The “Special” Reindeer Quiz

As the holidays approach, we will quickly be flooded with holiday specials, iconic movies and lit-up everything. As you sit around the fire staying warm, consider your knowledge of that iconic reindeer who guided Santa’s sleigh on a stormy winter night.
How old is Rudolf?
The story of Rudolf is now 76 years old.

Who wrote the now famous glowing nose reindeer story?
Robert L. May. He created it for Montgomery Wards in 1939 as a free promotional book. The first year they printed over 2 million copies of the product.

The Reindeer was not originally going to be a reindeer. What animal was he?
A moose.

The reindeer’s nose was not initially going to be red. Why not?
Montgomery Wards was afraid the red nose would be associated with chronic alcoholism. It was only when the cartoon shape was fashioned after a deer, that the shiny red nose was established and approved.

Who made the now popular Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer song famous?
Most of us know the tune as sung by Burl Ives in the popular holiday TV show using stop motion animation. But the song was made popular by Gene Autry in 1949. Autry was widely known as the singing cowboy. He was also a former owner of the Angels major league baseball team. This song is one of the most popular holiday songs recorded of all time.