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To become a Santa Claus 
by Santa Laureate
 
 
To become a Santa Claus 
Oh yeah is it for me?
This is something that I 
Never aspired to be.
 
I was growing older 
My hair was turning white
I was in a department store 
It was late at night
 
There was a young boy playing
Just as most boys do
His mom was becoming agitated 
She was in quite a stew.
 
He was climbing under the clothes racks
Knocking displays all around
She scolded him several times
No place to sit him down
 
I was standing very close to them
My white beard and hair in place
That’s is when a large smile 
Started across her face.
 
She said aloud “Mikey, 
Santa’s watching you I bet”
“No”, Mikey said, “its summertime 
It isn’t Christmas yet”.
 
That’ is when he looked around
Then he caught my eye. 
I never spoke a word 
Nor did I even try
 
I nodded and gave a wink
He looked Oh so surprised 
That’s when He began to think
That’s when he realized
 
She mouthed a silent Thank You
As they walked away from me
That’s the night that portraying Santa
Became reality
 
I am aware we are not disciplinary persons 
Nor should we ever try
No one is good all the time
It is certainly not I
 
As Santas we strive to do our best
No matter what the cause
We help celebrate the” reason for the Season”
We are merely portraying Santa Claus
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Santa Hill

Very nice. Thanks.

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Santa Johnathan

Very nice Santa Laureate!

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David Dixon

Very good Santa Laureate!

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SantaC.chamj

Bravo Santa Laureate !!

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davidjcross1984

Very lovely

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Santa Marty

A talented poet!

 

Thanks

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SCSanta

Very Nice!

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Chris Capstone

A+

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Hogfather

Thanks that has made my day.

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Felix Estridge

Oh yea! Oh yea!

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SantaCoreyB

nice.

I see santas in secular clothing in stores when they are out shopping and just say ho ho ho, and always get one back.

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Kevin Fast

Nice, thanks

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Santa Johnny Boy

I love it!

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Ol Santa

Well howdy Y'all...

        ...Ol' Santa here.  ​Now I can relate to this!  And I have to say it was definitely not my favorite moment as

Santa.  But I didn't know what else to do.  What happened was this:

 

               I was at the Shopping Center, sitting in my chair talking with the children individually.  There were

       probably 15 - 18 people in there with their kids since it was early in the season.  I had gotten up once to ask a            young mother of a little girl to please keep her daughter (about 1 1/2 years old) out of the loose toys scattered           around under the artificial trees as part of Santa Lands decor, explaining they were there for decorations; not            to be played with by the kids visiting Santa Land.  That this was why we had the velvet ropes there.

 

              There were two Elves working with parents signing them in, and/or selecting pictures to be processed.  

       They both knew that controlling the kids was part of their responsibility.  Mrs. Claus had a youngster on

       her lap and was tied up too.  After I returned to my chair, I began talking to another youngster on my lap.

 

               About that time, that little girl let go of her mothers hand and waded into the toys; picked up a doll;

       then fell backward into one of the lighted trees, knocking it into a second lighted tree causing both trees

       to fall; one on the little girl.  I couldn't help myself and shouted, "Get that little girl out of the toys."  I do

       believe that my reaction was aimed more at the Elves than the mother!

 

              Anyway, the mother pulled her daughter out from under the tree, turned and walked out the door;

       her daughter still clutching the doll and screaming her head off.  The Elves rushed over and set the trees

       back up, and in my anger, Mrs. Claus I said I muttered "I wish some parents would teach their children

       to behave a little better."

 

             The mother came back about 15 - 20 minutes later (Mrs. Claus and I were both busy again with other

       children in our laps.) and handed the doll to the Elves and instead of apologizing, told the Elves "I have

       never been so humiliated in my entire life and my daughter will be traumatize for the rest of her life!"  The

       Elves offered the mom a free photo and a visit with Santa for her little girl, but she simply turned on her

       heal and left.

 

              Yes, I reacted poorly, I admit that; and the Elves apologized for letting the situation happen and

       we're all better off that the situation happened.  Obviously the mother and maybe, the little girl aren't better,

       off, and we all feel bad about that.  But since that is the only negative thing that has happened in my 13 years 

       as Santa and visiting for several minutes with 6,500 - 7,000 children per year, we've put it behind us.

 

​       So, all in all, while that was a very un-pleasant experience, it was a good learning experience for all of

us.  I is also a part of the Elf Training and Refresher Course conducted before opening Santa Land each

year.

     

Ol' Santa  

Edited by Jerry Miller
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Santa Mike 19536

It warmed my Heart.

Something I should read often, no matter the Season!

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Santa Laureate

ThanKs to all

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