My all time favorite is Christmas Portrait, by the Carpenters. I love this album so much, that I begin listening to it right after Halloween each year. Sometimes, I listen to it during the summer. I will never get tired of hearing Karen Carpenter sing those magnificent Christmas Carols. Every time I hear Christmas Portrait, I get the same thrill I got when I listened to it the first time, many years ago.
And don’t forget Gene Autry, and the song he made famous about the most famous reindeer. Yes, that’s right! I’m talking about Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. He’s that lovable character who led Santa on his mission, many years ago.
While sitting around the fire staying warm and enjoying the Wonderful Christmas Season, have you ever though about the origin of Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer? You may be interested in the facts about how that fellow who guided Santa’s Sleigh originally got his start.
5 Facts about Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer
Q How old is Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer?
A The story of Rudolf is now 78 years old.
Q Who wrote the now famous story about the Reindeer with the Shiny nose?
A Robert L. May. He created it for Montgomery Ward in 1939 as a free promotional book. The first year, they printed over 2 million copies of the product.
Q The animal was not originally going to be a reindeer. What animal was he?
A A moose.
Q The reindeer’s nose was not originally going to be red. Why not?
A Montgomery Ward was afraid the red nose would be associated with chronic alcoholism. It was only when the cartoon shape was fashioned after a deer, that the shiny red nose was established and approved.
Q Who made the popular song, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer famous?
A I think you know the answer to this question by now. Most of us know the tune as sung by Burl Ives in the popular holiday TV show using stop motion animation. But the song was made popular by Gene Autry in 1949. Autry was widely known as the singing cowboy. He was also a former owner of the Angels major league baseball team. This song is one of the most popular holiday songs recorded of all time.