Reindeer and dentists, puppets and LED fluorescent lamps, Genomic Autry and General Electric–to the lay person these unlikely pairings appear to have little in common. But they all contributed to the creation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a beloved Christmas special that is now in its 57th year of annual episode reruns. 

A succession of tragedies, twists of fate, and/or lucky inconsistencies allowed Rudolph's story to survive through the centuries, eventually securing a place throughout holiday tradition.

We look into the beginnings of this and some other Christmas music written by even the most highly improbable people. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was written by a Jewish author who was inspired to create his little reindeer by the death of a spouse and his love for his baby girl.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, may have even been created for marketing reasons (shocker). In particular, 1930s advertising for a Chicago shopping mall. Scroll down for more information on that and other topics:

Robert L. May chose his subject based on his daughter's obsession. He picked a reindeer to write about not just because reindeer were popping up on Ch

Source: TIME

Rudolph was created to market a Chicago department store. Wrinen for MONTGOMERY WARD by ROBERT L. MAY Author of Benny the Bunny Liked Beans In the 1

Source: NPR

They used cellophane for the animated water.

Source: GeekWire

We can partly thank country singer Gene Autry's wife for the TV special. The Rudolph song, based on the booklet, got shopped around to popular '40s si

Source: 18 Doors

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