Reindeer! Reindeer! Reindeer!
Yes, there are a lot of reindeer at the North Pole. You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen! Oh yes....and Rudolph!
Speaking of Rudolph - do you know why the nose is red? Carrots! Loves, loves, loves carrots. So on Christmas Eve remember to leave Rudolph and the other reindeer some carrots to eat on the trip. It will help keep Rudolph's nose glowing bright all night long.
Donner is NOT the correct spelling or pronunciation of Donder's name. A musician changed the spelling years ago, but Donder is the correct spelling. Donder loves it when kids say his name right.
Even female reindeer have antlers. The reindeer pulling the sleigh are more than likely a girl reindeer. Male reindeer lose their antlers earlier than female reindeer do. Their antlers are what helps Santa guide the sleigh through the air helping it turn and go up or down. Plus females are better with directions.....seriously!
Don't turn your back on any reindeer. You might just get poked by an antler.
Don't look a reindeer in the eye. They think you are challenging them.
Reindeer games - leaping games (Comet always wins), running games (Prancer is very fast), hide and seek (we lost Vixon once and searched for hours to find him sleeping under a pine tree. Yikes!)
Reindeer eat a very special mix of oats that only Santa knows how to fix. Rudolph is an M&M junkie. Dasher loves carrots...so does Rudolph. Dancer is a vegan. Blitzen will eat pizza every day if you let him. Cupid loves Christmas cookies....with extra, extra, extra sprinkles...and thick frosting. Prancer makes his own hummus and eats it with sliced cucumbers - you should try it...it's to die for! Vixon is a picky...very, very, VERY picky eater. Comet's favorite food is hotdogs with extra mustard and dill relish. Donder can eat a whole cheese cake with a ton of cherries on top in one sitting.
This year Comet is giving Santa a difficult time when practicing on landings. Comet will not stop stomping his back hoofs on the roofs. So if you hear something on Christmas Eve...it's more than likely Comet acting up.
There are two backup reindeer trained to pull the sleigh in case one of the others gets sick or hurt. Their names are Holiday and Jingle!