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I loved this movie so hard when I was little!
I had just turned four when my dad died and from that time forward all of the Christmas pageantry and celebration was tied up and taken out as trash both physically and metaphorically. My mom returned to being a Jehovah’s Witness and raised her four children in the faith of her youth.
So, I was never sure if we would get to watch the annual Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV show special. This was because my mom had a hard time making up her mind if the Rudolph special was really Satan the Devil tailored for baby steps in the direction of large strides towards wickedness and worldliness. Some years my mom’s conscience bothered her and she didn’t want celebrations of a holiday with pagan roots in our house in any way, shape, or form (even if said celebrations involved animation of the especially cute and delightful kind and maybe even more so then because — you know, Satan and ‘transforming himself into an angel of light’ and how of course he would use the best-funnest things to appeal to we true believers to lead us astray).
But some years she really couldn’t see anything wrong with it. I guess the uncertainty of the pleasure made it all the more beguiling to me. But in addition to the forbidden nature of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (it makes me laugh just typing ‘forbidden nature of Rudolph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer’) I LOVED the animation, the songs, the adorableness and most of all — the story: misfits finding their way and their place in the world, broken dolls being loved despite their disfigurements, the unlovable monster finding a friend. And underlying it all the message that so many times we mistake the very thing that makes us unique as something to be ashamed of when in fact it should be celebrated.
I guess you can tell I love this children’s movie. Yes. I do. And I will be watching it tonight with Jazz — probably feeling a little bit on the naughty side (because, conditioning!) but loving it nonetheless as we munch on cookies and sip on hot cocoa with whipped cream on top and sprinkles too and wishing you all the best and merriest of holidays!