ADVERTISING FEATURE: Interview with Rudolph

How did you get your lucky break to become a loved Christmas mega-star?

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.

Does anyone still tease you?

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.

What advice would you give to kids who are in a similar situation?

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

What is your secret to flying? 

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.

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. 

Have all the children in Australia been good?

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!

I’ve heard the mummies and daddies are very good to you.  What do you like them to leave out for you?

Well, I like a few carrots, and a few Ryvita as well.  Santa likes mince pies, brandy, sherry or beer. 

From humble beginnings: The other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

From humble beginnings: The other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.