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Tomorrow is the big day in Branson, kids: yes, it's Discover Santa 2016! And here's a look at another of the Santas expected to join the Parade of the Red Suits: 

GETTING SANTA-FIED: Local Santa Claus impersonator gets into character ahead of international Kringle workshop

by Ashley Garner, Texarkana, Texas Gazette | Posted July 4th, 2016

EXCERPT:

TEXARKANA, TEXAS --- While the rest of the country celebrates Independence Day, for one Texarkana man, it's always Christmas in July. Mark Reed, a professional Santa Claus, is joining more than 1000 other Santas and Mrs. Clauses in Branson, Mo., for Discover Santa 2016: The 10th Anniversary Kringle Family Reunion, running tomorrow through Sunday. 

His preparations for the journey include beard-bleaching and breaking out an old-timey red-and-white-striped swimsuit --- because, of course, there are times when even Santa needs to cool off.

The 5-day convention is a combination of both business and pleasure for these experts in the art of spreading Christmas cheer.

There will be games and competitions during the Inaugural "SNO-lympics," including a tug-o'-war, riding a giant tricycle, and a race to determine which Claus can stuff the most toys into a toy bag in the fastest amount of time.

On a serious note, the participants will learn more about their craft through two whole days of workshops and training to help Santas perfect that twinkle in the eye. Other activities include a fashion show entitled "Red is the New Black;" a Parade of Red Suits; and vendors with wardrobes and accessories.

"This is my first time to go," Reed said. "I'm looking forward to the interaction and fellowship with all the other Santas. There are training classes on all the different aspects of storytelling and dealing with commercials, TV and movies, training on dealing with special needs kids, and nursing homes .... It's all just to broaden our presentation as Santa."

Reed, a counselor at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institution, fell into the role when his eldest son was a preschooler, and Reed himself was asked to don the suit for the school's annual Christmas party. "They had their own suit, with the cotton-ball beard," he recalled. "It was a lotta fun, and I tried to change my voice for my own son when he sat on my lap, but by the time we'd gotten home, he told me that Santa sounded a whole lot like Daddy. That was over 20 years ago, and it's just grown and grown since then."

It seems that Reed may have been destined for his holiday gig as Kris Kringle.

When he was in the second grade, his teacher asked the class to draw a picture of what he or she wanted to be when they grew up. While the other kids drew pictures of themselves as astronauts and football players, Reed drew Santa.

"My teacher was really amazed by that," he said. "She said she'd never seen anything like that before. I wrote on the picture that it's because Santa Claus loves to make everybody happy. In fact, my mom still has that picture."

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Sounds like a lot of fun Jingles...

        Ol' Santa here.   I'm not going to be there, but I sure wish you could be.   I'll be in Stillwater , OK visiting

my recently departed Uncle's widow on Friday and Saturday, so I just drop by sort of incognito and shake a

few hands.   Who know's?

Ol' Santa

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Elf Without Jingles

Well, remember, I'll be monitoring not only Discover Santa, but also the World Santa Claus Congress in Denmark. I told you July's gonna be an awesome month here in the Kringleverse!

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