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Why I'm Santa

My wife once asked me why I'm so crazy about Santa. Well, I told her that goes way back to my chidhood and I just never grew out of it like so many people do. First, Christmas to me is absolutly the most wonderful time of the year, I love it. I love the lights, the song's, the food, the giving of gift's, etc.... but what I love the most is celebrating the birth of Jesus my Savior. He is the ultimate gift ! Now Santa to me just inbodies everything about Christmas that I love. I've a

Santa Oliver

Santa Oliver

 

Christmas Eve 2007

As I mentioned in previous posts, my favorite appearance of the season happens on Christmas Eve - my Season Finale if you will. For the past 7 years now, the Pastor at my Church has asked me to speak to the parishioners during the Homily at Christmas Eve Mass. Each year I address the congregation and discuss the true meaning of Christmas. As Santa, I feel that this message is particularly powerful. Who else to discuss the reason for the season than Santa himself? Here's what Santa had to sa

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

A Christmas Visit

Well today is December 21,2007 and I made an important visit today,not as Santa but as myself but with Santa in my heart. I went to visit my Uncle who is 94 years old and still lives on his own in the same house he bought after returning from WWII. Well as I arrived the house was snow covered the driveway not plowed as he does not drive anymore.The front gate slighty adjar frozen in ice and snow for the foreseeable future only a few footprints on the stairs covered in snow from the last three st

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

All aboard!

Last weekend I did The Polar Express in Newport, RI. What fun! The first day was a little unorganized but they managed to pull it together by the second day. The biggest problem I had was the heat! The train was over 80 degrees! Even the passengers were complaining. What a test for the cool vest! But even the cool vest couldn't keep the spirit glue from literally melting! By the end of the night I was passing out bells with one hand and holding my whiskers on with the other. The Newport, RI

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

My Santa mini-book

Each year, I try to add or improve something to my Santa persona. A few years ago Cliff "Poppy Claus" Snider told me about his Santa prayer book and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Here's my Santa mini-book.

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

The Reindeer Are At The Starting Gate

Well, Halloween is behind us a fun night for the 189 goblins that paid us a visit. One question was repeated several times by the Mom's supervsing the goblins' "When is that Santa and Sleigh going up?"Well soon, the reindeer all eight of them will soon be brought down from the storage attic in the garage and I will touch the paint as needed. I have already bought some new floodlights and holders(they are impossible to find after the second week of December) Why new flood lights for the display y

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

Christmas Memories

A couple of weeks ago I had a few days off,my wife and her sister took my sisters grandchildren off to Disney.I went to the attic to reterieve the many Halloween decorations stored up there. Looking around in a dimly lit attic I noticed I was surrounded by Christmas. So many things that have come my way over the years not each thing sees downstairs every year. Some things are rotated over several years.I noticed sitting in a clear plastic bag a stuffed Santa all of two feet tall looking back at

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

Christmas Anticipation

Well for me since I was a small boy as soon as the Halloween decor is stored my thoughts turn to Christmas.Being a child in the fifties Christmas was never rushed the way it is today. It would be unheard of to see a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving I saw the first one for sale in September this year.But in my house tradition ruled. Christmas decorations were put up the day before Christmas and were up until January 6th.Being addicted to Christmas at such an early age and comming from a home wh

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

The Tough Letters to Santa

Christmas 2001 was by far the toughest when it came to answering Santa's mail. Thousands of emails to Santa poured into My Merry Christmas.com by kids and adults concerned over the events of 9/11. But no letter touch me so thoroughly as the letter received from the little boy who lost his mother in the World Trade Center. "My mom died on September 11, 2001", Brandon stated in his letter. "All I want for Christmas is to get her back. Why did she have to die in the building, Santa?"

Jeff Westover

Jeff Westover

 

Welcome

Welcome Everyone ! This is my first entry. Everything posted here will reflect my thoughts about Christmas and things that I find interesting. I hope everyone will find my blog to be interesting as well. Who knows, you may find some surprises along the way. Santa Oliver

Santa Oliver

Santa Oliver

 

Let the Styling Begin

As fall is arriving I have begun the annual ritual with my whisker sets. I take them out and wash and rest set them all. Right now in my basement workshop there are three sets all pinned up to styrofoam heads. Each set has been hand washed with baby shampoo and combed out straight. I then go through the trimming and curling process. The beards each get stray hairs trimmed then set with foam culers. The hair is rolled up from the bottom of the beard. The wigs are curled up and under. The longer I

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

Improving My Santa Presentation

For years I have been working to improve my presentation as Santa. As a reference I used the CocaCola image and one's found in the Norman Rockwell Santa's of the Old Saturday Evening Post. Ever since I got the first beard set I was looking for ways to make it look better. I have bought probably a dozen Santa beard and wig sets over the years. Each set has fallen victim to my amature hairstyling attempts. My latest sets which are yak get washed cut and reset.Each time I try to make the look bette

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

My favorite Santa gig

As I mentioned in previous posts, I don't do many appearances during the season. Four to five gigs a season are about it for this Santa. This is partly due to the fact that I am particular in the appearances I make, but mostly due to time constraints with my regular job – my "Clark Kent" persona if you will. I feel that each of my appearances as Santa is a "gift" and I have often said that if I ever felt being Santa was "work", that I would not enjoy doing it as much. That is not to s

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

why the camel

one of the best things I do each christmas is get photos taken with camels they are a wonderfull animal and very impresive to ride and as you can see make a great photo however why the camel ? I think that the camel brings in to the christmas season the first present gift givers the three wise men. as santa surely we are coninuing on the tradition started on the very first christmas

SantaSteve

SantaSteve

 

Coming Clean

Christmas 1995 was another stellar event in our home. Aubree was nine years old that Christmas and getting a little long in the tooth to be holding a belief in Santa. Many of the adults in her life openly questioned whether or not we had gone too far or too long in bringing Aubree to the complete truth. They just didn’t know any other kid that age who still believed in Santa Claus. To them, it was normal for a kid to just request money for Christmas or to celebrate the season by giving Mom

Jeff Westover

Jeff Westover

 

a meditation on Santa

below is a meditation by CK Chesterton What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a point, Santa Claus has grown larger and larger in my life until he fills almost the whole of it. It happened in this way. As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring explanation. I hung up at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full stocking. I had done nothing to produce the thin

SantaSteve

SantaSteve

 

My History as Santa Claus

It began all by accident. When I married back in 1991 my bride had a five-year-old daughter -- a bonus! I was thrilled. Being a father was my life-long ambition and here I had acheived it instantly just by marrying the woman of my dreams. Little did I know then the challenges and true rewards of parenting. The first thing my little Aubree did was challenge me about how we, as a new family, would spend Christmas. The kid had Christmas all wrong. In her vast worldly experience of

Jeff Westover

Jeff Westover

 

the Alice

Alice is the shortened version of Alice Springs the great town I live in it is 1000 miles from the nearest coast and also the nearest is the largest town withint that 1000 mile radius. our weather goes from highs of over 110 to lows of 15 F the Alice is within a desert region that is over 500 miles in most directions this all means we are in a isolated area however as most people from alice springs like to say we are the closest to all beaches in Australia I have lived here for 15 year

SantaSteve

SantaSteve

 

The Nutcracker

I don't know what it is exactly about me. But there are certain pieces of music that effect me in a way that many grown men may not want to admit to. I grew up with a lot of varied musical influences. My mother studied and played classical piano. She also played the organ for our Church on occasion. So there was a lot of Chopin, Brahms, Mozart, and Bach always in the background growing up - but also a lot of country, jazz, and popular music as well. Elvis, Johnny, Frank, Dean, Bing, an

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

Giday

I would like to first introduce my self I have been a Santa for ten years or so I also have 3 kids of which i am thier sole parent. I am heavily involved in Athletics cumilating in attending the commonwealth games in 2006 as an Official. I live in Alice Springs which is nearly dead centre of Australia during the christmas season the temperatures get up to 45 or more degrees celcius however during our winter which is now we get temperatures as low as -5. Alice Springs is a town of 25000 peopl

SantaSteve

SantaSteve

 

My History with Santa

I have since I was a child been facinated with the Santa and Christmas. When I was a child my Uncle Phil wore the red suit and was Santa at all the family Christmas gatherings. It was so exciting as a child to have Santa show up right in the house.We all went to a departement store to get a picture but having him arrive during a family party at home was magical. My dad who had the appropriate build was Santa for the cub scout Christmas parties and later for his grand kids. When the grand kids wa

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

My second Bachelors degree in Santa Claus!

Today I received my second Bachelors degree in Santa Claus. I received my first Bachelors of Santa Claus in 2005 from the Charles W, Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, MI. Today, I graduated from the International University of Santa Claus (IUSC). The class was held in Providence, RI by Santa Tim Connaghan. Santa Tim Connaghan – Santa Hollywood The class covered several topics including: The History of Santa Claus The Basics of being Santa - Making the visit memor

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

Ho! Ho! Ho! and welcome to Santa Rielly's Blog!

Well hello there and welcome to my very first blog entry! I thought a long time about what my first entry would be here and it seemed only fitting to use this opportunity to say thank you to my inspiration in becoming Santa - My grandfather (Papa) James D. Rielly. James "Jimmy" Rielly was born in 1908 soon after my great grandparents arrived here from Ireland. Papa donned the red suit early in life. I have gotten conflicting data from my aunts and uncles (his children) and my rece

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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