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    Perhaps I could try to buy them all and try to pay with this... Think they would get the message???
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    Most people know the first part of the Oscar Wilde quote "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery..." I wonder how many of these 'imitators' (thieves) know the rest of the quote. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness"
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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 November 2017 is SantaShawnH! SantaShawnH Featured ClausNet Member - November 2017 Profile: SantaShawnH Real Name: Shawn Location: Perth, Western Australia ClausNet member since: 4 December 2008 Community Reputation (as of today): 37 – Nice Christmas comes during the Summer for this month’s Featured Member of the Month. Our Featured Member of the Month for November is from down under. Santa Shawn is an American living in Western Australia. We caught up with Santa Shawn 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? SantaShawnH: "I have been portraying Santa Claus for the past nine years. I first appeared as Santa for my in-laws on Christmas day in 2008. Each Christmas, since I've lived in Australia, our family gathers at my mother in-law's house on Christmas day. For the sake of context, my in-laws have a small, pre-decorated tree that gets pulled out on Christmas morning and put away after lunch on Christmas day. That's the extent of their holiday decorating. In 2008, however, it was decided that my wife and I would host the family on Christmas day. Since I was(am) an American we decided to put on an American Christmas. The house was heavily decorated... stockings were hung on the mantle, a seven-foot tree was up and fully decorated, the throw pillows on the couch were Christmas-themed, etc. It was a scene out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. In order to really cap off our Christmas presentation, my wife and I decided to have me appear as Santa to hand out the presents. I've been putting on the suit and appearing for various family members and their children ever since." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? SantaShawnH: "Edmund Gwenn, David Huddleston, and Mickey Rooney -- the voice of Santa in the 1970 film Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? SantaShawnH: "I most enjoy seeing the light and wonder on children's faces when they see Santa Claus. I've seen it when I've worn the suit and have seen it when children visit other Santas. There's a magical and tangible belief in the eyes of a child. That belief is so powerful and it creates an infectious joy." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? SantaShawnH: "My most memorable visit was the first home visit I did. I had portrayed Santa before in my own house and for close relatives but actually going out to someone else's home was both exhilarating and frightening. Aside from the children there were adults of all ages there and none of them were expecting Santa to visit. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the oldest members of the family were more excited to see Santa than the children were. One woman in particular had never visited with Santa and she was absolutely tickled that she finally got her visit." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? SantaShawnH: "I would have to say that appearing for my in-laws and their children is my favorite gig, as it's what I've done exclusively for years " ClausNet: What is your dream gig? SantaShawnH: "My dream gig would be to play Santa in the Perth Christmas Pageant. It's a Christmas parade in Perth, Western Australia. It's the biggest parade of the year and being able to connect with all those people at the same time sounds fantastic." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? SantaShawnH: "When I'm not in the red suit, I'm a graphic artist and a costumer. Most of my weekends are spent at public events in a variety of costumes, from Star Wars to Ghostbusters with all sorts of other things in-between." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? SantaShawnH: "I like to read, play video games, and stitching plastic canvas. I am a tad addicted to surfing the Internet, admittedly, and I can putter on the computer for hours." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? SantaShawnH: "Red might seem to be the obvious choice for a Santa but I'm particularly fond of gray." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? SantaShawnH: "Hamburgers (especially the McDonalds ones) and cookies." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? SantaShawnH: "Pepsi. I like Vanilla Coke quite a lot but Pepsi is my default soft drink. Coke is a tad too harsh for my tastes." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? SantaShawnH: "Chocolate chip. Especially the ones that Subway restaurants sell. They're so sweet." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? SantaShawnH: "I'm a huge Star Wars fan but I'm going to have to say that the original Ghostbusters movie (1984) is my favorite." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? SantaShawnH: "Miracle on 34th Street (the Edmund Gwenn version). I do watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every year as well." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? SantaShawnH: "Carol of the Bells. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra version is a particular favorite. That being said, every Christmas season I have to listen the the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. I've been doing it since I was a little boy." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? SantaShawnH: " Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? SantaShawnH: "Carpentry always appealed to me. Making things by hand and the smell of wood." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? SantaShawnH: "Sewer maintenance." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? SantaShawnH: "Action figures, toy lightsabers, and Lite Brite. I liked Lite Brite so much that I tracked one down through eBay a few years ago. It still works and I can sit in front of the thing for hours with all its colored plastic pegs." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? SantaShawnH: "I never met a Santa growing up. I saw a few from afar when going to shopping centers with my Mom but I never got to visit with any of them. The closest I got to Santa was seeing him in movies and on television. Seeing Santa on television alone presented him as a larger-than-life character and made him truly fantastic." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? SantaShawnH: "Because I've only made appearances for family my exposure to children has been pretty limited and I know plenty about the children I've visited. That has helped me come across as an all-knowing figure. The children I've visited haven't really given me a hard question but they gave me an awkward one once... “Santa, why are you limping?” Due to a disability I permanently limp and I had to come up with a quick answer to the question. My response was that Two-Up (one of the six white boomers who pull Santa's sleigh in Australia) accidentally kicked me in the leg when I touched a ticklish spot while putting the sleigh harness on him. Kangaroos are ticklish." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? SantaShawnH: " I found ClausNet back in 2008 when I was preparing for our planned American Christmas. I had bought my suit and thought that I had better do a bit of research before appearing as Santa. Early on I discovered ClausNet through a Google search. I was surprised at the absolute wealth of information to be found on the site." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? SantaShawnH: "I like the “Answers From The Big Red Chair” and the “ClausNet Roundtable” sub-forums in particular. Reading the thoughts, experiences, and perspectives of other Santas has given me a huge insight into the character of Santa Claus and they have made me a better Santa." 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? SantaShawnH: "I'm inspired by all of the Santas and Mrs. Clauses found here on ClausNet. Having watched ClausNet members grow and evolve from year to year has been a privileged journey and wonderfully educational. Of particular note, Santa Ed Taylor and Eileen Strom stand out to me. I discovered Ed Taylor through his Santa Claus Conservatory. His desire to help fellow Santas improve and learn has been invaluable and serves as a reminder of who Santa Claus is. I met Eileen years ago through ClausNet. Her enthusiasm and dedication to Santa and Mrs. Claus is beautiful to see. From the items she makes and sells to her input and contribution to the ClausNet community, she is a wonderful example of the Christmas spirit." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? SantaShawnH: "Remember that the children are your world and that all they see is Santa (or Mrs. Claus). The quality of your suit isn't important and it doesn't matter if you're fat or skinny. In the eyes of a child you are Santa or Mrs. Claus." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? SantaShawnH: " I am both grateful and thankful to be a part of the ClausNet community. This site and its members have shown me an entire world of Christmas joy and have made me a much better Santa than I otherwise could have been. No matter what books I've read, DVDs I've watched, or courses I've taken, ClausNet has been my most invaluable and cherished source of Santa-related information. It is an honor to be selected as the ClausNet Featured Member of the Month and I find myself humbled to be in such august company. “Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.” FRANCIS P. CHURCH, New York Sun, September 21, 1897" Thank you Shawn! Everyone, please join me in congratulating SantaShawnH, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for November 2017!
  5. 4 points
    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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    Patrick: They don't even give us "Honorable mentions?" For the way we decorate, I don't get it?!
  7. 3 points
    I see that my house missed making the list again...
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    Strangely enough we have this type of article hit the pages about this time of year every 2 or 3 years. Background checks do nothing in this circumstance due to instances not reported or the person charged did not get background checks and simply worked where he did not need one. Then on slow news days you will see this dragged out to be flogged some more. No, we do not need it but it gives us a platform to answer and direct the conversation towards what "Professional" Santa do to protect themselves and their clients. See this as an opportunity to steer the conversation and show your professionalism.
  9. 3 points
    Put the Google logo on something and try to sell it ANYWHERE online. Watch what happens within 2-4 hours...
  10. 3 points
    I’ll be there! It will be great to be with my Brothers & cousin in Red. See you Thursday afternoon!
  11. 2 points
    Santa Claus to meet special needs kids November 13, 2017 by wkbw staff Excerpt- CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Santa is setting aside time to meet with special needs kids! On Sunday, November 19th and Sunday December 3rd, Santa Claus will be at the Walden Galleria for the annual Santa Cares event. The event provides time for families with sensory concerns to visit St. Nick without the hustle and bustle of the holiday season during regular business hours. Cherry Hill Programs, who manage Santa's set, partners with Autism Speaks, Ability Path and Hasboro to create comfortable moments for guests with special needs. SOURCE:
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    He can not be very smart if he thinks everything on google is free. Some people can not understand a copyright. See if they will do something from Disney and see what happens. We hear about it all the time in the craft show circuit.
  14. 2 points
    Here's the really crazy part - the shipping on this item is $127.22!!!! How many do they expect to sell?
  15. 2 points
    I don't know what is the most wrong about this: the example of entitlement by stealing the Santa Claus Oath artwork, the laziness not to remove Oath from the seal, or thinking they can steal this property. Sad state of affairs.
  16. 2 points
    The Gift That Changed a Life! 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!
  17. 2 points
    A local comedian and friend of mine, Pittsburgh Dad, gets roped into playing Santa at a church event. Short video - lots of laughs!
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  19. 2 points

    From the album cgtmc

    Some new shots for the year.
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    From the album cgtmc

    Some new shots for the year.
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  22. 2 points

    From the album Santa by David

    A new "ready to wear standard claus" wig from Custom Wig Company. ActOne beard, (medium sewn behind a long), ActOne mustache and eye brows.
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  24. 1 point
    I lived in Michigan for 35 years and Bronners and Frankenmuth were an annual tradition around the holiday season. Nearby is also crossroads village and huckleberry railroad in the Flint area... not Christmas year round there, but they put on a fun festive christmas during December, and late November, and you have an opportunity to take a ride on a well preserved wood fired steam train through their Christmas displays, some that can only be seen from the train.
  25. 1 point
    I reported it. Looks like this person has several for sale. If this person is a Santa, it is another example of Bad Santas
  26. 1 point
    It is all their ego. They think they can do what they want, when they want to, and without any consequence. They claim ignorance, sure. We all know that ignorance is not a defense.
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  28. 1 point
    This to me is a subject created simply for arguments sake. In my world I have always said Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays it doesn't matter to me which one I say at the time. I simply mean what I say with no political or religious meaning, just a sweet calling to a marvelous time of the year. No one has ever confronted me over this as no one truly fears what the fools that continue to insist this is an issue, say. I agree there is no benefit giving conversation to a false issue created by fools. I mean no accusation to anyone here only the authors of such stories. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
  29. 1 point
    I've been to Bronner's and would go back in a heartbeat. The replica of the Silent Night Chapel is such a peaceful and solemn place. One day O would love to be in Austria at the real chapel in time for Christmas Eve.
  30. 1 point
    Seeking recognition is a downward path for a legend who performs his tasks in the veil of night. Recently, a fellow portrayer of Santa posted an image on Facebook that they constructed to look like a magazine cover with him on it and several story snips like many publications have on their covers. You may have seen it if they are your friend on Facebook. It looks okay. The composition is good, but the rendering when uploading it to Facebook became distorted it and it is quite pixelated when you look at it from a development standpoint. What got my goat was his choice of accompanied text, “Finally got a little recognition…”. Let me say that his post was all in jest, I am certain. This man is one of the kindest, gentlest, giving souls you will come across. I love him as a brother. Yet his unintended incursion on the spirit of the Claus legend got me more than a little flustered. And I know it would be last thing he would want anyone to get from this posting. If you are in this to seek recognition, get out. Plain and simple. It’s the last thing that the real Santa Claus would have wanted. It’s the antithesis of St. Nicholas, for whom Santa is mostly based. More and more, I see the ego of man rearing its ugly head in the Claus community. And this comes from one of the vainest individuals you would ever loath to meet. My mother, rest her soul, would chuckle and get all sorts of entertainment over my time in front of the mirror as a youth. As my hair fell out and turned grey and I stated portraying Santa, it became less of an issue of ego and more of an asset to putting forward the best portrayal I know how. And yet attention to Felix Estridge is the last thing I want. Last year, I was elected as President and Executive Director of the Board for Lone Star Santas Charities, Inc.® I tried to refuse but the Board felt it was best moving forward with the group as the current President & Executive Director was retiring from guiding the organization. I still felt awkward in that it might bring me some kind of recognition that I did not ultimately want. But, for the good of the organization and at their begging, I accepted. When asked for my name after having had news footage or news photos shot of me as Santa, I tell them “Kris Kringle” and wait for the response. I will never give my real name unless I am forced to do so, and, even then, I have been known to refuse. I always tell them that the magic for people remains in the mystery of the legend of Santa Claus. They then understand. And all who portray him should strive to keep that magic alive. As I recently defended, I am no one’s arbiter, police, or any authoritarian on portraying Santa. I merely offer this perspective as a personal opinion from simple observation over time. I am less learned than many, many others. I just happen to be passionate about this issue. I will never give up trying to protect the legend. Do no harm to the legend.
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