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Er... Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Rudolph...

Dammit, I have eight but cannot get the ninth!

Oh well, that's a pretty good head start for anyone else doing this meme today.

Christmas kisses for anyone who can tell me the ninth in a comment while likewise respecting the 'no search engines' rule.

(They're a very weird set of names anyway, aren't they? When I have pressed 'post' on this entry and can look at search engines again I am going to search out where the hell 'Donner' and 'Blitzen' in particular even come from. Crazy mid-nineteenth century clerics!)

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Dec. 22nd, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Naturally, Wikipedia has all the answers, including the explanation for Donner and Blitzen. I feel silly for not having been able to figure those out myself, now.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Without searching, you're missing Dasher!
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
No, I've listed Dasher above. Having checked since on Wikipedia, the missing character is Vixen. There has to be someone to rhyme with Blitzen, after all!
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can't read :(
Or rather, I can't keep my thoughts in order while posting from a busy shop queue!
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Understandable! I hope you get what you went in for. :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Vixen? (Didn't search).
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yes - well done!
Dec. 22nd, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
It seemed hilarious to me that you'd miss Vixen.

I didn't Google but I find the names easy to remember because of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", which doesn't seem to be where you got your memory of it since you didn't list them in that order. I think they're listed in the same order in the little intro to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" that some people sing before launching into the song itself.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, my memory of the names does basically come from that poem, but I don't know it well enough to quote it precisely - hence missing Vixen, of course. I just have a sketchy general impression of the sorts of names which crop up in those lines. Interestingly, though, I did know that Donner and Blitzen came last, which is why those were the first two names that sprang to mind. They leave a strong lasting impression as a rising climax of the couplet.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
You did better than me, I don't think I would have got half of them! (Not that you can get half of nine, of course...)
Dec. 22nd, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
See, this is the kind of thing I would have no problem with. I used to know the entire poem of Night before Christmas, and I can still quote large chunks of it. Poems and songs I do well with, memory-wise. The one I'm likely to forget is Rudolph, because he's not attached to the list in song.

Weeping Cross
Dec. 29th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
I started trying to go through the list in my mind and kept finding myself mentally repeating Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron, Pi ...

Edited at 2012-12-29 10:32 pm (UTC)
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