Friday, December 26, 2008

Are Reindeer Mean?

Merry Christmas to you all from both JMB and me.

I have sort of come to the conclusion that Reindeer are maybe not all that nice, cute as they look. I figure there is a lesson to be learned from that for us all.

Now I have it on good authority from no less an expert than the Late Great Dean Martin...

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide mien sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudy the red-beaked reindeer,
you'll go down in history!

That second verse... What does that tell us about Reindeer?

Rudolph had a slight problem, a red nose. Nothing too bad you might say. Lots of people get red noses around this time of year.. for one reason or another ^_^

Did Rudolph get sympathy and support? Did he heck. They laughed at the poor little guy. They were mean and called him names and ostracised him.

What's more it looked like that was the way it would stay. That is until the most powerful figure in their lives thought he could make use of Rudolph's unusual nasal properties.

As soon as Rudolph was accepted by their ultimate Alpha Male suddenly they couldn't get enough of the previously not good enough Rudolph.

Well Rudolph hadn't changed any had he? Just how they saw him.

Well we aren't reindeer, maybe we can think about that Laughing at thing and the calling names thing, and the ostracising thing? Are we a bit like those reindeer sometimes?

Maybe we need to think about that just a little? Not just at Christmas...


Pear tree cottage! said...

Mmmmmmm! you could be right......(smiles) it has been such a long time since I visited you dear blogger friend that I have had to catch up on your many posts and enjoyed them all.

Happy holidays to you and may 2009 be filled with joy now and always.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes thanks for honorin' our Dino...never was, neve will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth....

Anonymous said...

Reindeer are a funny lot... they eat weird things like moss and lichen, and mushrooms... yeah mushrooms...

Dr.John said...

I never saw that in the song before. It is good to see something through somebody else's eyes.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I always thought those reindeer were mean....

Trubes said...

Meaness stems from insecurity and jealously....Rudolph had a lovely shiny red nose and the other Reindeer despised him for that.....and i reckon he was Santa's favourite.
I've read that you're still snowed in JMB, hope you have enough supplies in and are keeping warm and cosy.


Cathy said...

You know what, I have always thought this same thing ever since I was a little girl singing this song in grade school but I never said anything about it. Here is something else I have always thought..George Bailey (Its A Wonderful Life)is abusive. It is by far one of the most popular Christmas movies of our time and everyone things it is such a moralistic movie, but in my mind, when I watch that movie, I see him being abusive.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

I think it is real interesting how some people notice things like this and others don’t. I figure we all catch some things and miss others in how we see the world, just different things and we don’t necessarily comment on it.

I wonder if maybe we are less likely to see stuff like that in the things we took in when we were little and maybe less inclined to rip things apart mentally. But maybe not, I am not sure… Cathy obviously thought about it too.

Another thing. When I was a kid I wondered why any one would go to the bother of mentioning that a hill didn’t have a city wall. I figured it would be so much more worth mentioning if it had one.

I am talking about the hymn and the line “There is a green hill far away, without a city wall”

I puzzled at it… and eventually asked my mother, who pointed out to me that this time “without” meant “outside”. It was a bit of a revelation to me, like one of those trick pictures that first look like one thing and next another, flipping between.

It always stuck with me that.