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Why is there no Rudolf in Patience Brewster’s reindeer collection?

Why is there no Rudolf by Patience Brewster?

It’s that time of year again, a little snow on the ground and people in the shop ask me – why didn’t Patience Brewster create a Rudolf for her collection of Dash Away Reindeer?

The answer is in the title of her collection itself – Dash Away!

Patience did not base her collection of designs on the song entitled “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” made famous by the singer Gene Autry in 1949. The actual lyrics to that song first appeared in a Montgomery Ward holiday coloring book for children in 1939.

Patience actually based her collection on the classic poem by Clement C. Moore published in 1822,entitled “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.”  The poem pre-dates the song by about 127 years.  If you remember – one of last lines in the poem is – “Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Also, Rudolf is trademarked property!  The story is owned by The Rudolph Company, L.P.and has been adapted in numerous forms including a popular song, a television special and sequels, and a feature film and sequel. Character Arts, LLC manages the licensing for the Rudolph Company, L.P. In many countries, Rudolph has become a figure of Christmas folklore.

To see the Patience Brewster Reindeer Collection go to