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    The next two days are going to be fun and a nice mental break from this late June heat in SC. Today, I am teaching 3 sections of a master class to 60+ middle school students on reading aloud to an audience. The story they are studying is Clement Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and they are preparing it as an audition piece. Tomorrow, I am doing a workshop on the impact of Santa Claus on the entertainment industry.
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    One night in December, my child came to me “My friends say there’s no Santa, dad. How can it be? Please tell me the truth, so I may understand.” He sat in my lap, held tight to my hand. I looked in his eyes, and thought for a while, Then told him these words, with a difficult smile, “A long time ago, a man walked this earth. They say he was special, from the day of his birth. Born in a manger, for you and for me, One day he would die, to set the world free. His name was Jesus, the Son of God Well you know the story?” He smiled with a nod. “Well many years later, another man came, He, too, kind and caring, St. Nick was his name. He was born into fortune, and his money he spent To give to the needy, wherever he went. He loved this man Jesus, and so he tried To be a good Christian ‘til the day that he died.” My child seemed confused, so I skipped all the history And tried to get right to the point of this mystery. “Each Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, And giving a gift is just one special way To remember the gift that was born on that night Midst angels and shepherds and bright starlight. We also remember St. Nick once more, Because of the way he gave help to the poor. So Jesus and St. Nick still live in our heart, And the world only knows them if we do our part. We all can be Santa, wherever we go, And we all can share Jesus, with all that we know.” He gave me a hug, and ran off to play And I knew that more questions would be coming some day. But for now I could rest, enjoying the season, Content my child knew that Jesus is the reason.
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    Whatever your hair length, make sure it's clean and tidy. I personally do not like to see head hair longer than beard hair...it just looks off to me. I'm also not a fan of seeing Santas that maintain their 5 12" hairs instead of just cutting them back to the rest of their 8" beard, even and tidy looks so mucn better.
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    The terms they could not come to was the fact that the new service seriously undercut the existing service's contract and now will not pay what the Santas were used to receiving.
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    I was overdue for a new one... Go Figure! Sometimes I’m asked just how it is That I can go so fast, To circumnavigate the globe Before the night is passed. There are so many theories and Sometimes I think it’s fun To listen as the experts try To understand each one. First they start with time zones Let’s say there’s twenty-four, Unless you add the date line Which adds in three zones more. Now factor in the weight of toys And sleigh and reindeer too, And several breaks to give them time To do what deer must do. We can’t forget to count the homes That celebrate the season, The ones with children young enough For Santa to have reason To stop and leave a gift or two And maybe have a treat, Then scurry back up to the roof And make a quick retreat. Now divide and multiply And add the speed of light Adjust for wind and weather And the darkness of the night And what you’ll find when you are through, You will concede at last That the only explanation is That I go REALLY fast!
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    It's personal preference. I recommend if you use hair goods that they cover your own natural hair. Some will use their own white stash, & depending on color matching with other hair goods used of course. As far as I know, there is no official rule book stating that Santa even has to have hair on your head. No rule on length, fullness. A pretty good rule of thumb might be what you remember Santa was like in your youth. Or what you think have or had in your mind of the perfect Santa, be that Santa.
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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 July 2017 is Steelwheels! Steelwheels Featured ClausNet Member - July 2017 Profile: Steelwheels Real Name: Dave Location: Tucson, Arizona USA Facebook: The Tucson Santa ClausNet member since: 13 June 2014 Community Reputation (as of today): 301 – Awesome! Our featured member of the month joined the ClausNet Community back in June 2014. Santa Dave aka Steelwheels has been portraying Santa Claus for the past four years and in my opinion has one of the coolest real jobs! We caught up with Santa Dave 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? Steelwheels: "This will be my fourth season portraying Santa Claus, for other than friends and family. I got started by attending two different Santa schools and met some wonderful gentlemen here in Arizona that have been donning the Red Suit for a long, long time." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Steelwheels: "I've been influenced, both by image and character, from many. Early on, Santa Paul Raines was very influential especially with his character, in and out of the suit. I think it would be safe to say that almost any Santa has had an influence on me. I take notice of what it is in their portrayal that I'd like and then I try to refine and emulate that image or character trait." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Steelwheels: "Not that I could identify just one aspect of portraying Santa that I favor over another, but I do love how doing this has a wonderful, tenderizing effect on my heart. The children are precious with their laughter, giggles, and excitement. It really is infectious. There's not much in our world that is full of pure joy, so to be blessed to have this privilege is truly an honor." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Steelwheels: "My most memorable visit to date is an event I did with a gymnastics company. There were maybe 200-300 children and Santa came out on the stage toward the end of the program. I had time to sit on the edge of the stage with the children sitting up front for a brief story time before photos. What is really memorable to me is, as Santa told some stories, he would whisper in some parts and they were motionless and silent, just sitting on the edge of their seats listening intensely. Oh, the power of Santa! That was memorable!" ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Steelwheels: "One of my favorites is a Harley-Davidson dealership I do each year. There's no pressure for time, so Santa gets to visit with each child. There are also opportunities for storytelling and some of the families have even brought Santa a gift. Very sweet people in a very relaxed venue.’." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Steelwheels: "My dream gig isn't about a visible event, though a big parade would be fun! Or of a beautiful wintery location, though traveling would be fun too. But my dream gig would be to partner with others that are passionate about Christmas and desire to provide the best experience for the children." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Steelwheels: "I'm a Christian, a professional husband to one, and a father of six, that alone fills much of my time, as it should. When I'm not home my time is spent as a Locomotive Engineer for Union Pacific Railroad. If you have to spend time away from those you love at least doing something you enjoy makes it not hurt as much." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Steelwheels: "I love to spend time with my family. I like to read, mostly Ancient Near East History, Theology, and Philosophy. And I'm beginning to dabble in some backyard foundry crafts." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Steelwheels: "Oh my, surely this is a false dilemma. Everyone knows that Dr Pepper is the Nectar of the North Pole!" ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Steelwheels: "Anything homemade but without raisins." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Steelwheels: "It would depend on the genre, but I really enjoyed The Lord of the Rings trilogy." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Steelwheels: "It would have to be Elf, mostly because of the memories of watching and listening to it with my wife and children. I don't think a day goes by that we don't quote a line from it. Great movie." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Steelwheels: "Silent Night has always been a real moving song for me. It seems to place the focus where it should be." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Steelwheels: "Currently reading ‘Divine Grace and Human Agency: A Study of the Semi-PelagianControversy’. Exciting isn't it! You asked." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Steelwheels: "Retirement, so I can have the opportunity to be a full time Santa." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Steelwheels: "Skyscraper window washer." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Steelwheels: "I loved playing with Hot Wheels. The side yard of the home I grew up in was all dirt. I'd make these huge cities with roads all over and have the cars all spread out everywhere. Maybe I should have been a city engineer. Lego was also a favorite, especially in the summer when it was too hot to play outside." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Steelwheels: " One of my most memorable experiences, and possibly my earliest Christmas memory, is of me standing at the sliding glass backdoor of our house on Christmas Eve. I was maybe 3 or 4 years old. It was bedtime but I remember looking out into the night, as I'm sure I did quite often throughout the year, but this night was different. I could see in the distance a little red light in the sky. On every other night this light was atop the radio towers near Glendale Ave, but this night was different. I studied it closely, trying to see if he was coming this way. I knew it was him. I was sure it was moving! But, I had to go to bed and lay there and wait. Listening and waiting. Of course, when I actually had the chance to meet him...well." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Steelwheels: "Thanks to ClausNet and the ‘Answers From The Big Chair’ forum, I haven't had a really tough question that stumped me. The most difficult ones are the emotional pleas for the return of a loved one " ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Steelwheels: " Not sure. Google search maybe?" ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Steelwheels: "The depth and longevity of the discussions. Other social media platforms can be rather superficial and short lived, but the members of ClausNet seems to take the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly discuss topics -- when they can stay on topic, that is." ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her? Steelwheels: "The Arizona Santa group has been wonderful. I've been able to gather with them and have enjoyed listening to their stories. They've been very helpful when questions arise." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Steelwheels: "Find a local group (Social media does not count!) and some "Old Heads" in that group that have been doing Santa for 20 or 30 years. Then sit and listen to them. It's funny how a simple passing comment in a discussion can sometimes turn on a light, clear up a question, or spark the imagination." Thank you Dave! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Steelwheels, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for July 2017!
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    But then I won't have a 12" beard~!!~! Besides, I think its more like 3 12" hairs, but who's counting? BESIDES me?
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    The Top Ten Reasons David Letterman should be Santa 10. He is alive 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. Commercial Break And the Number One Reason #1 ___________________
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    Last time I saw a picture of David Letterman, he may be auditioning.
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    I have a Christmas musical of my own that moves into the theatre tomorrow for a final audition and then 14 days of classes and rehearsals before opening on July 15th. It features 62 gifted and talented 10-14 year olds who made it past the first rounds of auditions that began back in early March. There will be big and small musical numbers with dancing, interactive video projected on stage, scenery, a live pit band and a special appearance by "some old guy". No rest for me for the next few weeks!
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    Santa Train leaves station for final time by Emily Mentzer, Polk County Itemizer-Observer, Independence, MO | Posted: 06-21-2017 EXCERPT: INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI --- Cynthia Jaramillo will be moving to New Mexico at the end of June, and she'll be taking an Independence town tradition with her: the Santa Claus Train. "We did it all for six years," she says. "This would have been year seven. Last year we counted just 3800 people who showed up." The event, traditionally held during the first Saturday of December, brought children from all over Independence and surrounding areas for presents, hot chocolate --- and, needless to say, for a chance to sit down and visit with the Big Guy himself --- who arrived in style via train. Jaramillo, a longtime train engineer, made the event --- originally organized by the Friends of the Independence Public Library and on a much smaller scale --- something bigger than life, coordinating different organizations and businesses to donate toys, live music, or the aforenoted hot chocolate. Even the Independence Heritage Museum played a key role, as they always donated the big antique chair that Santa himself sat in as he listened to the children's wishes. "It is really sad, because I know how much the kids were really depending on that train and all those presents," said Jaramillo. "I really don't mean to be selfish about it, but I don't want it to have to happen with this railroad." Friends of the Independence Public Library Board of Directors member Marilyn Morton said that the tradition of Santa's visit to the Independence Cinema would continue, but St. Nick will obviously need a new way to make his Grand Arrival: perhaps, by horse-and-buggy. As Jaramillo and her wife Donna prepare to leave Independence after 13 years, Cynthia has mixed emotions. They're on their way to Farmington, New Mexico, which will be a homecoming of sorts for Cynthia, but Independence has become her family. When you meet up with one person in Independence, she says, it's as though you've met 100. SOURCE:
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    A few of my students do get picked up on the big stage and even in movies. Monique Coleman from Disney's High School Musical was one of my first students with this program. I taught her some dance moves and how to make a magic cane appear and twirl it when she played Snoopy for the stage version of Charlie Brown. She was all of 10 years old back then. This is her today...http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0170912/?ref_=tt_cl_t6
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    I have a streaming video for documentation purposes. (Still camera with minimal audio) The professional videographer should be editing and compiling a final copy soon. Here is a still photo and a link to a short video clip from last year, when our theme was Vaudeville. I am particularly proud of my painted Vaudeville backdrop for that show... Keep in mind these are children ages 10-13
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    6-Year-Old Girl Gets Christmas in July After Cancer Made Her Miss Celebrations Last Year by Johanna Li, Field Producer, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville | Posted: 07-13-2017, 4:20 PM EDT EXCERPT: LONDON, ENGLAND --- A 6-year-old girl is celebrating Christmas in July after cancer forced her to miss out on last year's celebrations. 6-year-old Agatha King was among some 20 children who had been invited to the holiday celebrations earlier this month, where they took turns riding aboard horse-drawn sleighs, playing in the snow, and meeting with Santa Claus. "We colored in pictures of the snowglobes, and there were games, too, and sweets," a happy Agatha told InsideEdition.com. "I felt really excited." Karen, Agatha's mom, said that her daughter had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was just four years old. Her compromised immune system now means that her family, including 4-year-old younger brother Bacchus and 1-year-old little sister Meredith, must now be careful of where they go. "You miss out on all the things that build up toward Christmas --- the parties, the switching-on of all the lights in the town, and all the ice-skating," said Karen King. "Nobody expects childhood cancer ever to enter into our lives. That's something we never considered." Throughout last winter, Agatha was both in and out of the hospital and was too ill to participate in all the holiday fun, including a Nativity play being staged at her school, even though she had been rehearsing her role for months. But with the help of Cancer Research UK, several childhood patients were able to enjoy a few of the winter celebrations at the Christmas party held at Number Two Temple Place. "Lots of tears were being shed because it's so nice to see them being so well enough to enjoy things," said Agatha's mom. "It's lovely to be with other families because they just get it, they understand exactly what you're going through." SOURCE:
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    An old friend had a saying....."Tis better to "Urp" the burp and bear the shame, than squelch the belch and feel the pain!!!"
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    Escape Phoenix summer weather with Glendale's Christmas in July by Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic | Posted: 07-05-2017, 8:00 MDT EXCERPT: GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Downtown Glendale is always known for its annual holiday lights spectacular, but Christmas comes to the historic area each year well before November. During the 11th Annual Christmas in July Celebration on July 8th, guests in Olde Town and Caitlin Court will have the chance to play in the snow, visit with Santa, taste holiday treats, make-and-take craft activities, and purchase themed gift items with discounts, as Historic Downtown Glendale celebrates Christmas around 170 or so days early. During the event, patrons can support locally-owned shops and restaurants, many of which will play recorded and live holiday music and decorate in the Christmas spirit. Lorraine Zomok, longtime Glendale resident, who administrates for Visit Glendale, says that monthly promotions such as Christmas in July help create a festive atmosphere throughout all of Arizona's historic neighborhoods. "It's so special, just being able to walk outside your door for a couple of blocks," she says, "and there's all this energy and excitement of this urban environment of Historic Downtown Glendale, and yet it has so much history and culture, too." ............. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in residence at Glendale Flowers and Gifts, to take photos with families and find out about all the hottest items on the children's wish lists this season. The shop will also host a make-and-take fan activity, ornament-making, and have lemonade and chocolate fudge samples throughout the day. Guests yearning for early Christmas treats can also venture over to Bears & More, where they can also find homemade cookies. The newest shop of the downtown area, Gracie's Marketplace, will offer discounts on lighted holiday canvas artwork, as well as give away a $50 shopping spree. At the Astronomy Store, the first 100 shoppers will receive free Herkimer diamond quartz crystals. Throughout the day, free Ollie the Trolley shuttles will take visitors from one destination to another. Shoppers can also give back by donating bottled water for local residents in need. Bottles and cases of water can be dropped off at the Glendale Visitors' Center. or at various Glendale fire stations until July 8th. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 8th. Free, with costs of up to $3 for some of the make-and-take activities. More info: 1-877-800-2601 or go to http://www.visitglendale.com . SOURCE:
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    Definitely! Dr. Pepper, All The Way!!!!
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    Congratulations! Welcome to the MOTH. I've always enjoyed reading your posts but your interview tops them all.
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    Have some ice cream and cruise down Stockton Hill by Hayden Merrill, Kingman, AZ Daily Miner | Posted: 6-30-2017, 5:58 AM MDT EXCERPT: KINGMAN, ARIZONA --- Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a big splash, in July. The inaugural Ice Cream Social and Cruise will take place tomorrow evening, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Claus Cause, a new non-profit organization looking to give back to Kingman's children in need. The Claus Cause was launched by a local couple, who have taken on the major roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus for several events that take place around the holiday season. These events take place all over Kingman, from the campus of Mojave Community College to the studios of KRMC-FM Radio. But after multiple years of sitting around and talking with hundreds of children, Santa and Mrs. Claus began noticing something: several kids in Kingman were going without the "normal" Christmas celebrations. "Santa would ask one child, 'Have you been good this year?' and 'Did you make your bed?' And there were children who said things like, 'I don't have a bed,' and it broke our hearts," said Mary Taylor, Mrs. Claus. So the twosome decided to try to raise donations for these children, to help them have a better Christmas than they would otherwise would not have were it not for the Claus Cause. "We've already been approached by families who've lost a parent or other loved one this year, and we wanna provide a Christmas for those families," said Mrs. Claus. ......... Saturday's event starts at 6 p.m. at Mohave Community College. First, there'll be an ice cream social where attendees will have the chance to converse with the Taylors and learn more about their Claus Cause organization. After the social, at approximately 7:30 p.m., guests will be invited to join in a "cruise" down Stockton Hill, ending at the Wine Cellar on Beale Street. While the event is free and open to the public, t-shirts will be made available, and donations will no doubt be very much appreciated. The Taylors hope to turn the Ice Cream Social and Cruise into a monthly event, to be held on the first Saturday of every month. The idea is to have the cruise pick up from the business where it left off the previous month, and continue into a new business, thus keeping the cycle an ongoing affair. SOURCE:
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    I wish you could to, buddy. It would be great to have you. The storytelling classes were a hit, and they have already scheduled and added 'round two' for the morning, before I do 3 sections of the Santa Workshop in the afternoon. I just finished updating my powerpoint presentation and going to snag a few hours sleep before getting the Wardrobe ready for tomorrow.
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    Congratulations Steelwheels ..Absolutely awesome Interview, Well deserved, Have a Safe run, keep those wheels turning!!
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    Congratulations Steelwheels, I enjoyed your interview. Cheers Coudy Santa
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    Now that is a WORKSHOP I wish I could sit in on!
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    Ah, no. From Dr Pepper, themselves: Q: Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice? A: Dr Pepper is a unique blend of natural and artificial flavors; it does not contain prune juice.
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    Congratulations, Steelwheels, o a well deserved honor!
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    Congratulations, but I think you should know Dr Pepper is carbonated prune juice.
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM club. Great interview by the way. My father and grandfather were also locomotive engineers.
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM club! Dr Pepper all the way!!!
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    Congrats Dave, I loved reading your interview. I have always appreciated your comment there on CN and our individual email conversations. Congratulations again.
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    Great choice! Even BETER answers! Very well and thought out Dave! I enjoyed the read, thank you for the time!
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    No way they would let him use his own beard , The movie used extensive prosthetics to his face and applied hair and beard. They would have to continue with that for consistency. Allen said before he would not do a fourth Santa movie.
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    Sad to read for a few reasons. However, they want to see Santa arrive via train they can always come to Tucson!
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    Christmas in June helps feed families in need by Kofo Lasaki, WNDU-TV/DT, South Bend, Indiana | Posted: 06-21-2017, 1:49 PM CDT EXCERPT: ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN --- Summer can be a challenging time for food-insecure families, and that's why one organization has rallied the community to help bring "Christmas in June." Christmas in June is the food drive created by United Way of Southwest Michigan to give back for United Way's worldwide Global Day of Action. The Southwest Michigan chapter could have chosen a number of different ways to give back, but this year they decided to ask local businesses for 75 canned and/or non-perishable foods, to help the nonprofit mark its 75th anniversary. 37 businesses throughout Berrien and Cass Counties answered that call with upwards of 10,000 donations to be delivered to 23 area food pantries. "We see food insecurity as a big issue between Berrien and Cass Counties, especially in the summer, with children not receiving their free and reduced lunches," said Charlotte Rogers, representing United Way of Southwest Michigan. Earlier this morning, the donating companies delivered their donations to drop-sites, while United Way volunteers helped to sort out, count and then deliver the goods to the food pantries. ....... Rogers said that the food drive was so successful this year, the nonprofit plans to bring it back next year. To see a full list of the businesses who donated, and to learn more about the food drive, go to http://www.uwsm.org/christmas-in-june/ SOURCE:
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    Oklahoma Santa Group Members better up their game! LOL
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    Sounds like those Seniors had an awesome time! What a wonderful thing to do for them!
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    More than one 'Santa Claus is coming to town' 'Santa Claus is coming to town' --- and more than one it would seem in Tenby this winter. From the Tenby Observer, Pembrokeshire, Wales | Posted: 07-08-2017 EXCERPT: TENBY, PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES --- The resort's annual 'Santa Run' could be moved to form part of a festive celebration in the town leading up to Christmas, organizers have suggested. The minutes of a recent meeting of the town's Christmas Festivities Committee came before members of Tenby Town Council at their meeting on Tuesday night. Although the initial intention of the committee was to try and spread out the entertainment over the period of four weeks leading up to Christmas, it was once again felt that there was not enough support forthcoming in order to achieve this, and as a result, it was agreed to focus once more on a single event for one day, Saturday, December 2nd. It was discussed that Tenby Round Table had considered switching the date of their own Santa Run to this date in order to make it more of a day-long event, possibly with the addition of a Christmas Market to keep the visitors in town, and thus help to boost the local economy. The idea received unanimous support, with the suggestion being for the run to take place starting around 12 noon, followed by events carrying on throughout the afternoon and on into the early evening, and the lifeboat launching that would fetch Father Christmas and bring him into Tudor Square around 4 p.m., ready for the festive lights switch-on an hour later, at 5 p.m. SOURCE:
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    Tim Allen's Beard Photo Has Twitter Convinced That Santa Clause 4 Is Happening by Hunter Miller, PopCulture.com | Posted: 06-20-2017 EXCERPT: LOS ANGELES --- Tim Allen is growing out a beard for his upcoming movie role, and his Twitter followers are convinced that the 64-year-old actor is possibly gearing up for Santa Clause 4. The star of Last Man Standing tweeted: "Growing a beard for my role in a movie. I think I look like the Most Interesting Man in the World; my opening act says I look more like a grandpa." The pic shows Allen snapping a selfie while wearing a shirt and tie with his stubbly salt-and-pepper beard coming in. While the Home Improvement alumnus was showing off more facial hair than normal, it isn't quite as full as his look for the Santa Clause films. ........... Tim Allen now has more time on his hands to do a movie, now that his ABC sitcom has been canceled by the network. Even though the series had steady ratings over the course of its six-season run, the alphabet network nonetheless decided to pull the plug. Last Man Standing was ABC's most-watched sitcom this past season, beside Modern Family. According to his tweets, the comic was "blindsided" by the network's decision to discontinue the show. "Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years," Allen tweeted. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey recently spoke out on the network's reasons for discontinuing Last Man Standing: "It was a challenging decision for me to make because it was a steady performer in the ratings. Once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Friday nights, that was where we landed." SOURCE:
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    Christmas in July means eggnog at Lewes Dairy by Jeff Neiburg, DelmarvaNow.com | Posted: 06-29-2017, 4:07 PM EST, Updated: 4:22 PM EST EXCERPT: LEWES, MARYLAND --- Since the Lewes Dairy is hosting an inaugural Christmas in July 5K Run-Walk on Monday, July 3rd, that can only mean one thing: eggnog for everyone! For the first time ever, the Lewes Dairy is offering its famous eggnog during the off-season. And, of course, it's for a good cause. Benefiting the Salvation Army Toy Shop, the Christmas in July 5K Run-Walk is a holiday-themed celebration and race event for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to wear Christmas colors, Santa hats, bells or other holiday attire in order to be eligible for special raffle prizes. Santa and his Elves will also be there to chase a few of the guests and toss out some candy; their special appearance will be included with the admission. The event happens at American Legion Post 17, 113 American Legion Road in Lewes. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the cost is $25 for pre-registration or $30 for day-of-event registration. Students will get a discount rate of $20, or $25 for day-of. ........ For more information, including how to register, visit http://www.races2run.com/events/christmas-in-july-5k/ . SOURCE:
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    Christmas in July hopes to help high demand at Bloomington food pantry from WJBC-AM Radio, Bloomington, Indiana | Posted: 07-06-2017 EXCERPT: BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA --- The Salvation Army of Bloomington is gearing up for its annual Christmas in July Campaign to support a drastic increase in clients visiting the food pantry. Christmas in July is scheduled to kick off on Friday. Bell-ringers and their red kettles will be at all three Kroger locations and at HyVee between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be bell-ringers and red kettles at the entrances to the CornBelters' game on Friday. A month-long food drive will run at all three Kroger locations between now and the end of the month. Prepackaged food bags may be purchased at the checkout counter. All items will go to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, which has seen increased numbers since the closing of Western Avenue's food pantry earlier in May. For the month of June, the Bloomington pantry served 100 more people than it did in May. SOURCE:
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    Police: NH man calling himself 'Santa Claus' led 50-mile high-speed chase By PAUL FEELY New Hampshire Union Leader July 05, 2017 EXCERPT: BANGOR, Maine — Popular culture tells us Santa Claus makes his annual trek around the world on Dec. 24, but Maine state police say Kris Kringle — or a New Hampshire man claiming to be St. Nick — led them on a nearly 50-mile chase at speeds topping 100 mph on Independence Day, in a 1997 Jeep instead of his customary sleigh and team of reindeer. According to Maine state police, Sgt. Matt Casavant was patrolling Interstate 95 in Clinton, Maine, on July 4 when he attempted to stop a silver 1997 Jeep with a New Hampshire registration for a traffic violation. According to police, the Jeep stopped briefly and Sgt. Casavant had an interaction with the driver, who told police his name was Santa Claus. The Jeep, with Santa at the wheel, then fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Casavant pursued the Jeep and determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of New Hampshire. The chase continued for approximately 47 miles, at speeds of 112 mph before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, Maine. The vehicle continued north on Interstate 95 in Bangor — driving on rims — before coming to an end at the Broadway exit in Bangor where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) was used to stop the vehicle. The PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Maine State Police said the driver, identified as Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was cleared and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Kassaras was charged with eluding an officer, criminal speed, driving to endanger, unauthorized use of property, refusing to submit to arrest, and passing a roadblock. SOURCE: http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Man-claiming-to-be-Santa-Claus-leads-Maine-police-on-chase-07062017
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    Maker of Legendary Lanham Christmas Display Dies After Cancer Battle 'I have a fantastic time with it,' Ted Adelman said in December about his famous Christmas lights display by Tracee Wilkins, WRC-TV/DT, Washington, D.C. | Posted: 07-03-2017, 8:02 PM EDT; Updated: 8:08 PM EDT EXCERPT: LANHAM, MARYLAND --- A Maryland man who created an over-the-top Christmas light display outside his home for more than 30 years has died. Ted Adelman died on June 19th, according to family friends. In December, Adelman told News4 that he would need to take a break from creating his annual Christmas display as he battled cancer. "5, 6 months ago, we found out that I have .... cancer, and it has wiped me out terribly," he said. For decades, he had light-up reindeer on the roof, candy canes and gingerbread men all over the lawn, and rows and rows of lights. "I go crazy for it. I have a fantastic time with it," said this great-grandfather. SOURCE:
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    Christmas in July celebrated during Kiddie Parade by Samantha Smith, Michigan City, Indiana News-Dispatch | Posted: 06-30-2017, 9:34 PM EST EXCERPT: MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA ---- It was rain, not snow, that almost stopped Michigan City's 3rd Annual Kiddie Parade last night. With its Christmas in July theme, the community's kids danced, marched, rode and walked down Franklin Street with their families and were encouraged to come out to the parade in Christmas-themed costumes, make their own floats, ride their own bikes, and even walk with their pets. The event began with Santa and Mrs. Claus, riding in a float of their own. Sgt. Chris Yagelski from the Michigan City Police Department explained that prior to 2014, the tradition of the parade had faded over the previous 20 years but the Department decided to restore it, to help kids have a day of clean and safe fun. "We used to start the parade along Washington Street and go down Franklin, and normally we'd have around 400 kids," he said. "We brought it back because we wanted our kids and their families to have fun. Our goal is not only for them to have fun, but to come up with something new and different every year." After the Parade, Mr. and Mrs. Claus gave out awards for best single and group costumes, which were separated into divisions based on age, then the Clauses gave first-, second-, and third-place awards to the best wagons. Special awards included Santa's Pick, the Mayor's Pick, and the Chief of Police's Pick. Many families entered their wagons in this year's parade, including Crisa Will and her family. The theme for their wagon was "Santa's Water Sleigh." "We've done this for a couple of years now," said Will, "and our kids really enjoy it. It's a great way to bring our community together." SOURCE:
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    The Top Ten Reasons David Letterman should be Santa 10. He is alive 9. Somewhat jolly... 8. Is knowledgable about coal... 7. He's got the look 6. Has a HUGE Naughty List... 5. Does his best work while everybody is asleep... 4. 3. 2. Commercial Break And the Number One Reason #1 ___________________
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    Letter: Big thank you from local Santa Claus! From Lenconnct.com and the Adrian, Michigan Daily Telegram | Posted: 06-28-2017, 1:45 PM EDT; Updated: 1:50 PM EDT ADRIAN, MICHIGAN ---- To the Editor: Hello from the North Pole, where Santa Claus is working on toys and other good items for children and grown-ups of all ages --- because exactly six months from today, June 25th, 2017, is Christmas Day! Santa (that's me) wants to take this time to thank the City of Adrian for all the kindness I've received during the four years I have starred in your Parade on the first Friday of every December; and from all my other Helpers, also in Adrian: on St. Patrick's Day in March as a Leprechaun; Memorial Day and the Fourth of July as Uncle Sam; and on Halloween Night, as Moses, Uncle Jesse, and Papa Smurf. On June 24th, I gave a thank-you party for the entire City of Adrian. It included Mayor Jim Berryman; Shane Horn, Chris Miller, Todd Brown, Thomas Faulhaber, and Chief of Police Vince Emrick; Fire Chief Tim Bartenslager; and a representative from the Leewanee County Sheriff's Department. I'd also like to thank the Editors of the Daily Telegram, the listeners and employees of WLEM-FM Radio (103.9 FM), and a very merry Thank you and Ho-ho-ho! See you all in December! Santa Thomas Nastali, Manitou Beach, Michigan SOURCE:
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    From the album 2017

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    They both worked for New York Central. Running east out of Buffalo,New York.
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    Congratulations! Keep her on the rails, and the air brakes handy!
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    (That would be LOL!, by the way.)
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    Y&R London's M&S Christmas Campaign Wins Silver at Cannes Lions 2017 The Mrs. Claus campaign for M&S awarded in the Promotion and Activation category at the world's largest Festival of Creativity from Little Black Book Online | Posted: 6-22-2017 EXCERPT: CANNES, FRANCE --- The Mrs. Claus campaign for Christmas for M&S won a Silver statue in the Promotion and Activation, Use of Broadcast category at Cannes Lions, the Festival of Creativity earlier this week. Y&R London's category-changing campaign was a seasonal blockbuster, creating an emotional connection between M&S and their core customers, women. M&S's most immersive campaign to date included social media takeovers featuring a Mrs. C. emoji and the hashtag #LoveMrsClaus, outfit and gift inspiration both in-store and in editorial, a partnership with Channel 4, and a social promotion that saw Mrs. Claus live in person giving away more than 15,000 presents to store customers. The campaign was centered around Mrs. Claus, arguably Santa's better half, who played a special role each Christmas, helping a select few make the holiday extra special for their loved ones, just like real women everywhere. The First Lady of Christmas was introduced on the 11th and 12th of November with a two-minute and a three-minute TV commercial. Directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, with a score composed and conducted by Rachel Portman, the spots told the tale of a Christmas delivered with love. Mrs. C. was further leveraged to drive impact and delight audiences with personality at key moments in the social media calendar --- her top tips on everything from presents to mince pies. SOURCE:
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