Can count on it, Santa’s reindeer actually female

This interesting tidbit circulating around the internet:

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December.

Female reindeer, however, retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen...had to be female.

We should have known this... only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.


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This time of year, I get lots of repeat requests for Mamaw and Boopie’s dressing recipe and I’m always glad to accommodate because it’s the very best and actually really easy to do.

I wish you could see the original recipe handwritten by them but this will have to do.

Mamaw and Boopie’s
2 packages cornbread mix
(Korn-Kits) cooked according to
package directions
1 can biscuits, cooked
2 cups onion
1 cup celery
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon sage or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
2 boiled eggs, chopped
2 cans chicken broth or
enough turkey or chicken broth
to make it juicy

Can add several sliced green onions and fresh parsley and sage if you have it.

Sauté onion and celery in the butter until soft (can do this in microwave, but don’t tell Mamaw or Boopie).

Crumble cornbread and biscuits and mix all together well.

Let set, covered in the refrigerator until morning.

Then mix in two beaten eggs and place in 9x13 (or larger) casserole dish.

Place bacon strips on top of the dressing and bake at 350 degrees until it begins to brown. May take 45 minutes to an hour.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Hope your dressing (whatever your choice) is delicious and your holiday is the best yet!

Merry Christmas from The Rockdale Reporter!

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