Holiday Magic

“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it,
you would even say it glows.”

My apologies if that song is now playing in your head. I can’t help it … I have the Christmas spirit!

Rudolph is returning to the TV screen tonight. It’s a holiday favorite that I’m pretty sure I’ve watched every year since I was a little tike running around in our family’s big, old farm house … and that was a long time ago!

Did you know that “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is the longest running annual television special? I didn’t until I Googled it.

The animated special was originally broadcast on NBC in 1964, and since 1972 viewers have watched it on the CBS network.

Thanks to Rudolph, my childhood memories of Christmas include standing in front of my upstairs bedroom window, searching the night sky on Christmas Eve for a reindeer with a glowing red nose flying high above.

Oh, how I longed to catch a glimpse of Rudolph and the big guy sitting in the sleigh. I couldn’t imagine them stopping at all of the houses … all around the world … in one night.

I couldn’t even imagine them landing on our rooftop, although I truly believed they did.

Sleep was nearly impossible when it came to Christmas Eve in our house.

When I was a kid, my three brothers and I shared a very large, very cold upstairs bedroom in the old farm house.

We’d stay awake and chatter about Santa Claus, the youngest of us straining our ears to listen for the sound of reindeer hooves up above.

(My brothers will probably deny this claim, but I know the truth!)

Despite our attempts to stay awake all night long and catch Santa in the act of delivering our gifts, we never did.

On Christmas morning, we clamored down the steps, turned the corner into the living room and found everything our hearts desired … a Rub-a-Dub dolly for me, and a giant box of Legos, remote-control car and BB gun for my brothers.

How Santa got all those gifts into the house and under the tree without any of us hearing him … especially my parents … was chalked up to a little thing called Holiday Magic.

2 Responses

  1. abra la mente

    Thanks to your blog, I remembered to watch Rudolph last night. As a child, I watched every year until it went to CBS, which we didn’t get (but I was already 14)–I think I caught a few years at my friends houses–they obviously had better antennas! As soon as I moved out, I started watching again, though I have missed a couple times in the last 30 years. It amazes me that the magical attraction has remained with that movie, despite the fact that it has not been “modernized” in 45 years. Definitely a classic!! I think I need to go rustle up my Burl Ives Christmas CD for a little holiday uplift. 🙂

  2. Julie Buntjer

    It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until you’ve watched the classics! I woke up this morning to find the ground covered with white stuff and more snow still coming down … just another boost to the holiday spirit!

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