A herd of reindeer in Norway
© Lena Granefelt/plainpictur
Ready for take-off?. Then one foggy Christmas Eve…
While many associate reindeer with Christmas, these animals are magical in their own way. Well-adapted to live in cold, rugged Arctic regions, they're built to withstand freezing temperatures with the help of thick fur and noses that warm the air before they breathe it in. Reindeer were introduced to Christmas lore in 1823 with the poem The Night Before Christmas. Written by Clement Moore, the verses paint a picture of Father Christmas and his sleigh, driven by eight flying reindeer.
In 1939, Robert May introduced Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to the Christmas tradition when his employer, Montgomery Ward, asked him to write a story that the department store could use as a promotion during the busy Christmas shopping season. The short story became popular among children and was later turned into an animated feature. Rudolph even got his own song and eventually became one of the most famous and beloved Christmas symbols.
Even though science doesn’t support the theory of flying reindeer, you might want to look twice tonight when gazing up at the starry sky, you never know what you might see.