My old buddy Rudolfo the Caribou (Reindeer) wanted me to send you his annual Holiday Message.
I created Rudolfo many years ago on paper and he mysteriously comes to life every year about this time. Rudolfo is too modest to say so, but he is a great grandson of that most famous reindeer – you know the one with the shiny nose. You can see the resemblance.
Before delivering his message, Claudia, Genya, Lou, Rachael, Mars and I (Hank) want to wish you and your family the best for this Holiday Season.
To: All good People, Flora and Fauna and Others
It’s really cold up here in the northern boreal forest of Canada where we caribou are overwintering. Last night we saw the eclipse of the moon and today it’s the Winter Solstice. Wow! But more about that later.
First, I have important news! Since last Christmas Natasha and I have a new family member, a little caribuck, Pierre – 7 months old. You can see his picture below with Mom. Pierre is a very smart little reindeer and has already announced his intention to follow in the hoof prints of his great grandfather and guide the Great Sled on its journey south. Yes, Pierre there is a Santa Claus.
Now to the Solstice: Since ancient times we caribou and all matter of beasts know that the darkest shortest day marks the beginning of the return of the Sun and up here it’s really dark. This reminds us how much we depend on the sun — sunlight makes our food grow — caribou moss and other tasty green stuff. It’s renewable! And we even use wind power — we run into the wind to ward off the mosquitoes that eternally attempt to feast on us reindeer. I say go renewable and get the bugs out of the energy policy (no pun intended).
Yeah we have a lot of problems up here and around the world; melting permafrost, more mosquitoes, hard economic times, to name a few. But let’s not give up hope – that’s what the Solstice tells us. Burn a Yule Log, Light Hanukkah candle (never too late), eat some latkes, sing a carol, have some fun and warmth with your family. Oh, and dig up a live Christmas Tree and plant it after New Years!
And let’s not forget those who need help. I hear there are a lot more folks showing up at the food pantries and soup kitchens this year; so please let’s all be generous — that’s the real Yuletide Spirit!
Have the happiest of holidays, Rudolfo with Natasha and Itsy-Bitsy Pierre!