Flying Reindeer Photo Goes Viral

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Flying Reindeer Photo Goes Viral

A photo purporting to show flying reindeer went viral on Christmas eve. It was shared by LaGrange County Sheriff’s office in Indiana on their Facebook page, and had 300 likes and 200 shares within 30 minutes. By the time they had to take it down, it had a reach of nearly 900,000.

A fun addition to Christmas Eve

The photo said it was from a Noble County Deputy’s dashcam with a note that said it was of Santa making his rounds. YES, we KNOW it was photoshopped. Who cares? It’s fun!

The LaGrange County S.O. had to take it down because they couldn’t keep up with the comments, phone calls, and messages. It flooded them when they had more important things to do.

The photo touched the hearts of thousands, both young and old.

 flying reindeer

Yeah, we know it’s photoshopped, don’t be a killjoy

Why allow a child to believe in Santa Claus

And as for allowing your kids to believe in Santa, I’ll leave you with part of the classic response of  a Sun newspaper editor to an 8 year old girl named Virginia who asked, “Is Santa Claus real?”

…Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished…Francis Pharcellus Church, 1897

The response to her question has become an iconic reminder of why we have a Santa Claus- Or Saint Nicklaus. And those who wish to drive us all into a boring, colorless Christmas can go…well you know.

The Sheriff’s post

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office post about taking the photo down:

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank everyone that liked, shared, or left a heartfelt comment on our Christmas Eve Facebook post about a reindeer sighting.

We certainly never expected that the sharing of a photograph with a little Christmas story and spirit attached would have the reach and positive effect on as many as it did.

With that said, and with Santa here and gone, the decision to take the post down was made early this morning. The decision was made simply to get back to business as far as our department social media is concerned.

The primary goal of our department’s social media is to help close the gap and share important information between our department and citizens in and around LaGrange County.

Though it is flattering to have a post that reached nearly 900,000 people, and undoubtedly put a smile on the faces of thousands or even hundreds of thousands, it is also overwhelming and a job of its own to keep up with the emails, notifications, and phone calls.

Thank you to all of our faithful followers and Happy Holidays!

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