Tonight is the 50th broadcast year of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on CBS.
The television special was based upon Johnny Marks' 1949 song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which was itself based upon the 1939 poem "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" written by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May.
Momma was nearly five months old when Rudolph aired on television for the very first time on Dec. 6,1964. (Yes, Momma is older than Rudolph!)
While she doesn't remember that first airing, she also doesn't remember a time when watching Rudolph, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" wasn't a holiday ritual.
Back in her day (before videotapes, DVDs, or cable) children anxiously watched to see when those favorite holiday specials would be on - because there was one chance and one chance only to see it.
If you missed it, well, there was always next year.
You know where to find me tonight.