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What are the names of Santa's eight reindeer?

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The names of Santa's eight reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Donner's original name was Dunder, and Blitzen's original name was Blixem. The name of the ninth reindeer, added to the original eight much later, is Rudolph.

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The traditional tale of Santa's sleigh and his eight flying reindeer originated in a poem called "A Visit From St. Nicholas," later known as "The Night Before Christmas," by Clement Clarke Moore. Because he intended it only for his own children and family, Moore did not try to publish it. However, an acquaintance sent a copy of the poem to the editor of the Troy Sentinel, a New York newspaper, where it was first published anonymously on Dec. 23, 1823. The poem immediately became popular, and in the ensuing years, it was reprinted many times in newspapers and anthologies. Moore's original choice of the names of Dunder and Blixem were the Dutch words for thunder and lightning, but their names were later changed to the German words for thunder and lightning instead.

The poem about Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was originally written by Robert L. May as an advertising promotion for a Montgomery Ward department store in 1939. The promotional book containing the poem sold millions of copies. Rudolph's popularity increased when cowboy folk singer Gene Autry released a song about him in 1949. Since then, Rudolph has become an integral part of Santa's reindeer team in Christmas lore.

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