Mr. J B Fact Finder


Santa, Elves, and Reindeer


Ho Ho Ho,


I am sure that many of you are busy preparing for the big day. With all of the shopping and running around, it’s enough to wear a body down. One can only imagine with all of the boys and girls, whose home Santa is preparing to stop by, how exhausting Santa may be feeling at this time. Why do you think he decided to start using elves? With all the preparation and maintenance, one would be hard pressed to maintain a state of jolliness, let alone feel like heading out on a cold night to circle the world, and then theirs that reindeer barn. Through the years the elves have managed to maintain the shop in different ways such as,


           Besides the making of millions of toys, the elves also take care of the reindeer, and maintain Santa’s sleigh.


           On Christmas Eve, the elves sprinkle magic dust on the reindeer so that they can fly at the speed of Christmas.


           Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves.


           Rudolph and the flying reindeer were created by an employee of Montgomery Ward in1939 for advertising purposes.


           The reindeer name “Donder” means Thunder. Donder was paired with “Blitzen” which means lightning.


           Norwegian scientists have decided that the cause of Rudolph’s red nose is probably from the result of a respiratory infection.


           Coca-Cola Bottling Co. popularized the current image of today’s Santa.



When Robert L May wrote the story of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, he thought about using the name Rollo, and Reginald, but settled on Rudolph. As he wrote, Robert would test the story on his 4 year old daughter who loved the story. Unfortunately, Roberts’s wife died during the time he was writing the story leaving him deeply in debt due to medical bills. Fortunately Robert was able to persuade the corporate president of Montgomery Ward, to turn the copyright over to him in January 1947 to ensure Roberts’s financial security. Gene Autry in 1949 recorded the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” at the urging of his wife. The song sold 2 million copies, 2nd to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”.

So there you have it, another story behind the story. So until next time.




Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night,


Mr. J B Fact Finder

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