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.
Deer: Family: Cervidae, Order: Artiodactyla, Class: Mammalia; even-toed ruminant mammals; include white-tailed deer, mule deer such as black-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer (caribou), fallow deer, roe deer, pudu, chital; male deer of all species (except Chinese water deer) & female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year; differ from permanently horned animals such as antelope (in same order as deer)
"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."
Winter wonderland | Glimmer paper paired with a Taylored Expressions birch die and finished off with a die cut deer from Tim Holtz. SU Canvas stamp and versamark ink add texture to Rudolph's coat. Where are Rudolph's antlers? Well, as we now know, it's only the female reindeer who have antlers at this time of the year - so Rudolph, has a red nose - but no antlers. SU basic rhinestone nose colored with a red sharpie pen. Sentiment from Papertrey Ink