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    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by myself 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 June 2018 is Santa Peter! Santa Peter Featured ClausNet Member – June 2018 Profile: Santa Peter Real Name: Peter Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland Facebook: Peter Hume ClausNet member since: 12 November 2015 Community Reputation (as of today): 156 – Excellent! Our Featured Member of the Month for June 2018 comes to us from Belfast Northern Ireland. Santa Peter joined our community in 2015 and has been portraying Santa Claus for seven years now. We caught up with Santa Peter a few days ago, and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Santa Peter: "I have been portraying Santa on and off since I was 15, but for last 7 years I have been doing it every year. I got started when the guy who was doing Santa for the local pensioners Christmas dinner couldn't do it one year and I was asked to do it." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa Peter: "What influences me are although not Santa related, are those people who stand out at night giving food and comfort to homeless people every night in Belfast." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa Peter: "What I enjoy most about being Santa is the smiles on the children’s faces at the Filipino parties that I do and the smiles off those in the nursing homes that I do." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa Peter: "The most memorable visit was the first home visit that I did. The lady didn’t even let her husband know I was coming and the look of surprise on his face and the two children when I walked in through the door." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa Peter: "No fav gigs." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa Peter: "My dream gig would be either a street parade or doing the local hospices home in my area." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa Peter: ":My job as a coach driver keeps me busy , as I do tours along the Antrim Coast and Game of Thrones locations tours, as well as golf tours also." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa Peter: "Don't have time for hobbies / interests." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa Peter: "Fav colour is red." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Santa Peter: "Don’t have any favorite foods." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa Peter: "Pepsi Max." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa Peter: "Choc chip cookies." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa Peter: "Don’t have a fav movie." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa Peter: "Fav Christmas movie has to be Miracle on 34th Street with Richard Attenborough." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa Peter: "Fav Christmas song is Jingle Bells." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa Peter: "Last book was about Saint Padre Pio." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa Peter: "The profession that I would have liked to attempt would have to be a Nurse,they work so hard and hardly ever get the praise they deserve." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa Peter: "The profession that I would not like to try would be pest control." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa Peter: "Fav toys as a child would have to be Action Man." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa Peter: "Don’t have a most memorable experience of Santa while growing up." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa Peter: "So far never been asked any hard questions, although one child asked at a party why I didnt come in the sleigh with the reindeers, so I said that I only use them on Christmas Eve to deliver the presents." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa Peter: "I found ClausNet why looking on a search site." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa Peter: "What I like most is how helpful everyone on ClausNet is." 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? Santa Peter: "The Santa that I admire most would have to be Schwindy, even when he has his health problems he still does his best to help everyone out." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa Peter: "ClausNet is not just a website where anyone involved in Christmas can join , we are a group of Brothers and Sister that look out for else other." Thank you Peter! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa Peter, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for June 2018!
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    First, let me correct Santa Drosselmeyer on the above quote. While I wish I would have said it, but Felix Estridge wrote it in his original post to this subject. It is a perfect quote relating to the message of this thread and Felix hit it with, "Do no harm to the legend." On a related note, I am actually discipling a man to be a Santa. He has become a dear friend to me and we get together about once a week for coffee or lunch. He totally looks the part and has spent his career caring for children. So being a Santa will fit him like lambs wool gloves. I was a commercial photographer during my career. Photographers are notorious for purchasing the latest gizmo and if you look into most of the camera bags of a pro, you will find all manner of gadgets that look new but that the photographer has used but once or never. We Santas are a lot like that ourselves. We see a Santa with a compass or set of gold keys or something and we have to rush out and purchase it for our own ensemble. I think it is a man's thing. However, Looking our best is important as a Santa. My friend kind of resembles this behavior. Thankfully for him, I believe he is well off and can afford all the capes and staffs and custom boots and customized suits. Often when we get together, he will tell me of a source for belt buckles or shirts or whatever else. And I keep telling him to just, "Be the man." But this man is going to make a great Santa! Some of us have spent small fortunes on our ensembles with customized this or that. I have seen many stunningly beautiful suits of different Santas. I myself have continued to improve my own look from year to year. But the first priority for us is to "Be the man!" Felix is the first Santa I met when I was considering this role 10 years ago. Even in the off season, he looked the part, but his demeanor was what really impressed me. And as I studied about who St Nicholas was and the legends and history of the man, I found I could easily identify because I myself had spent my adult life serving and loving children. And besides reading up on who St. Nicholas was, get involved in local Santa gatherings and organizations. We all learn a lot from each other that can make us better Santas. Look for opportunities to ply the character all through the year. Volunteer at children's hospitals. When someone stops you on the street as a Santa, 'Be the man!" Thankfully, among the Santas I know, they are already doing this in many ways. So if for nothing else, let this be a reminder and an encouragement for all of us toward becoming better at this. Through our efforts at improving our portrayals, we will "Do no harm to the legend."
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    Yepper just like Mom and Dad taught us, better to say nothing at all then to say something bad. ..... YES EVEN THOUGH THEY STARTED IT! GOOD for you Pop because I can't say I could do the same thing. I'd rather show up (if there close) and try to talk it out. BUT that being said has lead to a few worst decisions after showing up. (Obviously not talking Santa here.) BNo one would ever pretend to be me in a Santa suit! LOL!
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    I found that it is important to resist the urge to speak negative things back about them. Let God fight that battle. If someone questions me about the other guy I'll respond, "I don't know much about that guy - he hasn't been in business that long." And then I let it go.
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    The following was posted on January 11, 2009 in Santa Rielly's blog, A Right Jolly Old Elf Well, it was bound to happen. Christmas 2008 will be the year I remember as the year I told my daughter that I was Santa Claus – or rather, to be exact, one of Santa Claus’s Ambassadors. I guess I should be thankful I got this far. After all, Meghan is almost 11. My son made it to 12! He only found out it was me after reading a newspaper article that mentioned my name. Back in 2006 she was wavering. I decided to see if I couldn’t get at least another year out of her. So I appeared in Meghan’s bedroom at midnight. I woke her up and handed her an American Girl Doll that she really wanted. I told her she had been doing really well in school lately and I wanted to give her something extra special for working so hard. She really wanted that particular doll and they were sold out everywhere, so handing her the doll made me feel especially like Santa Claus. I sat next to her on the bed for a while and we talked about school and her friends. After a few minutes I said that I had better be getting on my way and told her to go back to sleep. I wished her Merry Christmas and told her that I loved her. Meghan said good night and told me that she loved me too. The whole visit lasted maybe 10 minutes. But those 10 minutes got me another 2 years. Fast forward to Christmas 2008 - a few days before Christmas my daughter was looking at a few pictures. Meghan noticed that Santa Claus’s eyes are the same blue as Dad’s and that Santa Claus has a tiny birthmark on his cheek – also just like Dad. She then decides to interview (more like interrogate) everyone in the family. With a pen and notepad she starts jotting down her “clues” and after a thorough investigation, she comes to the conclusion that I must be Santa Claus. Although she cannot explain how I go from whiskers to clean shaven and back again, Meghan was convinced that I was Santa Claus. But Christmas Eve was the clincher. During the Homily at the Christmas Vigil Mass at our Church, Santa Claus made an appearance. Santa came out and greeted Father and wished all the Parishioners a Very Merry Christmas. He went on to discuss the true meaning of Christmas. Meghan and her brother were Altar Servers for the Mass. They sat only a few feet from where Santa delivered his Christmas Eve message. Later at the end of Mass after Meghan changed back into her street clothes, she and her brother met me at the back of the Church. As parishioners exited, a few of them would wink at me or thank me as they exited the Church. At one point my daughter was standing beside me when one of the Parishioners said to me “nice job”. Meghan immediately gave me a look and said; “I know why she said that!” I was caught. But I had a backup plan. Later in the evening, Meghan put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and lichen for the reindeer. She also wrote a very sweet note to Santa. In the note she invited Santa take a little break cookies and milk break and to please give the carrots and lichen to the reindeer. In the note she also mentioned that she thought that her Dad looked like him and left a little area for a reply. Her note to Santa was very cute and Santa’s reply was perfect! I’ll have to post that next time. Christmas morning came and Meghan ran down from upstairs. The cookies and milk were half eaten and the carrots and lichen were gone. She read the reply to her note that Santa had left on the coffee table next to empty plate of cookies. From there she went over to her stocking. As she reached for the stocking, she noticed something near the hearth of the fireplace. It was a heavy gold button with “SC” in the center and “North Pole” over the top. Attached to the button was some red thread. She reached down and picked it up. She recognized it immediately. "It must be one of Santa's buttons!; she said, “It must have gotten caught on the fireplace! I'm going to take it to school and show it to my friends that don't believe in Santa!” As you can imagine, at this point, I am thinking that I may have just gotten past another Christmas. But by December 26, the little wheels in her head started turning again. She decides to re-open her “investigation”. After several attempts to get me and her brother to admit that I am Santa Claus, she starts to get upset that we won’t tell her what she knows must be true. I can tell she is getting frustrated. So I decide to tell her the truth – that I am one of Santa’s Ambassadors. I tell Meghan that I have something very important to tell her. But before I tell her I make her promise that she cannot tell any of her friends and especially not her younger cousins and that this is our secret. She agrees. I hand her the letter to me from Santa Claus. I tell her to open it and to be careful because it is very old. As we roll it out her eyes widen. It smells old. It looks old. Clearly this was written a very long time ago. It’s dated December 24, 1974. It’s practically a relic! After she reads the letter, I explain to her how Santa Claus has a few men stand in for him when he can’t be there in person and that it is our job to spread joy and happiness to children. I told her that now that she knows, she could come along with me as one of my Elves. She loves the idea! I asked her what she thought. She told me that it was “cool” that I was Santa Claus. She asked me if I had my own sleigh or if I had to borrow Santa’s. She also asked me if I get to go to the North Pole every once in a while to see Santa. Apparently she thought that, that’s where I was going on all these business trips. That one caught me off guard a bit. When I was a boy, I only knew one Santa Claus – my grandfather. My parents never took me to see Santa at the mall or to a party where Santa was appearing. Every year, Santa would visit me and my brothers a few days before Christmas. We always felt honored that Santa would make a special visit to our house. After all, he always arrived with a police car and fire engine escort. Lights flashing and sirens blaring, Santa was usually accompanied by a policeman and my Dad (also a policeman). Santa sat with us for no more than 15 minutes and he was whisked off to another appointment. To this day, my parents never sat down with me and said, “ya know there is no such thing Santa Claus.” In fact, when I moved out of my parent’s house at 19, there were still gifts under the tree and presents in my stocking from Santa Claus. No one ever told us there was no Santa Claus.
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    Congratulations! Great to have a European Brother as Member of the Month.
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    I was just in New York last week and took a carriage ride through Central Park. Our driver stopped at the shooting sites for Elf. I appreciated his gesture.
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    Tis the Season for Christmas Movies MyMerryChristmas.com May 22, 2018 EXCERPT: A new survey commissioned by MyMerryChristmas.com has determined that 46 percent of annual Christmas movie watching happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The survey, conducted over a three day period offline in 7 American cities, reveals some surprising facts about summer Christmas movie watching in America. More than 1 in 3 Americans will see something Christmas-related at home during the dog days of summer and of those a whopping 82 percent watch a Christmas-themed show on purpose. The primary reason people watch so much Christmas during the off-season? Simple. There just isn’t time to see it all when it is Christmas in December. MyMerryChristmas.com has conducted regular surveys since 1998 and this survey actually stemmed from another that wanted to determine if President Trump had actually affected how people were saying “Merry Christmas”, as he has claimed (he hasn’t, by the way). But one of the ancillary questions on that survey, asked many times before in the past, was about Christmas movies. In studying those results a curious trend emerged that caused us to commission another survey just about Christmas movies. Perhaps most revealing in the survey was not the fact that Christmas movies are watched but rather which Christmas movies were viewed during the summer months. Of more than 1800 respondents, here is the compiled top-ten of Christmas movies of summer: Bad Santa The Muppet Christmas Carol The Polar Express Scrooged The Santa Clause While You Were Sleeping Home Alone Die Hard Christmas Vacation Elf This is a vastly different list than you traditionally see about Christmas movies in December. Some of these movies traditionally never make the top 25 much less the top 10 in December. But where are the customary classics like It’s a Wonderful Life? Those movies, the survey says, are seemingly reserved as must-watch, during the season. The summer top ten tends to be movies that respondents claim they just didn’t get time to watch the previous year. The Hallmark Channel made a splash in the news early this year for their announcement of the production of 34 new Christmas movies in 2018. That heavy production schedule is indicative not only of how popular Christmas is as a movie theme but also of the appeal of year-round Christmas movies. Hallmark famously airs Christmas movies of the past to terrific ratings during the months of summer – a counter-trend to traditional television viewing habits in America. Another interesting tidbit revealed by the summer Christmas movie survey is that the decline of Hollywood’s traditional summer blockbuster has seen the gap filled by the tried-and-true Christmas movie. 76 percent of respondents said they spend more time watching Christmas movies during the summer and less time watching the latest release at the local theater simply because old Christmas movies are more reliably entertaining. For more information about our Christmas summer movie survey, please take a listen to the latest episode of the Merry Little Podcast. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/tis-the-season-for-christmas-movies/
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    Marty -- I am sorry this has happened. I will check our logs and respond in an email to you. Everyone -- Let me be perfectly clear on this... Any attempt to hack into this site will be taken very seriously and violators will be blocked from ClausNet.com and reported to authorities. When we first launched ClausNet, we had a few instances where members were logging in using someone else’s credentials for nefarious reasons. Ten years ago, our back-end server tools for detecting this activity were not as sophisticated as they are now. Today, our server records every single device, operating system, browser, IP address, and other information when someone (or something) attempts to access this site. This includes successful and unsuccessful logins. Even with all the tools at our disposal here, I still recommend that you change your password often. I change my passwords about once a month. When creating your password, be sure to make it difficult to crack yet, easy to remember. And be sure to use different passwords for different sites. If you feel like someone may be accessing your ClausNet account, please contact me or Felix immediately. We are here to help. We can block IP address, change your password, and even your username if necessary. I have never understood why people do this. Maybe it’s because they have too much time on their hands. Or perhaps they have a poor self-image and spoofing accounts makes them feel better about themselves. I don’t know. But if a person's life revolves around hacking, spamming, or trolling, I feel sorry for them. Obviously, there is something going on in their lives that drives them to this behavior. In my opinion, anyone who does this, does not deserve the title of Santa or Mrs. Claus. As I mentioned we have taken steps to greatly reduce this crap here on ClausNet. Sadly, a lot of this is still happening on Facebook. I think you would be surprised to learn how many “Santas” and “Mrs. Clauses” you may be interacting with in the various Facebook groups are not who they appear to be. This is one of the reasons why I have stepped away from most of these groups on Facebook. With all the recent news about Facebook, it should be obvious that Facebook Group admins do not have the same level of control or the tools to monitor this activity – nor will they ever. Facebook Groups are the property of Facebook, not you. As always, if you have any issues, concerns, questions, comments, or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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    Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas ChristmasWeekly.com September 7, 2017 EXCERPT: There is a new Christmas movie headed to theaters this Christmas about Charles Dickens about his creation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas purists hate it. Already. The film has a stellar cast that features the dreamy-eyed Dan Stevens as Dickens and the legendary Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Here is the trailer: “This is a very presumptuous film,” said Christmas fan and would-be film critic, Arnold Yates, via MSN. “Charles Dickens was great but he certainly didn’t invent Christmas. Bah Humbug!” That sentiment is growing online as the preview makes the rounds. The movie purports to tell the story of the inspiration Dickens received in writing A Christmas Carol, a creation that supposedly saved his writing career. The bigger point seems to be the idea that because Dicken’s short story was so well received it also somehow saved Christmas in the process. Indeed, history recounts the surge in popularity Christmas enjoyed from 1843 forward in secular culture, both in England and in the United States. From that point forward society grew in appreciation of everything from Santa Claus to Christmas trees. But had that train already left the station when Dickens climbed aboard it? Indeed, that is true as well. Some 20 years previous to A Christmas Carol the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas was published and was already running on a traditional schedule every holiday season. Though few governments around the world recognized Christmas as a legal holiday it was widely celebrated faithfully in Christian churches and had been for centuries. We know enough of history for centuries before Dickens to know that while Christmas took a hit here and there it never suffered for want of attention. Many of the famous in history, from Christopher Columbus to George Washington and beyond famously celebrated Christmas and there is no denying it. This is what has so many Christmas fans upset, their love for Dickens notwithstanding. This movie, some contend, is just Hollywood’s way of promoting the secular Christmas and demeaning those who might have a spiritual tie to the season — people, indeed, like Dickens himself. SOURCE: https://christmasweekly.com/backlash-building-man-invented-christmas/
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    I do not want to inject into the debate - i did not see the post discussed but the above quote I think sums the discussion - "do no harm" - we have such a special opportunity to affect folks in a positive way - that must always be on our radar - we can not forget that - in or out of the red suit....
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    It's always Christmas in North Pole, Alaska May 16, 2018 by Amanda Bohman - Daily News Miner Excerpt: FAIRBANKS - North Pole’s town motto is “Where the spirit of Christmas lives year round,” and the city website—www.northpolealaska.com—has a counter showing how many days are left until Christmas, but there’s more to do in North Pole than check out where Santa Claus lives. The community 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks down the Richardson Highway has a network of trails, including an exercise path with stations for doing different kinds of strength training, a new library and a growing inventory of parks, including a music park, a dog park, a newly-expanded skate park and a new memorial park dedicated to people in uniform who have died in the line of duty. **** The Santa Claus House, the red and white building beside a 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa Claus statue, was originally a trading post and served as the first post office in North Pole. It’s now a gift shop and a top attraction along the Richardson Highway, where visitors can meet St. Nick and pick up some Christmas treasures. The Christmas-themed town of about 2,000 people is home to a large concentration of military veterans and hosts one of the most patriotic Fourth of July parades in the area. A street fair follows with games, family-friendly activities and vendors. One of the features of the block party is an ice-carving demonstration. SOURCE
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    Congratulations & welcome to the MOTM Club!
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    This has been an ongoing problem for me on FaceBook. I can NOT count the number of times I have been cloned and or hacked. Its even hard to get FB to close down your own account, especially when you've been cloned.... cause they don't believe its you! LOL It has nothing to do with the fact that they want to have BILLIONS of accounts for AD revenues. I have been lucky to tour much of FB corp offices in CA, and everywhere you look, there are posters..... "The Next Billion" as motivational materials for their employees.... Its a Corp Culture! With the shear numbers of members, and many Christmas Community people on FB, it has become a necessary EVIL way to attempt to keep in touch.
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    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by myself 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 May 2018 is Santa Andrew! Santa Andrew Featured ClausNet Member – May 2018 Profile: Santa Andrew Real Name: Andrew Location: Auckland New Zealand Website: www.santaandrew.co.nz Facebook: Santa Andrew ClausNet member since: 4 June 2013 Community Reputation (as of today): 48 – Nice! Our Featured Member of the Month for May 2018 lives closer to the South Pole than the North Pole. Santa Andrew is from New Zealand. Andrew joined our community in 2013 and has been portraying Santa Claus for six years now. We caught up with Andrew a few days ago, and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Santa Andrew: "I have been portraying Santa for 6 years now. How I started is a bit of a story so bear with me. I was a paramedic taking a patient from a doctor’s rooms to the hospital in early November 2012. I was walking down a corridor with a pharmacy on one side the doctors at the end of the corridor and the exit to the car park at the other end of the corridor. I met an old man walking down towards me. He had long white hair and a white beard. As we approached each other I said to the man ‘Santa what are you doing here?’ His reply was, ‘I’m here for my annual check-up it’s my big day coming up you know.’ He looked at me with my white beard and said, ‘It looks like I’ve found my new apprentice.’ We both laughed and passed each other. I looked around to say something else to him, but he had vanished. I did look for this gentleman in the pharmacy and the doctors to no avail. After this encounter, strange things started to happen. Small children were drawn to me. Previously they hated me. An old book turned up on the doorstep one day with just my name on it and no return address. Was this the naughty and nice book? So much to tell so little space on the page." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa Andrew: "In New Zealand, our Christmas is subdued so I’ve looked to the USA and all of the Santa’s I’ve seen have influenced me in one way or another." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa Andrew: "The joy of seeing a child who is scared to visit me come and sit with me and talk and have a photo." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa Andrew: "Visiting a neonatal unit for a child two weeks old who would not see Christmas and being able to make memories for the family." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa Andrew: "It would have to be Parades. I love Parades." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa Andrew: "I’m doing. It every gig is my favourite." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa Andrew: "After I left paramedical services, I now work in a retirement village." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa Andrew: "Golf, Fishing, anything outdoors. " ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa Andrew: "Has to be red." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Santa Andrew: "Burgers and Mac and cheese." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa Andrew: "Coke." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa Andrew: "Anything with chocolate." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa Andrew: "The last Samurai." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa Andrew: "The Santa Clause with Tim Allen." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa Andrew: "O’Little Drummer Boy." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa Andrew: "The Autobiography of Santa Claus." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa Andrew: "CEO of a Toy Factory." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa Andrew: "Cleaning up after me playing with toys." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa Andrew: "Board games including battleships." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa Andrew: "Seeing the Santa at the Auckland Farmers Building. Google it. Frightened me." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa Andrew: "A child came up to me and said, ‘Can you get daddy to stop hitting mummy?’ Hmmmm. My, my. What do I say now? Change the subject? Call the cops, I just said to mum if you need help call someone.’. ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa Andrew: "Google is my friend." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa Andrew: "There is a lot of knowledge and help there and people willing to offer advice. Thank you all." 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? Santa Andrew: "In the South Pacific, Christmas is in Summer with 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, so Santas are few and far between. My honest option is that portraying Santa is a calling." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa Andrew: "Be relaxed. Read about, ask about Santa, but above all, have fun and enjoy the moment with every child. Each child is different." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Santa Andrew: "As I have said New Zealand is in the middle of summer in December. It can be hot and uncomfortable. Being in the suit is hot uncomfortable. But it is so rewarding. I am trying to take the Christmas experience to a new level over here. It’s going to take time." Thank you Andrew! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa Andrew, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for May 2018!
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    and yes the toilets do flush the other way and there aint so much water in them
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    “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" has been a popular Christmas carol for nearly 150 years. Originally a poem by Henry Longfellow titled “Christmas Bells”, the text was set to music by composer John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905) in 1872. Born in Portland, Maine on February 27, 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was a 19th century scholar, novelist, and poet, known for works like 'Voices of the Night,' 'Evangeline' and 'The Song of Hiawatha.' On the morning of Christmas Day 1863, Longfellow was inspired to write a poem as he listened to church bells ringing throughout the town. The poem titled “Christmas Bells”, addresses Longfellow's deep despair at the time over the loss of his wife years earlier, his son who was wounded in the American Civil War, and the horrors of war. However, despite his sadness, in the end, Longfellow expresses his belief in God and innate hope that: God is not dead; nor doth he sleep The Wrong shall fail; The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men! Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth," I said; “For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
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    I could not agree more. At some point, we need to fit the character, not the other way around. All of the Santas trying to outdo each other with over-the-top gaudy and showy suits, they are missing a great opportunity. When we can help bring out an adults inner child, especially in front of their children...that can be a magical moment. When we force the character to conform to and stretch the character and traditional look of Santa, we pull further and further away from those adult’s childhood memories.
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    I saw the FB group posting some new guy gets himself a new suit and is attacked rather than helped. Then some guy calls him a fake Santa because he did not have a real beard. This happens all the time on Facebook. When do they realize we are portraying a fictional Character. No one is Santa and just because you grow a beard does not make you real. Work on your best image when portraying Santa, If you can't grow a reasonable real beard then look for the best designer beard yo can afford. Give the best portrayal you can leave those who see you with a memorable experience seeing the character of Santa Claus.
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    Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”. However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt. Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C. That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991. Below is Corporal Schmidt’s original version as printed in Leatherneck in 1991. Merry Christmas, My Friend by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand. On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land. With medals and badges, awards of all kind, a sobering thought soon came to my mind. For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen. This was the home of a U.S. Marine. I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door. And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone, Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home. He seemed so gentle, his face so serene, Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine. Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read? Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed? His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan. I soon understood, this was more than a man. For I realized the families that I saw that night, owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight. Soon around the Nation, the children would play, And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year, because of Marines like this one lying here. I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home. Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye. I dropped to my knees and I started to cry. He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice, “Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more. My life is my God, my country, my Corps.” With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep. I watched him for hours, so silent and still. I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill. So I took off my jacket, the one made of red, and covered this Marine from his toes to his head. Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold, with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold. And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride, and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside. I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight. But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure, said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.” One look at my watch and I knew he was right, Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.
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    Long before I became Santa, and in what now feels like another life altogether, I had a friend and a colleague at the newspaper I worked at who hated Christmas! For my friend, Doug, the only thing he liked was the increased advertising commissions and the Christmas bonus he received. He absolutely detested everything else about Christmas. Thought it was all silliness and lies. It was my favorite time of year! I loved the reason for celebrating Christmas! The home and hearth would be beautifully decorated, a Nativity would be prominently placed in the living room, an Advent calendar would be hung on the wall and the smell of a real pine tree brightly adorned and lit up with presents knee deep under it. I loved all the excitement, the twinkling lights and the smells. I would come home to a house full of excited children and my wife preparing a feast for us all to sit down and enjoy. For snacks, she made ginger and sugar cookies right out of the oven just about all day long. Bowls and bowls of popcorn would be popped and the children would sit down and string it to hang on the Christmas tree. More of it was eaten than was ever hung up, but then, things are always more fun on a full stomach. For Doug, it all changed one very cold early November evening. I was just returning from an assignment and saw he was still at work, so I stopped by his cubical and we started talking. Doug had just come back to the office from a meeting with Bill Anderson who owned a chain of appliance stores throughout the city. Bill was a very wealthy man. I also knew Bill pretty well and had great respect for him. Doug continued his story. A few days earlier, he had finished a meeting with a client and was heading for his parked car across the fountain plaza downtown. As he walked, a van parked alongside the fountain caught his attention where there were about 25 homeless people gathered around the back of it. As he passed the van, he saw three or four people at the back ladling out soup into bowls and handing it to those in line. One of the men helping to pass out the soup was someone Doug knew. It was Bill and he was dressed like he had just stepped out of the board room. He had a long, camel hair Pea coat on over his suit. Doug stopped and watched as the line dwindled down to a couple of people. Then Bill began going around and talking to a number of the homeless as they ate. Doug stayed in the dark shadows and watched. Bill was talking to one of the men who was a skuzzy looking young man, dressed in very light summer shirt and shorts. They talked for a few minutes, then Bill turned and began to walk back to the van. Very suddenly, Bill stopped and went back to the young man. The two of them talked for a couple more minutes before Bill took off his coat and helped the younger man to put it on. When he was finished, Bill headed back to the van. Doug was stunned at what he was seeing. That coat had to have cost more than a thousand dollars. Doug had never seen anything like it before! Here was this wealthy businessman who had worked hard through the years building his business giving this homeless guy his very expensive coat! The scene played over and over again in Doug's mind for a couple of days till he got up the nerve to call Bill and ask for an appointment. He kind of expected Bill to tell him to mind his own business. Bill welcomed Doug into his office and after dispensing with small talk, Doug told him what he had seen a couple of nights earlier. He only had one question for Bill, "Why would you do something like that?" Doug told me how Bill became very quiet as he told the story of what he had seen. After Doug was finished, Bill leaned forward and began to speak: Bill had been going down to the fountain to help feed the homeless for about a year and a half with others from his church. That evening, he had just finished a board meeting and had to hustle to get down there in time to help. He didn't normally go down in his suit and good coat. Bill told how he had been attending a Bible study before on Wednesday evenings and one evening the crew invited him to tag along with them to minister to the homeless. From that first evening, Bill found himself very humbled. As he prayed about what he had seen, he knew he was being directed by the Lord to continue ministering to the homeless. So he had been going out just about every Wednesday evening since and relationships with several of the men were actually growing pretty deep. Doug continued telling his story to me. He knew that I too was very involved in this work because I had told him about it before. The young man Bill had given his coat to was Ron and he was only 22 years old. He had run away from his parents home shortly before graduating high school and was living on the streets. When Bill had seen Ron, Bill rummaged around in the van to see if there was a blanket for him (the team usually took out woolen pile blankets to give out). Unfortunately all the blankets had been given out before Bill could put his hands on one for him. Bill further explained to Doug that he found himself trying to avoid Ron because he knew what the Lord was leading him to do. His coat was new and was tailored to fit, so it was quite expensive. But it was no use, and finally Bill went over to talk to him and gave Ron his coat. Ron was indeed dressed in summer attire and it was very cold out that November evening. As hard as it was for Doug to understand what Bill had done, what Bill said next was the most puzzling of all. Bill finished by telling Doug that what he had seen that evening, what Ron had received was only a small measure of what God had been working into Bill's life. From the very first night he had gone out, the Lord was cultivating into Bill's life the very heart of God for all mankind. And in that time, the one thing he had seen was how often the poor are very quick to embrace the love of God into their lives. He had come to understand that living wasn't about creating an empire, but that life, real life came by knowing Jesus and learning to love others, even sometimes at great personal expense. Bill saw that God was using this time to change him, make him more compassionate and loving toward others. Particularly those that in the past caused him roll up his car windows at intersections or look the other way before passing one of them on the street, the outcasts of our society. In the weeks that followed, Doug found himself profoundly impacted by what he had seen that evening and what he had been told about it. Doug quit with the cynical and sardonic comments and actually seemed to begin to enjoy the Christmas season. He had come to understand just what it was that made Christmas so important and why people rejoiced as they did. Doug learned how God's gift of His Son Jesus has impacted so many lives down through the ages, people like St Nicholas, and caused them to be compassionate and to give selflessly. I moved to a different city a few years later and have lost track of Doug (and Bill). But every Christmas since, I remember Doug and how he was changed by witnessing the selfless giving of a beautiful coat to someone else who desperately needed it. And I find myself rejoicing even more, because one more person has seen why Christ is so important to Christmas!
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    I am looking forward to this movie as well ,it looks fun.
  23. 1 point
    I'm looking forward to this movie. Charles Dickens had a very interesting life and the origins of his Christmas Carol and other Christmas novellas are fascinating.
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    English-born Canadian writer, Stephen Butler Leacock (1869 – 1944) is best known for his humorous fiction. At the height of his career between 1915 through 1925, Leacock was the most popular English-speaking writer in the world. The Errors of Santa Claus is one of several short stories included in Leacock’s book, Frenzied Fiction (1918). The Errors of Santa Claus by Stephen Butler Leacock It was Christmas Eve. The Browns, who lived in the adjoining house, had been dining with the Joneses. Brown and Jones were sitting over wine and walnuts at the table. The others had gone upstairs. "What are you giving to your boy for Christmas?" asked Brown. "A train," said Jones, "new kind of thing -- automatic." "Let's have a look at it," said Brown. Jones fetched a parcel from the sideboard and began unwrapping it. "Ingenious thing, isn't it?" he said. "Goes on its own rails. Queer how kids love to play with trains, isn't it?" "Yes," assented Brown. "How are the rails fixed?" "Wait, I'll show you," said Jones. "Just help me to shove these dinner things aside and roll back the cloth. There! See! You lay the rails like that and fasten them at the ends, so -- " "Oh, yes, I catch on, makes a grade, doesn't it? just the thing to amuse a child, isn't it? I got Willy a toy aeroplane." "I know, they're great. I got Edwin one on his birthday. But I thought I'd get him a train this time. I told him Santa Claus was going to bring him something altogether new this time. Edwin, of course, believes in Santa Claus absolutely. Say, look at this locomotive, would you? It has spring coiled up inside the fire box." "Wind her up," said Brown with great interest. "Let's her go." "All right," said Jones. "Just pile up two or three plates something to lean the end of the rails on. There, notice way it buzzes before it starts. Isn't that a great thing for kid, eh?" "Yes," said Brown. "And say, see this little string to pull the whistle! By Gad, it toots, eh? just like real?" "Now then, Brown," Jones went on, "you hitch on those cars and I'll start her. I'll be engineer, eh!" Half an hour later Brown and Jones were still playing trains on the dining-room table. But their wives upstairs in the drawing-room hardly noticed their absence. They were too much interested. "Oh, I think it's perfectly sweet," said Mrs. Brown. "Just the loveliest doll I've seen in years. I must get one like it for Ulvina. Won't Clarisse be perfectly enchanted?" "Yes," answered Mrs. Jones, "and then she'll have all the fun of arranging the dresses. Children love that so much. Look, there are three little dresses with the doll, aren't they cute? All cut out and ready to stitch together." "Oh, how perfectly lovely!" exclaimed Mrs. Brown. "I think the mauve one would suit the doll best, don't you, with such golden hair? Only don't you think it would make it much nicer to turn back the collar, so, and to put a little band — so?" "What a good idea!" said Mrs. Jones. "Do let's try it. Just wait, I'll get a needle in a minute. I'll tell Clarisse that Santa Claus sewed it himself. The child believes in Santa Claus absolutely." And half an hour later Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Brown were so busy stitching dolls' clothes that they could not hear the roaring of the little train up and down the dining table, and had no idea what the four children were doing. Nor did the children miss their mothers. "Dandy, aren't they?" Edwin Jones was saying to little Willie Brown, as they sat in Edwin's bedroom. "A hundred in a box, with cork tips, and see, an amber mouthpiece that fits into a little case at the side. Good present for Dad, eh? "Fine!" said Willie appreciatively. "I'm giving Father cigars." "I know, I thought of cigars too. Men always like cigars and cigarettes. You can't go wrong on them. Say, would you like to try one or two of these cigarettes? We can take them from the bottom. You'll like them, they're Russian — away ahead of Egyptian." "Thanks," answered Willie. "I'd like one immensely. I only started smoking last spring — on my twelfth birthday. I think a feller's a fool to begin smoking cigarettes too soon, don't you? It stunts him. I waited till I was twelve." "Me too," said Edwin, as they lighted their cigarettes. "In fact, I wouldn't buy them now if it weren't for Dad. I simply had to give him something from Santa Claus. He believes in Santa Claus absolutely, you know." And, while this was going on, Clarisse was showing little Ulvina the absolutely lovely little bridge set that she got for her mother. "Aren't these markers perfectly charming?" said Ulvina. "And don't you love this little Dutch design — or is it Flemish, darling?" "Dutch," said Clarisse. "Isn't it quaint? And aren't these the dearest little things, for putting the money in when you play. I needn't have got them with it — they'd have sold the rest separately — but I think it's too utterly slow playing without money, don't you?" "Oh, abominable," shuddered Ulvina. "But your mamma never plays for money, does she?" "Mamma! Oh, gracious, no. Mamma's far too slow for that. But I shall tell her that Santa Claus insisted on putting in the little money boxes." "I suppose she believes in Santa Claus, just as my mamma does." "Oh, absolutely," said Clarisse, and added, "What if we play a little game! With a double dummy, the French way, or Norwegian Skat, if you like. That only needs two." "All right," agreed Ulvina, and in a few minutes they were deep in a game of cards with a little pile of pocket money beside them. About half an hour later, all the members of the two families were again in the drawing-room. But of course nobody said anything about the presents. In any case they were all too busy looking at the beautiful big Bible, with maps in it, that the Joneses had brought to give to Grandfather. They all agreed that, with the help of it, Grandfather could hunt up any place in Palestine in a moment, day or night. But upstairs, away upstairs in a sitting-room of his own Grandfather Jones was looking with an affectionate eye at the presents that stood beside him. There was a beautiful whisky decanter, with silver filigree outside (and whiskey inside) for Jones, and for the little boy a big nickel-plated Jew's harp. Later on, far in the night, the person, or the influence, or whatever it is called Santa Claus, took all the presents and placed them in the people's stockings. And, being blind as he always has been, he gave the wrong things to the wrong people — in fact, he gave them just as indicated above. But the next day, in the course of Christmas morning, the situation straightened itself out, just as it always does. Indeed, by ten o'clock, Brown and Jones were playing the with train, and Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Jones were making dolls' clothes, and the boys were smoking cigarettes, and Clarisse and Ulvina were playing cards for their pocket-money. And upstairs — away up — Grandfather was drinking whisky and playing the Jew's harp. And so Christmas, just as it always does, turned out right after all.
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    This PDF file will help you enter your name into the official Santa Claus Oath Book that will be embedded in the November 2010 ceremony in Santa Claus, Indiana.
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