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Reindeer Rudolph

The story of the red-nosed reindeer Rudolph appeared around Christmas 1939. It was written by Robert May, an employee in the advertising department of Montgomery Ward stores at Chicago, and illustrated by Denver Gillen.

The story booklet was distributed by Santa at the stores; it was a best-seller and more than 2.4 million copies were given away that Christmas. The original name of the reindeer was Rollo, but May's boss did not like it, and the name Rudolph came from the author's young daughter.

Ten years later, Robert May asked his brother-in-law Johny Marks, who was a composer, to make a musical version of the story. It had again a great success and is second only to White Christmas in popularity.



You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nose reindeer
had a very shiny nose,
and if you ever saw it,
you would even say it glowed.

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 come and guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the reindeer loved him,
as they shouted out with glee:
- Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer,
you'll go down in history!

(listen to the whole music )


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