Although Rudolph is merely a fictional character in a Christmas song his plight can easily be identified with by individuals who have experienced similar rejection and ridicule — because they are different from the “herd”.
As an individual with a disability, I found that I could easily identify with Randolph’s position — in the herd. For many years, I found that I did not fit in nor was I accepted by the herd. As Rudolph, I too found myself being called names, laughed at and excluded from being included by the herd. Through my process, I discovered that because I based so much of my self-esteem and feelings of self-worth on what other people thought of me I remained in a state of confusion.
Although I attempted to go along to get along — to find my place and position in the herd — I experienced alienation and isolation.
As we continue to listen to the song we hear, “then one foggy Christmas night Santa came to say…” . In this part of the song, the obvious becomes clear. Santa recognized what the herd chose to laugh at and ridicule…the gift that Rudolph had to give… his bright red shiny nose. Upon reflection, I can only imagine that when Santa asked Rudolph “Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” that Rudolph as well as the other reindeer were amazed. Could this be true — that Santa wanted to use what made Rudolph different?
At this point in the song, what became clear to me was that Santa recognized, valued and esteemed what made Rudolph different.
Please read Part 3 for context. Thank you.
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