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So this is why Santa’s reindeer have good directions & manage to find all the houses on Christmas Eve! [photographs]


According to the Alaskan Department of Fish and game, Both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year.

Reindeer herd ca. 1900 Alaska (from Library of Congress)

reindeer herd ca. 1900 library of congress

Reindeer which recently dropped its horns at a Reindeer Fair ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)reindeer that dropped antlers (library of congress)

Female reindeer retain their antlers ’till after they give birth in the spring.

However, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December.

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen had to be a girl.

Traveling with reindeer in Alaska ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)Traveling with reindeer in Alaska ca. 1900 Library of Congress

Reindeer, sleds and drivers ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)Reindeer, sleds and drivers library of congress ca. 1900

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen had to be a girl.

Below are Female Reindeer Nome, Alaska ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)

reindeer ca. 1900 library of congress

Tame Reindeer ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)
Reindeer saddled. ca. 1900 library of Congress

Reindeer Team ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)Reindeer team ca. 1900 library of congress

We should’ve known! Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night, and NOT GET LOST.

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  1. Elizabeth Cuneo, I think you’ll appreciate this!

  2. Somehow I’m not surprised!

  3. Rudolph & all Santa’s reindeer are female. Males shed their antlers before winter. Females shed theirs in the spring. Ho-Ho-Ho!

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