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Santa Officially Names His Starting Reindeer

North Pole Radio News
North Pole Radio News
Santa Officially Names His Starting Reindeer

Santa has named the reindeer who will be flying him around the world when he launches later this week.


As the North Pole Radio News report above says, there are no surprises. They are:

  1. Rudolph
  2. Dasher
  3. Dancer
  4. Prancer
  5. Vixen
  6. Comet
  7. Cupid
  8. Donner
  9. Blitzen

However, not many people know about this process. Some see it as a mere formality that just happens automatically every year.

But Santa takes this very seriously and, obviously, so do the reindeer. You see, in the world of reindeer, there is no higher honor than flying for Santa. That have to earn that honor every year. It is NOT an automatic thing.

The first thing they have to do is to apply. That’s usually done by their managers by the month of February.

One they have applied they have to pass a physical. Then they have to go to specialized reindeer training. Yes, even if they have done it before, they still have to do it.

When they return to the North Pole they have to compete in the Reindeer Games. The games are where they must qualify in specific athletic events that set what they call “markers”. Markers are levels of performance needed to fly on Santa’s team.

There are thousands of reindeer who compete in the games. Most of them never qualify because they can’t hit the markers.

Winning the games does not mean you make Santa’s team either. For example, this year’s Reindeer Games winner, The Mighty Mick, does not fly with Santa. He does win a special assignment but he didn’t make Santa’s starting team.

Will he be on a backup team?

Maybe. Or maybe he’ll do something else.

The fact the reindeer are the same year after year is actually proof of how special these reindeer are. They not only fly Santa every year, they qualify to fly Santa every year. That’s a special, special thing.

Elf Harold Star

3 replies
  1. Elf Ulan
    Elf Ulan says:

    Thank you, Elf Harold. And thank you, Elves Frank and Crash. I didn’t know the reindeer must apply for Santa’s team by February! And I learned more about why his team’s reindeer are so great! You mean, Santa’s team are the same names, but their reindeer might be different?! For example, Santa named “Dasher” to a reindeer this year, but he was “Donner” last year, or they are a few “Dasher,” hmm, lol. But thousands of reindeer can get a chance for his teams! Wait, “Rudolph” has a special red nose so, is the only reindeer in the world, right? (well, the reindeer and Rudolph are not famous in my country, so I appreciate it if somebody tells me that!) Mighty Mick is the first flying this year, so I hope he will go well for Santa, and I wonder if Elf Crash could report about him in the sky. Of course, I love them all too! ^^

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