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Why don't cows or horses accompany Santa Claus at Christmas instead of reindeer?
Reindeers are a subject that will undoubtedly come up when talking about Santa Claus during the Christmas season. It appears that reindeer have their own reasons for being chosen by Santa Claus to travel with him as he distributes Christmas gifts to children. After all, this animal is commonly known as one who pulls Santa Claus' flying sleigh.
- The Arctic tundra, which is naturally coated with snow during the severely cold winter, is the reindeer's native habitat. Due to their long, dense coats of floating hair that cover them, they will not be harmed by snow, wind, or cold. Horses and cows, however, require barns to keep them warm.
- The size of cows and horses is another factor that might make them less effective in becoming Santa’s accompany. The average dairy cow or horse weighs over half a ton nowadays. Additionally, they can reach heights of 60 inches at the shoulder. Meanwhile, the average reindeer is only 45 inches tall and weighs 300 to 400 pounds.
- They are also incredibly low-maintenance creatures. In regions with severe winters and/or poor soil, they survive. They consume stuff that neither cows nor horses do. Included in this are food sources like the 282 different varieties of native seed plants to the North Pole and the 62 species of lichen.
- The advantage that they have over cows and horses is due to other unique adaptations they have, including their feet. During the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, the pads of their hooves flex and become tighter, revealing the lip of the foot, which slices through the ice and crusty snow to prevent it from sliding off the roof. Throughout the summer in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia or Brazil), only when roofs are spongy and damp, do the footpads take on the appearance of sponges and offer greater grip.
These are why reindeer are good company for Santa Claus on his mission to deliver gifts to children at Christmas.
What are some intriguing Christmas-related facts?
Who wouldn't be curious to learn some interesting facts about Christmas that perhaps not many people are aware of during every holiday celebration? The facts about this holiday that you should be conscious of are as follows:
- Only in the United States are actual trees produced in quantities of 30 to 35 million annually. In the United States, there are roughly 21,000 people who produce Christmas trees, and they typically take 15 years to reach marketable size.
- Christmas celebrations in the Middle Ages were chaotic and loud, much like Mardi Gras events today.
- When Christmas was banned: Boston had an official ban on the celebrations from 1659 to 1681, and violators were subject to a five-shilling penalty.
- On June 26, 1870, it was proclaimed a national holiday in the United States.
- In Captain John Smith's 1607 outpost of Jamestown, eggnog was first produced in the United States.
Therefore, the explanations provided above are just a few of the many facts about this special winter moment that can be learned. In the future, hopefully, this explanation will provide more knowledge and understanding about this holy ceremony.
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Is there a vegetable side dish that is so simple to prepare for Christmas?
If you are looking for a delicious dish that is also healthy to consume this Christmas because it is so chilly outside, consider preparing this recipe for roasted carrots with vinaigrette. The steps to create it are listed below, and the recipe may be found online:
- Olive oil, 1/4 cup
- Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- White wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons
- Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 3 fresh thyme stems with the leaves removed and minced
- 1 fresh rosemary branch with the leaves removed and minced
- 5 lb. of skinned and sliced carrots
- Pepper and salt, as desired
Steps to do:
- Set the oven's temperature to 475 degrees.
- Carrots should be cut into smaller pieces that are 2 to 3 inches long after being quartered lengthwise. Onto two baking sheets, arrange them apart. Add salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil before tossing. The carrots should be soft and lightly browned around the edges after baking for 15 minutes with continuous stirring. Moreover, if you'd want a little more area, you can roast them at 450 degrees.
- Add 1/4 cup of olive oil, mustard, vinegar, herbs, garlic, pepper, and salt to a container or jar. Emulsify by vigorously shaking the jar.
- A plate or tray should be filled with carrots. The vinaigrette should be poured on top before serving.
- Put the jar in the refrigerator, to make it lasts for two days. If you want to eat it, you can reheat or serve it at room temperature.
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