Saturday, December 8, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Day 5-Santa's Reindeer

Have you ever wondered how Santa's reindeer got their names and how they came to be a part Christmas?

Fun reindeer facts: There's about 3 million wild reindeer alive today and 2 million domesticated ones. They can be found in north Russia, Greenland, and Iceland

Reindeer and Christmas:

~The poem by Clement C. Moore in 1823 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' started the whole thing.

~He names eight reindeer that pull Santa's sled: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. All of which mean variations of speed or flight.

~Dasher= something quick or speedy
~Dancer/Prancer= graceful and elegance
~Vixen= female fox which symbolizes speed and swiftness
~Comet= ball of fire that flies through space at very high speeds
~Cupid= mythological character that could fly
~Donner/Blitzen= Dunder and Blixem were their original names which meant "Thunder" and "Lightning" in Dutch, which symbolize power and force. The names were changed for unknown reasons. 

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