Dasher – one who dashes, Dancer – one who dances, Prancer – one who prances, Vixen – a female fox, presumably from the similar colors, Comet – an object in the heavens that resembles a I Want To Believe In Santa Alien UFO Paranormal Christmas Shirt – Cupid – a flying pixie who resembles the image of a Greek God – Donner – the German word for Thunder, Blitzen – the German word for lightning. They are made up names, they weren’t older than the poem. The goats could be images of Thor’s chariot of goats, but they were made up by the writer of the poem “A visit from St. Nicholas” and in that poem, Nicholas is an elf about a foot tall, jolly and fat, but not human-sized. Doesn’t look like Nicholas of Myra, with a bishop’s mitre who rides a horse in the Netherlands and arrives on a boat from Spain. It’s a poem from American legend, not from European belief, from Dutch forbears living in New England. Period. American mythology has pervaded the world from a single poem that got printed up by the Coca-Cola company.
Based on Catholic tradition, bishop Nicholas helped an impoverished man with three daughters of I Want To Believe In Santa Alien UFO Paranormal Christmas Shirt age but had no dowry to give them away for marriage. In fourth century, a daughter would end up either into despondent life of slaves or prostitution if no man would want to marry her. In order for her to be married off, her father would have to offer dowry, which pertains to the gift or money transferred to the groom (or his family), ostensibly for the bride. A dowry was expected and demanded as a condition to accept a marriage proposal so it was an important aspect of the life of a bride. Now, bishop Nicholas who was born to, and inherited a large wealth from his rich family, heard of the poor man’s plight. One night, he secretly slipped through the window of the poor man’s house a sack of gold, and went off.