Do you know the most famous reindeer of all?
Do you know how old he is?
Santa's Grumpy Elf does!
I'm Santa's Grumpy Elf and I know all about Santa's reindeer, including Rudolph.
Do you want to know Rudolph's age? Just how old is Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer right now anyway?
The short answer is that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is 81 years old.
The longer answer is that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is 81 years, 6 months, 19 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes old! But that is his age in human years, not Christmas reindeer years!
Keep reading to find out even more about Santa's most famous reindeer!
So, you want to know more about how old Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is? Well, if you really must know:
🦌 In years, Rudolph is 81 years old! (But that is human years, not Christmas reindeer years.)
🦌 In months, Rudolph is 979 months old! (But the best month is December!)
🦌 In days, Rudolph is 29,789 days old! (Well, the days do fly by when you're playing reindeer games!)
🦌 In hours, Rudolph is 714,945 hours old! (What's a few hours when you have red-nosed powers!)
🦌 In minutes, Rudolph is 42,896,709 minutes old! (Time flies fast, as fast as Christmas past!)
🦌 In seconds, Rudolph is 2,573,802,555 seconds old! (But Rudolph is second to no one Christmas Eve!)
Rudolph is 81 human years old. But in Christmas reindeer years, he is only 18 years old. That's young for a reindeer!
The other reindeer are quite a bit older than Rudolph. They are in their mid-20's. So Rudolph has plenty of years left to guide Santa's sleigh.
Did you know Santa's most famous reindeer has quite a history? I guess that's why he went down in it!
Robert L. May first told the world the Rudolph the red nosed reindeer story in 1939. May's four year old daughter, Barbara, helped him write about Rudolph. It was easy for May to write about Rudolph. May was very small and weak as a child so he wasn't asked to play in games either.
Did you know that Rudolph's parents first thought of calling him Rollo or Reginald? Yikes! No wonder the other reindeer wouldn't let him play reindeer games!
When Mr. May told his employer, The Montgomery Ward Department store, about the story, they didn't want Rudolph either. Montgomery Ward had been buying coloring books to give to Christmas shoppers but they were trying to save money during the Great Depression. When Mr. May's co-worker, Denver Gillen, made some cute drawings for the story well... the rest was history! Montgomery Ward handed out 2.4 million copies that Christmas!
Did you know that no one wanted to sing about Rudolph either.
Can you imagine if there was no
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer song.
It's true! Music publishers didn't want it. They thought a song about a misfit reindeer would never sell.
Not only that, famous singers back then, like Bing Cosby, didn't want to sing about Rudolph either.
In the end, Gene Autry finally sang about Rudolph.
But that was only because his wife, Ina, told him to sing it. She liked the
ugly duckling feeling about Rudolph's story.
At least everyone wanted to do the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie and TV special!
There is a sad part to all of this. Mr. May's wife had become very sick and died while May was writing Rudolph's story. But there is a nice ending too. Mr. May made enough money from Rudolph's story to pay off all the money he owed taking care of his wife. May called Rudolph his "generous son".
Now if you'll excuse me, this grumpy old elf has to go give Rudolph a hug.
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