Just about everything on Santa’s sleigh this year is brand new – even the sleigh bells.
The sleigh bells on Santa’s sleigh are not ordinary in any way. They are made by Hell’s Bells, of Hell, Norway, run by a friend of Santa’s by the name of Alexander Vandergander. The bells supplied by his workshop have been used on Santa’s sleigh for many years.
They are custom made each season. The bells are designed to work together, are expertly crafted of brass and then gold plated. They are tuned using precision instruments and then polished and shipped to the North Pole in down-insulated wooden crates specifically made for them.
This year’s bells have just arrived at the North Pole.
They are being carefully unpacked in the Sleigh Bell Department and the work has begun to string the bells on custom leather material made just for their use. But there is only so much that can be done with the bells before they are declared “ready” for Santa. The sleigh must return from it’s final test flight before the bells are attached and tested before Santa’s flight. A reported 431 elves are required to install the bells, tune them, and test them before Santa can even think of getting into the sleigh.
The bells are considered one of the most important details on Santa’s sleigh.
We will let you know if any problems arise this year in their use and installation.