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  2. Santa Andy G.

    Dickens Labeled as Racist

    Who are the bullies?
  3. Santa Johnny Boy

    Dickens Labeled as Racist

    I agree. There is a bunch of bullies out there with time on their hands that want to cause as much trouble as possible.
  4. Black Hills Santa

    Dickens Labeled as Racist

    Well, it's gotten out of hand and I am sick of it. Just to be honest. Screaming and accusing others, dead or alive, of things is ridiculous, hateful, and nonproductive.
  5. Elf Hermey

    Dickens Labeled as Racist

    DICKENS LABELED A RACIST DefendingChristmas.com July 6, 2020 Few men carry the weight of Christmas fame like Charles Dickens. From the publication of his wildly popular story A Christmas Carol the name of Dickens has been sacred in the world of Christmas. But like many popular figures of the past Charles Dickens is now being called out as racist. Some of Dickens’s work has attracted controversy over claims that it is racist. These facts have long been known and some biographers in the past have tried to highlight it. Dickens felt strongly that Victorian society ignored the poverty of its underclass. On the one hand were the rich who enjoyed comfort and feasting at Christmas, and on the other were children forced to live in dreadful conditions in workhouses. These themes would suggest that Dickens was promoting social change. But Dickens was a complicated political thinker and looking back more than a century and a half later it is impossible to fully understand the nuances of both the time and the person. Privately, it was another matter. In letters to his friends, he railed against Indians as ‘low, murderous, treacherous, tigerous villains’, called for their extermination and cheered on the consequences of the Indian mutiny, applauding the ‘Hindoo’ being ‘blown from English guns’. As for the blacks he so publicly supported, he privately questioned the wisdom of their ever being given suffrage, writing as late as 1868 that the ‘melancholy absurdity’ of their being allowed to vote ‘would glare out of every roll of their eyes, chuckle in their mouths, and bump in their heads.’ But like many of the people buried in Westminster Abbey and memorialized in sundry places with statues and monuments Charles Dickens was not perfect. His life, like the lives of many others, is a story of contradiction and imperfection. Source: View the full article
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  8. SantaDBC

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations!!!
  9. jeffh

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congrats on this well deserved honour! I love hearing people’s stories 🙂
  10. bllwnkl

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Nice interview. I really enjoy reading these. Welcome to the MOTM Club!
  11. Felix Estridge

    Michael Rielly- 2019 Santa Claus Hall of Fame!!

    This honor has nothing to do with social media. It has everything to do with giving of yourself to others as Santa. Being in this hall is not a goal of mine, but I certainly would be honored if I were selected some day. I do not feel I am anywhere near the level of others who have been honored. And, just to make sure you know, someone has to nominate you for consideration even before they look at you. Again, social media has nothing to do with being honored.
  12. Santa John Gable

    Michael Rielly- 2019 Santa Claus Hall of Fame!!

    It would be such a great honor to be included on this list. However I fear that I am not active enough in social media for others to know about my life, which I guess is okay too.
  13. Black Hills Santa

    2020 Photo Session

    2020 Photo session pictures
  14. Black Hills Santa

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congrats
  15. Santa Johnny Boy

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations, Santa James, on a well deserved honor!
  16. Santa Bill III

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I enjoyed reading about you and your thoughts. Welcome to the club. Keep doing what you do best!
  17. Tommy

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations!!!! Excellent!!!
  18. David Dixon

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations!
  19. Santa Mike IN

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations!
  20. Santa Bill Reiller

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM Club!!!! Nice interview!
  21. Black River Santa

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations!
  22. Santa Craig Maxwell

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    I so enjoyed your interview James. (A good Biblical name). Very inspirational. Nice choice of pictures to include too...you married over your head just like most of us. Congratulations on a well deserved honor, and thanks for sharing your story.
  23. Santa Ed K

    Featured Member of the Month - July 2020

    Congratulations and welcome to MOTM.
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      Every once in a while I see some flagrant abuses of Santa’s appearance and etiquette. It strikes me some men don’t care about how they act or portray the beloved character of Santa.

      Gentlemen, you undertake an awesome responsibility when you button up your Santa Suit. Don’t take it lighty!

      The “World” has an image of Santa as represented by illustrations, traditions and personal contact. Believe it or not, you’re being measured by those who see you for your authenticity.

      You’re fooling yourself if you believe that no one notices or cares if your bead is yellow or unkempt. Maybe you’re also missing a few of those pearly whites, or they are stained from tobacco products. Again, don’t fool yourself….kids notice everything! I have a gold crown capping one of my lower teeth. Every once in a while, I have an inquisitive youngster question what that gold thing is in my mouth. Years ago I thought it was well hidden however; kids have uncanny radar to pick out any of our flaws….

      You may be asking yourself, “What difference does it make? “It’s not the Christmas Season.” Maybe it isn’t however, If you’re representing Santa, you’re representing one of the most recognizable characters in the world. What you do reflects upon me and every Santa reader of this article. If you’re going to be recognized then do justice to the character we are reenacting.

      Over the years I have been a Santa, I have frequently been by told by people about the Santa they hired or saw which left a very poor expression. Most of their comments were predictable. Their Santa did not interact with the children as expected or he was unprepared. He was unanimated, had a dirty suit or lack luster beard. Obviously these are sure fire ways never to be called to this group again.

      Think about what impression you make as a Santa and pay attention to developing your character. You can become one of the best Santas in your area by learning everything about your character and performing from the heart.

      Always remember: It's not about you. It's about the children.

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