Cover of the original 1939 booklet "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer." The booklet with the story in it was distributed free to all children who visited Montgomery Ward Department Store during the Christmas season. This is the front cover. According to the Smithsonian, other names considered for the future-famous reindeer included Romeo, Rodney, and Reginald. (Photo/caption Source)
Recently, I saw a blog article from the Smithsonian website that tells the story of Rudolph's origins.
You can find the article HERE.
Some cite commercialism of the holiday as the source; however, if you read the origin story, you will see that it began, at first, as a father's story written for his daughter. I prefer to think of it that way.
Either way, the story is a good one and has lasted now for over 75 years. I like stories about misfits who eventually find their way in the world -- don't we all feel like a "misfit" at one time, or another?
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, & Happy Holidays!