The meaning of reindeer at Christmas

Among the most prominent Christmas stories we find Santa Claus (or Santa Claus), a character who lives in the North Pole and who receives letters from all the children in the world to finally decide whether to give them candy or coal. But, ¿when did this tradition begin? ¿Who is santa claus? ¿And why did he choose reindeer and not horses to deliver the gifts to the children?

At AnimalWised we want to relive the legend a bit and try to understand the meaning of reindeer at Christmas. We do not want to demystify anything, but we do want to know these noble animals that will work on December 24. ¡Read on and find out everything about Christmas reindeer!

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Santa Claus, the protagonist

Santa Claus, Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas ... Throughout the world he is known by different names, but the story is always the same:

In the 4th century a boy named Nicolas of Bari. He was known since childhood for his kindness and generosity towards poor or less wealthy children, considering that he was born into a very rich family. At the age of 19, he lost his parents and inherited a great fortune that he decided to donate to those most in need and left with his uncle on the path of the priesthood..

Nicolás died on December 6, 345 and due to proximity to Christmas, it was decided that this saint was the perfect image to distribute gifts and sweets to children. He was named patron saint of Greece, Turkey and Russia.

The name of Santa Claus arises from the German name by which he is recognized as Saint Nikolaus. The tradition was growing in Europe around the 12th century. But reaching the year 1823, an English writer, Clement Moore, wrote the famous poem "A visit from Saint Nicholas " where it perfectly describes Santa Claus who crossed the skies in a sleigh pulled by his nine reindeer to deliver gifts on time.

But the United States was not far behind, in 1931 it commissioned a famous soft drink brand to make a cartoon of this older man, represented with red clothes, a belt and black boots..

Today, the story centers on a Santa Claus who lives at the North Pole with his mistress and with a group of elves who make toys throughout the year. When the night of the 24th arrives, Santa Claus puts all the toys in a sack and rides his sleigh to distribute the gifts at each Christmas tree..

Reindeer at Christmas, more than just a symbol

To know the meaning of reindeer at Christmas, we must continue researching about these magical creatures that they drag Santa's sleigh. They have magical powers and are flying. They are born thanks to the poem that we named above by the writer Moore who only gave life to eight of them: the four on the left are female (Comet, Acrobat, Thunder, Brioso) and the four on the right are males (Cupid, Lightning, Dancer , Playful).

In 1939, after the story by Robert L. Mays entitled "Christmas Story " the ninth reindeer named Rudolph (Rodolfo) comes to life, who will be located at the beginning of the sleigh and colored white. But his story would be closely linked to a Scandinavian legend where the God Odin had an 8-legged white horse that led Santa Claus with his assistant, Black Peter, to distribute the gifts. The stories merged and the 8 reindeer were born. It is also said that the goblins They are in charge of caring for and feeding the reindeer. They divide the time between gifts and reindeer.

Although we say they are magical creatures, that fly, they are also flesh and blood animals, magical, but they do not fly. They are of vital importance in Arctic peoples where they perform the most diverse tasks. They are part of indigenous communities and collaborate to keep them warm and connected with the rest of the world.

They are part of the deer family, with a dense and very thick coat to cope with low temperatures. They are migratory animals that live in herds and when the great colds begin they can migrate up to 5,000km. They currently live in the Arctic area, North America, Russia, Norway and Sweden..

They are peaceful animals that feed in the wild on herbs, mushrooms, tree bark, etc. They are basically ruminants, like cows or sheep. They have a excellent smell Since living in areas where their food is buried under heavy layers of snow, they must have a way to find it. They are prey and their main enemies are wolves, the golden eagle, lynxes, bears and ... the human being. I think this brief summary makes us know a little more about these beautiful animals that, almost without wanting to, are the protagonists of every beautiful Christmas.

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