#WhatReindeerGamesAre via Hashtag, You’re It!: @McMannofthePeop The Top Picks

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Everyone remembers Gene Autry’s 1949 version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”. And I’m positive that everyone knows it because until the 1980’s it was the 2nd most popular Christmas song of all time. But of course, me being the little weirdo that I am, I always focused on the line “All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games”. One, I thought that those other reindeer were jerks. Two, why was Santa Claus allowing this blatant form of bullying happen so freely at the North Pole? Three, what are Reindeer Games!?!?!?! That last question stayed with me for years. I pondered for ages. Were they just silly little games that young kids play? Was it like a North Pole sponsored event like high school football? Was it training the reindeer for the possible future of working for Santa? Was it a gladiator style combat filled with blood, gore, and carnage the likes that would NEVER make for a good Christmas song? All of these thing went through my head. I TOLD you I was an odd child! So for this week’s introduction, of course I did a little research on the subject. I found a couple of things that I didn’t know about Rudolph. Like the author of the original poem in 1939, Robert L. May. was Jewish. He was commissioned to write the poem as a part of Montgomery Ward’s annual Christmas in store giveaway. So Rudolph was originally a corporate mascot. Huh, who knew? So I went a little deeper and actually read the original 1939 poem to find out if they give a little more information about what reindeer games actually are than the song did. I was right. The poem tells us what activities are included in reindeer games. May tells of 5 different activities that constitute reindeer games. Buuuuuuut, I’m not going to tell you what they are. First off, you should really read that classic story for yourself. Also, it would kind of spoil this week’s “Hashtag, You’re It” which was #WhatReindeerGamesAre. So check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next exciting episode of “Hashtag, You’re It”

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