

Santa’s elves saw it coming, worked night and day – Christmas toys now stacked on a lonely iceberg in Santa’s old sleigh.

Santa was thankful but his problem’s quite clear. How does he take off with eight tiny reindeer?

For the reindeer need a run to speed to the sky. Trapped on a tiny iceberg, how could they fly?

Pete Polar Bear saw it all and knew it was bad. But it’s the time for solutions, not to mope or be sad.

Pete had a strong heart, a big brain in his head. His mission was simple: launch Santa, launch Santa’s sled.

Pete was tough, a good swimmer for sure. He jumped in the bay; he knew he’d endure.

Rudolph’s smile was big, his nose a bright red, guiding Pete to the iceberg and Santa’s trapped sled.

Santa threw Pete a line, both held on tight. Pete turned to the wind and swam with all his might.

The iceberg stuttered but soon picked up speed. In the face of the breeze, Santa muttered, he had the lift he would need.

So Santa shouted and called them by name:

“Now Dasher!
Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet!
On Cupid!
On Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the ice!
To the top of the ice wall!
Now dash away!
Dash Away!
Dash away all!!!”

Pete took a deep breath, the iceberg floating by. He climbed its steep banks, his eyes to the sky.

Santa’s sleigh’s in full flight, a sight to behold. But Pete pondered, would next Christmas be ice-cold?

For if not we all have to worry. Not only about Santa or Pete or all who are furry.

We’re in this together, Pete, you and me. We take care of each other or we sink in the sea.

Yes, some understand, yes, some really care. But Santa’s plight tells us the care’s still too rare.

So, our New Year’s mission should hit the right zone: let’s all pitch in and help so no one goes it alone.

In the meantime, as Christmas is near, be thankful for Pete, for each other, and be of good cheer!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Pondering Pete Polar Bear &
Joan and Dick Jacobs


Extra Credits:

Santa in Trouble?

Where will Santa Go When there is no North Pole?

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14 Comments on "T’was the Night Before Christmas . . . Pete Polar Bear Lends a Hand"

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I’m thankful for Pete, for each other, and I’m really trying to be of good cheer. Failing that, I am deeply thankful for good people like you, guardians of the planet who keep the spirit of Christmas alive each day of the year. Wishing you the best of all things now and always.

Dick, That was a great poem , you’re a very talented guy. On another note i’m sure you were very disappointed in the election and for me it gets scarier by the day and he’s not even President yet. I had one of my republican friends tell me that as scared as we are about Trump, they were just as scared of Obama especially his win in 2016. I told him I didn’t understand that, as I know they didn’t like the policies he put in place just like I’m not going to like the policies put in place by… Read more »


What a treat. Yes, we have to do something!

Thank you for sharing.


A lovely sentiment.
Here’s something you can sing, motivated by the recent election.

[Steve enclosed a song. He is a physician, song writer and musician with the Galapagos Mountain Boys whose music is available on iTunes]

Dick and Joanie, thank you for a wonderful, original, and pertinent Christmas Greeting! Hope all is well with you. A Christmas letter will come your way soon.

Lois and Ralph

YES! And also to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!


Wishing you Happy Holidays and a blessed New Year!

Oh! Dick and Joan,
We are trying to keep our spirits up, but latest appointment of Trump will cause us all chills. Hopefully the Senate will deny him.
I make donations to Planned parenthood in Mike Pence’s name. Which environmental group is best served in Trumps name? Udall’s?
Wishing you and your families a fulfilling New Year; however we make that, given the circumstances of our country.
Fondly, Hannah and Arthur

Thank you Dick and Joan! Great poem. Merry Christmas ‎and I know 2017 will be a great year! Peace, Jamie

Thanks for reviving a” lighter touch”, Dick! Pete always has wisdom to share. I also love pouring over your many previous articles and reflecting upon the insights revealed. Your book is a treasure, as are you, and I am so thankful to have it. It is appalling to think there are people who do not believe the science in front of their eyes. I’m having trouble with the idea of Scott Pruitt being named to head EPA. We could have some tough times ahead. Let’s hope that Pete and his friends can effect a positive influence toward the issues of… Read more »

Merry Christmas to you and Joan. I can always count on you to add a thoughtful touch to a light Christmas story. Yes we all need to worry and watch and work. Happy new year🎈🎉🎊🎄