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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics

rudolph the red nosed reindeer mp3If you’re a fan of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you can thank Montgomery Ward. The cute Christmas reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939 as an assignment for the retailer. Montgomery Ward had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year, and they decided it would be cheaper to create. So Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was born. It was immediately popular. In its first year of publication, 2.4 million copies of Rudolph’s story were distributed by Montgomery Ward.

The author’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, was a radio producer and song writer who decided to adapt May’s story into a song. It was first sung commercially by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in the latter part of 1948 before Gene Autry recorded it formally in 1949. Now it’s a holiday classic.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics
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!

The Tradition of Christmas Carols

There are two beliefs about the origins of Christmas carols and caroling. The first is that caroling started in England when wandering musicians traveled from town to town to visit castles and other homes of the rich and give impromptu performances. The second belief is that singing carols at Christmas came from the group of angels, shepherds and wise men who visited Jesus at his birth, as they sang praises unto Him and then continued their proclamations in the street.

The origin of the word carol, however, doesn’t come from either of these traditions. Scholars believe the word derived from ‘caroller,’ which is a French word to describe a circle dance with singers.

christmas carolsFrom the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries, the carol was highly popular as a dance song. Carols later became part of festivals, where they were sung as processional songs, while others were used as part of religious plays in Europe. Traditional qualities of a carol included the idea that the words should celebrate a seasonal topic, the music should have have verses and a chorus arranged alternately, and the music should be suitable for dancing.

Many of the Christmas carols we still sing during the holidays are very old, but many others have been lost forever. During the 17th century Protestant Reformation, many Christmas carols were banned and never heard again. The ones that that survived didn’t become popular again until the mid-19th century.

Today, Christmas carols are popular throughout the Christmas season at shopping malls and other retail stores, and are sung by churches, schools, and other groups. And they still serve the original purpose of bringing joy during the holidays!