Rudolph, the red-nosed legend, reveals all

Plucked from obscurity tobecome the world’s most famous reindeer, Rudolph“The Red-Nose” Reindeer takes a moment from his punishing training regime forthis tell-all exclusive.

An artist’s impression of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.

Q: So Rudolph, how did you get your lucky break to become a much-lovedChristmas mega-star?

A: It was one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say”Rudolph with your nose sobright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Q: Does anyone still tease/bully you? Or has\ Santa set up a no-bully policy?

A: The other reindeer used to call me names, but Santa has little time for bullies,he told me to speak up and share my troubles.

Q: What advice wouldyou give kids in a similar situation?

A: Talk to a parent, teacher,or another adult you trust. Adults need to know whenbad things happen so they can help.

Q: What is your secretto flying? Is it a spell Santa casts?

A: It’s not so much flying asrunning really very fast. I have to travel much fasterthan the speed of light, so I train very hard and limbering up before we go is a must.

Q: What’s the downside to your job?

A: Santa’s a great guy, buthe does tend to hog the limelight. Without Dasher,Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen, those toys are goingnowhere.

Always having to drive home is a real drag, sometimes it would be nice toenjoy a sherry or two, but I’dnever drink and drive.

Q: Have all the childrenin been good?

A: The majority of the children have been good; a few have got to put a little moreeffort in over the next couple of days – get to bed early and BRUSH YOUR TEETH!

Q: I’ve heard that all themummies and daddies in are very good toyou. What do you like them to leave out for you?

A: Well, I like a few carrots, and few Ryvita as well. Santa likes mince pies, brandy,sherry or beer. He’s really not that fussy.

So this Christmas Eve, takea look up into the night’s sky and if you’re very very lucky,you might catch a glimpse ofRudolph whizzing by.