Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have spent several long nights researching just how many reindeer there really are in Santa’s stables. We all know the great eight. Those wonderful reindeer made famous in the poem " The Night Before Christmas". And everyone remembers how Rudolph saved Christmas on a foggy Christmas Eve, much like tonight They are a dependable transportation system no doubt.. But surely Santa has back-up just in case.
After hours of careful research I have identified sixty-one (61) so far. Some already famous, some in training and some that are just waiting. Here is what I know
First we have the classics.
Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen. And obviously Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Then we must add,
Pancho & Pedro : Named in the 1958 song "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?" by Augie Rios
Fireball: Son of Blitzen, he has fiery red hair and is one of several reindeer trying out for the sleigh team
Rolf: Son of Dasher and struggles at flying but he is still very young
Clarice: Daughter of Comet although she does not try out for the team
Clyde: Who filled in for Rudolph once when Rudolph had a hip injury from doing the Twist.
Clovis, Leroy, Bruce and Marvin along with Leon, Cletus, George, Bill, Slick, Do-Right, Ace, Blackie, Queenie, Prince, Spot, and Rover: All named in the Ray Stevens song "Santa Claus is Watching You"
Chuy, Tavo, and Beto: Named in the 1971 song, "Santa Claus And His Old Lady", by Cheech & Chong
Shadrack: Employed by Santa as a pace setter in the 1974 song, "Shadrack, the Black Reindeer" by Loretta Lynn
Nico: Prancer’s Child from the 1995 video “ The Flight Before Christmas “
Lightning: In 1996 Christmas special “Elmo Saves Christmas” he was a reindeer in training
Olive: the other reindeer
Annabelle: from the 1997 video special “Annabelle's Wish” her lifelong wish was to pull Santa’s sleigh.
Blizzard, Aphrodite & Archimedes: Featured in the 1999 Movie “Blizzard”
Robbie the Reindeer: From a 1999 TV special called “Robbie the Reindeer” Has a nose for geography
Chet : A young reindeer in training from the 2002 Film “The Santa Clause 2” He saves Christmas that year.
Steven, Fluffy, Horace, Chantel, Skippy, Rainbow, Patches and Montel.: From the 2002 South Park Christmas Special "Red Sleigh Down"
Rusty: In the 2006 TV special “Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen” he is introduced as Rudolph's little brother. He works Air Traffic Control most times
Pancho, Pepe, Cuco, Beto, Chato, Chopo, Macuco, Nieto!: All named according to a poem quoted by Jungle Mom on her Blog
Can you think of any I missed?
Also just what games do Reindeer play?
I may have to make a return trip to the North Pole next spring and seek the answers directly from the source.
Merry Christmas everyone