When I was a kid I thought Rudolph was awesome. I loved his story. He was a “less-than” reindeer with a glowing red nose. He probably slunk into the classroom and took the far back left hand corner and slumped down at his reindeer desk hoping nobody would look at him. Maybe he had to wear thick eyeglasses. Or his scarf wasn’t the latest in fashion. Maybe his hooves were less than spiffy. Or he was too fat or too thin. Or maybe he was so intelligent that the other reindeers thought he was weird.
He wasn’t allowed to join in other reindeer games, and only because he had a glowing nose. How sad is that? Maybe his glow was from bad, bad, acne. Or from blowing his nose too much. Or maybe he had a secret drinking problem. Whatever, Rudolph was ostracized, the odd one, the rejected. My heart ached for him to be accepted; poor, poor Rudolph, what a miserable existence.
And then he got to save the day. Yay! Rudolph was the Superman of all reindeer.
He was also the late comer to the game. He wasn’t of the original eight. He didn’t appear in music or literature until the late nineteen thirties. BUT, he became the hero. For heaven’s sake, he saved Christmas! I wanted to be Rudolph. I wanted to be asked to come forth and save the day. I had huge hankerings to be a hero, or in my case a heroine, and gain the love of Santa. I mean Santa is the keeper of presents. Who wouldn’t want to be his right hand girl…um…I mean reindeer?
So I went from being a kid who had sympathy for Rudolph to becoming a writer of romance. But I don’t write only about romance. Oh no. I must always have a mystery or suspense. There has to be some way that the heroine can show her expertise in solving a problem, saving a life, or a town, or even just a day. What about you? Which reindeer do you identify with, and why?
“Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen! On Comet! On Cupid! On Donder and Blitzen.”
What do you think their personalities might have been like?
Dasher, the charmer, fashion conscious
Dancer, the artiste and creator
Prancer, the athlete with a jaunty step
Vixen, the sultry seductress, femme fatale
Comet, the sci fi or geek kid
Cupid, the pure romantic
Donder, dark, thunderous, and mysterious
Blitzen, lightning quick, mercurial
Notice that Rudolph is not mentioned in the sketch above. But, darn it, if you insist, I’ll let you be Rudolph too. I know how to play. I can share. I can. It’s Christmas.
So tell me, based upon the description, which reindeer is the most like you? Select one and tell me why you chose it and your name will go into Rudolph’s reindeer hat. Next Monday I’ll draw one name and the lucky winner will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon.