You know Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid
And Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Over the years Reindeers have come to be indelibly linked with Christmas. Wherever there’s a reindeer or talk of a reindeer it would be safe to assume that Christmas is drawing near. But how did this notion come to be popularized. Well, popular belief and historical facts dictate that before the 1823 appearance of the legendary poem ‘T’was the night before Christmas’ only one reindeer was said to be responsible for pulling Santa’s sleigh to and fro North Pole. The poem was popular under the name ‘A visit from Saint Nicholas’ and was written by Clement Clarke Moore.
Thanks to the poem, Santa was now bestowed with eight reindeers instead of one and their names particulary that of Donder continue to be a source of great controversy till today. They were thus named; Dasher; Dancer; Prancer; Vixen; Comet; Cupid; Donder; and Blitzen. Unfortunately, for Donder, however, this particular reindeer is not always given the recognition so well deserved, frequently being referred to as "Donner."
The Reindeer driven by Santa Claus are the only known flying Reindeer in existence, believed to have been endowed with the power of flight by virtue of magic corn given to Kris Kringle by a great and wonderful wizard. Through this magic corn, the strength of the Reindeer is increased threefold, their stamina increased to infinity and their hooves can manipulate the air as though it were solid ground. Thus, a complement of nine Reindeer would be able to pull a sleigh brimming with 13,500 pounds of toys for an unlimited amount of time. You’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about Santa’s reindeer right here.