How many reindeer did Santa have?

For most of us, visions of Santa’s magical reindeer fleet begin dancing in our heads as soon as the holiday decorations hit the store shelves. But have you ever wondered about the real-life animals behind the fairy tale?
Reindeer, also known as domestic or semi-domesticated reindeer, are a subspecies of the wild caribou. These hooved mammals inhabit the Arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere, covering areas like Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. Both reindeer and caribou boast amazing adaptations that allow them to not just survive, but thrive, in some of the planet’s harshest weather conditions. They possess incredible stamina and adaptations for living in extreme northern climates. Their wide hooves act as snowshoes to walk on snow. Special nasal passages warm cold air entering their lungs. Thick, dense fur insulates them against temperatures as low as -50°F. Their seasonal migrations traverse huge ranges as they continually seek out lichen and other sustenance.

One very interesting fact about caribou and reindeer is that the female of the species also gets antlers! Both genders drop the antlers in early winter (painlessly) and regrow them every spring, Do You know what that means? All those pictures of Santa’s sleigh being pulled by reindeer are wrong! Or they’ve been cleverly modified.
As it turns out, reindeer have a truly captivating connection to Christmas. Centuries ago, legends recounted that shamans harnessed the mystical flight powers of reindeer to traverse different spirit worlds. When emerging Christian traditions overlapped with existing pagan yuletide celebrations, the image of a sleigh led through the winter night by flying reindeer took hold in the public imagination.
The famous 1823 poem by Clement Clarke Moore “A Visit from St. Nicholas”- also known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ – introduced and popularized the enduring image of Santa and his reindeer to the public consciousness. Their names – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (later Donner), and Blitzen – have become part of the Christmas tradition. Thus reindeer have come to symbolize the Christmas season through their connection to Santa Claus aka Saint Nicholas aka Sinterklaas.

Oh, and how many are there? Well, there are the original eight (named above), Rudolph, and ‘the other’ reindeer, Olive. What? You don’t know about her? Surely you recall the stanza in the song, “Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names…” That makes ten reindeer.

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Discounted Paperbacks @Amazon ~ #Romance

Do you prefer one form of reading material over another? Ebooks, paperbacks, or audiobooks. I love them all. There are over a thousand ebooks downloaded on my Kindles (yes, I own more than one); I really enjoy being able to carry a bunch of books around with me everywhere I go just in case I get a few odd minutes to read a few pages. And I love paperbacks; there is nothing else like the feel of those pages under your fingertips. And I also love audiobooks. I have the ability to listen to an audiobook via an app on my phone which plays the book over the car’s speakers. Sweet!

Today, we are focusing on paperbacks because Amazon has discounted some of the novels written by Authors’ Billboard Authors. If you’re a diehard paperback fan, take a look at these books and see if something strikes your fancy. Also, paperback books make GREAT gifts! Click the images below and you’ll be taken to the Amazon Book Store. Happy shopping!

*Please note! All stated prices were in place when this article was posted. Please double check the price before ordering. Thanks for your understanding.

Justice Paperback

On sale for $6.05. Regular price: $13.99

Following His Heart

On sale for $5.12. Regular price is $9.99

The Jade Emperor

On sale for $4.22. Regular price: $10.95

Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems

On sale for $4.06. Regular price: $8.29

Blue Blood for Life

On sale for $4.66. Regular price: $13.95

 

We are coming up on Labor Day Weekend

What exactly does that mean?

Per Wikipedia: Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September in any given year to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.

I know a lot of people look at this as the end of summer, the last bit of fun before kids get back to school and we are suddenly inundated with the upcoming holidays. (Can I tell you that a local store already has Thanksgiving decorations up? Really? Come on!)

We have a strong workforce in America, and I attribute a lot of that to how hard our military works to fight for our freedom. With what is happening currently, I have many military friends dealing with grief, pain, confusion, and a whole lot of anger. My heart breaks for them, but I won’t get into the reasons why–not now.

What I did want to share with you, is that I have a series dedicated to our military, past, present, and future. While the series does have a subplot of romance, it mainly focuses on the issues that our military service members struggle with after the war is over. The series is intense and emotional, and sometimes just downright heartbreaking–but it’s the truth because it’s realistic military fiction.

I have had many military service members, along with military family members read the books and reach out to me to say thank you, and they sincerely appreciate what I am trying to do with my series. Educate those who don’t understand, PTSD, Suicide ideation, TBI’s, depression, and so many other things.

So this Labor Day weekend, when you are kicked back and enjoying the fun, pick up a book that will show you how hard our military works, and how much they need our help.

The Rise Again Warrior Series

Mission: Believe, Book 1

**Mission: Believe, Bronze Star Winner, Readers Favorite Awards, Realistic Military Fiction 2020**
What can one disabled man do for military veterans who suffer from physical pain, mental anguish, social unacceptance, and disturbing thoughts of suicide?

Staff Sgt. Shane Logan is fortunate to have come from a privileged family, and after losing both of his legs in the war, he now has the best prosthetics that money can buy. While Shane is trying to move forward with life, he struggles with memories of his traumatic service and the way people react to him and his disability.

Dr. Lauren Falcone works tirelessly to assist veterans in dealing with the trauma and pain of their deployments and service. Her unique virtual approach to therapy keeps her busy, and the assistance she provides to service members as they recover mentally helps to resolve her own anxieties.

When Shane meets Lauren at a fundraiser for his father’s organization, he wonders if there might be a chance for him to get his dream off the ground and maybe have a normal life. If anyone can look past his flaws and see the man he is inside, it’s Lauren.

Shane and Lauren are drawn to each other by their hope to make life easier for veterans, both physically and emotionally. Their goal is to build Shane’s dream organization, Rise Again Warrior. An organization that will assist veterans to integrate more easily into society and receive state-of-the-art technology and therapy.

Now, if they can only have faith in themselves, learn to deal with their own demons, and believe in each other, they might find a way to bring this dream to fruition.

Mission: Accept, Book 2

Mission: Accept, Gold Star Winner, Readers Favorite Awards, Military Fiction Genre 2021

Dana Donahue might be Shane Logan’s cousin, but she’s nothing like him—she’s quite the opposite of him. Her thoughts focus on what money and people can do for her. She never approved of Shane joining the military and knows little about the world he has lived in for most of his life. All that will change when she has to ask him for a job after her father cuts her off.

Derek Stall lives on the streets by choice—not circumstance. Memories of what he did under order sometimes haunt him, other times give him the strength to move through one more day until he can finish the mission he started.

A chance meeting between Dana and Derek will lead to an unlikely friendship that might just save his life, but the drastic differences between them could be the dividing wedge that keeps them apart. When Derek feels he has to leave Rise Again Warrior to complete his mission, he begins to realize that he could be leaving behind more than just a few friends. Could he be leaving behind the possibility of a healthy future before he finally accepts his past?

Mission: Repair

(Currently ON SALE until the 4th!)

Technical Sergeant Brady Vanover had a solid career in the United States Air Force, along with a loving wife, and two young children. Everything was his for the taking, but after a non-life-threatening injury on deployment, Brady is for the first time unsure of his future.

Brady continues to struggle with his pain, fight the system, and figure out where his life will go now. With anger issues growing and his need to self-medicate with alcohol and pain medication, Brady finds himself teetering on the edge of losing himself and his family.

With the help of the Rise Again Warrior organization, Brady will have to work hard to repair what he has damaged, both mentally and physically.

NOTE: Mission: Repair takes an in-depth look at PTSD, depression, addiction, and suicide. This story may be difficult for someone how has dealt with such things.

Mission: Courage, Book 4

(Coming November 30th)

After ten years in the Army, Gianna Roberts is detached and unsure what to do with herself. As a single mom, the stress of being home and raising children she barely knows weighs heavily on her heart. Before long, she finds herself on a dangerous road of self-destruction.


When Gianna Roberts arrives at Rise Again Warrior, she clashes with Nate Hardy upon arrival, but these two find that they have more in common than they initially thought. With a fragile relationship growing, Nate will help Gianna find her courage to be the mother that she needs to be and leave behind the guilt and pain from her past.

To find out more about the Rise Again Warrior series visit my website, www.stacyeaton.com or follow my Rise Again Warrior page on Facebook.

Apple Strudel and other news… 😊 @melinda_de_ross #mgtab

Happy Apple Strudel Day!

How do you feel about pastries? I adore them, which makes it really hard for me, because I have decided to cut back on sugar and carbs. The pandemic brought me a few extra pounds and a lot more aches and pains than a year ago. While I’ve been putting everything on account of being sedentary, I’m starting to think that eating sugar several times a day might contribute to all that. 🤔

However, I have a lot to show for all those hundreds of hours spent with my butt in the chair, glued to my laptop. It’s been a while since my last news bulletin, so make yourself comfy! 😊

First of all, I am super happy to let you know I sold the gaming rights for three of my books: my suspense romance, The Diary, and two detective mystery romances, Killer Score and Silent Strike, written in my other pen name, Melinda Colt. I don’t know when the games will be developed or in what format, but if you’re subscribed to my NL or follow me on social media, you will be the first to know!

The other news is that you can grab not one, but TWO of my stories for free!

BANG! is a short story that is available exclusively through my newsletter.

The other one, HOOKED, is a re-release of a novella that I wrote last year and which is now free at all major retailers. Whether you’re going on a holiday this summer, you have two beach reads that will give you a free taste of my Lovestruck series – if you haven’t read it already.

Hopefully I left you with a craving for books (and probably pastry). Until next time, I wish you a wonderful summer, stay healthy and happy!

 

Hugs,

Melinda