Want to watch Santa’s reindeer? You can tune into the live feed at http://reindeercam.com/ It’s the perfect activity to get your children excited about Christmas. Let them watch while you’re decorating the tree? Each evening at 5:00 pm EST the reindeer are fed. The children can watch the reindeer resting and gathering their strength for the big trip on December 25.
Also, you can also add your child’s name to the Nice List for a fee on the site or you can write Santa a letter per the instructions on the site. Once the letter is received, your child’s name will be added to the Nice List.
Do you know the history of Santa’s reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. The 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas” or “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) is credited for the eight flying reindeer and their names per Wikipedia. This portion of the poem introduces the reindeer:
“When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
with a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
“On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem!
“To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
So, we know the history of Santa’s reindeer now. Reading The Night Before Christmas has become a favorite during the holiday season in my home. Finally, be sure to print our Nice Letter and Certificate from Santa. While you’re waiting for Santa and his reindeer to arrive, make a batch of your favorite holiday cookies. What are some of your holiday traditions?