Christmas is the perfect time to be with your family. You can spend long hours with your little kids and teach them about Christmas traditions. Since kids are always curious beings, there are chances your little one might ask you “what are the names of Santa’s Reindeer?” If that’s your case, or even if the question has come purely out of your mind, we have answered everything in this article.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was one of the first songs that defined the names of the first eight reindeer in 1823. Later on, in 1939 the pop culture introduced our very cute Rudolph. It’s actually very surprising to see that people don’t know about all the names of Santa’s Reindeer. The blow molds of Rudolph are considered vintage, they are that special and people don’t know much about him or the other reindeer.
Before answering what are the names of Santa’s reindeer, you would want to know how many of Santa’s reindeer are there. Don’t worry! You will get all your answers on Santa’s reindeer here plus their personality traits. Kids love to relate themselves to reindeer but to tell them about those traits, you would have to read everything here.
How Many Reindeer Does Santa Have? What Are The Names Of Santa’s Reindeer?
Santa has 10 reindeer namely Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph, and Olive. The first eight Santa’s reindeer were the creation of Clement Clarke Moore. Rudolph was added to the list when Robert L May wrote: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 1939.
The last one, Olive is supposed to be added to Santa’s reindeer by a common mistake. Many people thought that the original lyrics said “Olive, The Other Reindeer” when it actually was “All of the other reindeer”. Luckily, this common mistake has made a new reindeer and we got our Olive.
Are Santa’s Reindeer Male Or Female?
Pop culture always refers to Santa’s reindeer as male. In fact, Rudolph was even referred to as “him” in the song. However, two professors from the University of Edinburgh came out with the fact that only female reindeer can have antlers in winters especially at Christmas. Male reindeer shed their antler before December. So, if you see a reindeer with its beautiful headgear at Christmas, it’s a female.
Along with this fact, know that male reindeer can have antlers only if they are castrated. After castration, the antler shedding process stops in male reindeer, however, there’s nothing Christmas-y about this fact.
Also, from now on if you prefer to reindeer as males, as they do in the pop culture, know that you are referring to castrated reindeer. I know that made you laugh. In this article, we are also going to refer to Santa’s reindeer as males.
Personality Traits Of Santa’s Reindeers
If you didn’t know this before, all of the 10 Santa’s reindeer have different personality traits and skills. One is a master in sewing and the other is magical. All these traits will help you to explain all the Santa’s reindeer to your kids. You can even use these traits to tell your kids which Santa’s reindeer are they?
1. Dasher | Always Ready To Go Out
Dasher is the first Santa’s reindeer and he’s the fastest one. Dasher is always ready to dash out of his home in the North Pole. You can be sure he’s always the first one to finish the race.
The word “Dasher” is inspired by the German name “Dascher” which means purse-maker. So, our Dasher is really good at sewing too.
Traits Of Dasher
- Great at sports.
- Is never afraid of cold.
- Good at fashion and styling.
- Party animal.
- Is always happy and has a big heart.
2. Dancer | The Performer
Dancer is the second Santa’s reindeer. He is an extrovert and wildly social with people. When he’s not helping Santa in distributing the gifts, he hosts dance parties and dances his heart out.
Traits Of Dancer
- Loves to dance on every occasion.
- You will always find him on the dance floor.
- Celebrates wildly.
- Loves to hang out with friends.
- Is quite popular among his elves.
3. Prancer | Obsessed With His Appearance
Prancer is a super-loving reindeer who would do anything for all the other Santa’s reindeer. Also, he adores himself more than anyone and carries a little mirror to look at himself every now and then. Plus, his harness is red and green in color.
Traits Of Prancer
- Looks great every time.
- Has loads of accessories and carries them with grace,
- Super loyal buddy.
- Loves to sing Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
4. Vixen | The One With Magic
Vixen is a comedic magician who loves to astonish people with his magic tricks. He is an entertainer by all means and disappears anytime. Vixen often tricks other reindeer by vanishing their candy canes.
Traits Of Vixen
- Attracts people.
- Loves to entertain people.
- Performs magic tricky smoothly.
- Is often late at work.
5. Comet | The Allrounder
Just like his name, Comet is a Santa’s reindeer who is out of the world. Comet is the handsome one of the lot. He’s the go-to guy for everyone. Kids love everything about Comet and this impresses Santa. Also, Comet inspired the little ones to be on their best behavior, so he’s the good guy.
Traits Of Comet
- Smart and handsome.
- Down to earth.
- Always ready to help people around him.
6. Cupid | Affectionate To All
Cupid is often referred to in pop culture as a girl. She loves to make everyone happy. Cupid sings and spreads the love in the world. Also, she’s the one showering all the red hearts on people in love.
Traits Of Cupid
- Loves wearing red and green.
- Finds mistletoe.
- Loves to spreads happiness and love.
- Has sweet tooth but also likes crunchy delights.
7. Donner | The Extrovert
Along with Dancer, Donner is also the extrovert of the lot. In German, “Donner” means thunder. Donner loves to be the center of attention and always gets nice compliments after singing Christmas songs.
Traits Of Donner
- Always wants to lead people.
- Creative and good at debates.
- Loves to sing Christmas songs, especially the ones about Santa.
8. Blitzen | The Fastest One
The word Blitzen is inspired by the German word for lightning. He’s the first one to deliver all his gifts because he’s as fast as lightning. Blitzen has special skills of flying high in the sky and loves to move around thunders.
Traits Of Blitzen
- Productive workaholic.
- Always finishes his work on time or even before.
- Loves to do things for kids.
9. Rudolph | Kids’ Favorite
Rudolph joined the herd a little later but he got the most popular among kids. Rudolph’s glowing red nose leads Santa to the kids’ houses. When he isn’t working with Santa he plays hide and seek with the other Santa’s reindeer and finds them in all the dark corners with his glowing nose.
Traits Of Rudolph
- Quite humble and a little shy.
- Loves to help other reindeer.
- Get’s all the tasks done.
- Playful with friends at the right time.
10. Olive | Not The Other Reindeer
Many people heard the word Olive and there he was, the little less known reindeer of the herd. He never wants to grab the attention so he stays back. However, when it comes to friends you will always find him at the front.
Traits of Olive
- Knows how to maintain friendships.
- Intelligent and playful.
- Witty and cheerful.
- Not an attention seeker.
Now, you have everything to relate your kids to reindeer. Whether your kid is outgoing or is the crafty one of the house, you know what to name him. I hope now you got all the answers to your query “What are the names of Santa’s reindeer?” and “what are the traits of Santa’s reindeer”. If this article was informative to you, then comment below and let us know if you liked it or not.
Plus you can also tell us a fact about any of these Santa’s reindeer that I might have missed. Share this article with your friends and have a great day!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the names of Santa’s 10 reindeer?
The names of Santa’s 10 reindeer are-
What is Santa’s real name?
Santa’s real name is Saint Nicholas.
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