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  1. 6 points
    What you'll hear from me on this issue... Crickets
  2. 6 points
    Mixed feelings... Elves: Reindeer, explaining the way Santa could travel all over the globe, general overall storyline: Costuming: Santas snarky behavior: But his overall view of Christmas spirit: Do I feel it ranks up there with other Santa based Christmas classics: Would I watch it again: Having Goldie as Mrs. Claus as a surprise at the end:
  3. 5 points
    Kurt Russell and the Ultimate Santasy MyMerryChristmas November 25, 2018 Jeff Westover EXCERPT: There’s a new Santa in town. Everyone is talking about him. Over Thanksgiving weekend Netflix debuted their new Santa-driven Christmas film they dub, probably because they will make this a regular holiday thing, The Christmas Chronicles. In others words, it’s a story – a Christmas tale. This one is a Santa story – a fantastical, magical story as most Santa stories are. It is a Santasy. Suiting up for Santa this time is Kurt Russell. The previews for weeks have raised the eyebrows of men and set a-tingle the hearts of women. The Christmas Chronicles with this casting suddenly made this must-see family viewing. My friends and family, upon seeing the trailers, immediately asked me my opinion. They know very well my almost-sacred reverence for the Big Guy. The trailers make this Santa out to be anything but reverent. Those who know me smelled an epic rant about to pour forth on these pages. After all, I’m the guy who dissed Jim Carrey as The Grinch and Will Farrell as Buddy-the-Elf. Chill. I like Wyatt Earp as Santa. Netflix reached down deep into Santa’s bag to touch many nerves on this one for me. Kurt Russell was just the first of many right decisions. But viewer beware: there is some formulaic Christmas slop you have to wade through in The Christmas Chronicles. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/the-christmas-chronicles/
  4. 5 points
    The issue with the "I don't do that" thing was just another item that this Santa was misrepresenting on purpose for these 2 children. Do you not all remember that at the end of the night when he dropped them off when he made the sleigh fly after giving Teddy his hat to keep? When Teddy asked Santa how he would be able to get around without his magic hat, Santa's reply was, "I'm Santa," and he made the sleigh fly by just holding his hands up. To me, that night was all about Teddy. I took it that the entire point of the night was to get Teddy back on the straight and narrow after his father had passed given the path he was already on. So Santa told some fibs & had an "accident" to help mold Teddy back into what he should be by Teddy & his sister thinking that Santa needed their help that night. When he took off in the sleigh and came back around down their street, he left with a loud, "Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!" which was the ONLY time he did it that entire night with them.
  5. 5 points
    Santa for Awhile Unpublished © 2018 Douglas Billings I didn’t ‘officially’ don the red suit until last year, after I returned from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. I had portrayed Santa Claus for a small local country church for a few years before, but I had to borrow the cheap and tacky suit they owned, which did not fit me very well. It had seen too many volunteers stuff themselves into it over the years and the poor thing was flawed in spots. Thinking about it, the kids that I saw at that church didn’t see the problems and issues of the suit that I saw. They were just thrilled seeing Santa in the building; with no regard, as to how his wardrobe appeared. The years have slowly and methodically transformed me into whom many perceive as Santa Claus. I had achieved the long beard years before, but Father-Time has added the white to the thing. He has also increased the girth of my mid-section, so subtly, I never realized it was happening. At some point, the necessary combination of white beard and belly became my new trademark, my calling card, if you will. When the transformation was complete, the public began to see me and treat me differently. It was the children who reacted first, and it was happening anywhere, any time of the year, no matter how I was dressed or where I was at the time. One day, I noticed small children pointing at me and whispering to each other as I walked by them. I didn’t think anything about it at first, but then one day I overheard what one was saying to the other. “Psst, look, look, it’s Santa Claus.” I stopped in my tracks and turned to face the informant. His lower jaw dropped open and his eyes seemed to grow out of their sockets. When his eyes met my stern stare, I grinned really big and gave him a wink, then I continued on my original course. It’s been like that for many years now, only today I have to add the adults as well. I work in a middle school in West Tennessee. I started there in 2007. Back then, I had a lot of color still in my hair and beard. In those days, a lot of people called me ZZ-Top and a few years later, the students referred to me as Duck Dynasty. Eventually the colored follicles were replaced by the white I now sport and along with it came the references of Santa Claus. One of my colleagues at the school is raising her granddaughter, whose name is Alicia. I have known her since shortly after her birth. Granny would bring her to after school functions and everyone would do what we do around a little bundle of baby—we would oooh! and aaah! the precious child. As the years continued on, Lil’ Alicia started to walk on her own and then one day she was old enough to start kindergarten. One day, I was in our gymnasium after school, supervising some kids playing on the court. Granny walks in and following her was Lil’ Alicia fresh off the bus from her school. When she saw me in the distance, she screamed, “S-a-n-t-a!” and began running towards me, as fast as her little legs could carry her. I turned toward her and threw out my arms and she buried herself in me. I gave her a gentle squeeze and she looked into my eyes and never broke contact. She began to study every feature I had, constantly fixated on my eyes. I felt a glorious warmth run through me, and I’m convinced she felt it too. From that moment on, I AM Santa Claus to Lil’ Alicia. I’m still teaching at that same school and Lil’ Alicia still comes over every afternoon to meet up with her granny, only now she is not so little anymore. She is getting to that age where she is questioning the true existence of Santa Claus. She walks by my classroom every day on her way to her granny’s locale. I always meet her in the hallway and she still runs up and gives me a hug. She tells her friends that I am Santa Claus and just recently a few of them started telling her that Santa isn’t real. Luckily, she doesn’t believe them and I am still the lucky recipient of heartfelt and loving hugs from my biggest fan. The other day, I spoke with Alicia’s grandmother and told her that I dread the day she no longer believes in Santa Claus. I have cherished the opportunity to be hers and no matter what, she will always be ‘Santa’ Doug’s most special fan. The inevitable is just around the corner with Lil’ Alicia and there is nothing anyone can do to stop nature’s course. But, the spirit of Santa Claus will never be lost in the grown child, as long as Lil’ Alicia keeps the thought and memory of her Santa in her heart and soul, for always. I will only be a Santa Claus for a short while, but Santa Claus will be forever. ‘Santa’ Doug’s Biggest Little Fan!
  6. 4 points
    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 December 2018 is Deanna Golden! Deanna Golden Featured ClausNet Member – December 2018 Profile: Deanna Golden Real Name: Deanna Location: Cave Greek, Arizona USA ClausNet member since: 8 March 2018 Website: dmgolden.wixsite.com/mrsannaclaus Website: santanana.com Facebook: @deanna.golden.77 Behind every great Santa there is always an even greater Mrs. Claus. Let’s face it, Santa would be lost without Mrs. Claus. And our Featured Member of the Month for December is no exception! Deanna Golden has been portraying Mrs. Claus since 2014. As an independent Mrs. Claus, Deanna enjoys working with many different Santas, as well as my own events. Deanna is on the Board of Directors of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS) and is the co-owner of Santa Nana’s Holiday University (SNHU). We caught up with Deanna a few weeks ago and here is what she had to say… ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Mrs. Claus and how did you get started? Deanna Golden: "I retired from Corporate America in 2014. I always said I was done ‘working,’ but not done ‘doing.’ My husband’s best friend, Santa Russ, who has portrayed Santa for 20+ years, asked if I would consider being his Mrs. Claus. After all, I love children, love Christmas, and just might enjoy it. After the first child, like so many of us, I was hooked. I volunteered that first year, vowed to never do anything without him, and have since become an independent Mrs. Claus. I work with many different Santas and love every minute." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Mrs. Claus? Deanna Golden: "Starting out, I knew I had a lot to learn. Santa Russ got me involved in our local Chapter, and I met some wonderful people. Mrs. Clauses and Santas gave me some suggestions about my look and what exactly Mrs. Claus can do at events. One person in particular was Lucky Royse. We quickly became good friends, and she portrayed her character, Santa Nana, with style and flair and elegance. That very much appealed to me, and I’ve been working on my appearance and style ever since. Listening to the other ladies and gentlemen across the Community, I have found as many versions of Mrs. Claus as there are women who portray her. We encourage each other to learn from each other and take ideas that evolve into our own personal looks." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Mrs. Claus? Deanna Golden: "Stepping into this world has changed my life. Seriously! I love the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the opportunities to help shape our world, what we do, and where we are going. At a Mrs. Claus level, this will sound corny, but I just love seeing the smiles on the children when they see me, especially when they don’t expect Mrs. Claus to be where they are. I’m humbled by the times I’ve been able to spend time with that child anxious to be near Santa, but happy to be near me. I love seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. It keeps me young and reminds me of what’s really important." ClausNet: As Mrs. Claus, you get to work with a lot of Santas. Can you tell us more about working with various Santas? Deanna Golden: "It’s interesting! My second year, I had a chance to do a tree lighting with Santa Stan. It did my heart good at the end of the evening when he smiled and said to me I was a Mrs. Claus he could work with again, which we did! The same year, my friend Lucky introduced me to Santa Leo. She was passing the baton to me as she faced a terminal illness. I’ve worked with several Santas since then, and have found that talking about the event, our back story, our expectations, what each of us will do, what we will do together, the business side, all before an event is so important. We need to complement each other and not present ourselves as two separate performers. One thing I always try and remember when working with a different Santa is to be flexible and spontaneous. A good team will quickly react to a situation and nobody will ever know you haven’t known that person for years. I’ve heard it said before that a good Mrs. Claus will make Santa go from good to great. A good Santa will do the same for Mrs. Claus." ClausNet: How often do you appear without Santa and what are these events like? Deanna Golden: "As a solo Mrs. Claus, I have done cookie decorating at a local resort. 2018 will be the fourth year the resort has offered Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus as a part of their promoted holiday events. They are fun and fabulous, with the children decorating their cookies, my giving them pointers – like Mrs. Claus has only one rule when it comes to cookie decorating – there are no rules! I bring little goody bags for each child, and we end with a story, a song, or game, and photos. I also have a pre-school of three and four-year old children. They specifically wanted Mrs. Claus, since at that young age it’s hit or miss whether Santa will be well received. At that event, we sing, I tell them about life at the North Pole, the children sing to me, I bring stickers for the children to decorate a poster board Christmas tree, we take photos, and I bring individual letters for each child from Santa they can hang on their refrigerators." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Deanna Golden: "So many, for different reasons. I will always remember the young boy who only wanted his own Bible for Christmas. The young girl who sang every word of Let it Go. The infant who still had on his name bracelet because he’d just been discharged from the hospital. The special needs adults who squealed when Santa and I walked through the door, and one in particular running up to me for a hug. It’s really impossible to pick one memorable visit, but the theme in all is how incredibly humbled I am to be blessed to do what I do." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Deanna Golden: "I love the Cookie Decorating at the resort. Children get to be children and have no rules in how they decorate their little masterpieces." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Deanna Golden: "Great question. I have yet to do a parade, so that’s on my bucket list." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Mrs. Claus? Deanna Golden: "Many things. Within the Christmas Community I am on the Board of Directors of IBRBS, as well as my local Chapter. I inherited a school from my friend Lucky, who designed a program around the female performer, and with my partner Judi Broderick, we launched that in August 2018. We are excited to take it around the country. In my other side of life, my husband and I love to camp in the Arizona mountains, and travel to see our families across the country." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Deanna Golden: "Camping, home canning, going to our annual Country Thunder music festival, and enjoying the desert life. I do look forward to making my gingerbread house every year, using a pattern that my Mom used since 1948." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Deanna Golden: "Green!" ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Deanna Golden: "A good cheeseburger is the best food on the planet!" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Deanna Golden: "Diet Coke, please." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Deanna Golden: "The Mrs. Claus in me says any cookie that makes Santa smile. For me, I like peanut butter sandwich cookies." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Deanna Golden: "Any time this movie is on I’ll watch it – Forrest Gump. The redeeming power of simplicity and goodness. And hope." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Deanna Golden: "I do! It is ‘A toss-up between ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and the original ‘Miracle on 34th Street’.’." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Deanna Golden: "The Gift, by Aselin Debison. And O Holy Night by Celine Dion." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Deanna Golden: "I’m just starting to read Maria Shriver’s I’ve Been Thinking." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Deanna Golden: "Love these questions – Mr. Lipton! I would have loved to have had my own children and had the hardest and most rewarding job of all being a mom." Finally! After doing these interviews since 2008, Deanna is the first person to get the James Lipton reference. Still, no one has gotten the Coke vs. Pepsi question yet... ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Deanna Golden: "Politician." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Deanna Golden: "Loved my Barbie dolls and Betsy McCall paper dolls. And playing with my brothers’ Tonka trucks." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Deanna Golden: "The year we lived in Ohio (1964). We went to Midnight Mass and when we were outside someone told me to look up into the sky because Santa’s sleigh was flying over us! I stared for a long time looking for him." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Mrs. Claus and what was your response? Deanna Golden: "I guess I’ve been lucky so far. I’ve never been asked to help parents stop fighting or to bring back a deceased grandparent. What I did get, which was a bit of a challenge, was a laundry list of high-priced gifts from a tween who was asking for several thousand dollars in Christmas gifts. I really had to bite my tongue and did ask her to think about the top two or three things she most wanted, and that perhaps one of those gifts on her list could go to someone else. That was met with rolling eyes." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Deanna Golden: "A friend told me about it." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Deanna Golden: "The sheer volume of information and support for us, and the incredible commitment of those who keep it going." 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? Deanna Golden: "Santa Russ, who opened the door to me. I had no clue where a simple question about being a Mrs. Claus would lead. His heart for service is amazing and he has always been the greatest cheerleader for Mrs. Clauses as equal opportunity joy makers. I’ve mentioned Lucky Royse before. She was the first who opened my eyes to see my character in new ways, and the opportunities for women to have a stronger role. Both visionaries and pioneers in seeing the future of how all Christmas performers can create spectacular experiences – together." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Deanna Golden: "Know why you’re doing this. Find a mentor. Find a local Chapter or community. Take a risk. Learn the history. Take classes. Trust. Stay humble and teachable. Have fun. When it becomes work, it’s time to find something else." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Deanna Golden: "Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this. It’s not lost on me the power and influence each of us has on those we encounter, and our obligation to model the highest standards of integrity. Merry Christmas, and always remember the reason for the season." Thank you Deanna! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Deanna Golden, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for December 2018!
  7. 4 points
    Here ya go..... ..Santa Claus and one of my favorite cowboy movies.... don't get better than that....
  8. 4 points
    That part I liked. That at the end it really wasn't the hat. Again, my only problem with the movie was the elves. I don't understand why they had to go in that direction. Clearly they were a furry version of Minions. I was okay with the suit and even the beard and hair -- which I think was his own if I am not mistaken. I wish someone would buy the rights to Jeff Guinn's Santa Claus trilogy and turn that into a movie. In my opinion his books are the closest to what I believe the real Santa would be like. I love how he uses actual history to tell the story of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Someday when I am a multi-millionaire I will produce that movie. And no I wouldn't cast myself in the role of Santa. I think Phil Wenz @Legendary Santa Claus would be the perfect casting...
  9. 4 points
    Watched it, it was Ok ,the elves with Gremlin like appearance I did not like. The sleigh looked like an old wooden boat with runners. How soon will we see Santa's leather outfit recreated and his watch copied and up for sale?
  10. 3 points
    After watching the movie together, my wife wants me to let my hair and beard grow. She is convinced I would look like Kurt Russell with long hair and a beard. lol
  11. 3 points
    to keep this theme going - this showed up in a text from one of my patient's today.....
  12. 3 points
    can you see one of the elves saying... " I'll be your huckleberry " to the thug leader.
  13. 3 points
    I quite enjoyed it. I am a big Kurt Russel fan and huge Wyatt Earp fan, kinda sorry they didn't find a way to sneek in ..."You tell 'em I'm coming... and elves coming with me!" Now come on, that would have been funny. I liked how he made several sideways references to Christmas song ..."those are Sleigh bells.....are ya listening?" The elves kinda made me think I was watching Santa Meets The Gremlins, but I'm easy.
  14. 3 points
    I enjoyed The car scene. But what I really liked was his costume. The fur was something; the fact that it would better match my beard. Going to look in to it for next year.
  15. 3 points
    I thought this was a watchable Christmas movie and Kurt Russell did a good job as a modern take on a classic legendary figure. The cgi elves were just ok. The ending was predictable but well executed with a great cameo for the finish. Although panned terribly by critics, I say watch it and make up your own mind. My family loved it.
  16. 3 points
    Love it! I have a feeling you'll be asked to do more promos like this one...
  17. 3 points
    The script was short enough, and I had enough time to memorize most of it. I was able to print it on one sheet of paper in large enough font, and my wife held it on a board in front of the camera. This was the first and only take I did for this ad. I wish I could share a product commercial I did all from memory, but the product hasn't been made public yet.
  18. 3 points
    This is a case of "just because you can doesn't mean you should".
  19. 3 points
    On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789, a national day of Thanksgiving. In it, Washington called upon all Americans to express their gratitude for a happy conclusion to the nation's war of independence and the successful ratification of the United States Constitution. Especially this year, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we should reflect on the full meaning of the day. Let’s strive to be truly thankful in our hearts this Thanksgiving. What better way to enter the holiday season? By the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of America, A PROCLAMATION. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789. Go. Washington
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  21. 2 points
    may I recommend @Schwindy 's Elf Report Card
  22. 2 points
    Luckily I decided to break my rule against No Netflix last night and sign up for a free month just to see this movie. Already had a few questions about things in the movie. Mostly about the myth of Santa's laugh. One 7 year old boy asked if the myth about the laugh was true that Santa really doesn't Ho, ho, ho. I gave a hahaha, hehehe, and then a hohoho, and that put that quesiton to rest.
  23. 2 points
    I had a little girl ask me to leave her Santa's hat - because that is what she saw in the movie....
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