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Morgan May

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 thr

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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 say

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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 P

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

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 say

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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, and S

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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 memorable - Pos

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 recently p

Michael Rielly

Michael Rielly

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