Rudolph, Бthe most famous reindeer of all,Б was born over a hundred years after his eight flying counterparts. The red-nosed wonder was the creation of Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store. In 1939, May wrote a Christmas-themed story-poem to help bring holiday traffic into his store. Using a similar rhyme pattern to MooreБs ББTwas the Night Before Christmas,Б May told the story of Rudolph, a young reindeer who was teased by the other deer because of his large, glowing, red nose.
But, When Christmas Eve turned foggy and Santa worried that he wouldnБt be able to deliver gifts that night, the former outcast saved Christmas by leading the sleigh by the light of his red nose. RudolphБs messageБthat given the opportunity, a liability can be turned into an assetБproved popular. Montgomery Ward sold almost two and a half million copies of the story in 1939. When it was reissued in 1946, the book sold over three and half million copies. Several years later, one of MayБs friends, Johnny Marks, wrote a short song based on RudolphБs story (1949).
It was recorded by Gene Autry and sold over two million copies. Since then, the story has been translated into 25 languages and been made into a television movie, narrated by Burl Ives, which has charmed audiences every year since 1964.
tree in the living room, mince pies with our teaPand Santa coming down the chimney: all are staples of theP, yet we seldom stop to ask why. Discussion of the origins of such festive customs tend to stall with: Wasnt it all invented byP? Or the Germans?
Or was it Coca-Cola? In fact many date back to ancient times and have been influenced along the way by everything from religion to pop culture. From stockings to misteltoe, here is how certain elements have become Christmas necessities. Why do we have Christmas trees? Romans used fir trees to decorate their temples during Saturnalia, a feast in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture, and the predecessor to Christmas. In northern Europe, people planted cherry or hawthorn plants, or created pyramids of fruit or candles.
P Pwere thought to keep away evil spirits and illness, and were put up during the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, to remind them that the summer would return and plants would grow again. In 16th century Germany and Latvia, trees were paraded around the streets and then set alight. Another predecessor was the Paradise tree, a fir decorated with apples to represent the Garden of Eden on Adam and Eves day, which fell on December 24.