Santa Claus takes some time out of his hectic schedule to tell Gintime about his favourite cocktails and bars! Rudolph comes along for the ride…
Gintime: Santa! What can I say? It’s such an honour to finally meet you!
Santa: Oh you’re making me blush! The pleasure is all mine.
Rudolph: And it’s not like his face needs to get any redder, is it?
GT: You too Rudolph, our friends’ children are very jealous. They’d love to boop your cute, red nose!
R: No doubt they’d love their fingers bitten off too.
S: Dave’s never been particularly ‘child friendly’, I’m afraid.
R: Rudolph’s my Equity name. Another reindeer got Dave before me but all he does is children’s rides in Lapland.
GT: Ok…So, you spend a lot of time delivering presents for other people, what would you like to receive yourself?
S: I quite fancy an iPad. I was going to hold out for a second generation one but I’ve a hunch that Sandra, my lovely wife, might have jumped the gun and got me one already. I can’t wait!
R: I’d like the complete works of PG Wodehouse.
GT: I imagine children ask for more expensive toys these days?
S: Too true! The elves nearly went on strike when the iPod came out. “What’s wrong with a toy soldier?” they say. “Since when was a spinning top not considered top entertainment?” they ask. But I firmly believe we have to move with the times.
R: As you can tell from his fashion sense.
GT: So the elves can be a problem sometimes?
S: Ach, not so much them but the Elf Inspector can be. Strict working hours and magic dust cutbacks nearly did for us this year.
GT: Rudolph – sorry – Dave, how do you get on with Donner, Blitzen, Dancer and Prancer?
R: I prefer to call them Gary, Mark, Howard and Jason.
S: Nuff said.
GT: When you boys aren’t working where do you like to socialise?
S: Now I’m not saying I think I’m any kind of celebrity but as I get recognised a lot I tend to go to Shoreditch House because nobody bothers me there for autographs and the like.
R: Personally, I hate going out at all and prefer to entertain at home. Nothing’s more enjoyable to me than cooking seasonal produce simply and well. I’m a big fan of Elizabeth David.
S: He couldn’t get a membership to Shoreditch House.
R: They sent it to the Dave in Lapland!
GT: And which cocktails do you enjoy drinking?
S: I’m rather partial to an Aviation and it’s really cool because I sort of fly around and everything!
R: A dirty martini and pour it with a shaky hand.
GT: Maybe our readers will leave those out for you this year!
S: That would make things rather jolly! Seriously though, a mince pie and a nip of something is all I ask for. I think it’s really nice that people leave treats out for Dave and I.
R: Dave and me, I think you’ll find. Tell them about the carrots!
S: I’m not saying anything. You’re so ungrateful.
R: My nose might not shine so bright this year…
S: Oh, all right: Dave never eats the carrots. He wants biscuits.
R: Chocolate ones, please.
GT: Noted. How do you keep yourselves amused during the long night in the sleigh?
S: That can get a bit difficult at times.
R: Mainly to do with music choices: I like Radio 3, especially Late Junction, and St Nick here wants to listen to his Dolly Parton CDs on a loop.
S: Erm, excuse me, but last time I looked you had a Bananarama CD in there.
R: You like them too.
S: I am so over Bananarama.
GT: Well it’s been nice and very enlightening, to meet you both.
R: You too! So, what are you doing later? I know a nice little bar just round the corner. They do an exquisite Negroni…
GT: Sorry, I have to go home and polish my cocktail shakers.
S: Ho, ho, ho!