Saturday, December 15, 2007

Reindeer in Cottagewood

Reindeer at the Cottagewood GeneralStore
Photo from 2006
Looking at a reindeer one wonders how they obtained their name. As a child I thought their name involved rain. As a youth I wondered what type of games these dear antlered animals would play, and not allow Rudolf to participate. "Pretty crummy" I thought.
Well, the name has nothing to do with rain, but comes from the German word "rennen" (to run) and "dyre" which is an old germanic word for animal.
As far as games they played, it is all open to speculation. After all, Rudolf got his start in a Mongomery Wards Catalog.


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