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    Just a tip when using a broker or agent for Santa or anything else...If the contract or agreement is incomplete, make sure it is complete to your satisfaction before signing it. If terms are not spelled out for time of payment or breaks or model release, etc. etc...then make sure you insist that those terms are added. You don't need to feel like you are being a prima donna or unreasonable. It is not unreasonable to have specific payment terms or working conditions spelled out in a contract...it is just good sense. If someone offers a vague contract and is resistant to having specific details outlined, then that is a HUGE red flag. For example...I have a very detailed paragraph that is added to every model release that I sign that protects me and the image of Santa Claus that I am representing. The addition of this paragraph is a deal breaker for me...but I have yet to have anyone refuse to add it to a contract. Don't be afraid to add your own Santa 'clause' to any contract that you feel is incomplete.
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    I have had the opportunity to be blessed with the Manna of St. Nicholas on three separate occasions. Each time it was a very emotional experience.
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    I thought Phil had started his journey to becoming Santa when he was just four years old. I did, after all, read his backstory --- and, as you can imagine, I've learned quite a lot from it. He is, and I know you'll all agree with me, one of the true giants of the Kringleverse. (This coming from me, one of the younger whippersnappers of Santa-dom.) Anyway, Jim Manning has a tremendous backstory, and I share it because, as I have believed for many years, every person has a story worth sharing. All we need to do is take the time to listen.
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    As you begin your bookings for the season I would like to offer some suggestions when finding yourself unable to accept a request. As a reminder, when declining a prospective clients request be sure to do the following: 1. Express your thankfulness for their request. 2. Tell them you are honored that they requested you. 3. If it's a residential request, express being humbled that they have offered to open their home to you. 4. Include your regrets that you will not be able to be a part of their Christmas celebrations this season. 5. Tell them why you must decline. 6. Don't be cocky or flippant in your communications. Be polite. I am sure you can tailor these suggestions to fit your own personality. But don't discourage them from seeking your SANTA presence in the future. Declining, is also part of your marketing. Just my thoughts
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    Last year I decided to stop using placement brokers. Did do 2 events for them but that was it. I decided we do the work and they get paid and one of the brokers I have noticed how much free time they have for thereselfs. I did get paid but I had the best year I have ever had. I couldn't of done it without Marty and his advice.
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    Here is the difference between my agency and these. My agency gives me a payment schedule when I sign the contract each year for Neiman Marcus. I get payments during the season to pay out the hours I work. And they are all on time every single year. Guess when NM pays them? They just got the entire amount in one payment 2 weeks ago. So my agent pays me WELL in advance of them getting paid. Months in advance. My agency has ethics and they do business ethically. They could easily say, "We'll pay you when we get paid." But they have a business to run and if their talent does not get paid on time, they loose business because the talent goes elsewhere.
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    I wish more did speak out! ...And because the Santas do not speak out, she, and others like her, continue to dance their tune.
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    So here's the deal for the 2017 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Starring the Rockettes. November 10th, 2017 to New Year's Day, 2018. Charles Edward Hall begins his 27th season on the Great Stage; and expect ol' Howard Graham to be in the lobby again this season. http://www.rockettes.com/christmas
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    The German Nussknacker (Nutcracker) is a timeless symbol of the Christmas season. Originating near the Erzebirge regions of Germany, decorative Nutcrackers in the form soldiers, knights, and kings have existed since the late 17th century. A close cousin to the Nutcracker is the Räuchermänner. Commonly known as “Smokers” or “Smoking Men”, Räuchermänner are similar to Nutcrackers in that they are both colorful, carved wooden figures and both originate from Erzegebirge. However, instead of cracking nuts, Räuchermänner are used to burn incense known as Räucherkerzchen. Literally meaning "little smoking candle", a Räucherkerzchen is a small cone of incense burned at Christmas time. The emergence of Räucherkerzen goes back to the use of frankincense in Catholic liturgy. The Räucherkerzchen are made from the resin of the frankincense tree, mixed with charcoal, potato flour, sandalwood and beech paste. The substances are ground and mixed into a moist dough, then shaped into a cone and dried. Räucherkerzchen come in a wide variety of fragrances ranging from traditional Christmas scents like, frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, and balsam to the more exotic like sandalwood, honey, and others. Unlike Nutcrackers, which tend to represent political, military, or religious figures, Räuchermänner traditionally resemble common folk such as: shepherds, farmers, bakers, carpenters, chimney sweeps, and other tradespeople. Over the years, these figures have evolved into a wide variety of styles. Today Räuchermänner can be found in all sorts of variations, especially Christmas themes such as Santa Claus, Elves, and Snowmen. The Räuchermänner is made up of two pieces that fit together to create one body. The upper part of the body is hollow so that an incense cone can be placed on top of the lower half of the body. When the incense is lit, smoke then billows out of a hole carved in the mouth to resemble a man smoking a pipe. Its nostalgic charm has made the Räuchermänner a Christmas tradition in Germany for hundreds of years. Unlike their Nutcracker cousins, who are often depicted as bearish and grim faced, Räuchermänner seem friendlier; almost jovial. But perhaps what has made the Räuchermänner so popular is that these little wooden figures represent the work of the common man.
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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 great way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members! We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member of the month for May 2017 is AClaustoRemember! AClaustoRemember Featured ClausNet Member - May 2017 Profile: AClaustoRemember Real Name: John Location: Union Beach, New Jersey USA Facebook: StNicholasSleigh ClausNet member since: 28 December 2016 Community Reputation (as of today): 10 – Nice! This month’s featured member joined us only a few months ago. AClaustoRemember aka Santa John joined the ClausNet Community in December 2016. I love doing these interviews as I am always amazed how much we all have in common. We caught up with Santa John 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 Don: "I started playing Santa quite by accident. I was a Sophomore in High School and found the suit my grandfather used to be Santa for myself and my brother and sister. I wore it to school just before break to goof around and then one of my friends parents asked me to do a Christmas party for them and it has snowballed every year since." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa Don: "My Grandfather will always be, in my humble opinion, the Santa to strive for. He may have had a really bad fake beard and his suit wasn’t the best, but the love and kindness that always shown through. That will always be the Santa I want to be." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa John: "The kids. There is nothing that beats knowing you just made a magical Christmas memory for someone." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa John: "I was in college and it was the winter break finals I had gone to the final dressed as Santa and as I left the final I met up with a group quite by chance that was going caroling to the on campus daycare center. They went in and after about three songs they sang Santa Claus is coming to town and I entered all of the kids except for one little girl went crazy surrounding me and all asking questions seemingly at the same time. After settling them down I walk over to the quiet girl who at this point was clutching a teddy bear and got down on my knees and asked her why she was being so shy. She never answered me, she just dropped the teddy bear and gave me what I believe to be to this day the biggest hug. Will never forget that." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa John: "I have a family that I have visited as Santa every Christmas Eve since High school. They are my oldest and dearest clients.’." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa John: "I would love to do something affiliated with Disney! Short of that living less than a half hour away from NYC, I think a Macy's Santa would be awesome too." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa John: "I still work. I own and operate a Funeral Home. My family has done this for five generations now. I am also the proud father of two extraordinary kids that during the Christmas season are only referred to Jingle and Jangle and they help me with my many visits." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa John: "My biggest hobby is movies my Son and I travel all over to visit different movie theaters and we generally see most movies their opening weekend." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa John: "You would think red because as I am sure all of us Santas have oceans of red in our wardrobes, but I would have to say Purple." ClausNet: What are your favorite foods? Santa John: "Pizza is always high on my list and of course cookies." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa Don: " Coke always." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa John: "Sugar!" ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa John: "This is a hard one. I have so many favorites. So I think I am gonna answer with my most memorable movie, which was the original Spider-Man movie. It was the first movie I saw with my son." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa John: " Cliché I know but, ‘It's a wonderful life’." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa John: "’The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ followed closely by ‘Baby It's Cold Outside’." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa John: "Behind the Red Suit." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa John: "My retirement plan is to sell my business and buy a movie theater." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa Don: "Porta-Potty Delivery. I say that because my grandfather (my Mom's Dad) was in construction and when I was growing up he used to tease me and tell me that I should get in the porta-potty business. ‘They'll call you Johnny on the spot’, he joked. ‘You could wear your dress clothes under your overalls you could go right from work out to drinks and no one would ever know’. He always kidded like that." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa Don: "I had a robot toy called 2XL that asked questions based on the 8 track tape you plugged into him. I loved that toy. I was devastated when it broke. Little did I know that later in life I would wear 2XL not play with one." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa Don: "It was the year I figured out that it was my grandfather was playing Santa. I remember it vividly because of all the things that would give it away, was the gardening gloves he wore because he didn’t have any white ones. I also managed to ruin it for everyone else because of course I blurted it out as he gave me my present." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa Don: "The hardest questions I get are usually from those kids who are of the non-believing age and ask all of the questions that you can't possibly know. What is my mom’s name? What color is my house? I am thankful when parents are around and give helpful clues, but I would much rather in those situations they would help diffuse the situations by moving the kids along." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa John: "I quite frankly stumbled across ClausNet. Although I have been portraying Santa, it is only really this year that I have taken it seriously; and that was only because I got involved with a local Toys For Tots charity. I felt like they deserved better than some guy who threw on a suit and called himself Santa. So I attended the Charles W. Howard Santa School in October and have devoured any and all information I can stuff into this head regarding Santa. Since then, I am truly driven to be the best Santa I can be." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa John: "The community is awesome and supportive. Just about any issue is already covered in the forums and the few times I have asked a question, the help came swiftly and abundantly. When I was an intern as a funeral director I worked for many different funeral homes as much as I could learning for each place I worked. I kind of view ClausNet the same way; gathering as much info as I can and adapt what I think is best." 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 John: "Just my Grandfather." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa Don: "Deep breaths things will get challenging you will get through you just need to believe as much as you need them to believe....that and always bring someone with you that can move things along when need be so Santa doesn’t look like the bad guy and you can diffuse a troubling situation." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Santa Don: "Every year before my first visit as I am getting ready I sit my kids down and we watch ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’ and we promise to make sure that no one ever has to have that kind of year." Thank you John! Everyone, please join me in congratulating AClaustoRemember, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for May 2017!
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    Bob #4 I can grow my own but it wouldn't look good or right, so TBS is the way I go, plus it reminds me of when I was a child and Santa would visit The Hess's Brothers Department store in Allentown PA.
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    Two gentlemen you would have to work at to not like!
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    A big kid is in charge at the Thinker Toys Store From the Northern Virginia Daily of Strasburg | Posted: 05-24-2017 EXCERPT: WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA --- Aaron Bowman proudly confesses that at the age of 34, he's just a big kid who loves his job. The lanky, affable Bowman is owner and sole full-time employee of Thinker Toys, on the corner of Braddock and Cork Streets here in Winchester, where he admits that he's literally played with every game offered for sale at the store. "When I get a new toy in, I always need to find out how it works so that I can describe it," says Bowman, who likes to talk about the toy either to the adult buying it as a gift, or to the child accompanying who wants it. And as the name implies, this ain't no video store. "We don't have anything that runs on batteries, where all you do is turn it on and just watch it do something," says Bowman. The shelves and aisles are stacked with several hundred toys, games and puzzles, including a few 1000-piece puzzle sets that appeal a lot more to adults than to the store's key clientele: kids ages 3 to 12. Bowman literally grew up surrounded by toys. His parents operated a toy store in the former Dayton's Farmer's Market, now called Market Dayton, where his parents now own and operate Crafty Hands, a store specializing in quality jewelry, pottery and crafts. "I never really planned on owning a toy store," admits Bowman. "I got my degree in computer science at James Madison University in 2005, and for the next four years I was a computer programmer here in Northern Virginia," followed by about three years doing various odd jobs. "I just didn't like the whole office atmosphere," he says. "I just needed some time to think on my own." So he moved back to the Shenandoah Valley because "I love the valley, the mountains, the trees, the nice people, and I love it that things are calmer and everyone else isn't in a hurry." ............ "Most of the stuff we sell isn't in Toys R Us," says Bowman. "Smaller stores can provide better service because they have people who care." SOURCE:
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    Mele Kalikimaka, indeed! What an awesome story, Santa Ross! Congratulations, and, dare I say it, aloha!
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    Relics of Saint Nicholas, the REAL Santa Claus, leave Italy for the first time in 1000 years by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., via breitbart.com | Posted: 05-22-2017 EXCERPT: BARI, ITALY --- Relics of the fourth-century St. Nicholas, who inspired the beloved figure of Santa Claus, have left Italy for the first time in over 1000 years, arriving in Moscow for veneration by the Russian Orthodox Church. The remains of St. Nicholas have been housed here in the southern Italian village of Bari since 1087 A.D., when they were brought over from present-day Turkey by a group of Italian-born merchants. In what is being described as "an historic event," a "gesture of love and peace," and a "seed of ecuminism," relics of the saint have left Bari for the first time in more than 970 years, to be transferred to Moscow, where the sainted Bishop of Myra is particularly loved. A 5" bone fragment from the saint's rib was deposited in a golden reliquary adorned with precious stones and bas reliefs that recount the life and miracles of Nicholas. The relic arrived in Moscow on a special flight from Italy on Sunday afternoon, and will remain there through this week before being transferred to St. Petersburg, and and eventually back to Bari. The sharing of the relic is being touted as being fruit from the historic encounter between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, just prior to the Pope's visit to Mexico City in February 2016. SOURCE:
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    What a blessed occasion and wonder-filled gift to the Russian Orthodox Church. I am sure is Holiness Patriarch Kirill is thrilled. May The peace of Our Blessed Saint bring all of the Orthodox Churches together, and the Spirit of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be praised. +++ In His Love and Service, His Humble and Unworthy Servant, +Fr. Kevin J. Fletcher aka Kris
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    What it's like working as a professional Santa Claus by Rachel Gillett, Business Insider, 12-22-2016, 3:28 PM EST EXCERPT: BOSTON, MASS. --- Not everyone can portray Santa Claus for a living. Sure, anyone can don a Santa hat, beard, and suit, and invite parents to plop the kids onto their lap. But to play a convincing Santa that kids can cherish forever, and to make a living at doing it, you must literally become Santa Claus --- and that process takes a lot of work. For Jim Manning, a full-time children's entertainer who has portrayed Santa in the Boston area for the last 13 years, learning how to become the perfect Father Christmas meant attending several Santa Claus schools, picking up a few tricks of the trade from other Santas, and learning the nuances of the job by means of trial and error. When he's not making appearances at holiday parties dressed as the man in red, or being the guest of honor at the City of Boston Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, he keeps his skills sharp for the other 11 months of the year as "Jungle Jim" of Jungle Jim's of Boston. This professional Santa also understands the value of a top-notch beard --- no straggly, wispy nonsense or anything that could easily get pulled off, mind you --- and he knows, too, that keeping those kids happy means getting down to their level. And perhaps most importantly, to truly transform yourself into the magical elf, Manning tells Business Insider, you have to really love kids --- and you have to believe that it's your job to be a beacon of joy, hope and love to them, no matter what. Below, Jim Manning shares his personal journey toward becoming a professional Santa Claus: SOURCE:
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    That's right, Michael. Often times, I tend to forget about those more really important milestones of Phil's backstory.
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    This is a pretty good read, I suggest you click on the SOURCE link and take a few minutes to obsorb what's being said in the interview and how & how it's presented. Good find Elf Without!
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    'I'll Be Next Door for Christmas,' first holiday movie to use Equity crowdfunding, launched by filmmakers with 4 Emmys and an Oscar From WireUpdate.com, 05-19-2017 EXCERPT: LOS ANGELES --- That Christmas Movie, LLC (startengine/startup/thatchristmasmovie) recently launched an investment crowdfunding campaign to produce the witty family comedy "I'll Be Next Door for Christmas" --- the first such opportunity of its kind in the U.S. Investors responded, and the campaign reached over 300% of its minimum goal within days on the premier equity crowdfunding platform, StartEngine. "Unlike the Kickstarter campaigns, where you simply make donations or buy rewards, equity crowdfunding gives you a financial interest in an actual company. We're gonna give audiences more than just a movie. We're gonna give them a chance to be part of the actual filmmaking process, as well as the chance to actually make money while doing so," said producer-director David Willis, Founder and CEO of That Christmas Movie, LLC (http://www.thatchristmasmovie.com). "Not only is 'I'll Be Next Door for Christmas' the world's first Christmas movie to use investment crowdfunding, it's the very first feature-length narrative to successfully do so in the United States. Now, the average person can have something that the big Hollywood stars always get: the chance to make money from a real movie." "We believe in this project, and we're so excited to be able to tell this story," said executive producer Jay Kogen, a winner of four Emmy Awards for The Simpsons and Frasier, and currently executive producer of the hit Nickelodeon series School of Rock. "One of the really cool things about people becoming involved in a project like this is that once it's finished and been released, it's a pretty great feeling to actually say, 'Hey, I made all that happen.' " The project, now currently accepting investments, was made possible through the JOBS Act, which was signed into law with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2012; and Regulation Crowdfunding, which went into effect just last year. This means the 90-plus percent of the population who weren't previously allowed to invest in start-ups can now take advantage of these opportunities. SOURCE:
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    Capital Voices: 'I probably see 10,000 children a year' by Bruce Deachman, the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Citizen | Posted: 05-17-2017 EXCERPT: OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA --- In anticipation of Canada's Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Citizen's Bruce Deachman has been seeking out Ottawans --- 150 of them --- to hear their stories of life, death, hope, love, the everyday and the extraordinary. We'll be sharing one story each day until Canada Day. "I decided to leave the North Pole back at the end of the 1980's or so, to find out exactly how all the kids were reacting to all the various toys that they wanted, and to give them the opportunity to tell me, face-to-face, what kinds of toys they wanted, and whether or not we were developing the right sort of trademarks back up at the North Pole. And so they started talking about all the trucks and the Barbie dolls, and the various books that they love to read. That's one of the things I always like to do: talk about the books, and not just the playful items. "It's worked out pretty well. I've been here now for some 29 years, and I've been having a great time doing it. To see those sparkles in their eyes, and the smiles on their faces for just those 30 seconds to two minutes that they are totally intent on sitting on Santa's lap, and Santa is totally intent on listening to what they have to say is magical. And Christmas is magical. Who would want to destroy that kind of upbringing in children these days? "Here at Billings, I probably see 10,000 children a year. And the best part of it is that now I'm starting to see the kids of the kids that I saw when I first started here. They keep coming back and I keep coming here to listen to them and to their tales, and looking at the pictures. They bring in the pictures and they say, 'Santa, we don't understand it. Here we are in the 1990's when we were 4 and 5 years old, and that's you. And now we're back here with our kids today, and that's you in the picture again, but you're not getting any older. But look at us: We're parents today, and we're definitely aging.' But Santa is always there for the youth. He's ageless. ......... "Christmas is love, and it's best described as what's in the room at Christmas if you just stop opening up all the presents and take the time to listen." --- Santa Claus, Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, 12-10-2016 SOURCE:
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    A Year-Round Project: Local Christmas Child workers never stop by Amie Knowles, the Martinsville, Virginia Bulletin | Posted: 05-17-2017 EXCERPT: MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA --- Most people think about Operation: Christmas Child when November comes around. Families gather supplies, head to the church and pack shoeboxes full of needed supplies and toys, to give to children all over the world. But there's more to the operation than just a typical seasonal program. In fact, there are local workers who can still be found hard at work throughout the year. "There's two ways to do shoeboxes. Most folks think about it as a seasonal opportunity," said Penny Denny, area coordinator for the operation's Blue Ridge district. "We have a behind-the-scenes group who works year-'round." The number of shoeboxes donated by these groups during "Collection Week," the third week each November, are truly astounding. "Some do hundreds. Some do thousands," explained Ms. Denny, a longtime Collinsville resident. "We have one individual who does just over 1000 all by herself." These groups and individuals all have their own unique style. One group, for example, sews dresses at Mayo Baptist Church in Spencer, while others bargain shop all year long. "We have some churches that have one or two people that buy after-holiday clearance markdowns," Ms. Denny continued. "They'll go in and buy at half-price, or 75% off." A few other groups will simply combine their forces and pool their resources. "We have a lot of churches who go in together," said Ms. Denny. "Some of them are in the process of purchasing 5000 bars of soap at 10 cents per bar." Last year, associates from across the Blue Ridge district donated a grand total of 13,191 shoeboxes to the Operation: Christmas Child program. Residents of Patrick County made up 853 of those donations, while the Martinsville-Henry County Region gave 3468 boxes to the charity. Donors in Franklin County gave 8870 boxes to the nonprofit organization. "Our goal is 15,000 this year," said Ms. Denny. SOURCE:
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    Extras needed for Good Behavior Christmas episode from WWAY-TV/DT, Wilmington, North Carolina | Posted: 05-17-2017, 11:46 AM EST EXCERPT: WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA --- It's Christmas in May for the cast of Good Behavior. The TNT series is filming its Christmas episode tomorrow morning. The series is looking for real families (children, teens, adults) of all ethnicities, ages 6 and up, to be paid extras. You must be able to provide your own business/business-casual, winter dressy attire, etc. Pay is $64 for up to 8 hours and time and a half for every hour after that. Call time could be as early as 5:30 to 6 a.m., and filming days could last up to 12+ hours. SOURCE:
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    Silent auction and raffles to benefit Rich Huff Fund from The Daily Item, Sunsville, PA | Posted: 05-17-2017 EXCERPT: LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA ---- "Operation: Santa Claus," the 6th annual fundraiser for the Rich Huff Fund, will be held this Friday and Saturday at the United in Christ Lutheran Church near West Milton. There will be themed gift baskets, quilts, and jewelry. Food will be served on both days. Created in 2013, the Rich Huff Fund honors the memory of Huff, a longtime member of United in Christ's congregation who died after suffering complications of smoke inhalation during a house fire. For many years, Huff had been the Santa Claus at the Lycoming Mall, near Muncy. The fund helps area children in need with items like clothing and shoes, beds, mattresses and bedding, prescriptions, school lunches throughout the school year --- and, of course, gifts at Christmas. The fund also awards three $500 scholarships to area high school seniors who have demonstrated the spirit of helping children in need. In October, the Baby Steps Pantry opened its doors at United in Christ Lutheran Church. The pantry hands out free diapers to families in need from all over Milton, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Warrior Run, and surrounding communities. The diaper pantry is open between 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month. The silent auction and raffles will be held this Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at United in Christ Lutheran Church, 1875 Churches' Road in Lewisburg, 2.5 miles from West Milton. The church is one of the historic "Twin Churches." Winners need not be present to win. SOURCE:
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    7 On Your Side gets letter from Santa asking for help by Nina Pineda, WABC-TV/DT abc7 Eyewitness News, New York City | Posted: 05-11-2017, 6:06 PM EST EXCERPT: DUNELLON, New Jersey (WABC) -- You don't want to get on the bad side of Santa, do you? These are Santas who fill in when Santa gets too busy and can't make it down from the North Pole. One in New York, the other in New Jersey. But both sent out a letter to us when they both say they got grinched. Santa's putting on his best chuckle, but he hasn't been feeling so jolly since last Christmas. He's talking about The Best Santa Claus Agency that books Santa's helpers - nationwide. "I was like what going on here?", he said. This popular Santa was booked to spread joy at phone store openings in our area. But he only got partial payment. "Grinched," out more than a grand. "Christmas Eve I did two events in the Bronx," said Santa's helper, Rick Thomsen. But, even though his checks stopped coming, Santa showed up on his busiest night of the year. "It's the season. It's the smiles, who gonna stiff Santa?" said Santa Rick. "Who on Earth would want to rip off Santa Claus?" One Santa, Daniel Hanson says The Best Santa Claus Agency owes him too, more than $1300 in fees. He blames the company owner who calls herself Cindy Claus. "She talked a big game, hired all these Santas nationwide," said Santa Daniel. And ever since spreading Christmas cheer? Crickets. "I shot 'em an email, no response, phone call no response message on Facebook, no response," said Santa Daniel. So Santa shot an email to us. So we reached out to Cindy Claus. "Oh my goodness so thank you merry much oh my goodness YES!!" said Santa Rick. Finally presents for Santa, both paid in full. We checked with the stores where Santa showed up, the parent company said they paid the agency on time. So why didn't Cindy Claus pay her Santas? She said she was "advised by her lawyer not to comment on this past situation." In all we helped recover more than $2300 for Santa. That should help get us on the nice list next holiday! SOURCE:
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    There has been much fuming about this on Facebook. She defends herself quite vapidly when it seems she is doing nothing but harming her business.
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    This particular case doesn't involve a couple of Santas, but many. BEWARE Not paying Santa as contracted has been Cindy Claus' mode of operation for many years. It gets worse year after year, and there is always a new crop of Santa's entering the industry who are unaware whom she can prey upon. In my opinion, too many people think that working as a mall Santa is the epitome of success and the pinnacle of one's Santa Claus career. Being a mall Santa is not easy, it takes a lot of stamina and involves many hours of of commitment. The wear and tear coupled with stress and exposure to many communicative illnesses alone should give anyone pause to consider "is it worth it?" The pay? Far less than what the average Santa was payed a couple of decades ago. Once you understand that the agent is making as much or more than you do for your appearance you would understand Eileen's quoted question. Combine the issue of not getting paid as contracted would really make you wonder how unscrupulous agents could continue to operate. Not all agents are as unscrupulous as Cindy, there are some good ones. What I really do not understand is why more ripped off Santas don't speak out. I am happy that a few, as those in this news story have gone public, It is however, just the tip of the iceberg. Nothing new, a Leopard can't change her spots. And why should she, if the Claus Community puts up with her.
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    I'm so sorry that these Santa's are getting taken for a ride, and getting Grinched! If I were them I too would find another agency to work for,, lets not give these agencies or in this case one in particular, another chance to cheat our Fellow Santas....
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    This company, as well as Nationwide Santas (Gina Bacon), pull this stunt with regularity. You hear/read from Santas every year, year after year, about not or only partially getting paid. And that it takes months, sometimes into February and March before final payments are made...or as in this case MAY! Why does anyone still continue to work for these outfits?
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    Maybe treat the Best Santa Claus Agency with a little caution if you have to go through this much trouble to get paid.
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    Incognito Robber~! No one would even notice him. Claus' involved in Christmas in July events, be careful you are not arrested as a suspect.
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    Free Trip Tuesday: Santa Claus, Indiana by Natasha Rohlfing, KTVI-TV/DT (Fox 2), St. Louis, Missouri | Posted: 05-09-2017, 10 a.m. CDT EXCERPT: SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA --- It may be summertime, but just three hours to the east of St. Louis, it's Christmas all year 'round! In the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana, families enjoy an exciting, laid-back vacation with two days at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari and overnights in Rudolph's Christmas Cabins at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. Holiday World, named by TripAdvisor.com as the Midwest's #1 water park, is the home of the Thunderbird, the nation's only launched wing rollercoaster, along with Mammoth, the reigning Guinness World Record-holder for longest ever water coaster. Parents enjoy the family-friendly park's FREE soft drinks, FREE parking, FREE sunscreen and FREE Wi-Fi --- plus the FREE shuttle service from the campground, where visitors may rent a cabin or RV or simply bring their own camping equipment. Also, the Santa Claus Museum reveals the full history of the town and its iconic Post Office; Santa's Toys provides festive shopping, and Santa's Stables offers trail rides. SOURCE:
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    Santa's salary up a whisker in 2016 by Jason Gibbs, Las Cruces, NM Sun-News | Posted: 12-25-2016, 1:01 AM Mountain Time EXCERPT: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO --- After a year of disappointing stories about corporate CEO salaries being astronomically higher than those of their fellow workers in their companies, here's a refreshing bit of news: Santa Claus' annual paycheck for 2016 rose only by a whisker over the last year. While the Right Jolly Old Elf doesn't necessarily need to release his own tax information to the public, of course, the online insurance service Insure.com estimates St. Nick's annual income at $146,309. To reach that total sum, the Insure.com team broke down Santa's job description into categories, estimated what portion of each day was spent doing a specific part of that job, and applied an average national salary to the results. The largest portion of the goodies in Santa's bank bag comes from his duties as head of the Workshop. Figuring 8 hours a day, 364 days a year, that industrial engineering role nets him some $122,000. A little over $5000 is allocated for his role as a labor relations specialist (as in negotiating with his Elves) and pulling in around $2000 to $3000 each for being a professional shopper, wrapping up the gifts, reading the letters, and sitting in malls all over the world visiting with children of all ages. As a professional snowplow driver at the North Pole, Santa rakes in about $3300 for 30 minutes per day, 360 days each year. Of course he also socks away additional income for such things as being an investigator and list-checker, caring for his trusty team of reindeer, going down chimneys, distributing gifts, and piloting his sleigh for ten hours a day, one day a year. The smallest portion of Santa's annual income traces to his customary farewell sign-off, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" for which he earns exactly 19 cents for 0.01 hours of labor. All told, the tally helps him to continue in his business of maintaining production, distribution and tracking systems for good little girls and boys. He even owns his own home, says online realty site Zillow.com, valued at $656,957! That's for one 2500-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath residence with a detached workshop and stables on the grounds. There's also ample parking for the sleigh in the garage. But, say the Zillow.com crew, Santa isn't selling. His North Pole home is listed as unavailable. SOURCE:
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    Alexander's Print celebrates Christmas in May in Lindon by Karissa Neely, Provo, Utah Daily Herald | Posted: 05-06-2017 EXCERPT: LINDON, UTAH --- It was a warm, sunny day outside, but at Alexander's Print Shop in Lindon, it was Christmas. "Such a fun idea," said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Timpanogos Regional Medical Center, strolling among tables decorated with candy canes and large red and green lollipops. Alexander's was all decked out with Elves, gingerbread houses and Santas to celebrate its annual Christmas in May client appreciation luncheon. Jeff Alexander, founder and president of Alexander's, said that to do a themed lunch for his clients is an annual thing, only this year they'd decided to add a little twist: In keeping with the "season of giving" theme, clients and employees collected items for the Utah Food Bank and donated them that day. "Jeff decided that he wanted to focus on the spirit of giving, which unfortunately seems to be felt only once a year. So that's why we decided this event should also be a food drive," explained Christine Marsh, Marketing Team Leader for Alexander's, commenting via e-mail. "We hope that we can come together as a community to help those who are struggling right outside our doors." Founded in 1979, Alexander's has been doing themed lunches for years, as a way to thank current clients and to show off just what the company can really do. This year, with more than 100 clients and customers in attendance, the food drive was a tremendous success. Alexander plans to incorporate service into future luncheons. ..... Though he's old enough to retire, Jeff Alexander says he has no plans to do that any time soon. He's still enjoying what he does every day, and it showed at the luncheon, where he chatted and kidded around with his customers. The business now runs in the family as well, as some of his children are now working at the company, and even a few of his longtime employees' kids are now employees themselves. "We're a really big family here," he said before heading off to welcome more guests, or answer a question or two, or even help out someone finish up a task. SOURCE:
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    what do you do when your not the big guy
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    May Your Flowers forever bloom and your veggies ever nourish your body and Soul Praying for you and your family always, Rev. Kev & Rev. Kim
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    I retired as a Head College Soccer Coach 10 years ago. I still work as a professional actor, lighting/scenic designer and I am in my 30th year in the fine arts at Columbia College as their Artistic Technical Director and on the Theatre Faculty of the gifted and talented Tri-District Arts Consortium.
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    BTW Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! I worked for any years as a Security Guard after I left the Military, also as a Cab Driver in my home town of Rutland, Vermont. But since my Military Disabilities got worse, I found it harder and harder to find work. So in 1980 I first decided to turn back to my first love and become Santa Full time...24/7/365..
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    a reference to IBM = I've Been Moved ... but that expression used to have a positive spin. Back in the 1960s and 1970s and early '80s, referred to IBM's penchant for investing in folks, developing them, sending them to different parts of the country, different types of jobs and facilities (development, manufacturing, etc.) Nowadays it has a more negative connotation ... sort of ... this job is leaving .. you can leave, too ... unless you can latch on to another position. Fact is, when I left IBM ... I was presented with one of those options ... the only positions I could find involved a lot, and I mean a lot, of travel. I had two little ones ... so I opted to a two year bridge to retirement. Grandma used to say, "if all our troubles hung out on the line (a reference to a clothes line ... this was grandma, after all) ... you would take yours and I would take mine".... her way of telling me ... my troubles were not as bad as others ... or ... in today's parlance ... she would just say ... "DEAL" ... and it usually worked out.
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    How Santa Claus found his home along the 101 in Oxnard He sees you when you're driving. He knows when you've been speeding, so slow down for goodness' sake! by Jesus Ambrosio, SoCal Public Radio | Posted: 05-02-2017 EXCERPT: OXNARD, CALIFORNIA --- If you've ever cruised down the ol' 101, you might have noticed that Santa Claus doesn't live at the North Pole. He lives here in Oxnard, in the form of a statue overlooking the north side of the freeway between Del Norte Boulevard and Rice Avenue. The story begins in 1948 when a man named Patrick McKeon purchased a plot of land from a lima bean farmer in Carpinteria. He then opened up a juice stand on the property. Other California "Santa" towns --- Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Santa Ynez --- inspired McKeon to dub his new land Santa Claus. What happened next is a bit of legend. During Christmas 1950, McKeon dressed up as Santa to attract the tourists to his business. That's when one Kenneth Vaughn saw Patrick wearing the suit and offered to build the statue on top for about $500. That statue would pave the way for the area of Carpinteria later to be known as Santa Claus Lane, a year-round winter wonderland that featured a candy store, a toy store, and a bar called the Reindeer Room. Santa would live at Carpinteria for the next 53 years, but in 2003, that home would be threatened. A real-estate developer planned to purchase the property, intent on demolishing the statue. But Mike Barber, a longtime Oxnard resident and then-president of the Garden Acres Mutual Water Company, always felt that Santa's home should always be here. "This was our original well site," Mike explained. "Since we had this vacant piece of property, we decided to step up to the plate and try to save Santa." ..... Mike is retired now, but in his own special way he is the Santa Claus of the community. In 2008, he initiated the annual Santa to the Sea race, which begins at the statue, goes straight into the heart of Oxnard, and ends at Channel Islands Harbor. The funds raised by the non-profit is donated to area schools and local charities. Mike says they've provided over 600 scholarships for students to attend Oxnard Community College. And, of course, every December the entire street in front of the statue is closed, and the kids line up to receive a present from Santa himself. SOURCE:
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    Christmas came early: A Christmas Story House opening up for overnight rentals by Laura DaMarco, The Cleveland Plain Dealer | Posted: May 1st, 2017, 10:49 AM CDT EXCERPT: CLEVELAND, OHIO --- It's an early Christmas for fans of the classic holiday movie, "A Christmas Story." A Christmas Story House in Tremont is opening up for overnight rentals, starting June 1st. Reservations are being taken, starting today. Now you, too, can eat, sleep and live like Ralphie Parker and the Old Man in the house that was used for several scenes in Bob Clark's 1983 holiday saga, starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. The tale of young Ralphie's pursuit of his very own Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas became a national sensation. Previously, only one annual Christmas holiday charity auction winner was able to spend the night in the House and sleep in Ralphie and Randy's beds. "We've had a lotta requests through the years from the fans who wanna spend the night in the House," said Brian Jones, Founder/Owner of A Christmas Story House and Museum. "It's something I've been wanting to do for a while now. It's been in the works, but we've been just so busy with many other projects going on that it's taken a lot of time to get this done." The film fan bought the House over a decade ago and restored it to look exactly as it does in the film. Since then, the House has almost singlehandedly helped to establish "A Christmas Story"-inspired tourism as a cottage industry throughout Cleveland. SOURCE:
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    It's a good one, though. Nothing much I can do ... except bump the thread in November. You got me started with your "why" thread ... so ... I'll just blame you and leave it on your doorstep ... it's the kind of guy I am. see you in November!
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    The Santa Claus Oath I will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels. I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults. I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself. I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion. I know the “real reason for the season” and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it. I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest, and show fellowship to my peers. I promise to use “my” powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend. I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of Saint Nicholas the gift giver of Myra. All words, contents, images, and descriptions of the Santa Claus Oath including the Santa Claus Oath Crest are copyrighted under an attachment with Arcadia Publishing 2008 by Phillip L. Wenz. ISBN # 978-0-7385-4149-5 and LCCC # 2007925452 - All rights reserved.
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    Think there are far too many RBS who forget they started as TBS. To me, this is like race issues (okay, a bit much, but trying to make a point). People shouldn't see black or white, just the person. In our case people, especially our brothers, should just see Santa, plain and simple. What any other Santa chooses to do or not do has no bearing on me. To each his own I say.
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    Please foster an atmosphere conducive to inclusion and acceptance here on ClausNet.
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    Santa: My paychecks sleigh by Jenny Powers, the New York Post | Posted: 12-12-2016, 8:33 AM EDT EXCERPT: NEW YORK --- Being Santa isn't always the jolliest or even the most dignified position. "I even had a supermodel break wind on my lap and Dolly Parton pinch my backside one Christmas Eve," three-time Macy*s Santa Glen Heroy, a 54-year-old New Yorker, tells The Post. And yet despite all the grossness and drama, there are plenty of guys who say that donning the red suit is good for the heart --- and the soul --- and sometimes even the wallet. Drug testing, background checks, insurance policies, thousand-dollar outfits, routine beauty salon visits, and staying in character when kids must answer nature's call are all part of a day's work for the modern-day professional Santa Claus, but the payoff, both emotionally and monetarily, can be great. Tim Connaghan, a 68-year-old from Kings Park, New York, has not only worked part-time as a Santa for decades, but has also founded a program for continuing Santa education and a booking service for St. Nicks, is all in on the Christmas spirit. "$10,000 to $12,000 in a 4-to-6 week season is pretty decent money," he says. "If they work beyond the season, or do commercial and/or print work, it can be a whole lot more." As for the six-figure Santas whispered about amongst the bearded brotherhood, Connaghan says laughingly, "Yeah, I've heard plenty about them. They do exist, but they are the exception, and not the rule. There are probably around five or six guys out there making $100,000. They are working at places like Radio City Music Hall, in Vegas, or at Cartier. And then you have guys like the Kardashian Santa. Those guys are in a league of their own." Welcome to the business of being Santa Claus. "Being Santa is the best retirement plan I could have hoped for. It allows me supplement my Social Security and pay my bills," says Cliff Snider, 69, from High Point, North Carolina, who's earned the distinction of being "the most recognized Santa Claus in America." With some 70 gigs confirmed this season, that's just the tip of the iceberg for Snider. He's been a pro Santa since 1962 and works year-round participating in Christmas trade shows, as well as lending his own likeness to oil paintings, fine-art photographs, and manufactured licensed gifts. He's even written a book about his experiences, "Santa's Journey." ......... Connaghan says that being Santa isn't just all about the cash. "I have never met a Santa who has done it solely for the money," he says. "It's not the money, having the real beard, or even fitting into the suit --- it's what's in your heart. Anyone can be Santa and once you put on that red suit and all those kids see you and love you, and you start to get that Santa Claus rush, you'll wanna do it again and again, regardless of the money." SOURCE:
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    Heck with these figures I haven't even left the starting block...
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    Congratulations, Santa John, on a well deserved honor, from another Santa John!
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