Jump to content
Sinterklaas

What Does Mrs. Claus do for Home visits?

Recommended Posts

Sinterklaas

Greetings Brothers and Sister Clauses (Especially Mrs. Clauses),

For years now, my Mrs. Claus (Dianne) Anna has sat with Santa and given out candy canes, and generally been a PRESENCE of the Season.  This has not been intentional and never meant to limit Mrs. Claus' involvement in our celebration or that of our Hosts but we really never considered Her role in home visits.  In past, She has read with Santa from classic tales such as the Night Before Christmas, but primarily Hers was to accompany Santa in his rounds.

We'd like some thoughts and ideas on things Mrs. Claus can do that are not terribly involved but make her more a presence in our home visits and since we Bill as "Santa and Mrs. Claus", something that makes her more a functional part of our visit.

Please be kind in your suggestions and let us know what YOU might suggest or recommend.  Out visits are often not great in number but as our visits and recognition increases we'd like to have a more active role for Mrs. Claus.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully requested,

Santa Allen of Mount Morris, NY

The Clauses.jpg

2015-12-12 18.02.56.jpg

FB_IMG_1447527692278.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Gordon

This is a subject that has garnered a great deal of attention over the last 3 years or so. As for Mrs.Claus? Se is not just set dressing anymore!
 

Mrs. Claus (for me) has been a photographer working with the children and getting the best pictures from them she can. She is an excellent Story teller! (even if she tells some embarrassing things about me like how I snore and how she tries to keep me from snacking between snacks) She is also a fantastic line dancer! Teaches the little ones how to do the latest dances from the North Pole! Mrs. Claus also teaches them how to sing my favorite carols!

Mrs. Claus has a special way with the children and can calm them while she paints their face and hands. Mrs Claus also has a warm and inviting lap for those children that would rather sit on her lap instead of Santa's old hard, spiky, knobby, ugly knee. She also has taught them how to do crafts like making Christmas cards or decorate ornaments.  Always amazing how when we get back home to the North Pole there seems to be 3 times as much glitter on her than what we brought! 

Lately though, Mrs. Claus has been going out on home visits on her own! She bakes cookies right there in the family kitchen with the children helping! It take about 15 minutes to mix the ingredients she has already measured and brought ahead of time, while they do that in their little aprons the oven is preheating. They then put the cookies on the baking sheet and clean up the kitchen packing away the utensils and bowls. While the cookies are baking, she sits in the living room and tells stories and poses for pictures. Finally the timer "Ding!s" and the finished cookies are placed on a cooling rack as a special platter is brought out of her bag and the cookies are transferred from the baking sheet to the cooling rack and the baking sheet is placed in with the other cook ware to come back with Mrs. Claus.

Time for one more short story as the cookies cool and are then placed on the special platter for me..er for the family to enjoy later and they keep the special platter and the children keep their aprons! Imaging that! Cookies waiting for me from Mrs. Claus that she baked and prepositioned along the route!  Funny thing is, I never did find any of those cookies on my ride! Someone must have eaten them!

Ah well, she makes plenty of them for me at home. In fact here comes another batch of those peanut butter, oatmeal, raisin, walnut, chocolate chip, Lima bean, Brussel sprout cookies I have grown so accustom to! Time to get chewing!

Yours,

Santa Gordon 

satbobs.com

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kevin Fast

Great info, I enjoyed that. Thanks Santa Gordon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Marty

I wouldn't know what to do with one, but it's fun fantasizing.??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Bill Reiller

If we ever get my wife in better health she will enjoy being Mrs. Claus.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Bob Ford

As usual Santa Gordon is a wealth of knowledge. Thank you. I had my Mrs/ Santa read this.

 

Santa Bob

Laughing Santa w_Sound.gif

Edited by Santa Bob Ford

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MagicalMrsClaus

I'm going to be "that guy" and resurrect a 3 year old dead post. 

Our Mrs Claus somehow always ends up stealing the show.... My Santa is mellow and sweet, where I, Mrs Claus, and more boisterous and excitable. I do try to remain demure, but the spirit fills me so hard I just want to explode. Some our regulars refer to the service as "Mrs Claus and Santa" instead of vice versa. 

Mrs Claus does the reading of The Night Before Christmas (with Santa doing ho-ho-hos and On-Dasher-On-Dancers, and sound effects while I read) and it gets loud. Sometimes I jump up from my seat when I say "I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter" ... I'm a lunatic I swear. 

Mrs Claus also does crafts, stuff-a-bear (which is like Build a Bear only we bring the stuff and do the whole thing right there in the home or party location).

I am a professional face painter, but Mrs Claus does NOT face paint while in the role BECAUSE... I have a lot of regulars. I face paint SO many kids SO often that I am afraid they will recognize me as The Face Paint Lady when I am doing Mrs. Claus. I will fill in as a balloon twister as Mrs Claus if we don't have any balloon twisting elves available for that gig. 

I love this cookie idea that Gordon uses. Santa Gordon have you run into any problems with food-handling, permits, etc while doing this particular service? 

On 4/25/2016 at 1:42 AM, Santa Gordon said:


Lately though, Mrs. Claus has been going out on home visits on her own! She bakes cookies right there in the family kitchen with the children helping!

 

 

 

 

  • Like 3
  • Love 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JollyFatMan
On 9/5/2019 at 11:30 AM, MagicalMrsClaus said:

Santa Gordon have you run into any problems with food-handling, permits, etc while doing this particular service? 

I'm no Santa Gordon, but since he's been offline for a few months at this point, and I spent a few years as a line cook/prep cook/sous chef, I figured I'd jump in!

It varies a little by jurisdiction/state, but for most States “Food employee certification” or “food handler certification” is not required for unpaid volunteers, temporary employees, or temporary food establishments hosting one-time events.

Since Mrs Claus is serving as a "temporary employee", and the host home is serving as a "temporary food establishment" she'd be exempt from requiring a certificate in most jurisdictions.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rdpugh

My wife thought about doing the "having cookie ingredients assembled ahead of time" like a jar mix.  Now a days you don't know what the children are allergic to, or it has got to the point of "we only use fair trade chocolate that is harvested on the first full moon of blah blah blah".  What she does instead is help make cookies with ingredients supplied by the host family.

  • Like 3
  • Wow 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MagicalMrsClaus
2 hours ago, rdpugh said:

My wife thought about doing the "having cookie ingredients assembled ahead of time" like a jar mix.  Now a days you don't know what the children are allergic to, or it has got to the point of "we only use fair trade chocolate that is harvested on the first full moon of blah blah blah".  What she does instead is help make cookies with ingredients supplied by the host family.

Ugh yeah good point. Everyone is allergic to everything nowadays, plus lifestyle choices (such as veganism, etc) interfere with the simplicity of a basic cookie recipe. 

  • Like 1
  • Wow 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Donations

    All donations go directly towards the cost of hosting and running ClausNet!

    Your support, through donations or simply by clicking on sponsor links, is greatly appreciated!

    Donate Sidebar by DevFuse
  • Our picks

    • If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
      The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?

      Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
        • Like
      • 25 replies
    • Auld Lang Syne
      Every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, millions around the world traditionally gather together to sing the same song, “Auld Lang Syne”. As revilers mumble though the song’s versus, it often brings many of them to tears – regardless of the fact that most don’t know or even understand the lyrics. Confusion over the song’s lyrics is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. Of course that rarely stops anyone from joining in.
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 2 replies
    • Merry Christmas, My Friend
      Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”.

      However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

      Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C.

      That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991.
        • Sad
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?
      Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?

      Do you think we should start calling out those in our community whose actions or behavior is unbecoming of Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus?
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 94 replies
    • Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas
      Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

      ChristmasWeekly.com
      September 7, 2017

      EXCERPT:

      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.
        • Confused
        • Like
      • 14 replies
    • Seeking recognition
      Seeking recognition is a downward path for a legend who performs his tasks in the veil of night.

      Recently, a fellow portrayer of Santa posted an image on Facebook that they constructed to look like a magazine cover with him on it and several story snips like many publications have on their covers.  You may have seen it if they are your friend on Facebook.  It looks okay.  The composition is good, but the rendering when uploading it to Facebook became distorted it and it is quite pixelated when you look at it from a development standpoint.
        • Love
        • Like
      • 13 replies
    • Not Everyone Can Be Santa!
      Yes, I said it and it is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. I do view many Facebook sites along with websites and posted photos. Frankly, many of these postings should have never been put on public display.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Are you the 'real' Santa?
      How do you answer this question?

      "Are you the 'real' Santa?"

      Read all the replies...
      • 91 replies
    • Infringement? Make up your own mind.
      In the last couple of days, on several different social media and bidding sites, an item has been offered for sale that in my opinion is cause for suspicion.  I would like to bring that product to your attention.

      There is some disagreement over whether or not it is an infringement or not.  I believe it is close enough to be considered as an infringement, but that is not the only the reason behind my post.
        • Like
      • 32 replies
    • Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas
      Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas

      Christmas is going to be a little different this year for families whose traditions include visiting Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Paul Davis, who spent the last nine years as the Bass Pro Santa in Ashland, will not be there anymore.
        • Sad
        • Like
      • 98 replies
About | Forums | Blogs | Newsletter | Contact


© 2019 MJR Group. LLC. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright IP Policy

Proud affiliate of My Merry Christmas!

Subscribe to the ClausNet Gazette

Enter your email address to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

About ClausNet

The ClausNet community is the largest social network and online resource for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer Handlers, and Santa helpers for the purposes of sharing stories, advice, news, and information.
×
×
  • Create New...