Robert L. May, a 34-year old copywriter, wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer in 1939. The story was for a coloring booklet to give away for the holidays by the Montgomery Ward stores. Rollo the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Reginald? Both names were considered and rejected. (Although, the thought of how much fun Maggie, Terri and Suzzy would have with Reginald makes one smile.)

May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, wrote the lyrics and melody for the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? in 1947. It was released in 1949 and the Rudolph phenomenon came of age. Johnny Marks is remembered today for this and other Christmas songs. Along with Rudolph, which was a big hit for Gene Autry, he also wrote ?I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,? which was first recorded by Bing Crosby, ?Rockin? Around the Christmas Tree,? a major hit by Brenda Lee, and ?A Holly Jolly Christmas,? recorded by the Quinto Sisters, and then incorporated into the Rudolph TV special and sung by Burl Ives.

When we approached the Roches to see if they wanted to be a part of Ornaments and Icing, we weren?t sure what they?d want to work up. Their ?We Three Kings? album has so many songs, what hadn?t they done? Well, it turns out they?d never recorded Rudolph, although they first sang it with the Caroline Carolers. Maggie suggested that this arrangement had its genesis with them, and then Maggie, Terri and Suzzy adapted it to their trio.