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  2. Capitol Christmas Tree to Tour Northwest Montana September 16, 2017 By Patrick Reilly - Daily Inter Lake Excerpt: - As lawmakers, dignitaries, journalists and tourists make their way to the U.S. Capitol this December, they’ll all pass a tree from Kootenai National Forest. The forest has been chosen to provide this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. On Friday, the Forest Service announced dates and locations for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour. Since 1970, the “People’s Tree” has been plucked from national forests and other protected areas around the country. Kootenai has had this honor once before, sending an Engelmann Spruce to the nation’s capital in 1989. The only other Montana forest to provide the tree has been Bitterroot, which sent a sub alpine fir in 2008. This year’s not-yet-selected evergreen will be cut Nov. 8. Kootenai National Forest, with support from nonprofit Choose Outdoors and various state and national corporations, will then send it on a 3,000-mile cross-country journey. SOURCE:
  3. Alabama Releasing New Holiday Album, ‘American Christmas’ September 17, 2017 By Cillea Houghton - Taste of Country Excerpt- Christmas comes early for Alabama fans with the announcement that they’re releasing a new holiday album, American Christmas. The project includes some of the group’s favorite Christmas songs including “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Away in a Manager.” The band also recorded four new holiday-themed tracks, along with an updated version of their own classic “Christmas in Dixie,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2017. “To all our fans: Christmas is a special time for Alabama. We hope it is for you,” the award-winning group say in a press release. “From our hearts to you, we give you this Christmas gift. Thank you for the love and support, all these years. Merry Christmas!” SOURCE:
  4. 'Holiday Express' train coming to 3 Arkansas towns before Christmas September 15, 2017 by Brandon Riddle - Arkansas Online Excerpt - Santa Claus is coming to three Arkansas towns around Christmastime aboard the festively adorned Holiday Express as part of a multi-state route. The route includes a stop Dec. 6 in Ashdown at Main Street and U.S. 71, another Dec. 7 in Mena at 524 Sherwood Ave. and a final Arkansas visit Dec. 10 in Siloam Springs on Jefferson Street. The stops are set for 4 p.m. each day. The six-car train affiliated with Kansas City Southern allows guests of all ages to board three cars that are filled with holiday displays, according to a statement Wednesday. **** The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express was created in 2001 when volunteers transformed a retired freight train into the Christmastime spectacle for use in the company’s service territory. Twenty-two communities in six states are part of this year’s schedule. Over its 16-year tenure, the project has raised more than $1 million for gift cards that are then donated to The Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. SOURCE:
  5. Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas

    One Santa working for one of the companies that has has BPS tried for 2 weeks to go over schedule with no luck and gave up
  6. Become Fairmont The Palm Jumeirah’s Santa

    Wow...A contest to work for free. And you need to be the best of the best. What an honor. Are they kidding me? I hope no one enters, but I know that won't be the case. Guess it's fine if you're independently wealthy. Sounds more like cheap to me. And we all now how poverty stricken Dubai is.
  7. Working with a Photographer Today

    Today was a productive day, sort of. I started the day by re-bleaching my beard, which I haven't done over most of the summer. Since my beard tends to be grey anyway, it wasn't strictly necessary until later in the season. But the reason I did so is the next thing: At the request of one of the photographers that I will working with this season, I visited her in-home studio to do a practice photo session with her kids, to generate some promo shots for use on her website and my own. Since this is my first year, and I don't have pics with kids yet, I was willing to do this on an otherwise unused Saturday morning. I don't know if I'd be quite so willing to do this if I had more experience, and a collections of photos to post. But I might, since relationships like this can be useful. As a beginning Santa Claus, I am learning that there are a lot of moving parts to this occupation. Care and feeding of reindeer, toy manufacturing, bell jingling, not to mention working with things like GigSalad, PayPal, and so forth. I was on the phone with one of my gigs yesterday, and found that she could not make a payment on my personal PayPal page, since she didn't have a PayPal account. She suggested that I try a business account. So I did, and it was easy. Learn something new every day.
  8. ‘Santa Claus’ pleads guilty to marijuana-growing charges September 14,2017 by Guillermo Contreras - MySA Excerpt: Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, will have one fewer Papá Noel (Santa Claus) this year. James Earl Bailey, 69, a self-proclaimed hippie who had been on the lam for 14 years, pleaded guilty Thursday in San Antonio to charges of manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants. Since skipping bail in 2003, he’d settled in the northern Mexico town that borders Laredo and lived in a modest home there with the earnings he got from playing ol’ St. Nick. “Everybody knew him as Santa Claus in Nuevo Laredo,” said his lawyer, Tom McHugh. “He’d go into shops there and charge to take pictures with people and kids. He’d use that (money) to survive the year.” **** McHugh said his client began using pot as he followed the hippie lifestyle; he was in California in 1967 during the “Summer of Love” but moved to Texas. Had he remained there, Bailey could have legally grown marijuana — albeit fewer plants — in recent years when laws there changed, McHugh said. “The pot was for himself, and he got good,” McHugh said. “He had a good product. People began buying it from him.” But Bailey is no big-time dealer, and he’s not violent, McHugh argued. Indeed, Bailey stood out among the much younger, heavily tattooed, mean-mugging drug defendants in federal court. Dressed in a blue jail jumpsuit, Bailey’s locks were gray, he had to use glasses to read his court documents and he was given amplified headphones so he could hear U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad. The judge asked him if everything was correct in his plea documents, which contain a portion that says Bailey is a hippie. “Yes your honor,” Baily replied. “The only thing that’s different is I’m an older hippie.” Bailey faces up to 40 years in prison when Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia sentences him on Dec. 14. “He hopes the court isn’t going to be a grinch,” McHugh said. SOURCE: -
  9. September Luncheon

    Hopefully all of our members of Dixie Coast Santas and potential members can make our next Luncheon on September 16th. It will be held at Kravers restaurant located at 25965 Hwy 181 in Daphne, Alabama. The meeting will start at 1224. See y'all there.
  10. Sept Luncheon

    Our next luncheon will be this Saturday at Kravers on Hwy 181. Start time is 1224 as always . See y'all there
  11. 2017’s Most Popular New Toys for Kids This Christmas

    It's funny to see Teddy Ruxpin. I remember he was a popular toy back in the 1980s. Some things cycle back into popularity... My Little Pony, Transformers, etc.
  12. Auditions for Chatham Community Players' 'Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa' September 13, 2017 by Community Bulletin - NJ.com Excerpt: Chatham - The Chatham Community Players is excited to present a holiday offering that will surely get your entire family into the holiday spirit. Open auditions for "Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa" by G. David Post will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Ave., Chatham. Children only will be seen on Sept. 23 from 1-2 p.m. at the church. This production will be a variation on the very successful original "Christmas Cards", which was a creative collaboration of John AC Kennedy, Leslie G. Williams and G. David Post produced in 2013. **** Director Amy Sellars is looking for three men ages 30 to 60, one man 60-plus who can play Santa, four women ages 20 to 60 and three children ages 8 to 16, mix of boys and girls who are able to play a wide range of characters. Each actor will portray multiple characters in a variety show of holiday sketches. The diverse roles range from mothers to children, elves to animals, silly to serious. Auditions will start with cold readings from sides provided in small groups. The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. All roles are open, none are precast and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, call Gus Ibryani at 201-563-0362 or email casting@chathamplayers.org SOURCE:
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    Newest beard bleaching and toning process using Trionicsenzymedevelopers, conditioners and KO Blondes clay lightener (bleach).
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    Bleaching & Toning Process developed over the past 10 years. Using Trionicsenzyme developers, Olaplex Hair Bonding System PRts 1-2-3, and either Lamaur 30 Minute Bleaching Kit or Trionics KO BlondesClay Lightener.
  16. Walmart says these 25 toys will rule the holidays

    This is a fantastic post and highly educational. Thanks for sharing!
  17. Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

    I like the trailer and I'm definitely interested in this movie.
  18. Featured ClausNet Member of the Month - September 2017

    What a great interview! Congrats Schwindy!
  19. When Is It Enough!?

    What a great balance, I feel the same way!!
  20. The time is drawing near for the 8th Annual Northwest Santa Workshop November 2nd - 4th at Great Wolf Lodge ( just north of Centralia ) in Grand Mound, WA. Friday and Saturday are going to be 2 full days of intense Santa training, fun andfellowship!! We are delighted to have Santa True join us this year as our featured guest speaker for several sessions. Santa True (Robert Seutter) has more than 25 years of professional storytelling experience. He loves making folks smile with his singing, storytelling, and truly interactive style! www.christmasperformerworkshops.com We are very excited to have Santas joining us from WA, OR, CA, TX , HI and Vacouver B.C. In addtion to the Valuable instruction by Santa True there will be *Pictures in the pool ~ bucket dump photo in water park *Buffet Lunch Saturday ~ included with your registration *Gift Baskets Raffle and Drawing *Parade ~ through Great Wolf Lodge lobby in full dress *Ornament Exchange SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THURSDAY Evening Registration in Hospitality Room (call 253.732.1482 for location) Social time FRIDAY 8:00-8:30 Keeping Christ in Christmas-Morning Devotional Santa Ron Kearns 8:00 Registration 9:00-9:30 Welcome and Announcements Santa Ron Kearns Santa Oath Santa Eddie Hayes Mrs Claus Oath Cynthia Collier 9:30-10:15 Tools of The Performer Santa True 10:30-11:15 Tell A Story Without Saying A Word (motion & physicality) Santa True 12:00-1:15 Lunch on Your Own 1:30-2:15 Rock Solid Santa ~ the art of marathon performing Santa True 3:00 Pictures in the Pool - in old fashion bathing suits. Meet on upper level prior to picture 5:00 Dinner on Your Own 6:30 Santa Olympics/ Seahawks Group Photo wear your Seahawks gear 8:00 pm Time To Shine ~ A Workshop For Mrs. Claus/Elves/Managers/Handlers Santa True SATURDAY 8:00-8:30 Keeping Christ in Christmas-Morning Devotional Santa Ron Kearns 8:00 Registration 8:30 Re-thinking The Santa Community Santa True 9:30-10:30 CHECK OUT TIME 10:30-11:15 Story-Reading and Storytelling Santa True 11:15-12:00 Ornament Exchange Santa Gene Sanders Raffle Drawings Santa Dennis Gorley 12:00 Buffet Lunch 1:00 Story Time with Santa True 2:00 Full Dress and Singing Practice Santa Gene Sanders 3:00 Parade: A Walk Through Great Wolf Lodge Please remain for group picture in front of fireplace www.norpac-santas.org for more info. If anyone would like to make a donation to the registration goodie bags (Santa related items) or donate a basket for raffle, please let me know by email santat@comcast.net If you still need to register for the workshop, NOW IS THE TIME!! You can download and print a form here; http://www1.easysite.com/SiteData/norpac-santas/GWL%20registration%202017.pdf If you are a member of IBRBS, NORPAC~SANTAS or SANTAS PACK, the registraion fee is only $70 for single and $100 for couples.
  21. The Man Who Invented Christmas

    That was my thought as well.
  22. Expanding the footprint

    Yes. I can access it.
  23. Bath Christmas market set to be biggest yet

    This is similar to the Holiday Market I work in, with Santa's House among the chalets. I see more and more of these popping up all over, in this country and in Europe, and I suspect that this is the new trend of the future.
  24. "One Word"

    Thanks, this is excellent! Looking forward to more from others!
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    • Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

      September 7, 2017


      There is a new Christmas movie headed to theaters this Christmas about Charles Dickens about his creation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas purists hate it. Already.

      The film has a stellar cast that features the dreamy-eyed Dan Stevens as Dickens and the legendary Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Here is the trailer:

      “This is a very presumptuous film,” said Christmas fan and would-be film critic, Arnold Yates, via MSN. “Charles Dickens was great but he certainly didn’t invent Christmas. Bah Humbug!”

      That sentiment is growing online as the preview makes the rounds.
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