Anna got her set of Christmas classic movies as a present for the first day of Hanukkah, and we watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I kept thinking how much this movie reminds me of Soviet movies of the same time – both in the simple way it was made and in the message. Rudolph is different, and his parents make everything possible to disguise this fact. Then he is discovered and rejected – not just by peers, but by adults as well and even by Santa himself. Of course, all ends well. Anna enjoyed Hermey the dentist elf best, since she is telling us that she wants to be a dentist for months now, but honestly I don’t see her wanting to watch the movie again. I personally really didn’t like Santa in the movie and thought that he is a rather grumpy and whiny old man.
On the positive side, after watching a movie, Anna expressed the desire to make another of our preplanned Christmas projects – a handprint/footprint reindeer. She insisted that reindeer parts have to be prints and not tracings. In fact, she was so fired up that she grabbed a brush and started painting her foot herself. However, she declared the project completed directly after the prints were done, and very reluctantly assembled her reindeer the next day arguing with me that he has to have a mouse. I still think that the end result is rather cute, and we are going to send it to Oma and Opa in their Christmas package.