Who was naming Santa’s reindeers?
Their author, i.e. Clement Clark Moore, was naming them in 1823, when he created the poem to his son in Christmas eve. In his fictional work of art, the poet depicted Santa Claus riding sleigh drawn by 8 tiny reindeers.
A Visit From St. Nicholas
(a fictional poem by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823)
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny 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, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
His art has been well-known for centuries and inspires other artists to develop and improve his story.