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Favorite Holiday Songs -Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Updated on November 1, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Every child who believes in Santa has heard about his famous reindeer Rudolph and probably watched the now famous holiday television special.

This is what we are all familiar with but there is more to the story and the song of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Words to the Song

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

had a very shiny nose.

And if you ever saw him,

you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer

used to laugh and call him names.

They never let poor Rudolph

join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say:

"Rudolph with your nose so bright,

won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him

as they shouted out with glee,

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,

you'll go down in history!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Sing Along!

Becoming one of the best selling songs of all time, Rudolph was sung and recorded by Gene Autry in 1949 selling 2 million copies that year alone.

We All Love This Song!

The Story Behind the Creation

Book - Song - Cartoon

It was the year 1939 to be exact. (The famous Rudolph cartoon on TV premiered in 1964)

Robert L May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward in Chicago, was asked to create a Christmas coloring book to give away to the cutomers. He eventually came up with Rudolph after testing it out with his four year old daughter Barbara. She loved the story and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was born.

2.4 million copies of the booklet were given away in 1939 and by the end of 1946 over 6 million copies had been given out.

Some Facts About Reindeer

  • Reindeer are the only deer species in which both the male and females grow antlers, although the males' antlers are bigger.
  • Reindeer are excellent swimmers.
  • Reindeer have an excellent sense of smell. Reindeer use their sense of smell to find food buried deep beneath the snow.
  • Male reindeer can sometimes weigh as much as 700 pounds. Females are smaller, weighing only about 350 pounds.
  • Reindeer have ultraviolet vision! Amazing! This helps them to distinguish food and predators in the "white-out" of the Arctic winter

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