Tuesday, December 16, 2008

History of Reindeer Names

I share these tidbits of useless knowledge with y'all because I think all should know them. It is important because we might need to know these things on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" one day.

For instance, I learned several years back the the original name for Donner the reindeer was Donder. I recently found out how that came about. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was written by Clement Clark Moore in 1823 and the name Donner was used. However, the original Christmas poem was written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. in 1807 and the reindeer in the original was Donder. Rudolph was not part of this story...He came later.

Donner means thunder in German. Donder means thunder in Dutch.

So, rest assured that you now know.....


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