Autism and why Santa has ruined Christmas for me forever!


I’M APPALLED!  The song ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ will never be the same again for me, the very epitome of Christmas has been ruined forever and shed huge doubt on one of the greatest, most generous and caring of men to have ever existed.

What am I talking about?  Well, have you ever listened to what the song is actually saying?  Any decent headteacher or boss would be seriously alarmed if such practices were taking place in their establishment and would probably be liable for a lawsuit, but Santa seems to be perfectly ok with it?

You know how the song goes:-

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
Their beautiful ‘goody two shoes’ image hides a sinister secret
So far, so good. Lovely reindeer with beautiful names who pull Santa’s sleigh every year to help him deliver millions of presents globally (no mean feat I might add and much here to be admired!).  However, listen to the lyrics as they continue and we see a much more seedy side of life at the North Pole.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
BLATANT BULLYING!  Just because Rudolph is different from the other reindeer he gets called names, laughed at and isn’t allowed to join in with the games the other reindeer play.  How could Santa possibly tolerate such despicable behaviour from his beloved reindeer?  It really does beggar belief.
No wonder poor Rudolph looks so sad
And the sorry state of affairs doesn’t end there!
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”
One minute the other reindeer are behaving in such a disgusting way that any tribunal would be awarding Rudolph huge damages and the next they’re sucking up to him because meteorological conditions are making delivering the presents one year impossible, so, suddenly they need his ‘difference’ in order to get the job done.  They were lucky he was such a nice guy and became the ‘bigger person’ to save the day.
(We we won’t even bother to go into the infringement of various ‘Elf and Safety issues here with regard to flying in such inclement weather, although I’m sure the ‘Elf and Safety Executive would have a lot to say about Santa’s recklessness and the risk to life of the reindeer in his charge, which are, of course, his sole responsibility)
Santa flagrantly ignored ALL ‘Elf and Safety guidelines
How shallow of them!  “You’ll go down in history!”.  All of a sudden he’s their best mate and everyone’s hero!
Now, Rudolph may not be autistic, but how many autistic people suffer from the same bullying and isolation because they’re different?  I’m here to tell you, it’s a lot!
But, how often do autistic people have the talent and unique ability to solve problems that the rest of us can’t…HUH??  Just have a think about all of the miraculous gadgets and systems that these amazing people have created that make our lives so much better?
Without Bill Gates there would be no Windows and anyone who remembers the days of MS-DOS will know that Windows transformed everyone’s lives.  Without Steve Jobs there would be no Apple, no iPhones, no iPads, no nothing Apple!  And without Sir Isaac Newton we might still be scratching our heads about why things always fall down, not up?
Hands up if you would be lost without your iPhone?
Some of the most creative and forward thinking people have transformed our lives, and if you look at the list, a lot of them are autistic!
Now, we can’t turn the clock back and prevent poor Rudolph from being bullied so mercilessly, but we can learn a lesson from his experiences.  Just because someone doesn’t conform to the generally held idea of ‘normal’ doesn’t mean they don’t have a huge amount to offer the world and the people around them.  We never know when we’re going to need their unique abilities and really they should be grateful that Rudolph didn’t tell them all of to ‘shove it’ when he was suddenly put at the top of the list!
Don’t bother looking for any deep meaning to this picture, it just made me laugh!
So, the next time you listen to ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, let it remind you that we need difference, in fact, we would all be in a sorry state if it weren’t for the people in our world who add something a bit alternative, life would be extremely boring as well!
I hold Santa accountable for not intervening and stopping the bullying that Rudolph suffered for so long and hope that he learnt a good life lesson about protecting the vulnerable..and may we all learn the same.

6 thoughts on “Autism and why Santa has ruined Christmas for me forever!

  1. I’ve always viewed it that Santa did intervene by showing the other reindeers how special Rudolph’s talents are. A gentle reminder to the others that different is good and we should all be accepted.

  2. I respectfully disagree. This is exactly the type of political correctness that has gone rampant in the US. US citizens became fed up with this way of thinking, and as a result we have Trump (who I’m no fan of). The Rudolph story can be interpreted both in a positive and I guess negative way. Here in the US, the ‘Political Correctness Police’ would like to see Rudolph’s story eliminated from TV. I believe that is preposterous. I would like to think that the ‘bullying reindeer’ apologized to Rudolph for their actions. There are some very terrible characters on the screens these days, whose influence on youth is appalling, and they are not reindeer. Merry Christmas 🙂

    1. This blog was written totally ‘tongue in cheek’! I believe political correctness has gone way too far and I was hoping people would see the humour in this…..hey ho……

      1. Thank you for the clarification. I believe I was just more upset with how the Rudolph “issue” went viral here in the US. On a more important matter. I would like to thank you for the work you do with autism and suicide. Suicide has impacted my family. Your family’s documentary and your blog are incredible, and have helped me cope, and I have recommended both to many friends and family.
        P.S. I have to admit, the elf boss in Rudolf is sort of a mean old bloak! Lol!

  3. Well said Vikie. Takes boldness and courage to stand up for bullying of any type. How I long for someone to do that in the case with my son and daughter in law. I want so badly to see my grandchildren but as long as everyone acts ok with their behavior, which is bullying, it enables it to continue and allow them to think my family is ok with it. It’s cowardly and wrong, imo. Children don’t have a voice unless an adult takes a stand for them, against being used as pawns, to bully, control, manipulate, seek revenge. Neither do grandparents. My heart is broken.

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