The Reindeer Games

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.

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27 Responses to The Reindeer Games

  1. Nan says:

    Hmmmm…I so want to be Vixen because I’d love thinking of myself as a sultry seductress, but the facts are I’m Cupid. Hopelessly romantic, always wanting everyone to be happy and in love. That’s why I’m a romance writer and not a writer of erotica–I can so do romance and delicious love scenes, but they’re never hard core. I need the lovey-dovey Cupid stuff…but still…it would be very fun to be sultry, even if just for a little while…

  2. Kim Cz says:

    I think I am Dancer, I am always involved in a creative project. In between writing I am crafting, scrap booking, building furniture or putting up shelves in a closet that I am remodeling. I have notebooks full of ideas and sketches of projects I haven’t gotten to yet. Crates of patterns that I will eventually use but not follow exactly. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t change some part of a pattern I was following. So, yeah, I am Dancer but with a little Cupid thrown in, I am a romantic. I think everyone needs that running through a meadow of daisies kind of love.

  3. Maria says:

    Well, my first impulse was Vixen. I really, really want to be Vixen. She is who I am in my heart. However, if you know me, then you know that on the surface I am Donder who seems to be the one to take the lead. It must have broken his heart when he couldn’t lead the way and Rudolph had to take over and lead Santa’s sleigh. You just know that he hated to fail no matter that nature hadn’t supplied him with that glowing nose. Hmm, I might be personalizing this a tidge too much. Still, in my heart, I am Vixen.

  4. Robena says:

    Oh, good one, Maria. I never thought of Donder having to take back seat to Rudolph. But then again if he had previously been mean….
    Oh, and you DO have an inner vixen. ; )

  5. Dee J. says:

    I don’t think I’m any of those… (Although who wouldn’t want to be Vixen!) I’m probably the elf in the back of the sleigh handing the bag to Santa before he drops down the chimney.

  6. Marge says:

    I, too, want to be a Rudolph. I want to save the world, save the day, save Santa’s trip so everyone can be happy and have a great Christmas. I guess it is the maternal gene that wants to take care of everything.

  7. Robena Grant says:

    And Marge, you do have that maternal/nurturing gene in abundance. You and I together, saving the day or making cookies. : )

  8. Gina B. says:

    I have some serious geek qualities, love some good Sci-Fi, and my thoughts are always off in the clouds, so I’d probably be Comet. I might have a little Dancer mixed in there, too — or maybe I’d just be pals with Dancer and we could fly next to one another 🙂

  9. Robin says:

    This was a great holiday post, Robena! Hmm… I’d probably be Prancer and lead all my reindeer pals in a jog through the snow to burn off all the hot chocolate and cookies we ate. 🙂

  10. Robena Grant says:

    Yes. An excellent Prancer. : ) So glad you stopped by.

  11. merry says:

    I’ll have to go with Comet, the geek, as the reindeer I most identify with. Especially if he’s also quiet, and a little shy.

  12. Robena Grant says:

    Merry, from what I know of you from BettyVerse, I’d say you’re right. But add in sweet too. Shy and sweet. : )

  13. KarenB says:

    Well, my fantasy would be Rudolph because of that save the world thing. I’ve definitely got that going on. But in reality, I’m back in Santa’s kitchen baking cookies for when they all get back hungry and tired, and reading a book while waiting for the timer for the oven to go off.

  14. Robena Grant says:

    And sometimes it’s the cookie that saves the day! : ) Thanks for stopping by, Karen.

  15. I was a little bit of Dancer, a little bit of Donder, a little bit of Prancer, and a little bit of Cupid.
    My first aspiration was to be a dancer (after I saw West Side Story 12 times!). As for Donder – well, I’m a Scorpio – nuff said. I used to be athletically inclined, coordinated etc, so toss in a bit of Prancer, and I’ve always been a hopeless romantic – thus the bit of Cupid.

    Fun game!

  16. Vixen and Cupid sure fit my passion–
    But good ole Rudolph hasm y heart. The down and outsider. It was Phantom that got me into this biz. His soulful love of music and a woman he could never have. Talk about an underdog. So I have to say good ole red nose. (I have allergies that make mine red at times too…lol) Great blog over which to muse, Roben!

    Christine London

  17. Robena says:

    Christine, yay! So glad somebody else loves Rudolph. Thanks for stopping in.

  18. Julie says:

    Do I HAVE to be a reindeer or can I be a Solstice Faerie instead, and still get to play?

  19. Robena Grant says:

    For you, a Solstice Faerie, absolutely, especially if you toss some faerie dust my way! I can picture you flying over my house. : )

  20. Robena Grant says:

    And wait for it…ta da!
    Rudolph put the names in his Santa hat and drew Karen B. Karen I will check the BettyVerse and see if your address is listed, otherwise email me at with your information and I’ll send the gift card. Congratulations!
    Thanks for playing everyone. This was fun!