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  The senior care facility where my in laws are had a Christmas dinner and a visit from Santa about a week before Christmas 2018. I was blown away with the Santa! It was amazing watching him work with the residents and families, and the staff. I wondered then what this guy's story was? I'd love to get a chance to talk to him and hear his story. What is it like to be Santa?

 Fast forward four months. My wife and I were at a restaurant and in walked a couple, the guy had a great white beard. As we were getting ready to leave, I asked my wife where "Santa" got to? She said he's right behind you. I leaned over and complimented him on his beard and asked if he happened to wear the red suit? Turns out that he did and we had quite a conversation before leaving the restaurant. He had given me his business card that had an email address on it. I emailed him and thanked him for talking to us. He answered back with some suggestions in case I wanted to look into the world of Santa. One of the websites that was in the email was ClausNet. I joined ClausNet and before too long a member saw that I was from Ohio as was he and he invited me to a meeting of The Buckeye Santas which was two hours from me. I went and low and behold, who was there, none other than the Santa that was at the senior facility back in December of 2018! I met him, and one thing led to another and he has been a mentor to me as I was seriously thinking about pursuing this adventure. Well, Tim Connaghan was going to be in Columbus with his Schools4Santas in June of 2019. But my mentor found out that a mall near me was in need of a Santa. Should I or shouldn't I?

I made a phone call and ended going through the online hiring process. I was hired in June! What? How did this just happen? Now, I was keeping this quiet. I wasn't sure what was going to happen, so I wasn't making this public. I went to the School4Santas in Columbus. While there their local newspaper did an article. I thought at the time, how neat. No one knows me down here so no big deal, right? Well the article went to the Associated Press and was featured in over 144 newspapers, including the front page of our local paper with a picture of me on the front page! So much for keeping it quiet!

 So I've done a ton of research, and especially watched and listened to many, many topics on ClausNet, and had many of my questions answered. Thank you all by the way! I've visited the mall where I'll be appearing, met the set manager and district manager. I also saw my break room and tried on my two suits.

I've heard it said that it's not so much that I chose to be Santa, Santa chooses me. A lot has happened to me in a relatively short period of time. I went from observing a Santa to portraying Santa in less than a year! As I write this, tomorrow is November 1st. My first day ever in the chair is November 22nd. Wish me luck, and if you have any advice I more than welcome it! Thanks!

Santa Randall Reed  (bllwnkl)

 

 

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Felix Estridge

As for advice, keep the desire to improve.  And "Just be Santa."

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Santa Bill III

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Advice - Be the role and have fun with it, ENJOY.

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Drosselmeyer

thanks for sharing Buddy !!  

     I have every confidence you are going to ROCK !!!

          Enjoy the adventure - it keeps getting better !

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Santa Johnny Boy

Santa Randall - what a great story!  The calling is amazing and I believe we were all "called".

My best advice:

Keep a journal.  Every night, after your shift, write down the details of your day,  What worked, what didn't work.  Was there a question you could have answered better?  What would make the visits better?  How was the flow in busy times and how could that get better?  Did you do any public speaking?  Any interviews for local news or media?  Was there a particular child's story that touched your heart?  How was your reaction?  How would you react differently?  Is there a piece of equipment or Santa gear that would make your job better?  Write down the names of your helpers, elves, photographers and mall management team.  Write down the name of a kid that really made a good impression on you - you might see them again next year!

When the season is over, and you've had a time to relax a bit, look over your journal.  It's a letter to your future self and will help keep the many (and there will be many) memories of the experiences of your time in the Big Chair alive.  Before next season starts, review your journal to see ways that you could improve, what classes you need to take, and how to be better prepared.

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Black River Santa

Have fun. Always draw upon the love in your heart that made you want to portray Santa. And thank God for the opportunity.

I know you are going to be a wonderful Santa - you have the true spirit!

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Tommy

Just be the best Santa you can be and have fun!!!  You will do great!!!

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