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Shine Bright This Holiday Season with Rudolph


As a child I remember my sister and I anxiously awaiting the annual showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television. We would mark it on a calendar and remind our parents over and over again so that they did not forget.

They never forgot and every single year we watched Rudolph again. My parents made hot cocoa and popcorn then we all settled on our couch to watch the show. I distinctly remember thinking how fabulous the noise that Rudolph's nose made when it lit up.

Fast forward many years later and we have the exact same tradition in my family. My kids LOVE watching Rudolph. My husband and I love that they love it plus we really enjoy seeing it again and again. It is one of those positive, feel good stories that never gets old.

This story also really touches on acceptance, respect and diversity. Rudolph is different and at first the other reindeer aren't too sure of him. However, once they get to know him, they pretty love him and come to respect him as he saves Christmas.


On December 6th, 1964, the animated TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first graced television sets across the country as families gathered to enjoy a heart-warming story amongst good company. This holiday season, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rudolph on TV, which has become the longest running and highest-rated holiday special in TV history. CBS’ 50th anniversary telecast of the special will occur on Tuesday, December 9th

Each season, families look forward to watching their favorite reindeer save Christmas and join him on an adventure that celebrates how his unique red nose makes him shine bright. This year, Rudolph is sweeping the nation with festive and fun initiatives in honor of this golden anniversary.



Whether you have watched it year after year or you are planning to start your own tradition, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is airing tonight, Tuesday, December 9th at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.


Acceptance, respect and diversity are something that every child needs to learn about. Watching Rudolph is an excellent way to start the discussing and PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website is an even better way to keep the conversation going.

Visit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center website for more of the discussion and activity guide, eBook and additional tools and resources helping to put an end to bullying.

I am a ‘ShineBright’ Ambassador and have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Robin (Massrhole Mommy)

    I have loved Rudolph since I was a kid. I can’t wait to sit down and watch it tonite with my kids.

  2. I have to wonder who DOESN’T watch Rudolph every year?! Isn’t it THE movie to watch and really kick off the holidays with?

  3. I love the classic Rudolph! We watched it every year growing up! I think I will tune in this year!

  4. Love this initiative! This movie, too, it’s one of my all-time favourites! I need to watch!

  5. I’m so glad that you posted. I’ll be sure to watch this with my grand daughter tonight. LOL – I’ll be my youngest son (who’s 23) will be watching!

  6. Great site and great cause! Thank you for sharing this with us- I will be speaking with my kids about bullying prevention for sure.

  7. Preventing bullying is something we should all keep in our radar–I love this initiative! It seems like it would make a great ice breaker to use this Christmas fave movie to talk to your kids about bullying for sure!

  8. Lisa Bristol

    We have watched this movie every year ever since i can remember. The kids still love it and they are 19 and 21.

  9. Amy Desrosiers

    I love Rudolph too! We actually own this on DVD along with the entire boxed set…such classics.

  10. Rudolph is my all time favorite Christmas special. Of course it has pure entertainment value, but it’s also one of the first shows to address bullying, I think.

  11. Rudolph is a holiday classic! I watch this every year!

  12. Rudolph is such a great show. It’s the first show I know of with an anti-bullying message.

  13. We watch Rudolph every year as part of our holiday traditions. Now that my kids are getting a little older, Rudolph will be a great way to open the conversation about bullying.

  14. Rudolph is such a great classic Christmas movie. I can’t wait to watch it again and will remember these great life lessons while doing so.

  15. Oh shoot! I forgot about this being on tonight. I hope I get to catch it sometime this year, though.

  16. I grew up on Rudolph. What a great way to explore the topic of bullying with the family.

  17. So many great memories watching this movie when I was a kid!

  18. Lisa

    This is one of our favorite holiday movies! We bought it a few years back so we could watch it whenever we want! 😀

  19. katrina g

    I love rudolph!!! such a great story, and message overall. we are all different and should accept everyone! awesome

  20. I love this movie! Can’t wait to watch it again!

  21. Rudolph is one of my favourite movies. I think it is a wonderful story that touches on the fact that not everyone is the same and that we must be tolerant and accept everyone.

  22. We watch this every year. It’s filled with so many great lessons that my kids need to learn and be aware of.

  23. This is the time of year I hate not having satellite or cable because I miss out on all my favorite holiday season movies and such. I love Rudolph, and all those holiday classics. Great lessons learned/taught for kiddos and some for adults 😉

  24. ellen beck

    Rudolph has always been one of those animated shows that is a tradition. Even without kids in the house now, I still watch it.
    I was always amazed that long ago that Rudolpph was teaching tolerance. I mean he waas excluded and in the end not only was he included but celibrated as saving the day.
    Its a great show, and nowdays with parents discussing this, it can be a great learning experience.
    I hate to say this, but 40 years ago (yes I was around and remember when it came out) I dont recall parents needing to disscuss tolerance- people were accepted more at leat where I live. I dont know if thats a good thing the need now to discuss it or not. We had kids in our school that nowdays would be called mainstreamed that were in regular classes , kids with physical disabilities also.

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