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My second Bachelors degree in Santa Claus!

Michael Rielly

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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

- Positive Guest Service

- Santa's Arrival

- Welcoming the Children

- Seating the Child or Children

- Special Techniques for photographing babies

- Hands in the Photo

- Training your Helpers

- Handling problems

- Inconsiderate Parents

- The Do's and Don'ts of being a Santa.

Talking with Children

- Asking, Listening & Answering

- How to ask the right questions

- How to answer children's questions

- Answering Difficult Questions

- Answering those who don't believe in Christmas.

Working for a Mall or Photo Company

- Efficiency, It's a team effort

- The first 15 seconds

- Handling problems

- Working with Pets.

The Special Event Santa

- Who's in charge

- Making the Grand Entrance

- Handling large Crowds, Working with the Media

The Entertaining Santa

- Add Storytelling, Singing, Magic, Balloon Art, etc. to your resume.

The Image of Santa

- Your Image as Santa

- What children, parents and others see and think of you

- Grooming and Appearance

- Santa's Magic Suit

- Marketing yourself

What Qualities do Great Santa's Possess

- A Santa of Character

- Be Prepared

- Be Organized

The class was a lot of fun and I got to meet up with several Santas from the New England area!

This October I am headed back to the CWH Santa Claus School for my Masters in Santa Claus. This year will be the 70th anniversary of the school and I am looking forward to meeting up with some old friends!

To learn more about the CWH Santa Claus School, visit their website.

To learn more about the International University of Santa Claus (IUSC), visit their website.




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Congrats on your second degree! I think it is great that you care so much about Christmas and making it special for children. Some of my greatest memories are of going to see Santa and getting to sit on his lap every year! You are a hero in my book!


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Tell me more about the international school please. I quite checking the blog because of the holidays and no one was responding for a long time. thanks for the encouragement.

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