Sat with Mabel tonight and watched "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." It was great. Burl Ives, all the amazing songs, "Yukon Cornelius," the Abominable Snow Monster, Herbie the elf-dentist, the Island of Misfit Toys, etc...
I hadn't watched the whole thing in several years. I had forgotten how much of the story was about the "misfits. I was surprised about all that Rudolph's father did to try and hide his son's "non-conformity." While I don't think that Rudolph was primarily designed as a commentary about how society treats the "outsiders," still it made you think.
Or at least it made me think. About how my kids relate to their "misfit" sister, and others at school or church or just around who don't quite measure up to the standard. From the book of Mark, 10:31 - "...This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first."
I certainly did not sit down to watch Rudolph looking for a theological treatise, just a little holiday levity...Oh well, Frosty's gotta be coming on sometime soon. Surely there's nothing deeper than Global Warming on that show.