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Anonymity...it is the foundation of Santa Claus

Felix Estridge

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I have had enough of the chest beating like a gorilla in the wild trying to intimidate their perceived competition.

I am posting text from a website.  To me, this text is profound.  It is what we who portray the legend and spirit of Christmas (Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, or whatever name you choose to give the legend) should embrace every single day.  I am fairly certain I know who owns the site.  From the text below, you can tell you they do not want to be identified.  And that (being unidentified) is the purpose.

"The real Santa Claus worked in secret. And he worked to remain anonymous, too.
His interest was in giving — not taking.
He had nothing to sell. Money was the furthest thing from his mind.
Many people have tried to change that over the years.
But Santa — the REAL Santa — has not forgotten where he comes from."
 - Anonymous

When you dress as Santa for every day public view and it is not as a contracted/scheduled appearance, you do this for yourself.  You may say that you do it for the children, but that is a passive aggressive way to boost your own ego.  We are ruining the legend when we do this.  Seeing Santa everywhere in every possible location makes him so much less than special.  It dilutes the mystery tremendously.  And hundreds if not thousands of men are doing it daily with no respect or regard for that legend.  Its all about them.  And it does nothing more than drive people away from the real reason for the season, too.  And He is why we have this celebration.  The sacrifice of His Son is also disrespected when we push ourselves on others.

The ego in men's hearts and minds is killing the legend.  What a shameful lot we have become.  I am to the point where I know where Jesus came from when he drove the money changers out of the temple.  I feel like I should pick up a stick at get to clearing out the temple myself.

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Schwindy

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Totally agree! Nicely said and thanks for letting us know!

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Black River Santa

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Amen, brother! 

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bllwnkl

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I'm a simple man with a simple mind, so I suppose I will simply be a simple Santa. 

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Black River Santa

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17 minutes ago, bllwnkl said:

I'm a simple man with a simple mind, so I suppose I will simply be a simple Santa. 

Wasn't that a Lynyrd Skynyrd song? :santa_wink:

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Warrenton Santa

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Amen. Since I am a non-real bearded Santa, i keep Santa separate from my life. He only comes out when asked to appear. Santa needs only to be Santa when the call arises.

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Santa TJS

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Sadly it has turned from a wish to make children and adults happy during the Christmas season, as my late father and uncle did never even thinking of taking or asking for money to  a Santa for profit year round thing. Sad reality,I remember as a child no sign of Santa until the Friday after Thanksgiving and he was gone from site Christmas morning.It was the magic and fantasy of the experience. Today it has diminished because of the year round exposure and all to make a buck.

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Warrenton Santa

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1 hour ago, Santa TJS said:

Sadly it has turned from a wish to make children and adults happy during the Christmas season, as my late father and uncle did never even thinking of taking or asking for money to  a Santa for profit year round thing. Sad reality,I remember as a child no sign of Santa until the Friday after Thanksgiving and he was gone from site Christmas morning.It was the magic and fantasy of the experience. Today it has diminished because of the year round exposure and all to make a buck.

Agreed. I have too many photographers calling and asking for photo sessions starting in June. I have decided that my Santa character will enjoy the beauty of Christmas. Every day I see a new gimmick or something new that every Santa needs to purchase for the children. I guess I feel if you do Santa right, all you need is yourself and a little bit of Christmas magic which we find in ourselves.

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Santa Hogan

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As a relatively new real bearded Santa, I have struggled a bit with how to handle the occasional stares and sideways glances from children and parents as I go about my daily errands and chores. Outright questions like: Are you Santa's brother? - Are you Santa? Have caught me off guard.

I agree completely in keeping Santa anonymous (magical).

Thankfully, I have the good fortune to learn from members on this site who have shared their knowledge and experience.

Faced with the commercial aspects of what Santa and Christmas in general have become I believe we can still  keep the magic and legend of Santa alive.

Perhaps that belief makes naive but those of  us who truly hold the idea of being Santa in our hearts will prevail.

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Warrenton Santa

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i guess my biggest issue with the Santa's in the market, if you don't have a real beard your not a Santa. The magical of being Santa comes from within not because you have a real beard. That's what i like about Clausnet, we are all equal,seeking the same information. too many  "Santas" are too busy to help out another Santa with mentorship. I am looking for a mentor that I can learn from so I can carry on the traditions of being Santa.  I sat down and spoke with a new Santa that is in his 70s last night and he was amused that I am who I am outside the suit. I have learned that Santa needs only to be Santa during a special time of the year.

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Black River Santa

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Hmmm...looks familiar

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