Christmas Surprise: Santa’s reindeer are all female. Yup, that’s a lady-driven sleigh.

As you track NORAD Santa and marvel at the speed his nine reindeer on Christmas Eve, remember this.

Those powerful reindeer are girls.

Yup, Rudolph and company are actually all female.

Though, generations have no doubt assumed they were male. (Except maybe Vixen?)

And it’s not just a popular tweet that says so.

Because. Science.

Canadia zoologist Andrew Hebda recently noted that while both male and female reindeer have antlers, only the females have their antlers during the winter months.

“Being members of the deer family, the males grow their antlers a little bit earlier and just after mating season, which is just about finished now, they drop off,” he told The Canadian Press. “So over a winter you’ll never see a male with antlers.”

The curator at the Nova Scotia Museum isn’t alone in the assertion.

Lots of experts are also on board with the theory. The Chicago Zoological Society even penned a missive on “Santa’s Lady Reindeer.”

“Their antlers tell the entire story,” the venerable institution blogged. “Reindeer loose and grow a new rack of antlers every year, but when the antlers fall off differs by the sex and age of the reindeer. Adult male reindeer will lose their antlers in early December, so we are certain, scientifically speaking, Santa’s reindeer aren’t adult males. Female reindeer will keep their entire rack until the summer. Their rack stays longer so they can protect their babies from predators.”

So that can only mean Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and the red-nosed Rudolph were female.

This isn’t to say Santa ONLY had female reindeer, but the nine flyers were girls,” the zoological society noted.”The ONLY LOGICAL and SCIENTIFIC option available is Santa’s sleigh team is all women. Girl power!”

You can learn more about Santa’s magical reindeer here.

And it’s a good reason to jump for joy.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Main photo Togiat National Wildlife Refuge/Facebook

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