That’s right, Rudolph (or is it really Rebecca), Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen are of the female persuasion.
While the classic Yuletide characters have always been portrayed as being male in books, songs and on-screen, science dictates that it would be virtually impossible for any of the sleigh-pulling caribous to be dudes.
“Male reindeer actually cast their antlers before Christmas, so they don’t have any antlers at Christmas time,” Edinburgh University professor Gerald Lincoln told the Telegraph.
“They have their mating season in autumn when they use their antlers to fight, but once it finishes they cast them.” The antlers don’t lie!
Meanwhile, female reindeer keep their antlers throughout the Christmas season up until they give birth in the spring.
So not only have Santa’s reindeer been misgendered all these years, but they also hauled Father Christmas, his sleigh and all those gifts across the world while most likely being pregnant.