Yes, its Saturday night. Christmas Eve. Mrs. Santa is already in bed, and the kids are not tucked in their beds. Of course, kids are somewhat of a misnomer, since they are both technically adults now. They'll undoubtedly still be up long after I finally give up the ghost in a little while.
I determined the other day that I would make a blog entry once a week... specifically on Saturday night, when I didn't have anything else scheduled. You see, Monday is Toastmasters. Tuesday is free, but something invariably comes up. Wednesday, there is sometimes a meeting with a group down at the local sports bar/pizza place. Thursday is another Toastmasters event. Friday... who wants to plan on anything Friday? Saturday it is.
Christmas Eve... I know that the majority of Santa's are either making last minute performances, or at home resting after a busy season. Not I... not this year. But I do intend to venture into this business moving forward, since I've been feeling the calling for the last couple of years. After my brief appearance a couple of weeks ago, I decided to move forward.
Step one will be speaking with some of the local Santas... after they've had a break. Certainly no need to pester them immediately. Mid January is about as soon as I want to begin this process. Step two will be getting some basic training materials... Schools4Santas produces a DVD set that will be a good substitute for attending a full fledged Santa school, which isn't in the cards right now. When their store reopens in February, I plan to place my order. Between these two steps, I should be able to find out exactly what I am getting myself into.
Steps three, four, etc. will involve getting the Santa Suit, professional photos, and making together necessary business contacts. Yes, I will take any advice my local contemporaries will provide, but I also hope to leverage contacts at work and among the Toastmaster groups. All a learning experience. I don't expect to become an instantly successful Santa, with 100+ hours of work a year. For one thing, I still have a day job, and will only be able to do weekend and some evening gigs. But I do hope to get a start, and at least defray the cost of the suit, training, and so forth.
It's 10:30, and time for Santa Mikee to go to bed. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!