Santa's reindeer are ladies?
I received the following forward in email:
> > Therefore, according to every historical
rendition depicting Santa's
> > reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to
> > a girl.
> > We should've known. Only women would be able to drag a man in
> > a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get
researching this rather intriguing trivia, I found the following:
1. Here is the site which may have inspired the internet forward -
it's pretty with music etc:
2. Another site gives some info about antlers although does not specify when
the male drops his, only that the male sheds his antlers "in Winter"
which could go from the end of November to the beginning/middle of February:
>>>>>Wild reindeer are
found in Scandinavia and northern Russia. Both male and female reindeer
have antlers. New antlers are fully grown by July, but do not harden
until fall. These are the only members of the deer family (Cervidae) whose
females grow antlers. The antlers are
covered with "velvet", vascularized tissue, in summer. The males
drop their antlers in winter, while pregnant females usually retain their
antlers until after they give birth in the spring. <<<<<
This site also has photos of reindeers:
According to this site, female reindeer antlers do weigh almost 40 lbs
LESS than male antlers.
We are left with a continuing mystery (when DO males really shed their
antlers?) and some more problems. The lifespan of a reindeer is only
10-15 years and I've heard about Santa since I was 3 years old, some 54 years
ago ergo, he should have gone through several sets of reindeer since then.
Does the North Pole have a reindeer burial site?
Also photos of reindeers show both genders to have much larger antlers than
Santa's reindeer. And finally, most explanations of reindeer, observe
that they are not so good for pulling sleds.
So, how should we deal with this "shocking" news?
Here is an attempted explanation: :)
1. Literary license applies with the Christmas eve tale.
2. In addition to Rudolf's nose which served as a headlight, Santa's
reindeer have many abilities that 'normal' reindeer do NOT have like being
able to fly, therefore, they were likely Magical reindeer and could be male,
female or no gender.
3. Santa's trip actually happens the beginning of December and the presents
are then delivered to the Post Office which completes the delivery on
Christmas eve - watch out for anthrax in your Christmas gifts this year!
4. Santa's reindeer are really flying horses with (antler) hats on.
Corollary: where do the um....horse droppings go when Santa is flying?
5. Has anyone really SEEN Santa in person? The photos and paintings could have
been 'changed' in computer renderings! Heck, Oprah takes off about 50
lbs via the computer every month for the cover of the "O" Magazine -
if Oprah can do it, why can't Santa?
In conclusion, the antler dilemma causes strong suspicions that Santa might be
a myth and a waste of time - perhaps we should consider seeking
the Christ child instead!
"Wise Men still seek Him"