Santa 101
Rudolph
History of a Born Leader!

Santa had only eight reindeer until the Christmas of 1939. That year Santa was confronted by the worst winter storm he had ever experienced, and was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to make his customary delivery the night before Christmas day.

One of Santa’s reindeer told him about this young reindeer, named Rudolph, who had a very unusual nose, it glowed brighter than the stars at night, and he might be able to light our way to find the homes of children, then they wouldn’t be disappointed Christmas morning.

Santa decided to go see Rudolph, and sure enough, he had a large cherry red nose and it sparkled so bright it lighted everything in sight! He told Rudolph about his plight, and asked him if he would be willing to guide the reindeers and sleigh through the terrible winter storm?

And that's how Rudolph became the Santa's lead reindeer.

But, that’s not all.

The first year Rudolph led the reindeer team, people knew something special was happening! Many where up late that night, and reported seeing a glowing bright red light in the sky.

It wasn’t until weeks later that they learned about Rudolph, and how he had guided Santa’s slight through the winter storm making it possible for kids to get their gifts for Christmas.

Rudolph has been a part of Santa's reindeer team ever since. He became so popular that he had a song written about him in 1949 by John Marks. It goes like this...

  • You know Dasher and Dancer
  • And Prancer and Vixen,
  • Comet and Cupid
  • And Donner and Blitzen.
  • But do you recall
  • The most famous reindeer of all?
  • Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
  • Had a very shiny nose
  • And if you ever saw it
  • You would even say it glows
  • All of the other reindeer
  • Used to laugh and call him names
  • They never let poor Rudolph
  • Play 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
  • And they shouted out with glee
  • Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
  • You'll go down in history!"
  • Now don't you think that was pretty interesting?

    Let's sing Rudolph's song! Click "here" for the music then begin singing.

    Want to learn more about Rudolph? Than watch the movie video... Story of Rudolph {Video}

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