How Many Reindeer Does Father Christmas Have?

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Father Christmas has eight reindeer in his original starting line-up, and the latecomer Rudolph makes a total of nine. The first eight reindeer are identified in the poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," while Rudolph's legend comes from a song.

Father Christmas is typically a holiday character in the United Kingdom, akin to Santa Claus in the United States. The story of his reindeer sleigh originated in Scandinavian myths, but Rudolph's tale comes from the American tune, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The names of the original reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (or Donder) and Blitzen. According to British tradition, Father Christmas and his reindeer live in Lapland, which is a part of Finland.