Sunday, December 7, 2008

History of Santa's Eight Tiny Reindeer

Reindeer made good animals to have become a part of this legend, since they lived in very cold northern climates and were therefore unfamiliar to most people in the world. Reindeer can grow up to 6 feet long and about 3 feet high with wide hoofs that spread, allowing them to walk on snow by spreading their weight over a larger area. Their antlers and short legs give them a distinct look. Reindeer have been domesticated and have been used for centuries to pull loads on sleds in snowy regions.
Ordinary and flying reindeer are common symbols associated with Christmas because of the association with Santa Claus. This legend of eight flying reindeer most likely originated and was made popular by the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore.
The poem was first published in early 1823 as listed below.