2017-12-06 / Features

The Story Of Rudolph

When Clement Moore penned his Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas” in 1923, he wrote of “...eight tiny reindeer” who lead Santa’s sled, delivering toys to children in all corners of the world.

Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was actually added to lead Santa’s sleigh in 1939, when a graphic artist first introduced him on an advertisement for the Montgomery Ward Company.

The tale of how Rudolph saved the day, or night, with his shiny red nose has thrilled generations of children ever since. Singer cowboy Gene Autry recorded the most famous rendition of the holiday song, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”

In 1970, folk singer Burl Ives recorded a hit version of the song for an animated, made-for-television version of the tale, which is aired each holiday season.

 –Liz Goff

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