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Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You could 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 how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history."

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started "life" as a story written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939. Robert L. May, at the request of his employer, Montgomery Ward & Co., wrote the story along with illustrations by Denver Gillen. At Christmastime that year 2,400,000 copies of the book were distributed to children through Montgomery Ward stores. It was not until 1949 that it was set to music by Johnny Marks and sung by Gene Autry.
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