Rudolph, as you pointed out, is not one of Santa's original reindeer. The concept of Santa using reindeer to transport him throughout the world was first presented in 1822, and they are mentioned in the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in 1823. So Rudolph could not have been around for that adventure.
However, he does appear in several subsequent films about Santa's elves and their adventures during Christmas time. Here is a list of all the Santa's Elves films:
Elves (1998) - Rudolph plays himself in this film which tells the story of how he came to join Santa's staff.
Elves II: The Sequel (2000) - Another sequel that picks up right where the first one left off. This time, Rudolph gets caught in an explosion at the North Pole Laboratory and is taken to a special hospital where scientists try to help him recover. When they can't, they send him back to the North Pole so he can lead a normal life.
Elves III: Santa's Little Helpers (2006) - Finally, another sequel that picks up where the last one left off. After some years spent living with humans, Rudolph returns to the North Pole to find that everyone is busy with other things than celebrating Christmas.
1 Because Rudolph was created in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward firm and is not a "cannon" of the Santa Claus tale. Because it wasn't cloudy on Christmas Eve, and Santa didn't need him.
Many of our present Christmas rituals are based on an anonymous poem called "A Night Before Christmas," which was published in 1823. A guy called Nicholas ran a church in Asia Minor long before the tale of Santa Claus became popular in the United States. In the 300s, Saint Nicholas was the bishop of Myra (modern-day Turkey). He is remembered for his charitable deeds and for bringing toys to children on Christmas Eve. During that time, families would wait for Saint Nicholas to visit them by knocking on their door and asking him for gifts.
People started calling this saint "Santa Claus" after he became famous in the West. The name "Santa" comes from Saint Nicholas' original surname, which was Demetrius. However, the modern name "Santa" is used instead.
Have a happy holiday!
Rudolph was developed in 1939 as a department store commercial! So Rudolph didn't appear in The Christmas Chronicles because it would have taken money and a lot of time to negotiate for him to do so. Also, since he's a fictional character, he can be used in any number of advertisements/promotions/projects/etc... And the way things are now, they probably would have wanted to use him again for future Christmas films.
Here's how he made it into The Santa Clause: When Bill Murray was offered the role of Santa Claus, he asked that Rudolph be included in the film too. Since both characters are in Washington, D.C., during Christmas, this wasn't a problem. Also, since both characters are human, there's no reason why they couldn't appear in other advertisements or projects over the years.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch some more Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movies...
Santa Claus is frequently pictured in the United States as flying from house to house on Christmas Eve to bring presents to children. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and the most renowned reindeer of all, Rudolph, accompany him on his magical sleigh. The name "Santa" is an Italian word meaning Saint Nicholas.
Santa first came to life in a poem called "The Night Before Christmas," written by Clement Clarke Moore and published in 1822. In that poem, Santa tells his elves that they will be dismissed after three days of work without pay. Disappointed but not surprised by this news, they go home for cookies and milk like usual until Christmas Eve when Santa comes back down the chimney.
Moore then wrote about what happened over the next few days in another poem called "A Visit From St. Nicholas." In it, we learn that everyone's behavior during this time affects where they can live next year! Thus, Santa's effort to provide love and hope to the world through gifts.
Nowadays, many people think that only kids believe in Santa Claus. This isn't true! Adults also believe in him because he helps give hope to those who feel forgotten on Christmas Day. He brings joy to their lives by giving them gifts that they cannot afford or don't exist anymore. By believing in Santa, adults are just like kids - they are just too grown-up to admit it!