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North Star Santas take their jobs seriously — all year long

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Carlo Klemm

North Star Santas take their jobs seriously — all year long

By KEVYN BURGER , SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE August 09, 2017

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Minneapolis - Santa Claus recently made a quick jaunt from the North Pole to dine on beans, barbecue — and cookies, of course.

An offseason reunion at Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood brought together several dozen members of the North Star Santas, a Minnesota club that promotes professional Clauses.

And, no, they weren’t worried about confusing any kids who might have happened by.

 

“When we are all together, we tell kids that one of us is the real Santa and they have to figure out which one it is,” explained Santa Mickey (Mickey Michlitsch), 66, one of the organizers of the event. “We say the rest of us are his relatives.”

The rotund participants, some with a Mrs. Claus in tow, arrived at the potluck carrying games, trucks and dolls for their summer toy drive. Most were wearing warm weather garb — Santa-themed Hawaiian shirts, baggy red shorts and candy-striped knee socks.

 

“We call this Claus casual,” said Santa Carlucci (Carl Immediato), 70, who erupted into a “ho-ho-ho!” at his own joke.

But amid the handshakes, hugs and jokes about portliness, the summer get-together is as much about business as it is about socializing.

Despite what you may have been told when you were a kid, Santa doesn’t take summer off.

“These are our prime marketing months,” Michlitsch said. “This is when we find out the malls and house parties where we’ll be performing. We check out the competition and see where there might be jobs.”

Today’s Santas have to know how to promote themselves. They use individual websites, social media accounts, professional photos and business cards — one of which includes phone numbers for “toyshop” (home) and “sleigh” (cell).

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Joy is what brings the Clauses back year after year, they say. And it’s what connects them to their brethren.

“I never met a Santa that I didn’t like,” said Santa Spoons (Gary Spooner, a 78-year-old retired newspaper publisher). “When you do this, you take on the most beloved character in this world, and you have to take that to heart.

“Being Santa has made me a better man. ”

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