How did Rudolph the Reindeer get his red nose?
My boys would ask that of me all the time around Christmas. I would answer them with silly comments of it being
painted red, a battery operated red light bulb, lipsticked or he had high blood pressure for this Red Nose Reindeer. But I knew I needed to find a better answer for the kids. Are we not shameful as parents to make up wild stories about that glowing red nose and none of it is close to the truth!
I thought I might share some of the real truth about Rudolph’s red nose and it all has to do with the ‘Physics of Christmas‘…it’s a little book I bought for my son when he was in college (way beyond wondering about the red nose) and it clears up mistruths about Rudolph’s red nose.
Unfortunately for reindeer, their noses provide a healthy environment for bugs. So the much celebrated coloration of Rudolph’s nose is due to a parasitic infection in his respiratory system and it lodges externally in his poor nose. Poor Rudolph is like a runway model, he has the right bone structure but Santa just did not know about the advantages of cosmetic surgery to help out his lead reindeer with his nose problem.
So poor Rudolph is burdened by these parasites infecting his nose, especially on Christmas Eve, and when
forced to pull Santa’s heavy sleigh – it gives him that red glowing nose! No, Rudolph the red nose reindeer is not hitting the alcohol and leaving Santa the cookies and milk as the rumor goes… LOL. I know some of you are thinking that you better stick with the light bulb nose story at this point when explaining it to the kids.
Alright I know most people do not like the truth on this one but it is founded on some fact …so thank you to Professor Halvorsen. Merry, Merry Christmas to All…but it still means you need to be good little boys and girls for Santa to stop by your house…. How did Rudolph the Reindeer get his red nose?
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