Christmas brings laughter, love, gifts and reindeer. Why is the reindeer tied to Christmas? When did it begin as tradition? Can I see reindeer locally?

According to az animals heres some insight to Christmas and the incorporation of reindeer:

Celebrating Christmas began when Christianity co-opted pagan celebrations of the winter solstice in order to make Christianity more popular. The concept of Santa was created out of a combination of older Norse and Germanic mythology. Reindeer were introduced as part of a children’s story that was published in the 19th century. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was the result of a savvy advertising campaign in the 1920s.

That's some background for you to ingest. Rudolph was created for use at Montgomery Ward for marketing. I knew that fact, it turned out to be a juggernaut for Montgomery Ward and kids around the world.

We know the story about Rudolph and the reindeer that flew Santa's sleigh around the world. Rudolph was a beast. Why is it just reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh? The Independent says:

Reindeer are the only domesticated species of deer, and people have been using them to get around since the stone age. People ride on their backs like horses, and use small herds of them to drive sleds, just like Santa.

As I am writing this article I am learning more about reindeer and the history of reindeer and Christmas. I want to go check out some live reindeer in person.

You can visit reindeer in person at some locations in the mid Michigan area. This will be a first time for me and I'm going to make sure the kids are along for the ride. Giving the gift of experiences is a cool idea and someday your kid might look at you and say:

That was awesome when we went and experienced reindeer in person at Christmas time. I can't wait to do that with my kids too.


Reindeer Farms and Ranches in mid Michigan

Reindeer Ranch - 2921 N 6th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

GG Reindeer Farm - 3754 76th St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316

Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm - 2706 E Stevenson Lake Rd, Clare, MI 48617

Grandpa Tiny's Farm - 7775 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Reindeer Farms in mid Michigan

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