Plucked from obsurity to become the world’s most famous reindeer, Rudolph “The Red-Nose” Reindeer takes a moment from his punishing training regime for this tell-all exclusive.
Q: So Rudolph, how did you get your lucky break to become a much-loved Christmas mega-star?
A: It was one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say "Rudolph with your nose so bright, 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 would you give kids in a similar situation?
A: Talk to a parent, teacher, or another adult you trust. Adults need to know when bad things happen so they can help.
Q: What is your secret to flying? Is it a spell Santa casts?
It’s not so much flying as running really very fast. I have to travel much faster than 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?
Santa’s a great guy, but he does tend to hog the limelight. Without Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen, those toys are going nowhere.
Always having to drive home is a real drag, sometimes it would be nice to enjoy a sherry or two, but I’d never drink and drive.
Q: Have all the children in Australia been good?
A: The majority of the children have been good; a few have got to put a little more effort in over the next couple of weeks - get to bed early and BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
Q: I’ve heard that all the mummies and daddies in Australia are very good to you. What do you like them to leave out for you?
A: Well, I like a few carrots, and a few Ryvita as well. Santa likes mince pies, brandy, sherry or beer. He’s really not that fussy.
So this Christmas Eve, take a look up into the night’s sky and if you’re very very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Rudolph whizzing by.