The origin rhyme for Santa's reindeer, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," reserves Blitzen for last since he's the greatest. Blitzen, the one genuine leader among reindeer, is mighty, loyal, and resilient. He's also the only reindeer who can talk!
Blitzen means "quick" or "furious" in German. That's appropriate for a reindeer who knows how to act like a boss.
He's the only reindeer who can fly, which probably explains his outgoing personality. You know, a little too outgoing sometimes. Reindeer aren't known for their patience. If you annoy Blitzen, you'll get annoyed with him too. That's why most people don't bother trying to be friends with him - they just want him to do the jumping for them.
Blitzen has been known to show up late for Christmas if someone was already riding him. Sometimes he tries to help out by carrying someone who is too heavy for him to lift. That's why humans need to be careful not to put him on with batteries inside of their vehicles. If you do, he might take off with the car while still running. When he returns home, he could crash into a tree or two.
People have been kidnapping reindeer for centuries now to use as slaves on farms.
Blitzen is saved for last in "Nickolaus," the origin poem for Santa's reindeer, because he is the best. Blitzen, the one genuine leader among reindeer, is mighty, loyal, and resilient.
Mud To get past Santa's regulations, Donner smeared dirt on Rudolph's nose. Mrs. Donner, however, kissed the muck away, making Rudolph's nose to sparkle.
On March 10th, Blitzen was born. Blitzen is a German word for "lightning." Although he enjoys being fun and busy, he is the boldest of the reindeer and a diligent worker. Blitzen sets a good example. He motivates the others to work harder so that Santa may make his deliveries on time.
Zuzu's name comes from the English language. Zuzu is the nickname of a character who appears in some Disney movies. She is a dog with magical powers who can talk.
Now back to the reindeer story...
After Santa had finished making his deliveries one night, he decided to go home early. As he was driving through the woods, he saw something bright blue down by the tree line. It looked like another Christmas tree, only it was too soon for trees to be blooming. So, thinking there must be someone nearby who didn't have electricity, he went to check it out. When he got there, he found three small children sitting around the tree, eating cookies and milk. One of them was holding a present wrapped up in red and white paper.
Santa gave the children each two cookies and a glass of milk. Then he asked the oldest child what his name was. The boy said his name was John. So, Santa told him he could keep the tree as a gift until next Christmas.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen are the names of Santa Claus's eight reindeer. Santa greets them by name in the poem, saying, 'Now, Dasher! Now, Dashaway! / On, Donder! On, Blitzen! / Who's next on your list?'. This shows that he has a very good memory.
In fact, there are only six reindeers in the poem because Dasher is used twice in "Dasher, dancy, prance, me over yon hill." So they have to be different animals. Also, Comet and Cupid are the same animal (spider monkey). Donner and Blitzen are also the same animal (jaguar).
This means that there are only two different reindeers in the poem: Dasher and Cartman. But since Stan says that there are eight reindeers in total, then he must have been talking about all the different versions of Santa's reindeer. There are actually nine different versions of Santa's reindeer listed below with each version having a different name. So basically, Stan was right after all!
Santa has nine reindeer in all. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and, of course, Rudolph are their names. Donner's name has also been spelled Donder and Dunder, and Blitzen has also been spelled Blixem. Their names are derived from the Dutch terms for thunder and lightning. Coincidentally, Rudolph's last name is actually Van Ruddy, which means "of the red" in Dutch.
Reindeer have been used by Santa since they were first introduced in 1949 by Clement Clarke Moore. They are usually dark brown or black in color, but some are white or roan. The height of a reindeer can range from 14 to 18 hands (48-59 inches). They weigh between 1,000 and 3,500 pounds (450-1,540 kg). Males tend to be heavier than females. Reindeer have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
There are several different theories as to how Santa's Elves get the toys off of the list. One theory is that they use a magic mirror that shows them what you want for Christmas and then they make it for you. Another theory is that they travel through time to give toys that have already been bought to children on Christmas Day. Some people think they use robot reindeers because there are no reported injuries to humans when accidents do happen. Finally, some people think the elves just make the toys themselves but always put a little extra something special in them that only they know about.