Our Favourite Holiday Classic

by groove on December 20, 2012

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Among all of the many Christmas standards on the radio, there is one that stands out from the rest. It is sung by children from ages 3 to 93 everywhere around the world and topped the Billboard charts 63 years ago at Christmas time. It was the second biggest selling single of all time until the 80’s and is best known as sung by Gene Autry. It has the distinction of being the only song in history to open at #1 and then fall completely off the Billboard charts without holding any other chart position in-between. It is also noted as the first #1 single of the 1950’s. It sold an impressive 2.5 million copies in the first year of release and has reached total sales of over 25 million in it’s lifetime. Virtually every artist who has ever recorded a Christmas album has made sure the song is on their album, due to it’s universal appeal. I am talking about our family’s favourite holiday song, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The Cast of Characters

To say that I like the story, music and characters of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer would be an understatement. I have distinct memories of watching this film as a little girl. I recall being very scared of the Abominable Snowman – he did have those big scary teeth. Yukon Cornelius is a favourite as well, he was the take charge guy who ultimately saved the day. But what I look forward to this most when I watch this film is Sam the Snowman. Burl Ives voices this beloved story-telling ball of snow. Hearing his voice always brings a smile to my face and takes me back to being that little girl watching the story and singing the songs. I did own the vinyl from the film but unfortunately when my parents got rid of our old stereo the vinyl record went along with it.

Carob Bark

Even after writing about the characters it makes me happy and fills my soul with a bit of holiday spirit. Being that the holidays are almost upon us the odd box of presents are arriving at our door from family that live far away. One of the best packages we receive every year is from my sister-in-law. She makes the most delicious bark made with carob, nuts and cranberries. I know your first thought is that carob isn’t exactly a crowd pleaser but let me tell you she does an amazing job and me and the guys go crazy for it.

Letting you on a little tradition we have is on Christmas Eve night we make a bunch of food, which I’ll share with you once we decide what we’re going to be eating, and watch holiday movies. We of course always start off with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to watch this holiday classic and if you have any Christmas treats on hand the two go really well together.

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