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'Twas the night before Christmas

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" is the actual name of the 1823 poem popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas".

Do you remember the reindeer names as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen? If so, you might be experiencing the Mandela Effect, because Donner is in fact Donder and Blitzen is Blixem.

The poem first appeared in New York's Troy Sentinel newspaper on the 23rd of December 1823. Controversy surrounds even the author of the poem, which just serves to add to this mystery. It is acknowledged as being the origins of the modern day Santa story, although vastly different versions of a mystical being visiting in mid-winter had been around for thousands of years at least.

The names for Donder and Blixem are Dutch for "thunder" and "lightning" - could they just have been those all along and changed over the years by English speakers?