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Time Passes By

Boy, I didn't realize how long it has been since I have written a blog entry here. Well, things have been rather busy, and it seems that are beginning to again for this year. However, as I have been busy doing various things my wife, Michelle, had me cleaning out a closet here in my workshop. I came across a real treasure there. In a frame that I had forgotten about was a photo of my first "real" outing as Santa Claus. I was flooded with memories. I have included it in my gallery for you t

John Johnson

John Johnson

 

Preparing for Christmas

I suppose I should blog more often. Anyway, Christmas is fast approaching and it will be here before we know it. I, like many of my fellow Santa and Mrs.Claus' are preparing for the season. I've already started getting promotional materials together and planning on how I can get more business this year. Even though I've been Santa for almost seven seasons ( mostly for family) I still feel like I'm new at this and I have a whole lot to learn. I expect to have more opportunities this year,

Santa Oliver

Santa Oliver

 

My Most Vivid Christmas Memory

The magic of Christmas was a major thing for me when I was a small child. It was a feeling that never really went away during the year but hibernated for periods until I would get a comment from my GrandDaddy about how being good was important and that Santa Claus was always watching. My GrandDaddy was the sheriff of our county for many years until he passed away. He used to pick one of us (between my brother, sister, and I) each week to take to work with him at the courthouse for a day. I th

Felix Estridge

Felix Estridge

 

Remembering A Generation That Is Passing

Last thursday night I was off to a nursing home close by for birthday visit to my last relative of my folks generation. My Uncle Bob ,my late mother's brother turned 97. He has been in a nursing home since December and I must say it is difficult to see him there. For all of my life he lived just around the corner and after his wife's early passing he became a daily fixture in my family's home.He was always there all through the illness of my mother and watching over my Dad as he slipped away wit

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

 

Marinated Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans...for diabetics!

Marinated Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans Serves: 6; Servingsize: 1 enchilada Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes 1 tsp olive oil Juice of 1 lime 1 tsp chili powder 2 scallions, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp olive oil 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed 6 (6-inch) whole-wheat tortillas 2/3 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese,divided Cookin

Felix Estridge

Felix Estridge

 

Writings Request

I received an e-mail from a Santa friend that requested that I post some of the writings that I have done and he could not find. All these writings have appeared in threads here at ClausNET at one time or another and are here somewhere on the ClausNET server. So to honor the request here are a few…all in one place. They are in the order that they were written. Toys for Tots (2003) My wish for you this Holiday from deep down in my heart, Is for all good and happy things the Yuletide

Legendary Santa Claus

Legendary Santa Claus

 

Republic of Kosovo's Independance Day

Republic of Kosova declared its Independance on the 17 of February in 2008. Tomorrow, the Republic will celebrate as they move forward. I wish to contratulate them with this poem I have written for my many friends, and aquaintences throughout Kosovo. Respectfully, Baba Demeri Kosovo’s Independance By James E. Webber 16 Feb. 2010 They are singing in the streets tonight, And chanting old time songs. Shooting fireworks everywhere, And proud that they belong, To a Repub

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

St. Valentine's Day

My Valentine By James E. Webber I’d like to give a box of chocolates to you on this day, To tell you how I Love You in a very special way. I’d like to take you out to dine on most splendid fare, All of these would let you know just how much I care. I would like to send you flowers in a special tied bouquet, Or take you on an ocean cruse to places far away. I’d like to give you everything your heart is longing for, Many things to say that you’re the one that I adore.

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

A Tiny Lump of Coal

A Tiny Lump of Coal I would like to fill your stocking, But the bad news I’ve been told. That you have been kinda naughty, So all you get is Coal. If I use the honor system, And you choose to share your soul, Your Bear can be your witness, That you’ve been good as gold. When eating at the table, Don’t let your meal get cold. Mind your table manners, Sit straight, don’t tip the bowl. Just listen to your Mother, Let goodness be your goal. Always sha

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Deep South Pole

Deep South Pole By James E. Webber Sante Claus is moving south The weather he loves best, So many years out in the cold He thinks he needs a rest. Delivering the packages He won’t mind in the rain. Instead of using reindeer He now will take the train. He hates to leave the Arctic North But deep down in his soul, He knows it’s better for his health, Or so he has been told. He can wear a thinner suit, And never wear a vest. Instead of wearing lea

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Things I've Learned From Andy Rooney

I was reading, the other day and came across some Andy Rooney Quotes, he says. I've learned that I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way. I've learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts. I've learned that opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss. I've learned that when you harbor bitternisss, happiness will dock elsewhere. I've learned that simple walks with my father around the block

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

The Ol' # 98

Each year, My Brother Joe and I meet in Germany. We take ten days or so to just travel Germany and the surroundings countries. We have revisited the areas where our Father served in World War II. He was in Eight Major Campaigns which gives us a lot of countries to cover. We have visited Belgium, France, Germany, and Luxemberg. Each, a beautiful country in itself, with its own stories. In the time I have been in Republic of Kosovo, I have had the ability to travel through out almost all o

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Planting Time

Planting Time By James E. Webber 04 Feb 2010 The Ground Hog Saw his Shadow Six more weeks, he said, Spring time will be coming soon, And flowers start to spread. So till the soil, and rest it, Set some new bulbs out. Springs just round the corner, And seeds will start to sprout. Plant some yellow pansies, Some tulips in a row. And they will pop their heads up, Just before you know! So fill your heart with laughter, And just don’t mind the snow.

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Happy Ground Hog Day

As you know, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and your know the rest of the story. Six More Weeks, Bundle up, Hunker Down and be grateful that you have plenty of coal in that Stocking. As you know, Coal is a fossil fuel and way too expensive to give to Bad People. Stir up some nice Hot Chocolate, put on two pair of Sante Sox, Wool Muffler, and your Ear Muffs. Now pull that rocker up close to the fire. Now, aint that cozy? Someone Please reach me a biscuit. Grace Please! OSC

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Yes Meghan, there is a Santa Claus

In a few weeks, my daughter will turn 12. Yet despite the fact that most, if not all of the kids in her school no longer believe in the Jolly Old Elf, my daughter Meghan still believes that there is indeed a Santa Claus. She knows that I and a few of my friends are Santa Claus Ambassadors and she knows that I run ClausNet.com. At first, you might think that she is immature for her age, but she really isn't. In may ways she is more mature than some 15 and 16 years olds. Growing up, my pa

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

 

First Red Suit Appearance-Part II

I'd wanted to post Part II much earlier, but the busy-ness of the season crept up on me. Now here it is Christmas night with several more visits under my belt. This first visit, though, was special, because the children belonged to the daughter of my best friend since 6th grade. I'd known Nicole since she was just an infant growing up in the small apartment of my friend Danny and his wife, Sandra. Now here I was some 30 years later visiting her house and her children as Santa Claus. The gir

Santa Hays

Santa Hays

 

Last Night My First Appearance Ever in the Red Suit

Last night was my first ever appearance as Santa Claus. I was visiting friends and their children; two girls, ages 5 and 7, and a boy who is about 4. I looked at this as a chance to shake out all the rookie mistakes I'd likely make in the comfort of supportive people. And there were rookie issues that popped up, even as I dressed and made ready to leave home. I had the suit on, was searching for keys, then realized I'd need an alternate way to carry my belongings, since Santa's suit (at leas

Santa Hays

Santa Hays

 

The Gift

The Gift I pray that you and your family experience, Christ, the greatest Gift of the Christmas Season. Bind your hearts with love, peace and hope, and always, keep Christ unto you. And always remember, “For unto you is born, this day in the City of David, A Savior, which is Christ the Lord, and yea shall find the babe’ wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.” OSC

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Thank You! US Soldiers

During the Christmas Season, I am grateful for the opportunity to honor Service Men and Women who are called to duty all over the world, and especially here in Kosovo. We are taught that it is better to give, than it is to receive. This is true in the case of our soldiers, their families, and their friends. The sacrifice you make is your gift to each of us, defending our nation, our freedom, and the freedom of those around the world. Ms.Puddin'Pie and I would like to wish each of you a V

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Generals Coin, Award Of Excellence

My Brothers in Red, Recently, I was requested to make an Office Call to the Generals Office here in Kosovo. During that Office Call, the General thanked me for my efforts to the U S Soldiers stationed here in Kosovo, as well as the Foreign Military Contingents and the children of Kosovo. He presented me with his coin, the Generals Coin, Award of Excellence. I am truly honored and humbled by his gracious award. He requested that I, along with Ms. Claus, Rene close the Vidio Tele Conferenc

Old Sante Claus

Old Sante Claus

 

Santa Gets His Whiskers

A little early Christmas magic happened a few days ago when Santa got his whiskers. I am somewhat of a Santa whisker stylist of sorts, all self taught, taking ordinary sets and working them into something better. Always on the look out for that perfect set of whiskers. Well a while back I read of a Santa looking for a certain set of whiskers that are out of production. I know he had seen them in the advertisement on the Rubies site where he got his suit. It was a very nice beard made to look lik

Santa TJS

Santa TJS

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