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,
As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I finally took the plunge and bleached my hair white. I have since re-bleached the roots once, and determined that the whole task isn't too onerous. The primary reason that I finally whitened my hair is that my mentor, Santa Ron Campbell, has been coaxing me to take the plunge for the last month or so. However, my wife's reaction was... less than enthused.
Because I am back on the street as an unemployed IT worker, she thinks that it would be a good i
This morning, I finally took the time to bleach my hair.
For those of you who have followed my postings, you will know that I had my beard professionally whitened by Gary Belo, in Highpoint, NC, back in March. Because it was just for my photo shoot, I didn't do my hair. So for the last three months, I've been wandering around with medium dark brown hair, and a more or less white beard. This wasn't a huge change for me, since while my hair has remained dark, my beard had been going grey f
This week, I bought myself a set of sleigh bells and a key to add to my Santa gear. Still need a few more props, but it's starting to come together.
As the summer fast approaches, and the temperatures here in the southeast soar, I find that my intention to let my hair grow long was less than comfortable. I've always worn my hair fairly short, ever since my days in the Army. Letting it grow a little longer when it is cold is one thing, but not practical or tolerable in the summer months.
This morning, I called the hair salon that does beard bleaching to schedule a whitening job on my beard and hair for two weeks out. This evening, I found out that I'll have to reschedule the whitening to a later date (probably two weeks later), due to a conflict with an event for my son. Ah, the joys of being a parent. Oh well... I have to enjoy him while I can, because at the end of this month, he is off to Marine boot camp.
This weekend, I attended the District 37 Toastmasters spring conference. In and of itself, this had nothing to do with Christmas, or Santa Claus. However, I did want to mention it here in that I had the opportunity to do some cheap advertising in the conference program. I really don't expect to get a lot of return on the ad, but it did make some of my fellow Toastmasters aware of me, and realize that I had a reason for growing a white beard. In addition, I did here one person suggest that S
The post Christmas enthusiasm is beginning to wear off, and it's getting more and more difficult to muster the Christmas Spirit as we move into Spring and Summer. Yes, I am moving forward with preparations for the next season, but I find that much of what I have to do is wait for the next thing.
One thing that I just completed is Ed Taylor's Santa Claus Conservatory classes. Not having worked as a paid Santa Claus before, I have to admit that there was a whole lot of useful information th
Over the years, Easter has changed for me. Back before I got married, it was much like any other day, except that I would make a special effort to go to church. That, and the stores were stocked with chocolate bunnies and eggs. After I got married, I became much more familiar with the candy and egg painting again, which I hadn't been involved with since I was in middle school. But now, with my youngest out of high school and set on joining the marines, Easter is no longer about the candy any
As the title of this post suggests, it has been a taxing week. No, not really difficult, although it was busy. Just not in a Santa Claus way. Although I was off work this past week, I didn't get as many of the items on my honey-do list complete as I would have liked (painting and yard work). It seemed like every evening or day was occupied by some Toastmasters related event or other (contest season). Perhaps the worst of it was yesterday and today... when I knocked out my taxes for the year
Slipping into the role of Santa Claus is something that most of here have learned to do, but as a novice Santa, I am finding that there is more complexity in the Business of Santa Claus than I predicted before I stared. I'm not just talking about the dollars and sense of what gear needs to be purchased, or how much is a fair rate for your time in the big chair or at an event. No, I'm speaking of the little things.
Take Business Cards. You wouldn't think such a thing would be all that com
As I mentioned in my last blog entry, my website is up. Today, I can report that I have made it visible to search engines, and enabled Google Analytics. Yes, my site is finished, at least enough to feel that it is worthy of display. Sure, I'm still planning to tweak bits and pieces, and add frequent blog entries (both as Santa, as well as the North Pole News) as well as episodes of "The Story of Santa", which will eventually end up in book form, but for now will provide a distraction to youn
The last couple of weeks have been busy, between getting my photos and the website launched, as well as doing things for work, etc. Yesterday saw a continuation of that, we my wife and I driving from Raleigh to Alexandria National Cemetery to pay respects to her grandmother, who passed a year ago.
I did take time during the middle of last week to add a couple of posts to my website, since it had been a little while. My intent is to start adding a post to the blog almost every day, a
Well, I got the photos from our professional photographer last Thursday, and of course immediately started putting them into my web site. The photographer sent us the best 20 or so pictures, and I culled through that list to come up with the best image for each page of the site. From there, it was crop and scale, and position the text boxes until everything was looking the way that it should. Unfortunately, that took up a lot of my time, since I had to get the site ready for Gatlingburg, as w
Spent several hours today having professional photos taken. Except for having to wear a hot Santa Suit, the session was a lot of fun. The studio tells me that the pictures will be processed and available in about a week, which I'm really looking forward to. In addition to having to complete my website, I need to get my GigSalad account set up, and make up a new set of business cards and so forth, in preparation for Gattlingburg.
This week, my wife is away, so she hasn't been able to get
Another week goes by, and I am one step closer to being Santa Claus.
As mentioned in last weeks post, I received my round wire-frame prescription glasses in the mail. Of course one of the first things I did was get my wife to take a picture of me wearing the new glasses along with a Santa hat and a red T-shirt. I've added this picture as my new profile pic here.
Not to worry... next Saturday I am scheduled to sit (or stand) for professional photos in full gear, so shortly there
Once again, another week has passed, and I progress toward being Santa.
Over the last week, many of the items I ordered online have come in. Things like a Santa Claus makeup kit, various items to build costumes (faux fur, specialty needles, boot cuffs), and best of all, a message that my round eyeglasses have shipped. This last is great because I'll be able to see while having my professional photos taken (assuming the post office can get them here in less than 2 weeks). If they don't co
Did I mention last time that I expected to have a busy week? It was.
Thursday afternoon, I drove out to Highpoint, NC to have my beard whitened. Something over an hour drive, and then about 2 hours for the treatment. Would have been longer if I had done the top, but I only need my beard white for photos in a couple of weeks. I won't even worry too much about keeping it white until October time frame, when I can plan to get everything done in preparation for the season.
OK, it's a hokey blog title, but its getting late on a Saturday night. I was up early this morning to attend a Toastmasters training event (for the 3rd week in a row!), and I didn't get much of a nap during the day.
Just finished reading Believe Again, by Joe Moore. Very enjoyable Santa Claus story, and plenty of material to allow me to start crafting my own mental image of what the North Pole is like. It isn't urgent that I define this world view... if I get it roughed out by summer I s
Yes, I missed blogging last week, and almost missed it this week. Fortunately, I remembered Monday morning, and had a few minutes to jot down some words while waiting for a meeting to get started.
I made contact with the local Santa community in a big way! Thanks to Santa Steve Gillham for connecting with me, as well as the guys and gals at Triangle Santa buddies. I'm sure to get some great coaching as I move on in my Santa Journey.
At the advice of several of the Santas I've spoken
When I started out this blog, I promised myself that I would post to it religiously once a week. Of course, I immediately broke that promise, posting more frequently that first week, and then missing my weekly check-in by a couple of days last week. I have my reasons... Too much to say the one time, and dealing with an auto accident my wife was involved in the later. However, this week, I'm going to post on time.
As the title of this entry suggests, I've had an eventful week. Yes, my w
At one point or another, either here in my blog, or somewhere in the forum, I'm certain that I have mentioned that I am a Toastmaster. Currently a member of two clubs, as well as being the co-manager of the District 37 Bookstore. This evening, I took the opportunity to present a speech on the topic of Santa Claus. This is the text that I had written out yesterday. Much of what I presented was extemporaneous. The speech was scheduled to go 15 - 20 minutes, for the project "Speaking to Entert
Happy New Year... or at least it will be, a couple of hours after I complete this post.
I am an incessant planner. Just my nature... always has been. After I decide to pursue a course... say, joining the ranks of Santa Claus, I try to analyze how that's going to work, as opposed to the guy who just starts doing it. I know, I know... I end up winging it half the time anyway, with all my fancy spreadsheets and schedules thrown to the wind. But I'm still going to do it... in part because I
Yes, its Saturday night. Christmas Eve. Mrs. Santa is already in bed, and the kids are not tucked in their beds. Of course, kids are somewhat of a misnomer, since they are both technically adults now. They'll undoubtedly still be up long after I finally give up the ghost in a little while.
I determined the other day that I would make a blog entry once a week... specifically on Saturday night, when I didn't have anything else scheduled. You see, Monday is Toastmasters. Tuesday is free,
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