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Back After a Year Away

Actually, over a year away. Soon after Christmas '11, my wife and I began thinking seriously of moving out to Northern California to work with my brother-in-law at a unique business he owns, a former stage coach stop turned into a bar/restaurant/hotel and set in one of the prettiest places you could imagine. It was difficult from the get-go, and soon became apparent this arrangement wasn't going to work for a number of reasons. Christmas season came and there weren't any opportunities to

Santa Hays

Santa Hays

 

Santa the pitchman...

Why should we care about Christmas since it's just an overly commercialized holiday and Santa is just an advertising pitchman? There's not a holiday that hasn't been commercialized. Valentines Day? Cards and candy. Independence Day? Fireworks. Labor Day? BBQ grills and vacation spots. Halloween? Not even going to bother with that one. Cupid, Uncle Sam, Boogie-men, then Santa. And Christmas? It's a retailers dream of a holiday:gift giving on steroids. And people seem to want to blame the symb

Morgan Putnam

Morgan Putnam

 

The Time Has Come!

For some reason, I just could not sleep this evening and thought I'd do a little writing. I'm sure like many of you, when the mind wanders around this time of year, our thoughts tend to revolve around Santa, Christmas, the season, and more. Despite having suffered from a bad fall and a broken foot, I remain excited about the coming season and consider myself fortunate and lucky to be able to wear the red suit and be looked at, treated, and called...Santa Claus. I certainly am no poet, I

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

Coping With Depression Before and After The Christmas Season

With all of the joy, love, wonder, and excitement that Christmas brings the "professional" Santa; it can, for some, bring a bit of sadness, anxiety, and overall depression too. Now, many might think, "What!? How can Santa be depressed...it's Christmas!" but it truly can happen and it's good to inventory those feelings and problem solve what an appropriate solution might be. Now, I'm not an experienced therapist nor do I hold a Phd. in any medical field but I did want to share some of my thou

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

Happy Holidays are here again!

Happy Holidays! In the upoming weeks, the calendar shows holidays for many different faiths and cultures. Some of them are: Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Advent, Saint Nicholas, Bodhi Day, Saint Lucy's Day, Winter Solstice, Soyal, Yalda, Mōdranih, Saturnalia, Pancha Ganapati, Christmas Eve, and of course our beloved Christmas, which encompasses both Christian and pre-christian celebrations and traditions from all over the world. GO ODIN! We are thankful, that America is a land of considerable r

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

It's Beginning to "Feel" a Lot Like Christmas!

I will in advance, ask for your forgiveness, as I have a feeling this blog post might ramble a bit. I have not given a whole lot of thought on HOW to say or type what I want to say, but I have given a bit of thought on how I FEEL about what I want to say. Is there really any other time that can even compare to Christmas? I'm sure there are moments in our lives but nothing that is quite like the Christmas season. As Halloween has past and in between eating my children's Halloween candy, I

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

sign language class

this is now our second semester of sign language classes and what a difference. Holy Cow! once you've passed the initial beginners course, there is no more nice and slow pace action. Last semester our instructor was a deaf man who at one time had been hearing so he was able to vocalize his explanations and wishes. This semester his wife is teaching those of us who are supposedly seasoned signers. Talk about culture shock. She is quick and totally deaf. SO... we are definitely in the "jump in th

Bestemor Claus

Bestemor Claus

 

Four Mothers

Western funerals: black hearses, and black horses, and fast-fading flowers. Why should black be the colour of death? Why not the colours of a sunset?” ― Daniele Varè, The Maker of Heavenly Trousers My daughter has four mothers. Like most human children, my daughter, Katey, started out with just one mother. After her father’s remarriage, she graduated to two. Me, and the “other mother.” When my daughter married Bill, she got two additional bonus mothers - - her husband’s birth mother and

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

Reggae Raisin

I love costumes. I love getting dressed up because it really helps my imagination make the leap to believe that I am who I say I am. Alessandro Nivola Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth - -it really does establish who they are. Colleen Atwood Gentle Holiday Readers, It is time once again to start dusting off our holiday attire and seasonal decorations and gadgets. I'm always inspired at the beginning of autumn to decorate t

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

Don't Assume You Know the Backstory...

Forgive me, my Clausnet friends, I find myself wanting to express a thought here this evening and unfortunately after a very long day it might be difficult. I highly doubt my brain is up for the challenge but I'm willing to try. I do hope that my blog posts do not come across as judgmental as I write these thoughts down for me...a personal reminder. If what I write helps you as well or causes you to think, then that is a wonderful byproduct to me needing to get something typed out. I wante

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

My Unexpected Journey...

Have you ever been caught in a mood or moment where your heart and mind are just rushing with sentimental feelings, memories, and thoughts? It has certainly been one of those days for me. Now, most that really know me, know I am a huge softy that will tear up at the drop of a hat. It might be a great film, perhaps a book, a tender conversation with my children, or perhaps just thinking about life in general...I'm a big baby, I admit it. While I am great at keeping my composure during a visit to

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

What's the matter with kids today?

Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today! Kids! Who can understand anything they say? Kids! They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs! Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers! And while we're on the subject: Kids! You can talk and talk till your face is blue! Kids! But they still do just what they want to do! Why can't they be like we were, Perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today? From the Musical “Bye-Bye Birdie” Don’t cry for me, Argentina. I

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

This is Not a Race...Enjoy the Ride.

I'm sure this has been covered more than a few times but I wanted to address it as well. To all of our wonderful new members that join our ranks...I can assure you, it is NOT a race...find your pace and steady the course my friends. What do I mean? Well, as a new member, for many; it's a GIANT eye opening experience being here. The door to the "North Pole Workshop" has now been open, so to speak, and there are "things" that you never knew existed before for your purchasing enjoyment.

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

My Approach to Santa's "Things."

I often am asked about the various things I have to help me in portraying Santa Claus. Now, I do not dispute or go against the common believe that Santa is more than just "things." I do think, however, that the more I FEEL like Santa, the better my acting and portrayal will be in my outward performance. I have enjoyed adding quite a few custom items to my portrayal. Some items I have made myself, while other pieces I have worked with and commissioned individual craftsman and artists to creat

Santa Johnathan

Santa Johnathan

 

A Summer's Day - Wastin' Time

Sittin' in the morning sun I'll be sittin' when the evening comes Watching the ships roll in Then I watch them roll away again, yeah I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Watchin' the tide roll away, ooh I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time Dear Readers, On August 1st, a sign outside the Palisade High School read "Summer's Almost Over." Boy, did that make me sad. Technically, summer was only HALF over, and the thought that someone would proclaim otherwise was freaki

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

A visit with Santa Bill and Bestemor Claus

I had the great pleasure of meeting Santa Bill and Bestemor Claus when they came through Grand Junction yesterday. Our time was too short, but my granddaughter, Abby, enjoyed a magical visit with Santa Bill! http://clausnet.com/gallery/image/11860-/ http://clausnet.com/gallery/image/11857-/ http://clausnet.com/gallery/image/11858-/ http://clausnet.com/gallery/image/11859-/ Santa Bill knew all about Abby and her brothers, what they got for Christmas last year, how old she was, and so

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

The Other Side of the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain To see what she could see The other side of the mountain The other side of the mountain The other side of the mountain Was all that she could see Greetings, my holiday friends. I have finally completed my move from Boulder, Colorado to "the western slope," or Palisade, Colorado, to be exact. For those of you who have asked "why Palisade," my first answer is that my children (and three of m

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

Create Your Own North Pole

Create Your Own North Pole Recently I run across some notes that I had taken back in October of last year that I had from a presentation by Santa Steve Gillham also known as the Triangle Santa in the Raleigh area in North Carolina. Steve done a wonderful presentation of his “sneak a peek” CHRISTmas Eve visits and told some very funny stories. But one of the biggest take away from the get together was how that even though we wear a red suit and beard whether designer or real that is where we

Santa Brian of SC

Santa Brian of SC

 

Interview with Larry Peter

This week I sat down with Larry Peter, the director and producer of the upcoming Santa Claus documentary, They Wore The Red Suit. There is a lot going on with the film. Read on to learn more. ClausNet: So Larry, what is the latest with the film? Larry: The big news is we’re in our first film festival with, hopefully, many more to come. The Indianapolis International Film Festival is featuring the film in a prime screening on Sunday, July 14 at 4:30 PM in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s gran

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

Creating Your Back Story

I auditioned for the role of an angel in the Nativity play at school. I didn't get it. I auditioned for Mary; didn't get it. So I made up the character of the sheep who sat next to Baby Jesus. Nicole Kidman Although he started out as pagan as the next demi-god, Nick was eventually converted to Christendom, while I was still firmly embedded in a more magical culture - - the fairies, the gnomes, the elves that Nick wound up using at the workshop. Frankly, we came from elf and fairy stock, and t

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Now I lay me down to sleep Beside my bed a Glock I keep If I awake and you’re inside The coroner’s van Will be your last ride Posted on Santas on Facebook Greetings. I am Santa’s Sister, and I am a pacifist. This year, as you may know, I joined the "Society of Santa's" to spread joy and enlightenment throughout the universe. When I signed on to Santas on Facebook, I immediately "friended" several hundred Santas, thinking how grand it was to have such a vast number of benevolent citiz

SantaNana

SantaNana

 

To my Christmas family Have a Happy Memorial Day.

Lets remember the ones who gave there all for the free dooms we so take for granted. To my brothers and sisters who served THANK YOU !!! And if you know one who served or have a family member in the Armed Services give them a call or a hug and let them know YOU CARE. From this Vietnam vet to all who served and is serving YOU MAKE ME PROUD . And to Claus Net thank you for being such a great place to come and meet such an awesome group of folks that share love and pride to be an all Amer

Big Jim Santa

Big Jim Santa

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