Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer began his life as a 1939 Montgomery Ward catalog ad campaign. In the early 1940s, a New York City radio producer turned his story into a song. Gene Autry recorded the song in 1949. Bing Crosby and Dean Martin soon followed. Now, everyone from the Jackson 5 to the Japanese animation film Sailor Moon has covered it. And although we love this heartwarming story of the underdog (underdeer?), by the end of the holiday season we wish someone would just hand Rudolph some Kleenex.