Santa Claus Is Down! by D.C. Copeland | Script Revolution

Santa Claus Is Down!

A man suffering the tragic loss of his family is reunited with them when he becomes Santa Claus.



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Moore, a big strapping man with a full salt and pepper beard and a thing for red flannel and suspenders, is at the counter of a general store somewhere on the edge of civilization in northern Alaska. It's Christmas Eve and he's buying a bottle of port and a wedge of cheese. Black Parka, a man behind him wearing a black parka and sunglasses identifies himself as FBI and asks the Shopkeeper behind the counter if he's seen anything unusual? The guy says no. Black Parka turns to Moore, “How 'bout you, buddy?” Moore picks up his stuff turns and, as he exits, says, “Aside from you? Nothing.” As Moore mounts his snowmobile and drives away, Shopkeeper explains to Black Parka that Moore is a loner, having moved up there a year ago following the accidental deaths of his wife and children in a car accident down in the states. They were driving to deliver presents to poor kids and Moore was behind the wheel.

Moore rides his snowmobile back to his isolated cabin deep in the snow covered woods. There he feeds a pet mouse some of the cheese before taking the bottle and a loaded gun to a small table near the window overlooking the mountains and forest. When he picks up the gun and puts it to his head, closes his eyes, and is just about to pull the trigger, he hears sleigh bells. His eyes pop open. He sees something glinting in the sky as the sun sets behind the mountains. That sparkling light and the sound of sleigh bells signal Christmas season flashbacks, starting when Moore was in first grade and couldn’t take his eyes off Holly, a blue-eyed white girl pretending to be a Christmas tree in a school recital. Each flashback gives us glimpses of how their love evolves: he finally gets enough courage to ask her out in high school; how they stay in touch during the college years-- she goes, he stays behind starting a business as a car mechanic. Their wedding is straight out of “The Sound of Music” and their children Nicholas and Carol come one after the other. The last flashback is the family wrapping presents for poor kids, driving to deliver them, and getting struck by a jackknifed trailer sliding on an icy road.

And then the roof of the log cabin caves in.

The mouse wakens Moore by nibbling on his ear beneath the rubble. Moore crawls out and sees the cabin has been destroyed. He also sees a gift-wrapped package lying in the snow. He stumbles toward it and reads the tag: To Nicholas Moore, From Santa. It's in his handwriting to his dead son. Tears well up in his eyes, he thinks he's going mad. When he looks up, he sees a small hand sticking up out of the snow. He throws himself through the snow to get to it. When he digs it up, he sees it's a baby doll, the same one he and his wife bought for their daughter. Just when he thinks he's gone completely insane, he hears a weak voice, “Clark, help me.” He looks up. It's Santa, and he's lying in the snow.

Not a believer in miracles, Moore still goes to him, hoping against his jaded take on the world that miracles and Santa Claus actually do exist. To his surprise, Santa is handing over the reins to Moore to carry on the tradition. But before Moore can digest the implications, a Black Ops helicopter comes over the treetops. Guys in white parkas rappel down lines. Moore picks Santa up, throws him over his shoulder, and carries him through the snow, just escaping getting shot.

In the short time they’re together, Santa floats above the trees “like a Macy’s Day Thanksgiving balloon” carrying Moore with him. Santa also explains to Moore how it works, that there have been many Santas over time and that it’s an era’s zeitgeist that determines their length on the job.

Circling back to the crash site to reanimate the sleigh and its reindeer, Santa and Moore are caught. Moore fights back, only to be pinned down in the snow. Santa is placed in a rescue litter as the “Men in White,” with their guns pointed at Moore, back away. Black Parka grabs the rescue litter line and stands over it as it rises through a snowstorm kicked up by the spinning helicopter blades.

And then Moore hears the voices of his dead children. He turns and sees the sleigh. He crawls toward it and crying, grabs its reins. A charge of golden energy runs up the reins into his hands. His body and face are transformed, he's smiling and at peace. The sleigh shakes loose of the snow and the reindeer emerge. Black Parka sees what's happening and shouts down to his men to stop it but they can't hear him over the roar of the helicopter engine. When he looks down at Santa, the old man's body is gone. He turns back in frustration to see Santa's sleigh rising out of the snow and flying into the air, Moore now as Santa. As Moore circles the cabin, the mouse looks up. The little thing is standing on Moore's body, partially hidden under logs and debris.

The reindeer take Moore to the North Pole (we learn that Rudolph’s nose glows red because it acts as the heat shield on a spaceship, something quite necessary traveling at hypersonic speeds). There he is reunited with his family and friends who have passed on. Channeling Capra, as they sing “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” Moore looks up and thanks not his guardian angel, but God Himself.

Submitted: August 25, 2018
Last Updated: November 26, 2021

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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