My First Christmas Romance Story by Donna Cummings

December 18, 2012

a very romantic christmas week

My First Christmas Romance Story

by Donna Cummings


Do you remember your first Christmas romance story? It took me a while to remember mine, but then I realized it was. . .

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

At first glance, it seems to be a story about a loveable reindeer with an odd quirk–that bright red nose of his–and an elf with a seemingly unattainable career choice. But when you dig a little deeper, you can see how this tale really does track with the romance stories we love so much.

There are two young lovers, Rudolph and Clarice, who have strong feelings for each other, despite their parents’ objections. And Clarice’s dad is horrible, isn’t he? It’s cool to be protective of your daughter, but he gets a little too alpha about it, literally butting heads with Rudolph’s dad. He’s the reason the young reindeer are torn apart, even though we know how perfect they are for each other.

One minute Rudolph is flying through the air because Clarice has let him know she’s smitten with him. The next he’s leaving his home, and his detractors, because they have shunned him and his glowing nose. Talk about heartwrenching!

Fortunately he joins up with Hermy, the would-be dentist, and the two are off on a grand adventure, gaining experiences that will aid them in the future.

There’s even a black moment, when all seems hopelessly lost. The Abominable Snowman has captured Clarice, as well as Rudolph’s parents, planning to make them his holiday snack. In true heroic fashion, Rudolph sacrifices himself to save those he loves. It looks like HE might be the next thing nibbled by The Abominable One, but Hermy gets to use his dental training, rendering the big guy toothless, and harmless.

And just like in all the best romances, the character trait that seems to be a flaw in the beginning turns out to be just what everyone needed, although they were unable to see it at first. Rudolph’s beacon of a nose saves Christmas, since Santa was ready to cancel the whole thing (he said it was because of the weather, but maybe he finally realized how tough it is to deliver that many toys in just one night–we’ll never know for sure).

Rudolph also rescues the lonely toys from the Island of Misfit Toys, so they can be given to children who don’t have any play things–demonstrating Rudolph’s compassion, and giving us a lovely misty-eyed moment, like all great romances do.

I believe the story ends with a happily-ever-after. And if it doesn’t, I’ve already written one in. After all those romantic, heroic aspects we’ve just experienced, it wouldn’t be right for Rudolph and Clarice to be denied their HEA.


I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

My recent release, I Do. . .or Die, is a contemporary romantic comedy from Crimson Romance. I also have Summer Lovin’, a contemporary romantic comedy novella, and Lord Midnight, a Regency historical, currently available. My contemporary novella, Back on Track, part of the Strangers on a Train series, will release from Samhain on April 2, 2013.

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  • May December 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I love Rudolph too! I watched it every christmas. :)

  • Donna Cummings December 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    May, I’m glad you love it too. It still brings a big smile to my face. :)
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  • Bess Gilmartin December 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    That was hysterical!!! And it explains why I LOVE that show so much! Reindeer aside, I just bought Lord Midnight for my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it!
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  • Donna Cummings December 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Bess, I’m so glad you thought it was funny. This idea popped into my head the other day, and it made perfect sense to me. LOL So I’m glad to know it worked for someone else too. #whew

    I hope you enjoy Lord Midnight!
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  • Maria D. December 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Lol…I love it! So true that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a romance – it’s also a great story about self acceptance and teaching others to not judge a book by it’s cover so to speak. Great post:)

  • Donna Cummings December 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Maria, you’re right — it’s a story that works on SO many levels. That’s why it’s a classic that we all love so much. :)
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  • Karen H in NC December 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Well, it’s obvious I need to watch Rudolph. It has been awhile since I last saw it and I just don’t remember all those juicy parts you talk about. I must have been asleep during the last time I saw it.

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  • Donna Cummings December 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    LOL, Karen — or maybe I just emphasized certain parts.
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  • Diane Sallans December 18, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I always enjoy that show – Hermy is so cute!

  • ki pha December 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Just saw it last week. Loved that it was in claymation for some reason. It was very high tech for its generation is what I though when I saw again.

  • Donna Cummings December 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Diane, I agree — he’s a cutie!

    ki pha — I’ve always been intrigued by claymation too. It’s held up pretty well when you consider just how old it is!
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  • Janie McGaugh December 19, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I’ve alway loved a good romance in any form! I remember watching Rudolph with my kids and enjoying it.

  • miki December 19, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    i haven’t read this yet…^^;; or watched it ( it’s not as popular in europe it seems) but i will be looking for it it seems cute

    thank you a lot

    happy holidays

  • Donna Cummings December 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Janie, I love a good romance, too — and it’s always fun when it’s in a different story than I expected!

    miki, it is a cute story, and one that we grew up with here. I hadn’t thought about it not being as popular elsewhere. I hope you can see it sometime. :)
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  • Maureen December 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I never thought of it as a romance but after reading your post I agree that it totally is one.

  • Lori Meehan December 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I never thought of Rudolph as a romance until know and you are so right. I will be watching it with a new prospective Thanks for the great post.

  • Mae Clair December 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Love Rudolph! Aside from A Christmas Carol, it’s my favorite Christmas story. Loved your take on it, Donna. Witty and fun just like your writing. And you’re right – – it has all the elements of a great romance. Who would have thought, LOL?

  • Becky Ward December 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I have always loved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and still watch it every year. Thinking about it, you are right about it being a romance.

  • Lily B December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    aww I love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Of course I myself never thought of it as a romance included. I think next time it is on t.v I am going to have to put it in that perspective :)
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  • Donna Cummings December 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I’m so glad everyone is looking at Rudolph as a Christmas romance. :) Now which one should I choose. . .Frosty the Snowman doesn’t have an HEA, so that’s out. LOL I better put my thinking cap on!
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  • Shannon G. December 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Definitely has a happy ending. This is such a classic story and I love watching the show when it airs every year.

  • Donna Cummings December 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Shannon, I think it has a happy ending too. So I don’t have to do any rewrites for this story. LOL
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  • Kristina Knight December 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Love it, Donna. Rudolph is a romantic hero, isn’t he?!?

  • Donna Cummings December 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Kristina, I think he’s an awesome hero. And all that flying while pulling a sleigh? Now that’s a workout! LOL
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  • bn100 December 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I like Rudolph and that you wrote in an HEA.

  • Donna Cummings December 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Thanks, bn100! I’ve always got to have an HEA for my stories. :)
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