By Carlo Klemm
This was taken from the organizing committee on Facebook for Parade of Lights in Edmonton
Santa's Parade of Lights
March 13, 2019 @ 10:07 AM ·
"With sad hearts we announce that RWE Events will no longer produce Santa’s Parade of Lights.
Thanks to all the sponsors, participants and most importantly, people of Edmonton for their support.
We’re proud of our little parade and the joy it brought to so many people."
I have been the Santa in this Outdoor Parade since it started in 2015. Of course I feel sad about
#1, Edmonton losing a parade (Calgary has not had a parade for 6+ years)
#2, That a big emotional thrill is now gone from this Santa's life. (Anyone who does a major parade in a large city, especially a Capital City, can attest to the emotions involved in getting ready for and actually partaking in the annual parade.)
I got this email back from the people who have staged this parade in the last 4 years...
We share your disappointment, believe me. Unfortunately, though, we just couldn’t get the financial commitment we need to keep it going.
As you know, Canadian Tire dropped out as title sponsor last year (we don’t know why), and there just isn’t anyone else stepping up. Plus, we applied for a grant from the City and didn’t get it.
It is very discouraging that there wasn’t enough support overall in Edmonton for this parade.
However, we loved doing it and especially loved working with you every year! We really will miss that!
Anyway, I enjoyed our experience last year and at the same time, anything is possible! Someone might step forward and make this happen. But for now, so long!
Enjoy your Santa duties elsewhere this year. And remember – if we ever do resurrect the parade, you will be first Santa we call!
Take care and thanks for your kind words, Carlo!
By Michael Rielly
If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
B. Francis Morlan
December 27, 2018
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.
It does not have to be like this.
You do not have to take down your tree.
You do not have to kill your lights.
You do not have to turn off your music.
You can, instead, stand up to the madness around you and let Christmas linger a little longer.
The secret to avoiding the post-Christmas blues is deconstructing it much the way you built it in the first place.
For me, Christmas often gets started in July. It is easy then, in the heat of summer, to imagine the frosty glow of our Christmas windows, the frothy foam of our cocoa, and the homey warmth of the decorated tree. Of course, we can’t GET those things in July…but it’s fun to think of them as we sit in a darkened room and watch Christmas movies when it is blazing outside.
This is classic, hardcore denial. And it is good for you.
The competitive business of recruiting pro Santas
The professional Santa business can be cutthroat and demanding — and sometimes, it takes an agent to guide the sleigh.
BY ZACHARY CROCKETT DECEMBER 15, 2018 The Hustle EXCERPT: Eight years ago, Kelly Ferrell, a 51-year-old retired cop, was sitting on a bench at a shopping mall in Texas when he was approached by an unfamiliar woman.
“Pardon me, sir,” she implored, “but have you ever considered… being Santa Claus?”
Ferrell certainly looked the part: Since stepping down from the force, he’d grown a “big ‘ol white beard.” He was a little on the heavier-set side, with rosy cheeks and kind eyes He had, the woman said, the potential for greatness.
And so, Ferrell “became” Santa — not by the grace of self-determination or the Spirit of Christmas, but the keen eye of a Santa scout.
Beneath its wholesome exterior, the professional Santa business is a complex, occasionally cutthroat industry, where top performers are sought after much like professional athletes. But once you’re in the minor leagues, how do you learn the ropes? How do you navigate the business side of things, or negotiate contracts?
You get a Santa agent.
The Santa industrial complex
As it turned out, the woman who approached Ferrell worked for the Noerr Corporation (now Cherry Hill), a Santa training and staffing agency.
“I call them Santa wranglers,” says Ferrell. “They hang out at malls or other populated areas and throw their pitch at every white-bearded guy who comes through. They really beat the bushes to find us.”
Intrigued by the adventure of it all, Ferrell agreed to give it a shot.