Out of all of the animal kingdom why was the reindeer chosen by Father Christmas for this momentous annual task? Surely an elephant who can carry much greater loads would’ve been better? Or, if we’re going on the magical lines, a dragon or unicorn?
The task needs a creature that can fly quickly across the night sky, but also is big enough to pull the heavy sleigh overflowing with gifts, and has plenty of stamina to get around the world in one night!
So why reindeer?
Reindeer (also called caribou) vary in size and weight in accordance with their gender and age, but generally are around 1.2-1.5m at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 100 to 300kg. In the wild, they live an average of 15 years, and love to eat reindeer moss!
There are a number of reasons which could contribute to Father Christmas’s choice of the now- beloved reindeer, I’m going to give you four …
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Reindeer have very big feet! Their hooves have a big surface area to support their body weight on snow, and the underside of the hoof is hollowed out with a sharp rim which therefore means that when the reindeer land on the roof they can keep their balance, and not slip while waiting for Father Christmas to go down the chimney and deliver presents.