This weekend, once Thanksgiving was officially over, Mr. Handsome and I kicked off the Christmas season with a visit to a Christmas tree farm. The trees were average, but the farm had about 15 live reindeer, which turned out to be the highlight of our visit.
Have you ever seen a reindeer in person? I hadn’t.
These ones were quite large, and I really couldn’t picture them flying through the air pulling a sleigh. Perhaps they have been indulging in too many Christmas cookies. They were also very cute, with their big eyes.
Out of curiosity, I did some brief research on reindeer. They are in the same family as elk, deer, and moose. In my opinion, they look like a cross between a deer and an elk, although that statement is purely an observation and may not have any scientific basis. They are the same species as caribou but are of a different subspecies. The key difference between reindeer and caribou is that most reindeer are domesticated, with the first ones being domesticated about 2,000 years ago. Caribou, as you are probably aware, are not domesticated.
The reindeer we saw seemed to be very sedentary creatures.
It was a windy day, but we had a blast. Less than four weeks until Christmas!