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Thursday, 15 November 2012

We've All Gone Deer Crazy This Christmas!

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This Christmas, (2012) everyone seems to have gone deer crazy! Reindeer that is. Every where you look there are deer. In particular, vintage deer, or vintage style at the very least. This makes Vintage Vic very happy. I love deer and always have. They just seem so gentle and are so very pretty. Their association to Christmas, based upon the deer that lead Santa's sleigh, gives them a special, almost magical quality. 

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Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (or Donna) and Blitzen are the names of the reindeer believed to pull Santa's sleigh. These names are based upon the 1823 poem, 'A Visit From St Nicholas' also known as 'The Night Before Christmas' believed to be by Clement Clarke Moore.

(Vintage card previously sold by Vintage Vic)

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

You notice there is no mention of Rudolph. 

Rudolph's story was originally written in verse by Robert L May for the Montgomery Ward chain of department stores in 1939, and published as a book to be given to children in the store at Christmas time.

Rudolph however, is probably the most famous reindeer. He is featured in books,

(Found on Etsy, in 1950s HouseWife shop)


(Taken from You Tube. The Dapper Dans at Disney World.)

And lots of T.V. and films made for Christmas...

(Taken from You Tube.)

(Taken from You Tube)

This Christmas, Rudolph and all the reindeer are featuring greatly in celebrations.

Cath Kidston stores are featuring vintage style deer in their collection this year...

They are available in many other places too. I purchased this fabulous wreath from , KittyKatDance shop on Etsy.

I also purchased these wonderful Christmas gift tags, from MyCardCupboard on Etsy.

I am a keen user of Pinterest and have found some lovely pictures of vintage deer on their. Some of these are featured on my Boards. Take a look by clicking below...


There are also deer popping up on Ebay in various forms. I spotted this sweet ornament a while ago.  I think it has since sold.

Not to be left behind, here at Vintage Vic's, I too am featuring reindeer in my Christmas Stock, but then I do every year. Christmas just isn't Christmas, in my vintage loving world, without Reindeer a plenty!

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