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Santa Sabbatical About Over

Santa Sabbatical About Over

It wasn’t a deliberate decision, but for  the past two years I’ve been on Santa sabbatical.   It’s felt a little weird, especially this year; kind of like the feeling an active church-goer gets when they’ve missed worship for a few Sundays.  It’s like the rest of the week feels a little off when you’ve missed church.  Stress has been a factor, along with my wife’s health struggles, and a recent transition from care center chaplaincy to serving a new church in a new town.  I did some of

Santa Hays

Santa Hays

 

A Lesson in Storytelling

A Lesson in Storytelling: I have long collected history and story books on Christmas and Santa Claus. While this collection started out just for pure enjoyment, I now find these books a great resource to me in my portrayal.  I was reminded on a recent family road trip of a very special book, after enjoying the audio version with the family. “Letters From Father Christmas” This is a collection of illustrated letters from “Father Christmas” recapping the activities of the preceding year

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

Lessons Learned In the Bonsai Garden...

There are quite a few charities that I love to work with, mostly involving children’s advocacy and care, music, and education. I find that as we find ways to help within our communities, we are gifted with opportunities to grow, to touch other people’s lives, and truly make a difference. I find at times that I may be grumpy, depressed, or negative, finding ways to serve others is a great medicine. One of my favorite volunteer positions is as a curator and docent for one of the more important bon

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

Hacking, Cloning, and other Chicanery

My fellow Christmas enthusiasts, It is no secret that identity thievery has been, and is continuing to be a real threat to social networking.  Yes, even among those of the Christmas Community.  Not all things are sugar plumbs and candy canes in our community. I can't recall how many times I have been cloned on Face Book, but it has been far too many.  I have had to abandon accounts, close accounts, and or otherwise just remove all the information on accounts (including friends lists) n

Santa Marty

Santa Marty

 

Face Book

After multiple hacks, clones, excessive drama, I have closed my FB accounts.   There is an element of freedom in doing so, and I am glad it is done, fine', over, quit, outahere.   Mainly, I am frustrated with FB's lack of interest in controlling cloning accounts.  It is as though they simply don't care, or perhaps they are producing the clones themselves to have Billions of accounts, and boost their advertising revenue.  What ever the case may be, I'm done playing the game and tak

Santa Marty

Santa Marty

 

we are the reason for this season

This past week Bill and I were in MI taking care of business as his mother's legal guardian ( she has Alzheimer's ) and also some of the affairs involving his sister's and bother's in law death this past December. It brought back thoughts of a blog I wrote 4-5 years ago and i have decided to share it once more, I present this with love. Holy week (or Passion Week) has always been especially meaningful to me. In my family, Lent was a time to reflect and renew. During this time of reflection,

Bestemor Claus

Bestemor Claus

 

ClausNet, Kinder and Gentle

ClausNet has, in my opinion, has always been an informative resource to Santas of all levels.   In comparison with other social media, FB and other inter web Christmas enthusiasts sites and groups I get the perception that ClausNet is much kinder. Sure, we have spirited and vastly divided topics that are discussed.  Some of which become very passionate and polarizing and emotionally driven.  Let’s face it, as a Christmas enthusiast, we have certain levels of passion.  Without that pass

Santa Marty

Santa Marty

 

2018 Santa and the Business of being Santa school scedule

Well 2018 and so too the Santa School season With a LOT of choices this year from various  schools I will be teaching the "Santa and the Business of being Santa" school with the 4 instructors that have franchised under my Brand. There are 4 US instructors working across the lower 48 and 1 in Canada. The current schedule for classes are: Greater Atlanta, GA – Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 17 – Feb. 18, 2018 – 8 am to 6 pm SUN CITY, CA EDITION –Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24th-25th, 2018 –

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

First Year Reflections

Tonight, I will be making my final appearance as Santa Claus for 2017.  As I come to the end of my first year as a professional Santa Claus, I have been giving much thought about what my motivation to take up this calling is.  The reason is certainly not the money that can be made.  While Mrs. Claus and I have earned a fair amount of dollars, it doesn’t really cover all of the expenses I incurred to get ready for the Season, and may not next year.  It certainly didn’t last year, when I mad

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

I'm Getting Old

I'm getting old. Yes, I know it's almost a prerequisite of portraying a convincing Santa Claus, but it has disadvantages. As I type this blog post, I sit at my computer with aching feet and sore back.  The last few hours have been spent climbing up and down stairs, taking measurements, and cutting laminate flooring to fit that last little bit of a floor project I've been working on, only to find when I return upstairs that I cut the wrong end of the board as often as not.  My fit bit t

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

Working with a Photographer Today

Today was a productive day, sort of.  I started the day by re-bleaching my beard, which I haven't done over most of the summer.  Since my beard tends to be grey anyway, it wasn't strictly necessary until later in the season.  But the reason I did so is the next thing: At the request of one of the photographers that I will working with this season, I visited her in-home studio to do a practice photo session with her kids, to generate some promo shots for use on her website and my own. 

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

"One Word"

" One word only. What's one word you could give a new Santa or Mrs. Claus that is starting out that sums it all up? " I found this an interesting thought project! My answer was "Build". My one word of advice, "Build". But what did I mean?  What do you "Build"? (Another word for "Build" would be "Develop") and so the the source for this particular blog. Lets begin at the start, shall we? When you first decided to portray "Santa" you needed to put together the look you will present as Santa Su

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Adjusting one's approach towards business in changing, shifting times.

"You pays your money and takes your chances" Since my last writing in this thread, I have helped 6 Santas find work in malls, 5 Santas find work in Bass Pro Shops and 1 Santa hook up with a photography studio that does Christmas portrait sessions. Not a one was for "BIG MONEY" but they did pay decently for the amount of effort that would be involved on the part of the performer. All those positions could lead to future employment for those individuals as well. The economy is in flux and th

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Busy In The Workshop

I would claim that my tardiness in posting a blog entry here is because that I've been busy in the workshop, but that would be a stretch.  I have been busy, but it hasn't been in the workshop making toys.  Instead, it has been a split between my job search, and home restoration work. The job search doesn't need explaining.  The house work does.  As I probably mentioned in one or more previous entries, my youngest son finally left the house a couple of months ago (Marine boot camp), and my w

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

It is not all about you!

Everyone! Is! Picking! On! ME! Or the subtitle Everything I write revolves around me!   Caution!! Long post of a blog and if you do not like my writings? Skip over it! Nuff Said on that!   ALright, there was a thread on the SatBobS group that started out with a very valid point about Santas and what they earn with a side comment about self promotion by telling the lay public how much they were paid started by Der

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Seeking recognition

Seeking recognition is a downward path for a legend who performs his tasks in the veil of night. Recently, a fellow portrayer of Santa posted an image on Facebook that they constructed to look like a magazine cover with him on it and several story snips like many publications have on their covers.  You may have seen it if they are your friend on Facebook.  It looks okay.  The composition is good, but the rendering when uploading it to Facebook became distorted it and it is quite pixelated w

Felix Estridge

Felix Estridge

 

Becoming Outstanding

Everyone has an idea what it takes to be Santa. They then go forward to follow that idea into reality. Where the fantasy meets reality is where some problems occur. No matter how you conduct your Santa performance service, you are conducting one of two different things in the eyes of the IRS. You are either spending your money on an expensive hobby which you are not allowed to write off OR you are operating a business Which has to show a profit 1 out of 3 years or as my accountant says 2

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Everything Changes part 2

Everything Changes. I advise people that work in the entertainment business as performers to learn to adapt to the current Environment. By that I mean you look at the opportunities available to you in your area of operation and then look at how this can be made to work for you. In the previous (rambling) blog on this subject I used my school as an example of how I used this idea when in competition with other schools and education opportunities. Since that is still an experiment I will give a

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Everything changes

The most recent change in how Bass Pro Shops handle their Christmas seasonal business has once again inspired people to grab a handy soap box and pontificate upon how "They" would prefer the Bass Pro Shop Corporation to do business the way "They" would prefer since the "Bone head Greedy new guys in charge" obviously do not know what they are doing. Besides it affected "My" pocket book!  "This will come back to hurt their business!" and often seen "It is all the fault of (someone that has absolut

Santa Gordon

Santa Gordon

 

Moving Toward The Future

Another week goes by, and we are suddenly rushing toward the Christmas season. At the request of my mentor, Santa Ron Campbell, I generated a PowerPoint slide for him to use in a presentation he is giving this Saturday (7-29) at  the 10th Annual Santa Business Round Table, in Highpoint, NC, showing the importance of having a Santa Claus website.  Of course, I used screenshots from my own website as an example, and I must admit that I did have Ron's input when I put that site together.  It t

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

Missed This Post

Somehow, this post was never published when I entered it a week or so ago.  The form displayed it when I got ready to enter another post.  I will just push this out, and go on to write my new mutterings. This Summer, my son moved out of the house, finally taking the plunge and joining the marines.  He's about half way through boot now, and I expect to be attending his graduation down at Paris Island in a little over a month.  His older sister moved out a number of years ago, and is currentl

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

 

The Christmas Season Is Right Around The Corner

Here we are in the early part of July.  The year is barely half over, and I am already getting requests for Santa gigs for the coming holiday season. For those of you who have been Santa Claus for some time, early bookings may not be anything out of the ordinary.  However, from my study of the industry, a newly minted Santa, which pretty much describes me, can best expect to get the bulk of his work from other Santas who are overbooked.  This is what I gleaned from this and other web sites,

Santa MikeE

Santa MikeE

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