Let Us All Turn in Our Hymnals to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" caused a stir at a New Hanover County school. A parent complained about the song's religious reference and got it pulled from her child's kindergarten Christmas show at ...
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“Blessings to you and yours.”
Since: Dec 07
#1 Dec 10, 2008
The story behind Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of my favorite tales.
It was a December night in Chicago many years ago, when a little girl climbed into her father's lap and asked him "Why isn't my Mommy just like everybody else's mommy?" Her father, Bob May looked over at his young wife Evelyn who had been bedridden with cancer for 2 years. They were deep in debt as all of his income and savings had gone to pay for treatments and medicines for his wife. Bob sought some way to answer her question. He remembered being labeled different and being teased as a child. He stayed up that night holding his little girl in his arms and began to tell a story.
"Once upon a time there was a reindeer named Rudolph, the only reindeer in the world that had a big red nose..." as he went on to tell Barbara about Rudolph, he tried desperately to communicate to Barbara the knowledge that, even though some creatures of God are strange and different, they often enjoy the miraculous power to make others happy.
Rudolph, Bob explained, was terribly embarrassed by his unique nose. Other reindeer laughed at him; his mother and father and sister were mortified too. Even Rudolph wallowed in self pity. Until that foggy Christmas eve when Rudolph's red nose was exactly what Santa needed to be able to see through the fog and deliver presents. So it was that Rudolph, who was once teased for his red nose, was now the most famous and beloved of all the reindeer.
Little Barbara laughed with glee when her father finished. Every nights she begged him to repeat the tale until finally Bob could rattle it off in his sleep. For Christmas, he decided to make the story into a poem like "The Night Before Christmas" and prepare it in an illustrated book form for Barbara's personal gift. As he was finishing this gift, his wife died. He finished the book for his daughter and gave it to her on Christmas morning.
In 1938, Bob May attended an employee's holiday party at Montgomery Ward and he read the poem to the crowd. At first the crowd listened in laughter and gaiety, then they became silent, and at the end broke into spontaneous applause. By Christmas 1947, some 6 million copies of the booklet had been given away or sold, making Rudolph one of the most widely distributed books in the world.
Blessings of light and love to everyone this glorious holiday season.
#2 Jul 29, 2009
I wish the President would comment on more stories!
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