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New for Our 2014 Season - Custom Suits!

Well, this is the year. Our off-the-rack Halco suits will be our "work-horse" suits, our go to suits for Breakfast with Santa events, our Tanglewood Park appearances, Krispy Creme Doughnut store visits, and other functions where sticky fingers can play havoc with fur. This is the year for my epitome of Santa costuming - the custom suit, Huzzah! My Mrs. Claus and I are very excited about this process. Last year we found a seamstress who seems delighted and fascinated about doing work for Santas. We sent items to her for some minor repairs to gauge her work. She passed the test, so we are proceeding with the suits: matching Santa and Mrs. Claus outfits. My Mrs. C and I met with her last week to begin the process. I am looking for a 3/4 length "Continental" style coat, vest, and 2 pairs of pants. One regular pair of pants, then another pair of "knickers" style pants for a different look. My Mrs. C is going for a "Victorian" look, but one that will not clash but will coordinate with mine. More to follow.......................

Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard


Christmas is Over, the Real Work Begins

Well, the 2013 Christmas season is now over. Our suits are back from the dry cleaners and stored, and we have repaired/replaced the little bits and pieces that broke during the season. I had a button from my cola suit and a button from my vest fall off mid-season and was so busy that we did not have to have them replaced! Fortunately they were not in the camera's view! So, the season is over. What is the real work? Preparing for 2014! We started preparing for 2013 in June of last year thinking that surely 5 mos. will be enough time to get our act together. WRONG. We were pulling almost all-nighters building shelves and installing counters in our "Santa Workshop" for Tanglewood Park..We barely finished in time for the Park's opening. This year, our major focus for the 2014 Christmas season will be new Santa and Mrs. Claus matching custom suits. I am trying to tell my wife that we need to start this process NOW.....................I want everything for our upcoming season to be ready set go by the end of August. Will make the deadline, or will be waiting on the night before the 1st gig waiting for the last button to be sewn on? Only time will tell.....

Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard


Post Christmas Let-Down

Today it hit: the post-season "let-down". After a very busy Christmas, things are strangely quiet. No frantic last minute callers pleading to try to work them in the schedule or fielding web site inquires or preparing for or appearing at the numerous events this year. It really hit today because I could eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel without my two scrambled with bacon being interrupted by the little folk. Ah, how fleeting is fame! At least the trees are still up and will be my festive pals through New Year's - which I hope for anyone reading these words is a happy one! Cheers! Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard


Welcome to Our Corner of the Santa Realm!

Greetings to All! Our names are Leonard and Emily Hutchens, and welcome to our little corner of the Santa Realm! That is what Emily, my wife and Mrs. Claus to my Santa, tagged our time we spend at Santa workshops, retreats, and other Santa functions. I will remember the 1st function that we attended. It was a Roundtable organized by Santas Jac Grimes and Cliff Snider of High Point, NC. As we were driving home, I was aware of an inner calm that had been brought about by the fellowship of others attending the event. Looking out of her car window, Emily remarked, "I wish we could stay in the Santa Realm forever." She went on to describe her feelings of inner peace and contentment that she was experiencing because of the unmistakable joy that the others shared with us over our weekend. As ambassadors of the "Santa Realm" isn't it our function to extend this sense of wonder, magic, and joy of the Christmas season to the children who visit us, the families that invite us into their homes, and others that cross our paths during the rushed Christmas season? Let us take this a step further. Should we not do what we can to extend this sense of peace and good will not only through Christmas, but for the remainder of the year as well? Let's make this pact with each other as brother Santas - that we will do everything that we can to live and treat others as if it is Christmas each day! Blessings to All in the Realm, Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard

Santa Leonard

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