Prancer – guest writer Caroline Nelson

When I was in second grade I became best friends with this awesome kid named Julie. Unbeknownst to me my sister in pre-school was becoming best friends with a kid named Caroline. Imagine everyone’s surprised when we found out Caroline and Julie were sisters. Best friend sisters becoming best friends with sisters! (KWP)

Prancer – by guest writer Caroline Nelson

I’m a sucker for those movies where sweet, innocent kids remind jaded, unsentimental grown ups how hope and goodwill are really what life is all about. If the jaded grown up is Sam Elliott, I get a little faint. Then if the movie is about Christmas, I’ll collapse.

Watching Prancer (1989) is part of preparing for Christmas for me now. I love this little girl named Jessica. She is devoted to Christmas. She rejoices gladly and loudly in the joy of it.   And she’s a firm believer in Santa. So when a mysteriously injured reindeer shows up, she knows who exactly who he is, he’s Prancer.  He MUST be better by Christmas Eve, and taking him in is a no brainer for her. Her dad, not so much

Watching Sam Elliott as her cheerless widowed father struggle with grief and frustration is heartbreaking, and awesome because he does a fair amount of it in long underwear. But slowly he sees his daughter’s unwavering faith in the season win over the people around her, some of who were almost as crabby as him. Then he understands that saving Prancer really will do everything she believes it will do – SAVE CHRISTMAS.   Which of course it does, along with everything and everyone.   And then we all cry and cry and cry because it’s so sweet!

Caroline Nelson lives with her husband and son in a place much like Lake Wobegon. She is a life-long film lover and a best friend to the Wagner sister.

About Kari Wagner-Peck

Kari Wagner-Peck lives with her husband and son in Maine. She is a writer & storyteller who home schools with her son. She is the author of the memoir Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey, May, 2017, Central Recovery Press. She has been published at CNN, Psychology Today online, The New York Times Well Family blog, The Huffington Post, The The Good Men Project, The Sydney Morning Herald Daily Life blog, BLOOM and Love That Max among others. Author page: Twitter @KariWagnerPeck and Facebook: Email:
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3 Responses to Prancer – guest writer Caroline Nelson

  1. boots1965 says:

    I haven’t seen Prancer however you know how to sell a movie: Sam Elliott in long underwear! Why haven’t I seen this movie?! Remember watching the movie Lifeguard and thinking it was the best ever?

  2. Caroline says:

    I watched it again this week-end and then wanted to add a few pages to my paltry little post . . . it’s such a great movie! JUST LIKE Lifeguard only with reindeer and long underwear and you’ll cry during it. Abe vigoda is in it, too!

    • notatypicalmom says:

      you can send me a new version to post over. i add stuff to my posts all the time. Great line: “it’s such a great movie! JUST LIKE Lifeguard only with reindeer and long underwear and you’ll cry during it. Abe vigoda is in it, too!”

      LIKE Lifeguard only with reindeer – can this be the new title?

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