Today's post is brought to you by my Christmas countdown series I'm hosting on Instagram. Head on over to check it out if you haven't been following along so far :) You can find it under the tag #lingsxmascountdown.
And if you're confused as to why I'm doing this series, here's a quick overview: last year I created a cracker-sized piece of art each day in December leading up to Christmas as a fun little spontaneous project. I enjoyed and learned so much from it that I thought I'd continue a tradition of pushing myself creatively with another Christmas countdown. This year has a unifying theme of holiday-related trivia for each day and an associated illustration or gif and today's trivia is about Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was not actually part of Santa's original team: retailer Montgomery Ward commissioned Robert L. May to create a story for a booklet to be handed out for their Christmas shopping season in 1939. They had previously purchased & handed out coloring books in past years and decided to create them in-house that year. More than 2.5 million copies of the Rudolph story were distributed in its first year of publication.
If you right-click on the image, you can download it and/or send it to print so you can actually color it :)