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Featured Member of the Month - September 2020

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Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members!

We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for September 2020 is Warrenton Santa!

Warrenton Santa
Featured ClausNet Member – September 2020

Warrenton Santa

Warrenton Santa

Profile: Warrenton Santa
Real Name: James
Location: Warrenton, Virginia USA
ClausNet member since: December 29, 2016
Website: warrentonsanta.com
Facebook: @warrentonsanta

Community Reputation (as of today): 213 – Outstanding!
Membership Level: Member

September

Our September 2020 Featured Member of the Month joined the ClausNet Community in 2016. Santa James aka Warrenton Santa, first donned the red suit in 2013 and has been a regular contributor to the site ever since. We caught up with Jamesa few weeks ago and here is what he had to say...

ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started?
Warrenton Santa: "I started playing Santa for our church Christmas party in 2013 and it grew from there. For a number of years, I was the Santa for the local community “Gumdrop Square.” Every year Santa arrives in the parade and sits at the town building waiting to hear each child’s request. I enjoyed both so much that I just never stopped."

ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus?
Warrenton Santa: "God is the bedrock of my Santa character. I do everything for Him. I am always intrigued by how Charles Howard and Phillip Wenz conduct their Santa personas."

ClausNet: Being able to say Merry Christmas and share the true “Reason for the Season.” Being Santa Claus has taught me the real spirit of Christmas, and it’s not what you think it might be. Kids are always super excited about toys, but it's more than that. There is so much love at my home visits. Families and friends come together, and everyone is excited. Children sense that, and it's a big part of their excitement during this time of the year. I witness so much enthusiasm and joy. I get to be a part of people’s memories, and that's not something I take lightly."

ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus?
Warrenton Santa: "The commercialism of Santa Claus both by the public and the Santa Community."

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ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit?
Warrenton Santa: "My first Christmas Eve visit when a child asked me if I believed in baby Jesus. And I told her yes and that Jesus lives in my heart."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig?
Warrenton Santa: "Every year, I am always invited to Hank’s Christmas Tree Farm in Markham, Virginia. The joy of being the first Santa most children see after Thanksgiving is wonderful. I enjoy spending time at the tree farm and being able to walk and talk with the children as they pick out that special tree. Some children have asked if I will pick their tree out for them. I always tell them, make it a surprise for me on Christmas Eve. They like that and they giggle. Secondly, working with my photographer, Teresa Arthur, of Teresa Arthur Photography in Warrenton, Virginia. Teresa has done some amazing work with her studio and creating a unique two-and half-hour photography story session tailored to each client. During the sessions, we talk about the story of Christmas from Luke 2. It is amazing how the children will sit and listen to Santa talk about the birth of Christ while eating special cookies from the North Pole."

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ClausNet: What is your dream gig?
Warrenton Santa: "I don’t really have one. I like what I do. Visiting with families and getting to know my clients. If I had to choose, maybe a parade someday."

ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa?
Warrenton Santa: "I am a young Santa with a family at home and still working a full-time job. I fill my days spending time with my loved ones and gardening. This Santa likes to grow fresh carrots for his reindeer."

ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests?
Warrenton Santa: "My big activities outside of work include spending time with my family whether playing board games or watching movies. I really enjoy spending time with my wife and son. Right now, my interests are finishing a book."

ClausNet: What is your favorite color?
Warrenton Santa: "Red and Purple."

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ClausNet: What are your favorite foods?
Warrenton Santa: " Santa loves his pizza and Italian dishes !"

ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi?
Warrenton Santa: "Coke, but I do love Dr. Pepper."

ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie?
Warrenton Santa: "The round ones. I prefer Chocolate Chip but I will eat any of the cookies that the children leave for Santa, including gluten free ones."

ClausNet: What is your favorite movie?
Warrenton Santa: "A Few Good Men. The head elf in my Santa shop would vote for Star Wars."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?
Warrenton Santa: "Santa Clause with Tim Allen and Miracle on 34th Street. The head elf in my Santa shop would vote for Home Alone.’"

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ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Warrenton Santa: "I enjoy all Christmas music. I play it year-round."

ClausNet: What was the last book that you read?
Warrenton Santa: "I mostly read historical books and have for decades. But in my question to improve my Santa Claus persona, I've read a number of Santa related books."

ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Warrenton Santa: "I spent 20 years in the military and had the opportunity to experience several different career paths. I have led an interesting life. I would love to fly a plane."

ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt?
Warrenton Santa: "A police officer in the civilian sector."

ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child?
Warrenton Santa: "Lincoln Logs and the metal Tonka trucks until I received a bicycle for my birthday!"

ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up?
Warrenton Santa: "Waiting for Christmas morning to see what Santa left for me."

ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response?
Warrenton Santa: "”Can you bring my mom back to life?” Santa can do many things. God is always in control. You can never stay mad at Him. He is kind and loving father, he knows what the future holds. Just remember your mom wants you to be kind to all."

ClausNet: What is the most unique request you have gotten as Santa Claus?
Warrenton Santa: "”Can you ask my dad to have Jesus come live in his heart?”"

ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet?
Warrenton Santa: "I was looking for an organization for “association for traditional bearded Santas” and Google provided this great place."

ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet?
Warrenton Santa: "ClausNet provides an open forum to ask questions and read about other’s experiences. It’s not a platform that showcase items for sale. People are real and they value others opinions."

ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her?
Warrenton Santa: "I would have to say, there is not one Santa in particular. I have learned a lot about the Santa Community from Phillip Wenz. ClausNet has provided a great resource of information. I have found that Santas on ClausNet are willing to share their information and explain why they do it a certain way. I am always looking to learn more."

ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus?
Warrenton Santa: "Start with the basics – First of all, understanding why you are Santa. Be selflessness in the giving of yourself – just like Christ. It’s not about the props or the money, but the “Reason for the Season.” Don’t go out and spend money on items you will never use. Use what you have. Stay within a budget."

ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add?
Warrenton Santa: " Be yourself. Don’t let other Santas influence your character or your moral compass. Kids are savvy and intelligent but still remain impressionable and innocent so as Santa you need to be a good role model."

Thank you James! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Warrenton Santa, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for September 2020!

Warrenton Santa

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Drosselmeyer

thanks for sharing your great story - I really appreciate being able to share the Christmas story in you photo sessions !

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David Dixon

Congratulations!!

 

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Santa Mike IN

Congratulations!

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Santa Bill III

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I enjoyed reading and learning about you.

Welcome to the club.

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Black Hills Santa

Hooah, brother. Congratulations!

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Black River Santa

:congrats:

Welcome to the club!

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Santa Timothy SC

Congratulation ...thank you for sharing 

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Felix Estridge

Congratulations and Welcome to the MOTM club!

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Schwindy

Nicely done James!

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Legendary Santa Claus

Conrats!

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Santa Johnny Boy

Congratulations, Santa James, on a well deserved honor!

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Tommy

Great interview!!!  Santa can be a very effective witness for Christ! Thank you!  

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TamaleClaus

Congratulations, enjoy reading about all the unique experiences  and backgrounds.

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Santa Tragen

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Santa Bill Reiller

:congrats:    Welcome to the MOTM Club!!!   Great interview!

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Eileen Strom

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jeffh

Congrats on the deserving honor! I enjoyed reading your story :santa_smiley:

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SCSanta

:congrats:

Welcome to the MOtM club!

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Kevin Fast

Congratulations 

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Warrenton Santa

Thank you, its a honor to be recognized by this group of wonderful Santas and Christmas helpers. I do this for the love of the children and God. Its truly a pilgrimage.

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bigman

grats james

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Santa Ed K

Congratulations.

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