Just like clowns, heavy drinkers of alcohol and the head teacher of my first Sixth Form, some Reindeers have red noses. Although I normally find myself listening to Christmas classics like ‘American Jesus’ by Bad Religion and ‘Killing in the Name’ by Rage Against The Machine, I must admit the song about Rudolph’s red nose and how he was bullied for being different is in my top 10 Christmas Songs of all time. It does make me ponder if a red nose reindeer could exist, but it makes me ponder the existence of flying reindeers more so, but I digress.
According to an article on The Telegraph, some scientists in Sweden have been studying reindeers, looking at how much heat the radiate when they scran on the finest grass in the North Pole. They noticed that their noses will turn orange as they release a lot of heat whilst doing so. It is said that reindeers have a significant amount of blood vessels in their nose, to make them nice and warm for when they search through snow for delicious grass.
So yes, reindeers can have red noses, but no, it’s not to illuminate the cold skies on Christmas Eve when they fly Santa around
So yes, reindeers can have red noses, but no, it’s not to illuminate the cold skies on Christmas Eve when they fly Santa around, it’s to keep them warm. I would hate to break the joy of that classic Christmas jingle, but I feel like this myth has been proven. You’ve got to really feel for Rudolph though. The only reason his nose was red because he was cold and then the rest of the reindeers decided to berate and abuse him for it. It’s not cool to bully kids… Actually, maybe the reindeers were being distant with Rudolph because of his over reliance on alcohol what had made his nose red. Very serious stuff, especially when you think he could have been leading Santa’s slay drunk.