my yearly reindeer rant: both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year but male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen ... has to be a female.
Females have antler power! Unique among the more than 45 species of deer, female reindeer grow antlers too. Males shed their antlers in early winter and females shed theirs much later, meaning that Santa’s sleigh is likely powered by a group of she-deer!
Fascinating article about female reindeer, shamans of ancient cultures (as well as the more recent cultures of the Sami, Lapps, Mongolians and Siberians) and what they reveal about the symbolism of Santa Claus and those secular aspects of modern day Christmas celebrations | Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…”
Although antlers may be considered a masculine symbol, goddesses and female shamans wear them. Deer women appear throughout world mythology. Bendis, Artemis, Elen of the Ways, Satet, and many reindeer goddesses. Female reindeer, btw, have antlers and they are among humanity's oldest deities. (For the less spiritual, you can just enjoy this photo as a sexy Hannibal cosplay.)
"There is also great wealth of sacred[/honored] & magical[/filled with wonder] imagery surrounding the female reindeer & deer in Celtic mythology which often feature tales of white hinds (doe) which are associated with the goddess (who often gives birth to a sun child in the form of a white hind). Fairytales tell us she was ridden by the Snow Queen & peoples of the fairy world."
did you know Santa's reindeer are all female???? Both male and female reindeer grow antlers but Male reindeer lose their antlers by the beginning of Dec, female reindeer keep their antlers until spring until after they give birth...even Roudolf