As a kid I was bothered by the moral of this story: As long as you provide value to the mob, your idiosyncrasies might be overlooked. Otherwise, piss off. And never mind apologizing - don't be so sensitive about how shitty we (including Santa) treated you. The fact that we NOW find you useful should be all you need.
Good point. The story does treat bullying as something to be appeased rather than defeated.
I felt and still feel the same about the Rudolph story. what a 'moral" it teaches. Ugh.
I thought about writing a book about racism, misogyny, and bullying in children's literature and cartoons once I retire.