How Reindeer became a Christmas Icon

How Reindeer became a Christmas Icon

The first reference to Santa’s sleigh being pulled by a reindeer, appears in "Old Santeclaus with Much Delight" a poem published in a children’s book in 1821, though the name of the author has been lost to time. It was Clement Seymour’s a visit from Saint Nicholas a couple of years later that cemented the image of the flying reindeer in the public’s imagination. Who can’t recite the words from that epic story? More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

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