Can you name Santa’s eight reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder or Donner and Blitzen.

“Donder” appears in the earliest (1822-1940s) editions of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” also known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Around 1950, editions printed “Donner”, the German word for “thunder”, to match “Blitz”, the German word for “lightning.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted in 1939 as a coloring book to give to children visiting Santa Claus at Montgomery Ward stores.
Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, earned a platinum record for his 1949 recording, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
In 1964, Burl Ives narrated the television special in which he sings “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Rudolph and some of the other reindeer may have been misnamed because only female reindeer sport antlers at Christmas.


About Lynne Schaefer

Lynne Schaefer has written two newspaper columns ("The Schussboomer" about skiing in California, and "Notes from Lynne's Journal" about Oregon wildlife); travel and garden articles for regional magazines copy for DVD tours of the High Desert Museum and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, both in Bend, Oregon. She has published three non-fiction books, A Traveler's Guide to Historic California, Christmas Trivia Quiz, and His Daughter's Remembrance.
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One Response to SANTA’S REINDEER

  1. SoyBend says:

    I collect reindeer-related things so thanks for this info about them!


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