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.