This is a sponsored post, I was given tickets to attend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All opinions are my own.
When my family moved to Iowa about 5 years ago, we realized that there wasn’t a whole lot to do in the Cedar Rapids area and when there was, it was really hard to find out about it. We would see a carnival or fair going on as we drove by occasionally but it was usually on the last day and we already had things going on so we didn’t get to attend. As I began to meet people who lived in the Cedar Rapids area I learned that it was not just me, everybody has a hard time finding out about events or things to do in Cedar Rapids.
Lucky for me once I became a blogger, about 4 years ago, I started getting press releases and contacted by press agencies to promote things that are happening in the Cedar Rapids area. It turns out there are some fun family things to do and family friendly places to go in Linn County, there is just a shortage of good information around here.
So that is why I am excited to share the great news that on Dec. 12, at 7:30 pm you can check out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids!
I remember the first time my daughter watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television. It was when she was a little over 3 years old, we had recorded it on our DVR to enjoy after dinner during the holiday season.
We like watching Christmas movies and specials to help get us into the spirit this time of year. The music and the characters really help get me out of even the grinchiest of moods, grinchiest…that is a thing and you know what it means so don’t pretend it isn’t.
While watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I realized that I had never really watched things like this with my family when I was little. It occurred to me that this was a tradition that I felt my childhood lacked.
So I knew then that I wanted to create a family tradition where we watched Christmas specials every year and that included Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
As I watched this with my daughter, my husband had mentioned how he has watched Rudolph more times than he can count, it was something his family had watched every year. That stuck out to me because I could only remember catching an airing of Rudolph once or twice during my childhood and had never seen it all the way through.
I remember really relating to the Rudolph character because everyone seemed to go out of their way to refer to me as the black sheep or to make sure I knew that I was different. Little did I know then that as an adult I would be practically high-fiving myself for being nothing like everyone else.
I loved how the Rudolph story embraces the fact that being different than everyone else actually is a good thing, much like real life.
Now I am not talking about dying your hair purple, getting face tattoos and piercings, that is the “norm” these days, everyone is doing it, well at least everyone in the Cedar Rapids area seems to be.
When I first moved to Cedar Rapids, I often wondered what kind of alternate universe I had stepped into where people in the Midwest, specifically Iowa had more visible tattoos and piercings than farm animals or than they had nice things to say.
Growing up on the East coast, I assumed the Midwest was full of a bunch of friendly hard working farmers with strong family values, turns out that is not at all what the people of Iowa are like. Occasionally I run into the stereotypical person that fits the image I always held onto of a typical Iowa person but they are unfortunately very rare.
When I say it’s a good thing to be different than the crowd, I’m talking about being yourself, working hard to achieve your goals, be an honest person who says please and thank you, use common sense, work for what you want, don’t rely on someone else to give it to you and for the love of God just say excuse me when you get in someone’s way at the store.
If you inhabit all of those things and want to dye your hair purple and stamp the alphabet on your forehead, go for it, you should stand out, you are exemplary human and that needs to be celebrated like having a red nose that guides Santa’s sleigh.
That’s why taking your kids to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Paramount Theatre is a great way to spend some family time in Cedar Rapids. Not only is it a great story with a wonderful message but you have actually stumbled upon something fun to do in the Cedar Rapids area, that should also be celebrated!