I took a photo of the moon on an overcast night, then created a new layer in Photoshop Elements to superimpose Santa and his reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.
The 1823 poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”, now better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, introduced the concept of Santa and his Reindeer:
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 Dunder and Blixem!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now, dash away! dash away! dash away all!
Dunder and Blixem later became Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph was introduced in a children’s book by Robert L. May in 1939.