It is a Holiday staple at The House on the Hill, and it fills my heart with Christmas Spirit to see that little red nosed cutie overcome great odds and the pains of ostracism to save Christmas.
That awesome Rankin/Bass stop motion animation magic always makes me feel warm and fuzzy, and after the day I had, I could use Rudolph’s help to guide me out of my work world funk and into the Christmas Season.
Of course, while we’re watching Rudolph’s life story unfold on the small screen tonight, most of us probably won’t even notice that certain aspects of the life of “the most famous Reindeer of all” didn’t make the final cut.
What I’m talking about, of course, is Rudolph’s drinking problem…
I’m totally not judging, of course.
It’s just that, in my humble opinion, Rudolph would be an excellent role model for people and animals battling problems with drinking.
I live in Maine, so I know what it’s like to endure a brutal Winter. I’m sure it’s much worse up at The North Pole, and a few stiff drinks is a good way to warm up after a long day of working out to prepare for Christmas Eve.
I’m sure there are a few bars up at The North Pole, and what bartender is ever going to refuse to serve a celebrity of Rudolph’s stature?
I’m just trying to be supportive, Modern Philosophers. If Rudolph’s red nose is from a problem with alcohol, he should own it and come clean with his adoring fans.
And it would make for the perfect sequel to the fifty year old classic, wouldn’t it? With the technology we have today, I bet they could put together a Holiday Special that makes us feel like we’re right there in rehab with Rudolph!
The title could be something like: Rudolph’s Twelve Steps Of Christmas…
Of course, this isn’t the first time Rudolph’s alleged drinking problem has come to light just as the Christmas Special that bears his name was about to air.
Three years ago, an anonymous source told TMZ that “the booze flowed, parties went to all hours, and Rudolph was always the life of the party and last to leave…”
The North Pole Legal Department quickly worked to refute and quiet the claims, but several people “in the know” (aka Elves and Reindeer) have told this Modern Philosopher that Donner was TMZ’s source.
I find it interesting, though, that none of these insiders ever said that Donner was lying.
In the end, I don’t really care if Rudolph addresses the drinking rumors, or simply allows his legend to remain unblemished.
I’m going to be in front of my TV tonight watching his story, singing along, and rooting for him to save the day regardless.
Because in the end, Rudolph is a hero, the misfit who learned to not only fit in, but to also become the coolest Reindeer of all.
And for that, he will go down in history…