Hello again fiends,
We all know Rudolph but, who’s Henry? Another reindeer but, we’ll get to him a bit later.
We only really hear about reindeer at Christmas time – I’ve met a few of the other type of deer at Richmond Park in London – they are related but, have some differences.
Deer live in meadows, parks and forests, and they’re not really built for heavy snow, they’re a fair bit bigger than me! Reindeer live in very cold places and have much thicker coats and special hooves for walking on ice and snow.
The most famous reindeer is Rudolph of course! He was different too with his famous, very shiny, nose. But, because of that difference he became a real hero.
He lived in the North Pole with Santa. He was a happy and lively fella and loved playing in the snow (which is probably why his nose went red – the cold does that, unless you’re a dog, and it can make your nose run too so, always good to have a tissue in your pocket).
One Christmas Eve, the other reindeer teased him because, his nose was very large and bright red, he looked different. Rudolph was sad that his fiends were laughing and he was afraid that Santa wouldn’t choose him to help pull the sleigh. He decided to go and see Santa and the Elves anyway, they were always kind to him and never once mentioned his nose.
He helped them wrap and load up the presents – the elves did the selloptape bit as, that’s not easy when you have hooves. When Santa was ready he called the eight reindeer he’d picked to pull the sleigh. Rudolph started to slowly trudge back to his den to watch a Christmas special or film.
The others pranced around as though they were warming up for Strictly Come Dancing, or something just as glittery, and proudly took their places to pull the sleigh. Santa looked around him and noticed how foggy it was. He was a little worried that they wouldn’t be able to see their way as, they didn’t have fog lights and they’d have to miss the Christmas Eve delivery – can you imagine that!?!
Luckily, he spotted Rudolph and he had that very famous idea!
He sang out: “Rudolph with your nose so bright – won’t you pull my sleigh tonight!”
You can sing-a-long to the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song here.
Santa hitched him up to lead the team – everybody cheered, they loved Rudolph and said what a very special fella he was………..even though he was different.
That brings us back to Henry the reindeer – he’s different – he’s wooden and looked stylish though, a little plain for the festive season but, when Auntie Jules fiend Stephanie saw him she knew he could become very special at Christmas too. Using her very, clever florist skills she bought plain old Henry to life – now he has pride of place and is the star of a very special Christmas display.
Look how good being different can be!
Until next time