Rudolf needs to be more Grinchy!

Before I begin- you need to know that I am a HUGE Holiday geek!  I love all things Holiday- and not just the “Big Ones”- We celebrate Groundhogs Day, (we force some spring bulbs on the window sill- because I will make Spring come, gosh darn it!) the Harvest Moon, (smores round the fire)  and even Tax Day (Frank and Beans because Uncle Sam ate everything up!) This time of year- I get very excited for the Christmas specials on TV- somehow, it seems more special when they are actually on TV- even though I could easily pop in a DVD- I don’t know why… maybe it’s the 70’s child in me.. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the animated one), A Christmas Story, and *sigh* Its a Wonderful life…love it all!  But Rudolf?  I feel blasphemous for saying this- but I really, really do not like that show!

The minute the poor little guy is born, his dad is looking to hide his “imperfection”- then, Santa, who is uncomfortably thin and cranky, also says, well- get that little oddity fixed and then we’ll see about you working for me. The coach not only disqualifies him from playing in the reindeer games- but then gets all the other kids to taunt the poor guy!  This is the first “viral” display of bullying, folks! But, when the chips are down, who do they all come to?  These two faced meanies? Rudolf. yep.  Rudolf is a bigger man than me.  I may have said a few words not fit for claymation.

Then, there is the bigger problem that runs through this show- and so many more around Christmas… Christmas is cancelled. Santa can’t come, so Christmas is cancelled. um- excuse me? So- no Santa- no celebration of the birth of Jesus?  Really?  If the ball on Times Square broke, would there be New Year’s Eve? If bird flu obliterated the turkey stock, would there be Thanksgiving? What happens if it is rainy on the first day of Summer? No summer?  It’s getting my bah-humbug up.  And this is exactly the reason why I adore the Grinch cartoon- because even though that stinker steals every last remnant of the Holiday celebration, those little Who’s go out there at the crack of dawn and celebrate the day with love in their hearts and joyful song.

He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN‘T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
(Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, New York: Random House, 1957.)

what joy will you create today?


  1. Absolutely makes a great deal of sense to me. I love the conclusions you arrived at, with Rudolph, in that it seems to give approval of the idea that "I'll use & abuse you, until I NEED you!" And, the Grinch . . . who doesn't love that lil scoundrel. 🙂 LOVE the article, Renne.

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