Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
Rankin/Bass were never a group to shy away from the true meaning of Christmas. They tried to present it in a way to kids that would not confuse them, but show that even someone like Santa Claus had a reason beyond himself for doing what he does.
One such special is Nestor, The Long-eared Christmas donkey. Taking from the same type of story as rudolph, this is the tale of a donkey named Nestor who has a physical "deformity" - Long Ears. It's a story that teaches children that just because someone is different doesn't mean you should make fun of them or that they are not important. In the end, Nestor serves a great purpose to mankind and takes his place in The Greatest Story Ever Told.