Elk versus Reindeer

Elks, or more specifically, reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), are often associated with Christmas, particularly because of their role in the folklore and traditions of various cultures.


In North America, "elk" typically refers to a different species (Cervus canadensis), which is not as closely tied to Christmas traditions.


In Scandinavian and Northern European folklore, reindeer are associated with the winter season, and they have been part of indigenous cultures and traditions for centuries. These cultural influences have contributed to the association of reindeer, or caribou in North America, with the festive season, making them a symbol of Christmas in many parts of the world.


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