Video: Forget the Reindeer—Santa’s Using a Drone This Christmas

Dec 02, 2014 at 1:31 PM ET

In time for the holidays, Lousiana based drone enthusiast Brian Martin built a homemade quadcopter decorated as a mini Santa sleigh with reindeer and kitted out with a “custom package delivery system.” With controllable electronic tongs that open and close, the Santa drone can load a Christmas present as its payload and take off for delivery to its recipients (provided they’ve been very good this year).

In a comic post, Martin, a member of an online drone community discussion board, says work is being done to make the drone autonomous and in direct competition with Amazon’s Prime Air. Of course, it’s all very tongue-in-cheek. Martin really just wants to bring a smile to your face for the holiday season. Mission accomplished.