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3 Sleeps Til Christmas: Today’s Topic is Reindeer

Reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh, so everyone says, but you know that. But here are some facts you may not have known.

The names of the reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen were based on the names used in the poem ‘A Visit From St Nicholas’ (also known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’), written in 1823, but Donner and Blitzen were called Dunder and Blixem. These words come from the German words for thunder and lightning.

When the song ‘Rudolph the Ned-Nosed Reindeer’ became popular, it caused Rudolph to be added to the list of reindeer. The original story of Rudolph was written in 1939 for a department store (but it wasn’t a song) and was turned into a book to give to kids.

Random facts: 1. In ‘A Visit From St Nicholas’ describes the reindeer as ‘tiny’, but most people show the reindeer to be normal sized! 2. According to a game show, all the reindeer have to be female because male reindeer lose their antlers in winter!

In many TV shows and movies other reindeer have been added to the list, for example ‘Chet’ in The Santa Clause 2, who is a young clumsy reindeer who helps to save Christmas.

Sorry, there wasn’t that much information. But thanks to Wikipedia for the stuff I got.

Your reindeery blogger, Jaz

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