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Santa craft: What makes a professional Santa (helper)? It's the heart

By Stephen Kloosterman, MLive.com

Posted: Aug 17 2013 @ 9:17 AM

Updated; Aug 17 2013 @ 9:18 AM

 

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MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN --- Which one of us is the real Santa Claus, a group of professional Santa's Helpers asked one 7-year-old girl.

 

That was a baffling question, given that there were more than 30 of them, at the meeting of the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, on Friday evening, August 16th.

 

But the 7-year-old knew who it really was: the Santa with the longest beard, of course. And, she added for good measure, she knew a lot better than her little sister, who was only 4.

 

Muskegon-based Santa helper Randy Schneider told that story on Friday night at a barbeque, just hours after the group had run into that self-confident 7-year-old. The tale earned laughs from Santas and non-Santas alike.

 

But the anecdote brings with it an interesting question: What makes a real, professional Santa Claus? What distinguishes him from an amateur?

 

The pros will tell you right away, it's got nothing to do with the beard.

 

Santa Norm Gerring, from Lincoln Park, even knows a guy who uses a fake beard.

 

"It's glued on, and there are strings tied at the top," he said, so that the kids can tug on the end without exposing him as an impostor.

 

That beard doesn't diminish his friend's standing in the professional community of Santa's Helpers, either.

 

"He's actually an inductee into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame," Gerring said. "He's never even had a working job that wasn't being Santa."

 

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Santa Johnathan

The source link is not correct. 

 

Maybe it's me but I HATE the use of the word "fake" for traditional beards...it comes across as so negative. 

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Santa TJS

Truth be told he majority of Santa's in the hall of fame were traditional bearded Santa's

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Elf Without Jingles

Santa craft: What makes a professional Santa (helper)? It's the heart

By Stephen Kloosterman, MLive.com

Posted: Aug 17 2013 @ 9:17 AM

Updated; Aug 17 2013 @ 9:18 AM

 

EXCERPT:

 

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN --- Which one of us is the real Santa Claus, a group of professional Santa's Helpers asked one 7-year-old girl.

 

That was a baffling question, given that there were more than 30 of them, at the meeting of the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, on Friday evening, August 16th.

 

But the 7-year-old knew who it really was: the Santa with the longest beard, of course. And, she added for good measure, she knew a lot better than her little sister, who was only 4.

 

Muskegon-based Santa helper Randy Schneider told that story on Friday night at a barbeque, just hours after the group had run into that self-confident 7-year-old. The tale earned laughs from Santas and non-Santas alike.

 

But the anecdote brings with it an interesting question: What makes a real, professional Santa Claus? What distinguishes him from an amateur?

 

The pros will tell you right away, it's got nothing to do with the beard.

 

Santa Norm Gerring, from Lincoln Park, even knows a guy who uses a fake beard.

 

"It's glued on, and there are strings tied at the top," he said, so that the kids can tug on the end without exposing him as an impostor.

 

That beard doesn't diminish his friend's standing in the professional community of Santa's Helpers, either.

 

"He's actually an inductee into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame," Gerring said. "He's never even had a working job that wasn't being Santa."

 

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http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/08/santa-craft-professional-santa.html

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Santa Marty

The source link is not correct. 

 

Maybe it's me but I HATE the use of the word "fake" for traditional beards...it comes across as so negative.

Ditto Brother Johnathan

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Chris Capstone

Isn't the media wonderful?  I just love reporters.  They are so diligent when conducting research for a story.  In addition, I am amazed by their accuracy when quoting.  And of course we all know how fantastic they are at picking just the right photo to convey their agenda...er...I mean perspective.  (Marty I guess need to borrow your "special" button now.)

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Santa Dave

The source link is not correct. 

 

Maybe it's me but I HATE the use of the word "fake" for traditional beards...it comes across as so negative.

I then propose that all the labeling of types of beards be eliminated. That means instead of promoting yourself as a traditional beard, designer beard, naturally bearded or, real bearded etc we would all be labeled as Santa. This way the public will not have to worry about what type of beard they are getting but the excitement t of having Santa at your party.

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Santa Bob Elkin

Santa Dave, 

 

If ever the nail has been hit squarely on the head......you nailed it......

 

Now, how do we all go about making this a reality??

 

I pledge to have new business cards printed eliminating the words "real bearded"

 

I pledge to work to have all Santa associations I am involved with to remove the words, "real bearded", etc. 

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SantaCraig

Bob, your post is the first step for change! Well done!

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Chris Capstone

Men like Bob Elkin are rare indeed.  I think Santa Bob Elkin is the real Santa!  In fact, I know he is, I've seen his website. :santa_wink:

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Santa Dave

Santa Dave, 

 

If ever the nail has been hit squarely on the head......you nailed it......

 

Now, how do we all go about making this a reality??

 

I pledge to have new business cards printed eliminating the words "real bearded"

 

I pledge to work to have all Santa associations I am involved with to remove the words, "real bearded", etc.

That is a great start Bob. Now how do we all make this a reality? Simple. We all need to be respectful of everybody's decision to wear whatever beard they choose and not think that you are better than anybody else because you have a certain type of beard

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Dutch Schrap

We are all bald behind the beard - every single one of us.  We eat cookies the same way, we "ho-ho-ho" the same way, we all love children the same way. WE - are Santa.

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Santa Dave

We are all bald behind the beard - every single one of us.  We eat cookies the same way, we "ho-ho-ho" the same way, we all love children the same way. WE - are Santa.

Exactly Dutch

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