Amazing Christmas Facts That Will Change The Way You See The Holiday

The Origin Of Rudolph

In 1939, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in a booklet written by Robert L. May and was then published by Montgomery Ward, the department store. It was created as a trick to encourage children to buy the department store’s Christmas coloring books. However, the original Rudolph didn’t have a red nose.

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Wonder why? Back then, a red nose was seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism. Montgomery Ward didn’t want their reindeer to come off as a drunkard so they originally left it out. Rudolph was also almost named Reginald or Rollo.