I have never styled my own whiskers before. So last year I decided I would give it a try.
I needed some way to hold the whiskers while I set the curlers, so I bought a Styrofoam head to place the whiskers on. However, before I had a chance to pin Santa's whiskers to the head, my 9-year old daughter spied the Styrofoam head (without the whiskers thankfully) sitting on a shelf.
She asked me what it was for. Well naturally I couldn't tell her, so I said it was Grandma's and I was going to
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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