Childhood Memories Friday: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Childhood Memories Friday

Christmas — I just love it! As a child, I remember sitting in the back seat of the car, marveling at the lights on houses as we drove around town, just looking at Christmas lights. It was magical. I’ve always loved Christmas music, and it surprises me when I hear people complain about it playing in stores. I could listen to it year-round. On the day after Christmas when I was 5, Mom noted me saying, “Christmas is over — but there’ll be another one!”


Christmas 1970

In this photo, 6-year-old me sits in my “car” with my beloved Santa. I’m at the drive-in, in case you can’t tell, and most likely I’m watching one of my favorite Christmas specials on TV: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Did you know that the Rudolph program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year? Yep, and so am I! So perhaps it’s no wonder I’ve always loved that show, with its loveable misfits and catchy songs (“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”). Even the villains turn out nice in the end (I’m looking at you, Abominable Snowman/Bumble!).



Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerI even got an adorable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornament this year.

Do you have any growing up memories of watching Rudolph on TV? Share in the comments!

105 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  1. Somehow, years ago, I had the insight to get the very first in the ornament collection of nostalgic houses. Each Christmas I buy or usually receive as a gift, the new year’s version. It has got to the point where I WISH they would stop the line because my little village is turning into a Hallmark City and I am sure Hallmark is chuckling all the way to their financial planner’s desk! I enjoy my Hallmark City and my family loves it, too, especially my granddaughters!

  2. Awww…such a sweet picture and memory. I love these posts. I remember hiding behind “the big red chair” (it is legendary in our family) when Rudolph got to the “scary” part. Love that show still. For the record I used to collect Hallmark’s Snoopy ornaments and still have those I’ve collected. Also delighted my son when he was little with their Pillsbury Dough Boy ornament–press his tummy and he gives his signature giggle. Keep these posts coming! I love them!

  3. Wow so many to choose from!
    But I would have to go with one from this 2014 Alien – 35th Anniversary. That is pretty sweet! I’d like to receive any! It’s a wonderful gift! Thank you 🙂

  4. This Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Keepsake Ornament looks super cute! I love it! I would love to win it for my son!
    Thank You for the chance

  5. My mom gives us a “Baby’s 1st/2nd/3rd/… Christmas” ornament each year!

  6. I don’t have a favorite Hallmark ornament but thought I would love to enter to win one for my granddaughter who their family has lost everything and are now just starting over.

  7. My fave is the Santa one that counts down the days to Christmas

  8. My favorite hallmark ornament is an angel that I purchased for my daughter who passed away in 2010

  9. i would love to get the 2014 Son ornament. I get a new one every year.

  10. My mother used to buy each of us a new Hallmark ornament every year representing an achievement or interest for that year. It is fun to go back and look at all of them at Christmas time.

  11. My favorites are the babys first christmas ones. I would like to have a disney ornament.

  12. You know, I’ve never actually gotten a Hallmark ornament before. Although I always did like looking at the Precious Moments ones.

  13. I loved Hallmark’s Minion ornament! Can’t find it anymore though.

  14. My favorite Hallmark ornaments are the ones with the dates on them.

  15. I’m always amazed at how many people come out of the woodwork when you have a nice giveaway! If you draw my name, give the ornament to someone else. I’m not into Hallmark ornaments. In fact, I have none and am not interested in starting now.

  16. My favorites are the First Christmas ones. I was grateful Love, Hallmark sent me one for my daughter’s first Christmas this year! Great post – love the photo from your childhood. 🙂

  17. We get a Hallmark ornament every year! This year we’ll be getting a baby’s 1st Christmas one and a school one for my oldest who just started kindergarten.

  18. Id like to get a western style ornament, or a baby’s first Christmas.

  19. I’d love to have the Yoda Peekbuster ornament. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  20. They are all beautiful, but the one I would love to hang on my tree the most is the Winter’s Waltz Keepsake Ornament! It reminds me myself and my daughters. We are all dancers, so this is perfect for the whole family to share!

  21. I like all the ornaments and the Rudolph one above is a great one

  22. My favorites are gonzo and eeyore. These are timeless pieces and would make a great addition to my collection.

  23. I was just talking about Hallmark earlier today. I have been looking all over the place for a baby’s second Christmas ornament. Then I realized I hadn’t tried Hallmark!! I love them!!

  24. I have a #1 daughter hallmark ornament that mom gave me to when i was a little girl.

  25. I buy Hallmark ornaments every year because I love that they have the year printed on them and I like collecting sets. My favorite is The Wizard of Oz.

  26. I love the snowflake ornaments with the year. It’s so fun to reminisce as we put them on the tree each year. I love that every ornament tells a story 🙂

  27. My all time favorite Hallmark ornament is a baby cradle with my birth year. I now buy the baby ornaments for my niece and nephews for their birth year.

  28. We collect all things Rudolph. So, we have many of the hallmark collection. Would love one with clarise

  29. I love Hallmark ornaments. It would be cool to get a Disney themed one, like Winnie the Pooh.

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  30. I love ornaments that remind my family of the true reason for Christmas. I really like the Silent Night, Holy Night ornament.

  31. For years now, my mother in law has gotten my children hallmark ornaments each christmas. It’s always fun to see which ones she has chosen for them!

  32. Hallmark has so many cute ornaments, and this year I am planning to get my son an ornament to remember his first Christmas.

  33. I have some great Hallmark ornaments. I have several that I purchased many years ago. Now i have kids, they seem to love those the best. we try to get a new one every year whether it has sentimental value or not

  34. I have always loved the Dollhouse collection. When I was a kid my mom used to get me one every year. I have about 6 of them. I am going to start that tradition with my daughter this year.

  35. I like the Baby’s first Christmas pink and white rocking horse.

  36. I love Hallmark! It’s a family tradition to always pick out one of their family ornaments to put a photo in.We have a pretty good collection so far.I love the countdown with merry the elf but my fave ornament this year is the that’s life Frank Sinatra!

  37. I have been adding to my Hallmark Collection Ornament collection since I was a little girl.

  38. Hallmark ornaments are a family tradition. My mother always gave one to us for Christmas and mine were the Madame Alexandar collection. I want to continue this tradition with my children. This will be my daughter’s forst christmas and we have already started with my son.

  39. I would so love to receive the Better Together ornament. We always say how we go together like peanut butter and jelly. It would be prefect! Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting one of the sic-fi ornaments either. Those are always awesome classics.

  40. I like the Present Packing Penguin ornament! Super cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I have collected Hallmark ornaments since 1989. I love all of them. I have a special place for the newer Pirates of the Caribbean. I love the older ones like the Peanuts one. Sherri J

  42. When my daughter was a baby I bought a Hallmark ornament for her first Christmas. Every year since, I bought her an ornament. It has now become tradition that my daughters and I go out after Thanksgiving and they each choose an ornament. These ornaments are for their tree. They are all packed away in a boxes in their closet. They each have a nice collection of ornaments.

  43. I have a Hallmark ornament that I received from my mom some years back, it is a big Christmas tree with rudolph and the abominal snowman. I love it, it is my favorite Hallmark ornament.

  44. My favorite is the baby’s first Christmas. I get one for my grandchildren on their first Christmas

  45. This would be perfect for my son. He’s been collecting Rudolph ornaments for the past few years!

  46. My favorite Hallmark ornament is ” Bouncing All the Way”! I have always loved Winnie the Pooh and I think I have every ornament Hallmark has ever made when it comes to Winnie the Pooh. I would like to receive “Zee Season for Love”.

  47. We’ve got a lot of Hallmark ornaments and they are all very special to me. Two of my favorites are my kids’ first Christmas ornaments.

  48. My favorite hallmark ornament is a the christmas story lamp.

  49. My favorite ornament is one we got for my son’s 2nd Christimas. It’s a bulldozer. He loved them.

  50. I have Hallmark ornaments from when my kids were babies and I love collecting ornaments like those.

  51. My favorite Hallmark ornaments are the Star Wars and the Disney ornaments.

  52. Santa’s Happy Helper
    Keepsake Ornament
    A Year of Disney Magic
    I like that one and my son loves mickey!

  53. For the past few years my daughter has bought me one Hallmark Peanuts Ornament every Christmas. I collect Peanuts stuff. I love each one. This year I am hoping for Lucy standing at the mailbox and snoopy pops out.

  54. I love the Hallmark ornaments I received from my family and husband who are no longer with us. My children and their children love seeing the familiar ornaments each year and helps us feel our departed are still with us. Each year as my children were growing up we would get them a Hallmark ornament and when they had their own place we gave them to them. They still have them 40 yrs. later and have started the same tradition with their children. The ornaments I received from my children growing and other relatives are my most treasured Christmas possessions. Thank you for your generous giveaway…

  55. I would love to win the Rudolph ornament since this is our family’s favorite holiday movie to watch together

  56. My favorite hallmark ornament is the Olaf I got this year.

  57. I only have two hallmark ornaments, but they are my favorites! they are both snoopy ones, because I love him! i’d love a new ornament!

  58. My favorite ornaments are the Grinch ornaments! i love seeing the new ones each year! i would love to get one of those as a gift!

  59. My favorites are the three Baby’s First Christmas ornaments I got for each new baby as he/he/she arrived. This year, I’ve seen so many incredible ornaments that I want to have.

  60. I have lots of collections….Mary’s Angels and lots of the children’s book characters. Would love to win!

  61. We collect ornaments from Hallmark each year that shows what the kids loved – Turtles, Frozen, etc

  62. I remember going into Hallmark once and saying, “I need Baby’s First Christmas, Baby’s 3rd Christmas, and Baby’s 4th Christmas,” when my kids were little. The cashier sneered, “They’re dated.” Um, yeah, I have 3 kids that need an ornament this year. She was horrified. I don’t know if it was that a young looking mom had 3 kids, or that I had them “so close together” or what her problem was. My older 7 kids each have the Hallmark first 5 years collection, and every year, it’s fun to figure out whose are whose by the date and #.

  63. I like the mischevios kittens ornament. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. My favorite Hallmark ornament was the one my mom bought me the year I studied abroad. It’s a suitcase with different passport stamps on it. 🙂

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