Connais-tu les prénoms de tous les rennes du Père Noël ?
(Do you know the names of all of Santa’s reindeer?)
At their first performance ever, borrowing their noms de scènes (stage names) from an early 19th century American poem, there were only eight rennes du Père Noël (Santa Claus’s reindeer.)
Those original eight are: Furie (Prancer), le plus puissant (the most powerful); Tornade (Dasher), le plus rapide (the fastest); Fringant (Vixen), belle et puissante (beautiful and powerful); Danseur (Dancer), la plus gracieuse d’eux tous (the most gracious of them all); Comète (Comet), who brings bonheur (happiness) to children; Tonnerre (Donner), le plus fort (the strongest); Éclair (Blitzen), who brings la lumière (light); and finally, Cupidon (Cupid), the reindeer who brings love to the little kids!
Only un siècle plus tard(a century later), in 1939,did un neuvième renne(a ninth reindeer) “jump into the bandwagon”, so to speak. And before you could say “Joyeux Noël” (“Happy Christmas”), he was able to win the hearts of all the little kids around the world. Wonder why? You can for sure bet your guirlandes de Noël(Christmas tinsels) that his petit nez rougehad something to do with it!
* RODOLPHE, LE RENNE AU NEZ ROUGE !
On l’appelait nez rouge
He was called Red Nose
Ah ! Comme il était mignon
Ah, how cute he was! Le petit renne au nez rouge
The little reindeer with a red nose Rouge comme un lumignon
As red as a lamp
Son petit nez faisait rire
His little nose was funny
Chacun s’en moquait beaucoup
Everyone was making so much fun of it On allait jusqu’à dire
They were even saying Qu’il aimait boire un petit coup
That he liked to drink a little
Une fée qui l’entendit
A ferry who heard him
Pleurer dans le noir
Crying in the dark Pour le consoler lui dit:
To console him, told him: Viens au paradis ce soir
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