Thursday, December 13, 2007

But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all? It's Donder!

My husband and I have the same argument discussion every year right around this time. He will ask me if I can name all the reindeer. And every year, I rattle them off . And every year, I am kicking myself for not remembering that we have this same conversation. Every. Year.

Beth: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And of course, Rudolph!

Dan: It's not Donner. It's Donder!

Beth: Donder?! That's ridiculous! It's Donner ! Everyone knows it Donner!

Dan: No! It's Donder!

This goes on for a while until I can take no more. My husband unfortunately is usually right when we have an argument discussion and he argues discusses things with such conviction, that I normally just end this like any cool teenager would..

Beth: Whatever.

I definitately was not on my high school debating team.

So this year, after we had our little argument discussion, I went to my friend Google and discovered that for a change...we are both right! Although, he would argue that he is more right than I am but again...whatever.

Apparently in Twas the Night Before Christmas the reindeer was named Dunder (or Donder) but it was changed in the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Donner. Also, according to this article Blitzen was originally Blixem in the story. Donder and Blixem were Dutch for thunder and lightening and then changed to Donner and Blitzen which are German for thunder and lightening. The reason for the change is unclear but wow! Who knew? And I am sure you are saying at this point who cares? Well, I care!

I can hardly wait until next Christmas. When my husband and I have this same argument discussion, I am going to enlighten him with this new found knowledge on Blixem/Blitzen and for once, I am going to be right!

It's the little things, people!


Michelle said...


Allen never argues with me. He has "yes dear" down pat! Unlike you, I WAS on the debate team and right or wrong, I argue to the death! He figures it's just not worth it!

Lee and Beth said...

That's funny. I'd never heard that before. Of course, Lee was like "yes, I knew that already." Men.

Grandma T said...

Very interesting! I feel smarter already!!

jennwa said...

I am a Donner person myself.
That was very interesting, I did not know all that about the reindeer names. I am serious. I know what you were thinking Beth.

Pam said...

Well, who da thunk? I'm sure I will be able to use this piece of trivia to wow all of David's relatives at the Christmas party this weekend. (Actually, they will look at me like I am crazy...which I am, of course!)