The ultimate interview during this time of the year is with someone who has first-hand experience with Christmas.
The ultimate interview during this time of the year is with someone who has first-hand experience with Christmas. I traveled to the tip of the North Pole in search of the one who saved Christmas so long ago.
This interview takes place Christmas Eve, just a few short hours before Santa and his reindeer take flight.
Rudolph is denoted with the R and reporter David Hoover is denoted with the D.
D: So, Rudolph, how old are you?
R: Well, David, I am forever young in the hearts and minds of all those who believe in me.
D: Now Rudolph, I know you didn't get along with the other reindeer at first, but after getting to know them, who is your favorite?
R: My father, Donner, of course. We may have had our differences before my nose turned out to be helpful, but I always knew he loved me. All fathers are heroes, you know.
D: When Santa asked you to lead the sleigh, did Dasher and Dancer get jealous?
R: Well … maybe a little. It was ironic that growing up they had always knocked on me for my nose, but hey, the nose saved Christmas. No one could argue that.
D: What type of reindeer games were you not allowed to play?
R: They wouldn't let me play Monopoly of course, but that's only because they knew I would win. I'm also pretty good at Texas Hold'em, pin the tail on Comet, and Tiger Wood's golf for Nintendo Wii.
D: Does flying around the world, delivering toys year after year get old to you or any of the other reindeer?
R: Absolutely not! It's really not work to us anyway. The big guy is very considerate too; we're fed well and the sleigh isn't that heavy.
D: What do reindeer eat anyway?
R: We eat all sorts of things, but what makes us fly is the magical quality of the lemonade springs that flow freely at the North Pole.
D: May I try some?
R: Sure, but you might float away.
D: I'll pass then.
R: Your loss.
D: What is Santa Claus like?
R: He's the sweetest guy! He has a heart of gold, and that man can eat cookies and drink milk like there's no tomorrow. We couldn't ask for a better boss.
D: Is your nose real?
R: People have accused me of it being fake, but it's real. It's been that way since I can remember.
D: How hot does your nose get?
R: It's not hot at all, honestly, it's environmentally friendly with low wattage. There is no danger, I promise.
D: How is your relationship with Clarice?
R: We've had our ups and downs, but now our relationship is sky high. No pun intended.
D: What was the initial emotion you went through when Santa said, “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?”
R: I was overwhelmed with joy. My nose started shining brighter and brighter and I thought it was going to burn out, but then I calmed down.
D: Well Rudolph, I know you have a busy night ahead of you so I will let you get to it. Just one last question.
D: Can you tell me if I'm on Santa's nice list or naughty list?
R: David, I can't give you that information. That would violate the reindeer code of ethics. I guess you'll just have to wait and see tomorrow if you were naughty or nice.
D: Darn. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Rudolph. Have a safe journey and Merry Christmas!
R: You as well, David. See you later.