The story of Santa and his flying reindeer might be based on some historical fact.
It appears that in Siberia, reindeer (the animal North Americans call
caribou) are indigenous — and so is a hallucinogenic mushroom that goes
by the genus name of Amanita muscaria. For literary buffs, it’s widely known as the hallucinatory ‘shroom’ responsible for Alice tripping the light fantastic in Wonderland.
We love Christmas. We love our pets as part of the family. If there is one thing that Christmas is about to many of us (other than celebrating the birth of Christ) it is about family. So it is only natural that we want to include animals in the holiday -- from tasty treats and presents to decking those halls and donning our gay apparel.