"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
The Reindeer is a species of deer native to the Arctic and Subarctic regions. Although wide spread overall, some of its subspecies are rare and at least one has already become extinct.
They are an ancient creature and can be traced back to long before the 19th century, but today we just like to think of them as Santa’s mode of transport and enjoy them throughout December. Santa’s reindeer were first named in the poem ‘A visit from St.Nicholas’ in 1823. Back then they were known as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Coment, Cupid, Duner and Blixem. Not too long after Dunder was changed to Donder (Thunder in German), which today is known as Donna. Blixem was then changed to Bliksem, then later Blitxen, which is German for lighting. Rudolph wasn’t added to the family until 1939.
According to a British comedy panel, they believe all Santa’s reindeer must be female, as the male’s lose their antlers throughout December!