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Michael Rielly

This recession, Santa’s still coming to town

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boston Herald

By Laurel J. Sweet

EXCERPT:

It could be a blue Christmas for those who started compiling their gift wish lists before the economic meltdown, but local rent-a-Santas say don’t expect to find them in the red.

“I’m more booked now than I have ever been. I have to turn people away, which I hate to do,” said Walter Finch of East Bridgewater - also known as Mr. Claus - a retired postal-service mechanic who has been shaking his belly and buckling up Santa’s black boots since 1973.

Yes, Virginia, the times may be bleak, but few have sunk so low as to lay off the Big Guy.

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Finch, 51, who with Joan “Sam” Kennedy of Bridgewater at his side as Mrs. Claus, hires himself out at Santainma.com to read children stories, deliver puppies and be spied by tots rattling presents under Christmas trees.

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Bob Mindte, creator of the national online booking agency SantaForHire.com, has 200 St. Nicks with sleighs gassed up and ready to go - seven in Massachusetts - at $100-plus per hourly ho, ho, ho.

Mindte expects by year’s end his company’s income will have actually grown by at least 10 percent.

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Santa may be one industry that’s recession-proof. “Santa Tom” Kliner of British Columbia, Canada, started the Fraternity of International Real Bearded Santas in August and already has 80 members.

“I don’t think Santa will go away,” Kliner said. “Santa’s still a big attraction. If you’ve got a Santa in the mall, it’s going to get people to come.”

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SantaCraig

Unless things pick up here I think that this article may be looking at the glass as half full.

I had a pretty decent booking rate going up in Sept and October, more than ever in the past 5 years. However, it has really slowed off. I am advertising inthe local paper since Saturday and only have had 1 call and that was this morning. I sent out some 60 plus brochures to my childs school via a parents list and have not revieved 1 inquiry from any of that as well.

Some of my former clients have booked, but many of them were getting older and the turnaround has finally caught up to me so I was looking for NEW business. I am typically a pestimistic person, the glass is half empty to say. But then again, with the election being over and the gas prices being lower, perhaps things will pick up. There were sure no signs of a recession this past Sunday when I was working at the local Christmas Store. Their sales were up some 50% over last year and in 4 hours of working that sale people were really enjoying the season.

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Michael Rielly

Well, for me this will be my busiest season yet. Never before have I had multiple bookings on the same day. I know a lot of you guys are booked 5-10 deep on a single day, but this is huge for me.

I remember my grandfather would have 30 to 40 visits a day. He would spend no more than 20 minutes at each stop. Not sure if I will ever get to that level, but I bet it was a lot of fun!

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SantaCraig

Your grandfather must have been worn out. I did 75 home visits last year so 30-40 a day would make for a long season!

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Santa TJS

My wife's illness has kept me from advertising with her surgery scheduled for Dec 8th, I did not want to promise to be there and not be able to go. After the 8th when I have an idea of the outcome I will make myself available to the last minute calls. I still will complete my Christmas eve visits even if I have to hire one of my wife cousins limos to get me there.

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SantaCraig

TJS Do those limos come in Red?

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Santa TJS

Black or white I'M afraid,my wife has been my driver for these many years, I believe she will be restricted until after the new year from driving. I have always had someone drive me wearing the beard and wig does not allow for good periferal vision.

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SantaCraig

well hopefully it will work out where you will be able to do more than you expect. Maybe you could hitch a ride with the real Mr. C :-)

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Michael Rielly
Your grandfather must have been worn out. I did 75 home visits last year so 30-40 a day would make for a long season!

I don't know how he did it. But my Dad, his brothers and sisters or even sometimes Firemen, Police, or Military Police would drive him from place to place. There weren't that many Santas back then so he was like a celebrity or dignitary stopping in to say hi and take a few pictures. His drivers would have a list of addresses and a schedule they had to keep to so he never stayed too long at any one place.

I think that is why his Santa was very magical. Children were only able to get a quick glimpse of him when he visited. Even when he would stop by our house, he never stayed too long before someone was rushing him out the door.

I never sat on Santa's knee at a mall, so Papa was the only image of Santa Claus I knew growing up.

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Santa TJS

I will have one ride for sure at work when santa arrives in the HAZMAT truck. ( It is a very big SUV)

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No toxic waste just a big police vehicle with hazmat suits and scba equipment.

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