Christmas Trivia - Rudolph

Who named Santa's 9th reindeer Rudolph?

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward.

The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. May considered naming the reindeer "Rollo" and "Reginald" before deciding upon using the name "Rudolph".

In its first year of publication, 2.5 million copies of Rudolph's story were distributed by Montgomery Ward. May's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, adapted the story of Rudolph into a song, which was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.

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