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5 Classic Christmas Songs (and Other Songs Those Artists Recorded)

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has been on repeat in shopping malls since Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only popular song Brenda Lee ever recorded. Here’s a quick primer on the artists responsible for five of the 10 most-broadcast holiday songs of 2011. 1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee was only 13 years [...]

Scientists Find Blood Vessel That Looks Like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

While studying a human brain, researchers at Newcastle University (UK) found a blood vessel that looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Claudia Racca, of the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, who performed the experiment with colleague David Cox, said: “Biology can throw up things like this, but it was a nice surprise to find this [...]

The Origin of Rudolph

Most folks know Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer from the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special, or from the 1949 version of the song sung by Gene Autry. But Rudolph was born as a coloring book. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to [...]

18 Quick Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Inspired by Stacy’s Christmas movie post, here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1. Which came first, the TV special or the song? Johnny Marks wrote the song in 1949. He was the brother-in-law of Robert L. May, the Montgomery Ward copywriter who’d created the story of the [...]

The Late Movies: Vintage Christmas ‘Toons

Take some time on this last weekend before Christmas to enjoy some holiday cartoons you might remember from your childhood. Or more likely, from your parents’ or grandparents’ childhoods! Mickey’s Orphans Mickey Mouse throws a Christmas party for orphaned kittens left on his doorstep. From 1931. * The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives A 1933 Merrie Melodies cartoon produced by [...]

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Plush

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Plushies – $11.95 ea. Psst, misfits! We’ve just gotten a shipment of the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer plushies at the Island of Misift Toys (AKA NeatoShop). The plushies include Hermey the Misfit Elf (who’d rather become a dentist than working at Santa’s workshop), Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster of the North, the [...]

RIP Billie Mae Richards

Canadian radio actor Billie Mae Richards passed away Friday at her home near Toronto. She was 88. But Ms. Richards’ voice will live on in the Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. “Kids won’t believe it when my grandchildren tell them that their grandmother is really Rudolph,” Richards said in a 2005 interview with Filmfax magazine. [...]

The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials

Holiday TV specials creep into the viewing schedule earlier and earlier each year. My Dad swears that he saw a back-to-back presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy and A Charlie Brown Christmas last July 4th, but he may have been exaggerating. By cracky, when I was a youngin’, Christmas specials never aired before Thanksgiving, and that [...]

The Quick 10: Rudolph Turns 70

I saw that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was on the other day and I refused to watch it. It just seems so early! But I probably should have tuned in for two reasons: it might have been my only shot this season, and it would have been nice of me to acknowledge everyone’s favorite Christmas [...]