Sunday, December 26, 2021

What Writers Can Learn From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night. 

And it occurs to me that, as writers, there are a lot of valuable lessons in this holiday tale. 

What Writers Can Learn From Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer:

1. We’re all born with a special gift. 

2. At some point we all feel like that special gift is a curse.

3. Hiding who we really are brings out the bullies and naysayers.

4. We all need time to mature into our gift.

5. Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.

6. True friends will see beyond our differences and embrace the essence of who we are.

7. We’re given that special gift for a reason and a purpose.

8. Running away from who we are doesn’t ever solve anything.

9. There will come a time when you have to decide to work within your gift, not around it.

And the best lesson of all . . . 

10. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you.

How about you? Care to share something you’ve learned from an unlikely source? Be sure to share your thoughts below in the comments section.


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.


  1. Good thoughts this morning. ;) Donevy~

  2. Excellent words to reflect on this morning. Thank you Edie for writing and sharing!

    1. Diane, I had a lot of fun writing this one! Blessings, E

  3. Encouraging post! Thanks, Edie!

    1. Edwina, thanks for the encouragement, Blessings, E

  4. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us. They all seem to be true.

  5. Packing it up and putting it all away today - thinking about Lessons from Rudolph as I put the reindeer ornaments in their boxes until next year helps with the Christmas let down I've been feeling. Thank you.