How many reindeer does Santa have, what are their names and what are the letters of Rudolph, the reindeer of the red nose?
The names of the magic flying animals come from a poem of 1823 called The night before Christmas
SANTA is one of the best-known features of modern Christmas, and its reindeer troop is expected to visit homes around the world each year.
Images have existed for decades, but how many of us really know where it came from?
Santa and his eight reindeer are a staple in modern Christmas history, with children everywhere believing they are visited by them
How many reindeer does Santa have and what are his names?
It is believed that the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh come from a poem by Clement C. Moore, A Visit From St Nicholas.
It is more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas and includes references to eight named reindeer.
Originally, the verse that includes the names has them below as: “Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
“In, Comet! In, Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem!”
But nowadays Dunder and Blixem are often referred to Donner and Blitzen.
Although Rudolf is the most famous of the reindeer, he is not one of the first eight mentioned.