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In Netflix's latest Santa movie, The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russel as Santa says he doesn't do "Ho Ho Ho" - that is a myth.  There have been some discussions on the "ho ho ho".  So, here is the question:

How often do you laugh with a hearty Ho, Ho, Ho?  Under what circumstances?  Is it essential for being Santa?

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Jason2274
18 minutes ago, Desert Santa said:

In Netflix's latest Santa movie, The Christmas Chronicles, Kurt Russel as Santa says he doesn't do "Ho Ho Ho" - that is a myth.  There have been some discussions on the "ho ho ho".  So, here is the question:

How often do you laugh with a hearty Ho, Ho, Ho?  Under what circumstances?  Is it essential for being Santa?

My ho ho ho is deep chuckle of a laugh. Too loud of a ho ho ho can scare the little ones.

I ho ho ho when I am amused, just as in real life.

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Drosselmeyer

kind of a double edged question - of course Santa laughs - he is, after all, a jolly old fellow - but a flat "ho - ho - ho" can quickly get kind of weird

I have no problem "ho ho ho - ing" but I usually do it within the context of laughing with or at something:

              "O - Ho - Ho   I am so happy to see you again !"

  or   "You have reindeer antlers on your head !  are you one of my reindeer ?  (hold belly laughing) Ho Ho Ho.  How did you get antlers to grow up there?"

I am pretty sure this has been previously discussed in other forums on this page - your laugh needs to be authentic to you and your portrayal - not every situation calls for a laugh or a strict "ho ho ho"  I don't think it is wrong to let that be part of your character.  Even Kurt Russell did it as part of his "farewell flyby" in the movie - so he added to it and didn't just "ho ho ho"

Good question - you know kids are going to ask about that after they see the movie . . . 

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Santa Johnny Boy

Coincidentally,  Edmund Gwenn does not "Ho Ho Ho" in the original Miracle on 34th Street.

Me? I do. People expect it and often wait for it.

I copy mine from Ed McMahon from the original Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He had a very hardy Ho Ho Ho and it was his natural laugh, which is why it makes it so good.

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Drosselmeyer

I might also add that the Hobo from Polar Express played on the boys doubts about Santa by mocking the robotic fake Santa with a sterile "Ho Ho Ho"  during their train top ride....

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Hubcity Santa

I really didn’t Ho,Ho,Ho much my first season mostly because it felt weird and forced and I was very conscious about it but I have been practicing daily because it seems people light up when they hear a great Santa chuckle. 

My biggest problem with the Christmas Chronicles movies was the questions about the elves and how their portrayed as minions. 

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Felix Estridge

Hardly ever.  The ONLY place I ever do it is outdoor events where I am on a parade float or on a stage.  Mostly, its just a gutteral chuckle that I let develop into something under the loud "Ho, Ho, Ho!" due to the giggles and laughter happening around me.

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David Dixon

As said above...I try to reserve those for the parades...mostly.

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SCSanta

When I use it, my Ho Ho Ho is part of a genuine laugh. (I like the Ed McMahon reference) I don't use it a lot and I NEVER use the commercial Ho Ho Ho or the commercial Santa voice for that matter. I have been fussed at by TV directors before for not using the stereotypical, over the top Ho Ho Ho and deep fake Santa voice that sounds like Jerry Seinfeld in 'The Voice' episode. It is just not part of my portrayal. My dog also doesn't say Bow Wow in case anyone was curious. :no:

 

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Santa Ed K

For home visits I use a low ho ho ho in my laugh. The loud version is for outside use.

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Tommy

I use the ho ho ho as part of a natural laugh, not forced, just a little laugh and just lightly.  I haven't had a situation needing a big HO HO HO.  

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JollyFatMan

I feel like going strictly hohoho-less would disappoint some believers--and lead others to skepticism--so I'm in favour of a "rounded chuckle" in lieu of a hyper-articulated "HO-HO-HO."

In my case, the training for my couple years spent as a lyric baritone mean my voice and laugh tend to be very diaphragm-driven, so my natural chuckle would be transcribed as "Hohoho" without being as artificial as a stereotypical "HO-HO-HO" exclamation.

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