He always knew he was different, but he let his light shine regardless of what others said – Santa

He always knew he was different, but he let his light shine regardless of what others said – Santa

Sometimes we just must accept things beyond our control, and I think this Christmas is just one of those times. We can choose to be angry about lockdowns and the ever-continuing…you know what, or we can choose to relax and reflect on all the good things and people we have in our lives. I will choose to do the latter, as hard as it is right now. Whenever things have been tough on me in the past, I have done something that seems to put my mind in a different perspective. That thing is reflecting on all the things in my life that I am so grateful for. My grandmother was a wonderful woman who accepted the good with the bad and she would say to me as I was growing up the serenity prayer which states “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Those words stuck with me throughout my life, through the good and the bad. I know that I will leave this earth with nothing, just the way I can in so the money side, although it has provided us with a comfortable and enjoyable life, became not so important once we had it and friends, family, and life, in general, became the thing that mattered more. I know that I am very fortunate to have not slipped through the cracks that seemed to be waiting for me at every turn of my life and for that I will always be grateful. So, now on to a story of old.

As a have been thinking about this upcoming Christmas, I remembered a story about a man named Robert L. May, who was dealing with a wife battling cancer and struggling to raise their young daughter, who is credited for giving us, Rudolph. Back in the 1930s, the US-based Montgomery Ward department store hired outside agencies to create Christmas books to give away to children while parents shopped at their store. In 1939, May was a copywriter for Montgomery Ward and given the task of writing a Christmas book. This was on the heels of the Great Depression and while May’s wife was losing her battle to cancer.

Originally, the main character in May’s book was a moose but was changed to a reindeer (as it was deemed “more friendly”) who was a misfit (with similarities to the Ugly Ducking story). Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. But the story doesn’t end there. Interestingly enough, the controversy surrounding May’s story had more to do with the large red nose of Rudolph, as many at the company were worried that it would promote overindulgence of alcohol! May convinced an illustrator friend to make the reindeer into cuddly creatures that convinced Montgomery Ward to accept the story. Sadly, May’s wife passed away before his book became a success, and May was left ridden with debt and a small child to raise alone.
In 1939, Montgomery ward printed 2.4 MILLION copies of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distributed it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1947, Eaton’s had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, May convinced Sewell Avery, Montgomery Ward’s corporate president to give May all the publishing rights. May was able to pay off all his debts and finally have some money to provide for the things that he and his daughter had gone without. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried (to a secretary from Montgomery Ward) with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created. But the story doesn’t end there either.
Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph and was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”

The gift of love that Bob May created so long ago kept on returning to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and only good things in 2022!!!

Brian McCullough Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX of Nanaimo
#1-5140 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8
Office: (250) -751 – 1223
Email: brian@mmshomes.com

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