How Many Reindeers does Santa have?

The story of Santa and his reindeer began in 1823 in a poem called ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas. In that poem, Santa has 8 reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s story was told in 1939 by Robert L May for the Montgomery Ward shopping chain.