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The largest migration of people from the four corners of the globe to one spot occurred between the 1820s and the early-1900s, as the US grew exponentially in no small part because of immigration. So, the "Old World" ways were definitely brought to the US, and as such there are more similarities than differences when it comes to how different countries celebrate Christmas as compared to the US.

For instance, no one here put up a Christmas tree until German immigrants brought the tradition with them in the 1840s. Throw in all the other traditions, and Christmas in the US is really just a reflection of Old World traditions, for the most part.

And the US has done its part in adding to some common traditions today, not the least of which is the Santa Claus we all know today: Fat, jolly, red suit, long beard, etc. Thomas Nast can be thanked for that.

I do wonder, however: is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer more of a North American phenomenon, or does he enjoy celebrity status elsewhere, too?
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I do wonder, however: is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer more of a North American phenomenon, or does he enjoy celebrity status elsewhere, too?
Here is a very cool story about the origins of Rudolph.
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Here is a very cool story about the origins of Rudolph.
Thanks, Bradmac, I should have known I could have found a wealth of information somewhere around this site!

I knew of the Montgomery Wards connection, as I had an uncle that worked for them, and once we kids were old enough to know the true story of Rudolph he let us know Rudy was a Wards creation.

Which makes me wonder if, for that reason, Rudolph is more of a North American celebrity, seeing it was a North American syndicate that created him; or, does his celebrity know no borders?
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