Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen are the names of Santa’s original reindeer. The animals who pull Santa’s sleigh from house to house across the world delivering presents. The names were given to them by Clement Clarke Moore in his poem a “Visit from St. Nicholas.” Today this poem is known as “The Night Before Christmas.” This is the way it was from the time the poem was published in the year 1823 to 1939 when Rudolph made his debut.
Robert L. May wrote Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in a verse for the Montgomery Ward department store chain. Sold as a book to children, Rudolph became a Christmas classic for all to enjoy across America. We all know what the story is about. An ostracized reindeer due to his red nose leads to him saving the day when a terrible fog affects Santa’s site for delivering presents. Rudolph leads Santa’s sleigh saving Christmas for all to enjoy.
Santa’s reindeer came from poems. Although, a century apart, the reindeer have made their mark on Christmas. Clement Clarke Moore and Robert L. May created popular Christmas characters for all to enjoy. The legend of the reindeer lives on all do the words children enjoy.