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Leaves just starting to turn, but Santa getting prepped

by  Burt Constable - Daily Herald

Oct 2, 2014

 

Excerpt:   The calendar says October, but the shopping malls are hiring Santas, elves, photographers and others. This casting call at Oakbrook Center seeks people to work in a DreamWorks Animation experience that will feature Shrek lending a hand to Santa.

 

Having just bought presents for his young niece and newborn nephew, Raymond Krassel strides toward the parking lot of Oakbrook Center when he answers the call for help.

"Casting Call: Santa needs your help!" reads a small sign near the mall's new Fireplace Pavilion.

 

The leaves on the trees are just starting to turn colors, but malls are hiring Santas, elves, greeters, photographers and the crew needed to man Santa's workshops this holiday season.

 

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Having portrayed Santa Claus for 25 years, Paul Eggert of Aurora never had to audition for the part. With his natural long, white beard and a twinkle in his eyes, Eggert just found himself in demand to play Santa for his son's Cub Scout troop, his church, charities, community groups and as the lead character on a Santa train.

Older boys sometimes tug to check if his beard is real. Some kids are huggers and others are screamers. Some won't say a word, and others can't stop talking. Parents often obsess about their desire to capture the perfect photograph. But Eggert says the job of Santa boils down to one simple philosophy.

"For the most part, it's how you deal with kids," says Eggert, who can change his demeanor and adjust his Ho-Ho-Hos to make a child comfortable. "I always try to put myself in the shoes of the kids."

Whether a child can't wait to chat with Santa or is dreading the moment, the wait creates anxiety, Eggert says. He does research on popular toys and gadgets, watches parents for clues about gift expectations, turns into a social worker or counselor on occasion and always has an answer ready for every question about reindeers, chimneys, elves, cookies, Mrs. Claus or the physics of his deliveries.

"It's magic," Eggert says, "and then I try to bring them back to the naughty or nice question."

 

 

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KKringle

The leaves here are just about at peak. Within a few weeks we will have nothing on the trees, But we are in few swing Christmas mode here in planning Kringleville planning is alive.

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Santa Leonard

I'm waiting for my "official" start of the season - "See Your Breath Day". 

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Santa Bruce Geron

Today was the first day of Turtle-Necks. The weather forecast predicts snow flurries in Northern Iowa tonight.

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Leaves just starting to turn, but Santa getting prepped

by  Burt Constable - Daily Herald

Oct 2, 2014

 

Excerpt:   The calendar says October, but the shopping malls are hiring Santas, elves, photographers and others. This casting call at Oakbrook Center seeks people to work in a DreamWorks Animation experience that will feature Shrek lending a hand to Santa.

 

Having just bought presents for his young niece and newborn nephew, Raymond Krassel strides toward the parking lot of Oakbrook Center when he answers the call for help.

"Casting Call: Santa needs your help!" reads a small sign near the mall's new Fireplace Pavilion.

 

The leaves on the trees are just starting to turn colors, but malls are hiring Santas, elves, greeters, photographers and the crew needed to man Santa's workshops this holiday season.

 

*****

 

Having portrayed Santa Claus for 25 years, Paul Eggert of Aurora never had to audition for the part. With his natural long, white beard and a twinkle in his eyes, Eggert just found himself in demand to play Santa for his son's Cub Scout troop, his church, charities, community groups and as the lead character on a Santa train.

Older boys sometimes tug to check if his beard is real. Some kids are huggers and others are screamers. Some won't say a word, and others can't stop talking. Parents often obsess about their desire to capture the perfect photograph. But Eggert says the job of Santa boils down to one simple philosophy.

"For the most part, it's how you deal with kids," says Eggert, who can change his demeanor and adjust his Ho-Ho-Hos to make a child comfortable. "I always try to put myself in the shoes of the kids."

Whether a child can't wait to chat with Santa or is dreading the moment, the wait creates anxiety, Eggert says. He does research on popular toys and gadgets, watches parents for clues about gift expectations, turns into a social worker or counselor on occasion and always has an answer ready for every question about reindeers, chimneys, elves, cookies, Mrs. Claus or the physics of his deliveries.

"It's magic," Eggert says, "and then I try to bring them back to the naughty or nice question."

 

 

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So, Santa Paul Eggert is the first Kringle who'll be hangin' out with Shrek as part of DreamWorks' DreamPlace Initiative, eh? Let's keep an eye on them, so we can find out who the other six Santas are in those six other malls who are doing this! 

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Cynthia Lewis

Leaves still green in Texas.  Met the Rancho Cucmonga Santa at Noerr University.  He was very positive at the prospect.  Wish it wasn't Shrek, though.

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Santa Hill

No leaf changing for us here in Florida but it might dip into the 50's tonight and that will be a treat. It was almost 80 yesterday morning at 4am on my way to work.

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davidjcross1984

No leaf changing yet but this Santa is gearing up for the season

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Glenn Johnson

Actually, Santa Paul is not at Oakbrook and will not be at this DreamHouse. I get the great fortune of again being at Oakbrook Center. It is the perfect venue for this trial, being an outdoor Mall. Looking forward to an exciting season with Shrek and the gang!

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Santa Marty

The leaves are still lush and green here..... No snow in sight!  :)

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Santa Ernie in Miami

The only thing changing color down here is my beard. I get the fall colors on my face!

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Santa Marty

The Great Pumpkin Rises AGAIN! 

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Santa Leonard

The leaves are starting to turn here in piedmont North Carolina.  There was a chill in the air, and swirls of fog over the creeks and treetops.

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Santa Bruce Geron

The leaves are past prime here and the trees are almost bare. We hear we are to have a harsh winter.

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Santa Leonard

Just another day in paradise.

 

Yeah, we know, Marty.  It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it, right?

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Santa Marty

Yeah, we know, Marty.  It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it, right?

 

Well.... Yeah.

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Elf Without Jingles

Actually, Santa Paul is not at Oakbrook, and will not be at this DreamHouse. I get the great fortune of again being at Oakbrook Center. It is the perfect venue for this trial, being an outdoor Mall. Looking forward to an exciting season with Shrek and the gang!

 

In which case, SantaGlenn, let me say we look forward to hearing about your adventures as one of the --- dare I say it! --- DreamWorks DreamPlace Santas!

 

(Hmmm.... I wonder how that'll look on a marquee?)

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