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    People Are Putting Their Christmas Lights Back Up as a Sign of Hope Amid Coronavirus Fears NATHALIE KIRBY (House Beautiful) MAR 17, 2020 EXCERPT: In the midst of a global pandemic, people are looking on the bright side of life–literally. As COVID-19 continues to spread and the need for social distancing increases, Twitter users are calling for people to put their Christmas lights back up. With school and work closing, restaurants shutting down, and events being cancelled, many people are feeling the scary effects of the Coronavirus. And for parents with kids home from school for an indefinite period, the need for a light at the end of the tunnel is especially significant, which is why a call to get the Christmas lights back out is taking the internet by storm. I mean, if you're going to be stuck in your home, you might as well make it look pretty, right? (More) Source: https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/fun-at-home/a31699230/christmas-lights-for-coronavirus/
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    I wanted to share this poem that I wrote on Christmas day 2019, a response to multiple requests from children asking on social media, why they did not receive a gift. I did not have a response that I felt touching enough in my heart and I grabbed a piece of paper and began to write this poem to share with them. I received many responses, so many touching comments stating that they were so excited that they were not forgotten. Some of you may have something special that you could say and share, this was my initial response. As always, may we see the opportunities that are around to comfort, love, spread cheer, nurture imagination, and remind everyone that they matter and that they belong. It is not a simple job...it is a calling. How blessed we are. “I thought u didn’t come to my house but u did tysm for the gift ily.” ”you made me cry Santa! Thank you thank you.” ”I told them Santa didn’t firget me!!” Not Forgotten: Santa’s Special Christmas Gift A little child asked me, “Santa, why did you not bring me a Christmas present?” This broke my heart in every way and I want to explain what I’ve sent. Some children chose not to believe and that is the choice they make, others choose to not be kind, they do not give and only take. But there are good children on Christmas morning that will not find a box from me, there gift, most precious and pure, was not wrapped you see. For a few children across the world will receive that which I hold so dear, the gift of Christmas magic to help throughout all the year. This special feeling you now have, will help when you’re feeling blue, you can find a bit of comfort, when you just don’t know what to do. This, my friends, is my gift, it’s more than a simple toy, I give you a part of my heart, filled with Christmas joy. This is a gift that will last forever, as long as you believe, please know, my special friend, a gift you did receive. © All Rights Reserved
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    I'm with you, Doug! My neighbors dared me to put up my Christmas lights. HA! My lights will be on all night, every night until these crazy corona virus days have past. God bless America! Anyone with us? Santas?
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    Toy Makers Tackle Coronavirus-Related Medical Supply Shortages Forbes March 29, 2020 EXCERPT: Toy companies are getting involved in the fight against COVID-19, and are using their sourcing skills, and their factories, to respond to shortages of face masks, ventilator valves, and hand sanitizer. MGA Entertainment, Inc., one of the largest U.S toy manufacturers, has launched an effort to source masks from overseas factories and get them to hospitals. It also is retooling its Little Tikes toy factory in Ohio to produce ventilator valves and googles for hospitals. Pennsylvania-based toy company Crazy Aaron’s is now making hand sanitizer at its Norristown factory, instead of the tins of Thinking Putty the company is known for. A Brooklyn, New York, toy design firm is preparing to begin using its 3-D printers to produce ventilator valves, and its owner is spearheading a drive to get other toy companies with the printers to make valves and face masks and shields for hospitals Toy manufacturers are uniquely suited to respond to sudden surges in demand. Toy makers with an unexpected hit toy, one that is selling out faster than they can make it, have to scramble to find additional factories that can produce what they need on short notice. They also have to respond to shifts in trends instantly, before the latest hot fad cools down. SOURCE: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanverdon/2020/03/26/toys-to-the-rescue-toy-makers-tackle-coronavirus-related-medical-supply-shortages/#fd071e5758b6
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    this is fantastic ! I think it really speaks to the power of Christmas - the idea that Christmas light can give hope and peace and happiness thank you for sharing !
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    Michael Rielly


    English poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is perhaps best known for the children's book The Jungle Book. In addition to The Jungle Book and other novels, Kipling's works include many short stories and poems. "If—" is a poem by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written circa 1895 as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson. It is a literary example of Victorian-era stoicism. The poem, first published in Rewards and Fairies, ch. ‘Brother Square-Toes, ’ is written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's son, John. If by Rudyard Kipling, 1910 If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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    Saint Nicholas continued to pass on the messages of Jesus, then throughout time Santa became a version of Saint Nicholas to bring Joy and Hope and Love to the World, Three different people with the same thing in mind so yes we can take it all to Jesus and with Christmas falling on the day that was chosen to celebrate his Birth it could not be a better thing. It might not hurt whenever possible to remind those we see about the true meaning of Christmas.
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    Brewery lights and Christmas music | St. Louis spreads holiday cheer to brighten spirits amid COVID-19 concerns KEZK and Anheuser-Busch are jumping on the 'Christmas in March' bandwagon, or sleigh, in hopes of spreading some cheer Author: Craig Proffer (KSDK) Published: 5:44 PM CDT March 20, 2020 Updated: 5:44 PM CDT March 20, 2020 ST. LOUIS — It looks like it'll be Christmas in March because St. Louis is getting into the holiday spirit — again — all to brighten up residents during a time of growing concern over COVID-19. St. Louis radio station KEZK is kicking off it's "Christmas in March" celebration by playing the classic Christmas music that brings everyone together, while still practicing social distancing, of course. Source: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/st-louis-spreading-christmas-holiday-cheer-coronavirus-concerns/63-f86ce298-0cd5-4708-980e-f0611ffd9c59
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    I just change the decorations on my tree through the year. Right now lots of green. Soon to be changed to Easter eggs and such.
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    Still have a tree up, though it is currently decorated for St. Pat's. Stay well friends, they're going to need Santa this year!
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    this editorial caught my eye - and while I understand what the pastor was trying to convey, not quite sure I agree with the way it was said . . . Jeannie Cunnion: Why we shouldn't keep Christ in Christmas By Jeannie Cunnion | Fox News 12/25/2019 He was born in a manger in Bethlehem to fulfill God’s perfect and pure law on our behalf so that we might walk in freedom from trying to do enough and be enough to secure God’s love and welcome. My son, along with his 3-year-old classmates, lined up at the back of the church, nervously awaiting their procession down the center aisle to take their place on the stage. It was the annual Christmas concert at his Christian preschool, and after weeks of practice, it was finally time to perform “Feliz Navidad” and ”Jingle Bells” for the proud parents. But first, the head pastor of the church that hosts the preschool took the stage to welcome the families and offer a few thoughts on why we celebrate Christmas. “Welcome! It’s wonderful to be together today to celebrate the birth of Christ. But before the children perform, I’d like to offer a brief word of encouragement, which is this: Parents, please don’t keep Christ in Christmas.” I’ll admit the preacher didn’t have my complete attention until that moment. I had a full day ahead of me, and my mind was on how I was going to get my older kids to all the places they needed to go and still navigate all the things I needed to do. While the pastor continued on about the bumper stickers we often see on cars at this time of year that say “Keep Christ in Christmas” I turned to my husband and asked, “Did the pastor really just say “Don’t keep Christ in Christmas?” Before he could respond, the pastor answered the question for me. I can’t remember his precise words but his message clarified my confusion. “When parents pack up the Christmas decorations, they tend to put away Christ as well,” he said. “We tend to keep Christ in Christmas day alone. The invitation is to take Christ beyond your Christmas celebration and into your everyday lives.” As the pastor concluded his message, I nodded my head in agreement and whispered a prayer of gratitude for a God who wants to go with me and chooses to dwell in me by His Spirit. It’s the “wants to” that gets me. He loves us so much that He chose to enter our fallen world and broken lives in the humble form of a baby, His Son. But this is no ordinary Son. He is both God and man. He is Jesus, and every longing of the human heart finds its fulfillment in Him. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I came so you might have life, a great full life. My purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life.” Life! This is Christ’s gift to us. Source: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jeannie-cunnion-why-we-shouldnt-keep-christ-in-christmas
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    From the album: Santa Trever ~ 2010 and Beyond

    Santa & the elves having a little fun at Enchant/Seattle
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    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members! We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for March 2020 is Santa Randall! Santa Randall Featured ClausNet Member – March 2020 Profile: bllwnkl Real Name: Randall Location: Canton, Ohio USA ClausNet member since: March 19, 2019 Community Reputation (as of today): 2,000 – Darn near Santa himself! Our March 2020 Featured Member hails from Canton Ohio. Santa Randall first donned the red suit a year ago. He joined the ClausNet community in March 2019 and has been a regular contributor ever since. We caught up with Santa Bill 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? Randall: "I have portrayed Santa for one entire season! I watched a Santa work a nursing home. I was amazed. I wanted to talk to him about what it was like to be Santa." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Randall: "The longevity of Santa and the fact that just about everyone knows Santa Claus! When my curiosity got to me, I started to research. Listening to the men and women who have so much to share is something that I can't get enough of." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Randall: "I am a mall Santa. I love happy, excited children! But I must say that when an excited family brings an infant or young child to get the child's first picture with Santa...well, I feel so honored and blessed to be that Santa! Just think about how your image is spread throughout the world as these photos are shared." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Randall: "It really gets to me when a child is so afraid of Santa. They just don't want anything to do with him/me. And then there are the parents that don't want to be there. Sadly, some parents are harder to deal with than unruly children." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Randall: "A young family came up to me and I could tell that something just wasn't right. A lady holding a young child and two older children standing close. It turns out that the children lost a brother that week. I asked them if it would be okay with them if Santa prayed for them. I meant afterwards but the lady said they would love for Santa to pray for them and they reached out to me and grabbed my hands! So right there in the mall we had prayer! The lady thanked me, they turned around and walked away. They didn't care about a candy cane, they needed comfort." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Randall: "Like I said, I'm a mall Santa and for now, I want to be the best Santa I can be for the community." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Randall: "Really just being the Santa that children need. Children are forced into the adult world way too soon. Children need to be children. That being said, I want to be a positive influence in their lives." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Randall: "Well, I'm retired. And married, so…" ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Randall: "I like to work with my hands. I've always been mechanical. I have two vintage Cub Cadet tractors that are working tractors that I use on my property. They are over 40 years old, but so far, I've kept them running. I love to shoot. There's something about hitting or trying to hit that bullseye." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Randall: "Growing up it was blue. And although I still like blue, as I've gotten older, I'm favoring red for some reason!" ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Randall: "BBQ! Pulled pork, ribs, etc. plus all the sides. My family is from the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia. Can't beat that comfort food! But then there's Italian, Mexican..." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Randall: "Between the two, Pepsi. But if someone asked me if I would be the Santa in a Coke commercial then "Coke is it!" (Pun intended)." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Randall: "Oatmeal raisin. But you can't leave out cut-out cookies with icing, chocolate chip, well almost any homemade cookie." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Randall: "I really like the Alex Kendrick faith-based movies Facing the Giants, War Room, Courageous." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Randall: "I'm reintroducing myself to Christmas movies. But recently I have been caught up with Santa Claus documentaries. "Becoming Santa" "Believe: The True Story of Real Bearded Santas" and "They Wore the Red Suit" I've watched them over and over again soaking up all that I can." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Randall: "O Holy Night sung by David Phelps." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Randall: "You may find this odd, but I don't read much. I've read through the entire New Testament and some of the Old testament. My problem is that when I'm reading, my mind goes somewhere else and I don't retain what I just read." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Randall: "As a child, I wanted to be a heavy equipment operator. I thought it was the neatest thing to watch bulldozers, backhoes and front end loaders in action." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Randall: "I totally respect the men and women that have to work outside. But that's not me. I was cold working in the shop for 44 years." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Randall: "Tinker toys, erector sets, simple science projects." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Randall: "I really don't have one. I remember Santa but I don't remember talking to him. It could just be my memory, after all, that was 60+ years ago!" ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Randall: "I had a young man ask me if I will live forever. I told him that was a complicated question. I asked him if he had seen movies that made him wonder and he said yes. So I proceeded to tell him that Santa will just keep going. Somehow it works out that one day I will kind of disappear and another Santa will take my place and it all just keeps going on like that forever. It's kind of hard to explain. I asked if he sort of understood and he shook his head yes. I said just remember, there will always be a Santa." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Randall: "The fellow was embarrassed to ask me and I asked him if he wanted me to guess. The adults tipped me off so I played along. He wanted a stapler." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Randall: "I ran into a guy at a restaurant that had a "Santa" beard. I complimented him about his beard and asked if he wears a red suit at Christmas time. He did, we talked, and he gave me his business card. Later we exchanged emails. He gave me suggestions of places to go to gather information. One of them was ClausNet." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Randall: "Everything! The willingness to share. The stories. The suggestions. So many have been there for this new guy. I can't thank you enough." 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? Randall: "I mentioned earlier that I wanted to talk to the Santa that I was watching at the nursing home. Well, while on ClausNet, Santa DBC saw that I was from Ohio as was he. He invited me to a Buckeye Santas meeting and who do you think was there? The Santa I wanted to talk to! This Santa, Santa Tom Shilling, took me under his wing and has been a great mentor/friend. Santa Tom is well thought of and respected as a Santa portrayer. He's the one that told me about the mall position being available. He lives close to the mall and came to check on me a few times during the season." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Randall: "Research. There are tons of things regarding Santa out there. But there is one piece of advice that was drilled into my head. I was told over and over to just be yourself and have fun with it. Interact with the children. So, when I had my first visitors as Santa, I really didn't think about it, it just happened. I had a wonderful first year." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Randall: "Yes! Thank you! Thank you Michael for providing this. Thank you Felix, Eileen Strom, Drosselmeyer, TamaleClaus, Santa Johnny Boy, Schwindy, et cetera, et cetera... Too many to list. God bless you all!." Thank you Randall! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa Randall, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for March 2020!
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    Hallmark Channel unveils Christmas movie marathon to get us through self-quarantine Southern Living March 19, 2020 EXCERPT: Christmas just came (a whole lot) early! The coronavirus outbreak has all of us craving a bit of magic right now, and Hallmark Channel is more than willing to provide. In an exclusive report, Entertainment Tonight revealed that everybody’s favorite dispenser of warm and fuzzies has an extra-special Christmas movie marathon weekend lined up, allowing us to relive some holiday cheer and pass the time while we’re all cooped up inside. The festivities begin on Friday, March 20th at 12 p.m. EST, with Candace Cameron Bure’s A Christmas Detour. From there, Hallmark will air 27 original “Countdown to Christmas” holiday films from recent years, culminating on Sunday, March 22nd at 6 p.m. ET with Christmas in Rome starring Lacey Chabert. (Check here for the full schedule.) While it might seem odd to crave Christmas cheer on the first day of Spring, there’s actually a very good reason we love Hallmark’s holiday movies in trying times—the coronavirus pandemic certainly being one of them. They’re a welcome escape from the depressing 24-hour news cycle. SOURCE: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/hallmark-channel-unveils-christmas-movie-190213883.html
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    The article is an excellent one!!! That God wants to be with us so very much He made the way for that to be so in Jesus. Thank you for posting the article.
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    We have inflatables up some lights a Nativity and I add to it everyday. A couple days ago we had this in the mailbox just as you see it. It was the bright spot in our day. Has me thinking this really helps.
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    a couple other links on abandoned Santa lands . . . Cidade Albanoel Itaguaí, Brazil An abandoned Santa park is as far as this proposed theme park kingdom got towards completion. Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cidade-albanoel -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santa Claus, Arizona Golden Valley, Arizona A Saint Nicholas-themed ghost town in the Mojave desert. THE MOJAVE DESERT, WITH ITS blisteringly hot summer sun, Joshua trees and bizarre rock formations, would not generally be the place one would choose to honor a man whose traditional home is the North Pole. Yet standing in the desert is the ghost remnants of Santa Claus, Arizona. Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/santa-claus-arizona ------------------------------------------------------------- SkyPark at Santa's Village Near Lake Arrowhead, California The first franchised theme park in the world became a ghost town and is now a beautifully restored village and adventure park. A ONCE-GRAND AND AMBITIOUS NORTH-POLE-THEMED amusement park, Santa’s Village in California, sat abandoned on the aptly named Rim of the World Highway. Several years later, the park has re-opened as a scenic outdoor amusement park with activities and attractions for all ages. Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/santas-village-2
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    It can have a very positive affect in your neighborhood, some make think you've lost it and others will smile that one that just beams with happiness
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    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members! We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for April 2020 is Black River Santa! Black River Santa Featured ClausNet Member – April 2020 Profile: Black River Santa Real Name: Chris Location: Pottersville, New Jersey USA ClausNet member since: March 9, 2019 Community Reputation (as of today): 1,064 – Darn near Santa himself! Our April 2020 Featured Member joined us only a year ago. Santa Chris, aka Black River Santa, has been donning the red suit for the past 20 years. He also has some good advice for first time Santas. We caught up with Santa Chris 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? Chris: "I’ve been portraying Santa Claus for almost 20 years. It began when my local volunteer fire company asked if I would be Santa for a special visit, they were arranging for a little girl in our town who was terminally ill. I had just lost my infant daughter to a heart defect a couple of years before and honestly; I didn’t think I was up to the challenge emotionally. But they were having trouble finding a volunteer to put on the red suit, so I said I would do it. The women from the Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary put together a couple of big sacks of toys for her and her little sister, plates of Christmas cookies, and a generous monetary donation for the family. That evening, I put on the new suit they bought for the occasion, along with the itchy beard and wig set, and my wife and I hopped into the fire engine, which was driven by my father-in-law. When we arrived at their house with sirens blaring and lights flashing, they were literally jumping for joy in the front window. I had never played Santa before and was almost sick with nerves. I wanted this child to have the most magical experience possible and wasn’t sure I was the right guy for the job. I said a prayer and when I hopped off the truck with my sacks of toys, I was overcome with a feeling that can only be described as the spirit of Christmas, and it washed away all my fears. They were thrilled by the visit and the parents were very grateful. It was a profoundly moving experience and a humbling honor to have been able to brighten their Christmas season a little during a very difficult time in their lives. I still don’t really know why I was asked, perhaps I was the only one that fit the suit, but I am grateful that I was. The Fire Company then asked me to play Santa for their annual children’s Christmas event at the Firehouse and have invited me back every year since. Two decades later, it is still my favorite event of the season and that little girl still inspires the Christmas spirit in me." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Chris: "Edmund Gwenn’s portrayal of Santa Claus in the original Miracle on 34th Street is one of my favorites to draw from. He has a Fred Rogers like connection with Natalie Wood’s character, and I’ve always admired Fred Rogers’s ability to communicate with kids on their level with such integrity and in such an honest, gentle, and caring way. He was so comforting to watch as a kid and he didn’t make you just feel good about yourself, he inspired you to look for the good in others." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Chris: "Reliving the magic through the eyes of the children. I remember gaping at Santa in awe as a seven or eight-year-old. It’s a whole different perspective when you’re on the other side but it’s just as magical and for me, it brings back that Christmas feeling you had as a kid. I also enjoy the privilege of being able to share this wonderful tradition with families. I work a lot of small town events and it is especially rewarding to see families return each year, and now children that came to see me, have children of their own that they bring to see Santa." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Chris: "Parents who try to force a crying or scared child into your lap, using threats or telling them that Santa isn’t going to bring them anything. ClausNet has been a great resource for ways to deal with this type of situation." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Chris: "The visit with that I wrote about in my first response will always be my most memorable. Other than that, it was when my daughter, who was just a baby, had her first visit with me as Santa. I hope to do the same with a grandchild one day." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Chris: "Yes, the annual firehouse event that I mentioned earlier. Although, I have recently enjoyed the freedom of getting out of the big chair during “Santa Strolls,” that I have been asked to do in some of our Main Streets and shopping districts. It’s nice to get outside and stretch the legs!" ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Chris: "The Super Bowl of Santa Claus arrivals - the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It always thrilled me as a kid and I still watch the parade every year to see Santa Claus arrive and kick off the season." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Chris: " Work, family (especially my teenage daughter), trying to keep up with an old house, church, and my two dogs." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Chris: "Everything Christmas (I just added a new piece to my Dept. 56 Dickens Village), writing, history, hiking with my wife and dogs, family time, cooking (eating!), and I just started piano lessons." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Chris: "Blue." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Chris: "New Haven style pizza, meatloaf (gravy or ketchup), Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner with my mother’s stuffing and my wife’s pumpkin pie, my grandmother’s Christmas Eve Blue Crab Sauce and her Easter Ham Pie." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Chris: "Coke." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Chris: "Chocolate Chip." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Chris: "Scrooge, the 1951 version of Dickens, A Christmas Carol, starring Alistair Sim. A Christmas Carol is also my favorite book and I read it every year at Christmas. " ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Chris: "I truly love and watch them all, but besides the movie I already mentioned, it would have to be The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which was the 1971 television pilot for The Waltons. If animation counts - A Charlie Brown Christmas." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Chris: "Santa Claus is Coming to Town, of course. And living here in Jersey, it has to be the Bruce Springsteen version!" ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Chris: "Bunker Hill, by Nathaniel Philbrick. " ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Chris: "Archaeologist. I love history and I still love playing in the dirt." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Chris: "CPA or any profession that involves crunching numbers, I have a genetic aversion to math." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Chris: "My Buffalo Bill Special Daisy BB gun, Hot Wheels, my first bike, Marx Toys 1968 Fort Apache set, glow-in-the-dark monster models, Planet of the Apes action figures, and I loved board games." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Chris: "If growing up includes my 20s, it would be the last Christmas Eve we had with my grandmother. My girlfriend and I were asked to pick Santa Claus up at the senior center and bring him to the house for a special visit with my niece and younger cousins. He was adorable and really looked the part (and incredibly, he only charged $10 for the visit). When we drove him back home, he wished us a Merry Christmas as he got out of the car, then he turned back around, jingled his bells and smiled, and like magic it actually began to snow. Later that night I proposed to my girlfriend, who has been my wife of 30 years. I’ll always remember that Santa Claus and that special Christmas Eve that he made it snow for us." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Chris: "I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t been asked any emotionally tough ones yet. Besides the usual “how do you get down the chimney?” and “where are your reindeer?” the hardest questions come from adults, like, “can you bring me a man this year?”, or “can you bring me a new car?” My answer is yes, if you are very good, I will bring you a man. He’s about 10-inches tall and his name is Ken, but watch out, I hear he is already involved with someone named Barbie. As for cars, sure I can bring you a Mercedes, a BMW, any car you want, as long as it is marked “Hot Wheels” or “Matchbox” and fits in a stocking." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Chris: "A little girl once asked me for cheese." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Chris: "Surfing the net and I’m happy I did!" ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Chris: "Before I found ClausNet, I didn’t have anyone to share the joys, pitfalls, and just the camaraderie of portraying Santa or Mrs. Claus. I also wasn’t aware of all the Santa Claus resources out there. ClausNet has changed that and I am grateful for all the new friends I’ve made, the shared wisdom and great ideas, and just the laughs and entertainment. It’s a caring, honest, supportive, group with centuries of combined experience and it’s wonderful to be able learn and grow here. It’s also a real fun way to keep Christmas going all year long!" 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? Chris: "It would have to be the Santa Claus I mentioned earlier. I wish I knew more about him but he shared his magic for what was a very special Christmas Eve for me. Other than that, it would be all the folks here at ClausNet, whose dedication to perfecting their craft and portrayal, and the way they care about getting it right for all the kids, is a constant inspiration." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Chris: "Forget about having the fanciest suit and put more effort into doing your homework - know the Santa Claus and Christmas traditions, be prepared for the questions you may be asked, study the latest trends in toys, talk and spend time with children, tune into the shows they are watching (especially the Christmas shows) and the music and books they are listening to and reading, be familiar with the general anxieties that they may be facing these days… ClausNet is the best resource and study guide you can find on everything Santa, so dig in and explore all the forums." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Chris: "Just a big thank you to you and everyone that makes ClausNet possible and thank you for this experience. It’s been a lot of fun!" Thank you Chris! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Black River Santa Chris, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for April 2020!
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    Totally enjoyed the interview! LOVED IT! NICELY DONE MY STATES NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR! Enjoy your month!
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    Congratulations my friend !! A well deserved recognition !! Hopefully we can meet up soon . . .
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    Congratulations! I have enjoyed following "Bullwinkle" since we are both newbies and have similar interests.
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    Very well done video - a lot of research went into presenting this historically accurate narrative of the Christmas truce. I believe it was done by the BBC. Very educational. Also of note - the commanding officers, well back from the trenches - were against the truce. This included one Corporal Adolph Hitler.....
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    Well deserved congratulations!!!
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    6 cases here in South Carolina ... I stopped shaving in 1968, so not shaving ... I'm very concerned about the current pandemic considering my age, as probably some of you here are as well, in the high risk pool, so being in as healthy a condition as I can has become my goal and I pray that everyone here at Claus Net fairs well and we all get through this healthy. This is going to get worse before it gets better and the world is going to need souls like us Jolly Ole Elves in Red Suites this Christmas more than ever ...
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    As I said. This appears to be hyped (i.e.; fake news) news being spread by the media.
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    I love, love, love this picture! Thanks for sharing.
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    I'm sure many seasoned Santa's already know this, but I thought it might be helpful to share this bit of information here for any new Santa's like myself: there is some very lovely Santa Claus Oath merchandise for sale over on the Santa's Drill Team website.
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    Too cool for Santa School... looking good Doug!
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    Interesting. It's sure something to think about.
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    Awesome ... one more great treasure to tuck into Santa's Bag of Gift's! Thank you Santa
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    Congratulations! Really enjoyed the interview! Keep up the amazing work!
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOtM Club!
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    Congratulations!!! Great interview!!!
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    Congratulations, always enjoy reading about the beginnings of each individual.
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    Great turn out for the NORPAC membership meeting. We elected new officers and shared story's from the past season. Ron Kearns - Chairman, Russell Albright - Vice Chair Jerry Galland - Secretary Dennis Gorley - Treasurer
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    i saw it when the announcement came out. I couldnt be more excited. I cant think of anyone more deserving. There is a good choice of candidates. you sir are among the best in my book.
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