Getting into the Spirit of Christmas . . .
Christmas is approaching in all its post-Thanksgiving glory, and what could be more glorious than Rudolph's strobe-flashing nose? Soooo . . . let's take a look at the lyrics of "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" and get into the spirit of Christmas:
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,Listen fella, I didn't even recall most of those first eight till you recited them! You sure they're all American? Those names look foreign . . . Anyway, here comes that infamous interloper to tradition now:
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall?
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerHard to imagine that a shiny nose actually 'glows'. Shiny, fine, but glows? Well, maybe if this little newcomer was hitting on too much of the eggnog!
Has a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeersAnd Santa didn't notice this abuse? Or didn't care? Or was some sort of distant paternal figure?
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,Oh, so now that he needs that 'shiny' nosed one, the plump elf is all polite and flexible. The other reindeer, too:
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeers loved him,Hypocrites! What the perditionating infernality are we supposed to gain from this story? What moral lesson does it teach? What are we to tell our kids? That they can ridicule some poor soul to their heart's content, but if they suddenly need that person for some reason, they can just start shouting praises, and all abuse is forgiven?
And they all shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You'll go down in history!