As well as the 8 named in the ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’, there are other reindeer in stories about Santa:
- Rudolph – the unusual red-nosed reindeer helps guide the sleigh on particularly dark and foggy nights
- Olive – “olive the other reindeer shouted out with glee”
- Chet – the reindeer in training in “The Santa Clause II”
- Cupid – the reindeer who falls in love with Private (the penguin) in “Merry Madagascar”
Can you add any more?
And you may not know that the original story included Dunder (which became Donder then Donner) and Blixem (later Bliksem then the German Blitzen).
Santa just smiles when asked the names of his reindeer and lets us remember the poem…