Today’s Kid Scoop celebrates one of the most enduring images of Christmas — the fact that Santa Claus’ sleigh is pulled by a team of reindeer.
Reindeer, of course, are real creatures but they don’t look quite as cute as the deer Americans are most familiar with. Instead, they’re more like a moose than a white-tailed deer.
Reindeer, which can weigh up to 700 lbs each, come from the subarctic and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and that makes them ideal animals to help Santa out on his yearly mission. To help them beat the cold, they have a thick coat of fur that can have a variety of colors, including white, brown and black.
Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. This is to help them dig through deep snow and uncover plants to eat.
As for Santa Claus’ reindeer, Wikipedia has a long article on the team, but you know the top nine reindeer, right? They are:
- Rudolph (when the weather calls for his inclusion)
Here are some quick video facts about reindeer. http://youtu.be/cPKTub8iUB0
Next you can see the story of Olive. You know her … she’s one of the “other reindeer.” http://youtu.be/i69D5InPKCI
This video shows reindeer on the move in Iceland … and not a bit of snow to be seen. http://youtu.be/E7IpM9fJGR0
Learn about how the people of Siberia used (and some still use) the reindeer to survive. http://youtu.be/Bsyj45SWgrQ
Hip-hop star DMX sings “Rudolph.” http://youtu.be/AXca4WcCzlo
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Emphasizing the importance of healthy eating, kids can also participate in the Taste the Rainbow scavenger hunt at the market. Go on the hunt for a fruit or vegetable of each color in the rainbow and kids will earn an apple for participating. Plus face painting and a coloring contest will be on-going throughout the event on both days. Most activities have minimal charges or are free to attendees.
For more information, contact the orchard at (717) 252-2540 or visit www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.Read More
Photo opportunities with Santa will be available for children, grandchildren and small pets. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and share their secret wish list. Hot chocolate and cookies will
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Dec. 7.
To register, call Denise Lauer at (717) 741-0961.Read More
– Live Nativity, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St. Girl Scouts will be caroling throughout the borough.
– Lighting of the Delta Borough tree, 8 p.m. on the grounds of Delta Discount Grocery and More, 520 Main St. Santa will arrive, Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, and all present will join in singing traditional songs.
– All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Delta Area Community Senior Center and a craft show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.
– Santa will visit, 10 a.m.-noon, and a flea market and food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co., 500 Main St.
– Children’s movie marathan featuring “Elf” at noon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:45 p.m., and “The Polar Express” at 2:45 p.m. Sponsored by Harford County Public Library, Whiteford branch.
The information center for the fair weekend will be at the Old Line Museum, 602 Main St., Delta.Read More
Junior League of York’s 40th annual Toy Sale will be 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Asbury UMC, 340 E. Market St., York.
Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and anyone with children in their lives can expect to find a multitude of reasonably priced new and gently used toys such as books, bikes, electronics, board games, baby items, and more for children of all ages.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE: Donations of new and gently used toys are currently being accepted at the Junior League Thrift Shop, 166 W. Market St., York, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.
For more information, visit www.jlyork.org.Read More
Parents should bring their own camera for pictures with Santa.
Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
The market is located on Susquehanna Trail South, off Interstate 83 between exits 8 and 4.Read More
The event will feature Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians in the dance hall starting at 5 pm. There will also be a craft for the children while they wait for Santa to arrive. They can also decorate cards that will be sent to troops overseas.
Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m., so bring your own camera for photos in the new carousel building. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Dover Area Food Bank and receive either a hot dog or drink.Read More
The Christmas Eve
By Amani Weary
Grade 1, York Township Elementary
One day there was a horrible snow storm and it was Christmas Eve.
When the snow storm was over the little girl named Amani got cocoa.
She loved the wintertime, but now it was time to go to bed. She was excited for tomorrow!
Tomorrow was Christmas!