Today’s cuppa: Peppermint tea, soon to be chased with hazelnut coffee

Thumbnail image for Rudolph_172_2006.jpgOn Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, CBS airs its digitally remastered version of the venerable Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” available in HD (just saw Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in HD on ABC, and wow, the colors and the sharpness of the animation were wonderful).

I’ve been watching Rudolph since I was knee-high to an elf and am always surprised how many good life lessons there are in it, such as …

Be a dentist if you want to. It’s fascinating! You’ve no idea!

The fog can be as think as pea soup or peanut butter. You eat what you like, and I’ll eat what I like. (actually got to use that line to my dad in the car on one foggy drive)

Bumble Snowmonsters are nothing without their choppers! (and they bounce, of course)

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Rudolph’s mom rocks! Clarice rocks! Basically, does rule!

The Island of Misfit Toys has the coolest flying-lion king EVAH, but the accommodations for the regular residents seem to be limited to a patch of tundra near the fire. Step it up, Moonracer! Oh, I forgot — SPOILER! SPOILER! — all the toys left with Santa. Never mind.

I’m sorry, nothing is wrong with that Dolly. I’ve heard explanations that she has psychological issues, but as her brain is made of either stuffing or straw, I’m not buying it. I totally get the train with the square wheels on its caboose, but the Dolly should man up and turn off the waterworks.
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Yukon Cornelius was on the hunt for something more precious than gold or silver. It got cut out of the final show, but he was actually looking for a peppermint mine. Now, that’s a man with priorities. After all, the price of gold may be skyrocketing due to economic instability and out-of-control government spending, but you can’t suck on a nugget when you’re feeling low.

Eat weird-looking gray food and you can go from svelte to “That’s my Santa!” in no time flat.

But enough about me, what do YOU think of my favorite animated Christmas special? Vote!

Posted by:Kate O'Hare