Saturday, November 29, 2014

Funky Reindeers and Where You Can Find Them


Years ago I took a photo of these funky Reindeers / Caribous
at a Christmas Party, but never found out who sells them

Rudolph the Reindeer
Chuck Barney wrote about the most famous Reindeer in the Hamilton Spectator:

“Laugh and call him names all you want, but there's no denying that the furry misfit at the heart of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has outshone his naysayers to become the most famous holiday TV star of all.
The seasonal perennial was the brainchild of producers Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, who in 1964 took Johnny Marks' novelty song and turned it into an instant television classic. When "Rudolph" first aired during a Sunday afternoon on NBC, it drew a 50 share of the audience, which was sensational even in a three-channel universe. Five decades later, fans are still shouting out with glee."

"This year on CBS, "Rudolph" celebrates its 50th anniversary, extending its reign as television's longest-running special.  Like "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which turns 50 next year, Rudolph is a beloved heirloom handed down from parents to their children.”


Animated Lighted Reindeer Family Set 3 Christmas Yard Decoration Outdoor

More About Reindeers / Caribou

  • Lego Santa and reindeer land in Covent Garden, London, UK.  700,000 tiny Lego bricks make up the sleigh, reindeer, presents and Father Christmas designed by Lego builder Duncan Titmarsh.
  • Two life Reindeers are outside the Hotel: Reindeer are a quintessential symbol of Christmas, and on December 13, the St. Regis Hotel in New York City will celebrate the holiday by having two of them outside its doors in Midtown Manhattan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Scandinavia's Sami Reindeer Herders

Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, near the jagged tips of Norway's crown, the sun does not set for weeks on end during the summer months, and the midnight sun bounces off fields of midsummer snow. The solstice comes and goes, but the Sami reindeer herders are too busy to pay much attention. "We're always in the middle of calf marking at this time," Ingrid Gaup says, referring to the yearly ritual in which the herding families carve their ancient marks into the ears of the new calves. In the Sami's homeland, spread across northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, the notion of time is untethered from the cycles of the sun and is yoked instead to something far more important: the movement of the reindeer.

Where You Can find Reindeer / Caribou in North America
The Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as Caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, Subarctic, tundra, boreal and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America, writes Wiki. I recently saw a couple in a mountainous region of British Columbia, Canada.
National Geographic shows their habitat here at this map:


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