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How to drive your elementary school music teacher insane

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose! (like a lightbulb)
And if you ever saw it (saw it)
You would even say it glowed (like a lightbulb)

All of the other reindeer (reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinocchio)
They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)
Join in any reindeer games. (like Monopoly)

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say (ho, ho, ho)
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him)
As they shouted out with glee (yippee!)
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
You’ll go down in history! (like George Washington).

That was the way we sang “Rudolph” during my elementary school days. Mrs. Johnson would halt her hands on the piano to warn we better not sing the silly echo—or else we’d be kicked out of the Christmas program. It happened every year.

She should have never tried to fight a force bigger than herself. The tradition rages on.

My kids sing that reindeer games are Candyland and that Rudolph will go down in history like John Elway. A local touch.

Did you sing the same echoing part? Did your music teacher flip out? My boys are in their school’s Christmas program tonight and have reported they’ve been warned not to “ha ha ha” during Jingle Bells either.

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