Reindeer and Santa’s Sleigh
Clement Clark Moore’s poem also introduced the notion of Santa traveling on a reindeer-drawn sleigh to deliver gifts to the children of the world as he called out: Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen! / On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
How Santa manages to do this in one night remains one of the great mysteries that only children understand. Mathematicians have worked out that if Santa’s sleigh was loaded with one Barbie doll and one G.I. Joe for every girl and boy on the planet, the sleigh would weigh 400,000 tons and need almost a billion reindeer to pull it. To deliver them all in one night, Santa would have to deliver to roughly 1,500 homes a second and travel at roughly 5,000 times the speed of sound. This has baffled experts in the aviation industry who say that the aircraft would burst into flames at just a fraction of that speed.