Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bright Noses and Loud Speakers

The 2011 Number One Christmas Toy:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The above pictured Rudolph resides at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  He's a very special part of a set of characters from the Rudolph TV Special.  In addition to Rudolph, they also have Cornelius, The Abdominal Snowman (according to Auntie Beth as a child), and Hermie the Elf.  The other characters didn't get much use, but this little guy, whose nose lights up while singing (rather loudly) "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" when you push his ear, was carted by Theia and Liyah from one end of the house to the other, singing all the way. 

Eventually Grandpa, in a futile effort toward peace and quiet (there were nine little kids in the house after all), hid the Rudolph.  That lasted for a day or two until one of the kids saw it hiding high up on the piano.  After that, Rudolph came out of hiding and again began his tormenting of all those in the house over the age of two.  By the time we left their home, all of our children had the song memorized.  They're still singing it in February along with a collection of other Christmas favorites.  Sometimes they sing the Christmas words and other times they make up their own words to the Christmas tunes.  This is a silly, but endearing habit they've picked up from their mother - the word changing part, not the singing Christmas songs in February part.  I may blog about Christmas in February, but I draw the line at singing Christmas Carols. 

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