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  1. Marty -- I am sorry this has happened. I will check our logs and respond in an email to you. Everyone -- Let me be perfectly clear on this... Any attempt to hack into this site will be taken very seriously and violators will be blocked from ClausNet.com and reported to authorities. When we first launched ClausNet, we had a few instances where members were logging in using someone else’s credentials for nefarious reasons. Ten years ago, our back-end server tools for detecting this activity were not as sophisticated as they are now. Today, our server records every single device,
    8 points
  2. I saw the FB group posting some new guy gets himself a new suit and is attacked rather than helped. Then some guy calls him a fake Santa because he did not have a real beard. This happens all the time on Facebook. When do they realize we are portraying a fictional Character. No one is Santa and just because you grow a beard does not make you real. Work on your best image when portraying Santa, If you can't grow a reasonable real beard then look for the best designer beard yo can afford. Give the best portrayal you can leave those who see you with a memorable experience seeing the character of
    8 points
  3. As the gatekeeper here on who gains access to ClausNet, I get a lot of emails from folks who want to be members. As part of the screening process I ask why they want to join. I can't tell you how many times people say that they are finally a real Santa because they are growing a beard. Not a great first impression -- especially for this "fake" Santa. I think part of the problem is there are too many Santas now. And too many are doing this for, in my opinion, the wrong reasons. In the past 10 years there has been an "explosion" of new Santas on the scene. Everyone thinks they are going to
    6 points
  4. None of us are Santa, we portray him.we strive to make happy memories and spread the reason for the season.you take on Santa as a role during the Christmas season or in an event or situation that is related to the Christmas theme. Beyond that you are an individual private person and should remain so.
    6 points
  5. Crazy to hear that things like this happen! The Bible says to "guard your heart". For me, I love everybody but I don't trust anybody. There's a Santa in my business area who is trying to lead people into thinking that I'm him, trying to lead customers his way. It actually worked in reverse, and his efforts led to more people finding me, some of who were his longtime customers. Who would want to hack into Marty's Clausnet account? Probably someone who wanted to take him down a notch, even try to curtail his involvement. Hey! Wait a minute...
    5 points
  6. Met a guy the other day, he asked me if I played Santa. I said "yes" and he told me that he was interested in doing just that. His kids got him a Santa suit for Christmas and he showed me pictures. We talked for a little bit and I gave him my contact info. I told him I would mentor him. He got excited and asked me how much money could he make at this? I looked at him, and with my tongue in my cheek, said, "On no, you won't make much money playing Santa. It's a hobby at best." He never contacted me!
    5 points
  7. Facebook is becoming a cesspool and for the first time they are seeing a decrease in members. Their recent decision to "control" the content you see on your timeline has caused many to leave the platform for alternative up and coming social networking site. And the amount of personal information both Facebook and Google are collecting on all of us is frightening.
    5 points
  8. Sadly it has turned from a wish to make children and adults happy during the Christmas season, as my late father and uncle did never even thinking of taking or asking for money to a Santa for profit year round thing. Sad reality,I remember as a child no sign of Santa until the Friday after Thanksgiving and he was gone from site Christmas morning.It was the magic and fantasy of the experience. Today it has diminished because of the year round exposure and all to make a buck.
    4 points
  9. These "workshops" remind me of the real estate flipping scams where they offer a free seminar and then pitch you a how to be rich hard sale. At the end of the seminar you end up with having paid for more. The people running the seminar get rich, a few very few that pay make a dime and the rest, well they are just the people P. T. Barnum talked about.
    4 points
  10. Clausnet is a gem and I point all I know to come here and learn. There will always be those that gripe and complain but we need just to ignore that. I think when offering criticism, it’s fairly clear when it’s coming from a place of caring and support. If you are opening your mouth without really caring about that individual getting better, just keep your mouth shut and move along.
    4 points
  11. I've been met by families of all faiths, including Jewish and Muslim. Even casual Christians. It is not up to me to preach a sermon or try to convert them, but to just show them the love and joy that I represent. But, to the Christian family that approaches me, and specifically mentions Jesus, then I will share my faith. I will tell the children, "If there had never been Jesus, there would never be a Santa Claus." I will show them the embroidered right hand sleeve of my coat, which has baby Jesus, being guarded by a huge angel, with a shinning star above. Christian children l
    4 points
  12. Amen. Since I am a non-real bearded Santa, i keep Santa separate from my life. He only comes out when asked to appear. Santa needs only to be Santa when the call arises.
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. Totally agree! Nicely said and thanks for letting us know!
    3 points
  15. I am glad to get to know you and look forward to learning from you I still have a lot to learn about balancing the Santa - Chaplain dynamic . . . but I can sure relate to the push back ! We shall talk soon !!
    3 points
  16. Glad to hear your situation has improved. Hope your 2019 will be a wonderfully blessed season.
    3 points
  17. Glad to have you back my brother in red
    3 points
  18. As a fellow Santa Dan, I am real happy to have you here. Here is to an amazing 2019 for all of us including Santas with names other than Dan attached.
    3 points
  19. Sometimes a little rest can really open us up to what we need to do and where we are supposed to be. Glad to hear that things are going well for you.
    3 points
  20. Glass is raised! Glad to hear that everything is going better for you
    3 points
  21. haven't pulled the plug yet but don't get on nearly as much as I used to gotta say ClausNet is a lot more interesting and uplifting....
    3 points
  22. It doesn’t help that there are “Santas” giving workshops and classes on how to be rich and famous...while lining their own pockets. It is only going to get worse as the “cosplay generation” steps in and putting on a suit becomes more about making a point and grabbing some attention.
    3 points
  23. A follow up to my hair bleaching post. As I reported in the blog post, my hair was a pale yellow after the first bleaching. I repeated the process the following morning, and got it mostly white, except some spots in the back and along the edges, which were still yellowish. A third bleaching, concentrating on those areas finally did the trick, so now my hair is snowy white... even more than my beard, which obviously could use a repeat treatment. I am sure that I will have plenty of opportunity to practice treating my hair and beard over the coming months, since I estimate that the ori
    3 points
  24. Agreed. I have too many photographers calling and asking for photo sessions starting in June. I have decided that my Santa character will enjoy the beauty of Christmas. Every day I see a new gimmick or something new that every Santa needs to purchase for the children. I guess I feel if you do Santa right, all you need is yourself and a little bit of Christmas magic which we find in ourselves.
    2 points
  25. I'm a simple man with a simple mind, so I suppose I will simply be a simple Santa.
    2 points
  26. I have that book wonderfully imaginative what a fantastic gift to share with your children so happy the family shared it with the world - they could have kept it a secret . . .
    2 points
  27. I had no idea that J.R.R. Tolkien had made this wonderful memory for his family. I will most certainly be on the lookout for this information. Huge thank you for sharing this!
    2 points
  28. First, let me correct Santa Drosselmeyer on the above quote. While I wish I would have said it, but Felix Estridge wrote it in his original post to this subject. It is a perfect quote relating to the message of this thread and Felix hit it with, "Do no harm to the legend." On a related note, I am actually discipling a man to be a Santa. He has become a dear friend to me and we get together about once a week for coffee or lunch. He totally looks the part and has spent his career caring for children. So being a Santa will fit him like lambs wool gloves. I was a commercial photogra
    2 points
  29. I found that it is important to resist the urge to speak negative things back about them. Let God fight that battle. If someone questions me about the other guy I'll respond, "I don't know much about that guy - he hasn't been in business that long." And then I let it go.
    2 points
  30. Thank you wise words and sound advice I have certainly found the day after Christmas to be one of the most uncomfortable and bleak days of the year - it is good to know I am not alone in that feeling.
    2 points
  31. This has been an ongoing problem for me on FaceBook. I can NOT count the number of times I have been cloned and or hacked. Its even hard to get FB to close down your own account, especially when you've been cloned.... cause they don't believe its you! LOL It has nothing to do with the fact that they want to have BILLIONS of accounts for AD revenues. I have been lucky to tour much of FB corp offices in CA, and everywhere you look, there are posters..... "The Next Billion" as motivational materials for their employees.... Its a Corp Culture! With the shear numbers of members, and
    2 points
  32. What's Facebook?!? (never did it, never will...welcome back from the dark side)
    2 points
  33. I could not agree more. At some point, we need to fit the character, not the other way around. All of the Santas trying to outdo each other with over-the-top gaudy and showy suits, they are missing a great opportunity. When we can help bring out an adults inner child, especially in front of their children...that can be a magical moment. When we force the character to conform to and stretch the character and traditional look of Santa, we pull further and further away from those adult’s childhood memories.
    2 points
  34. Never been on Facebook myself, but from what I've heard, I'm not missing much. Clausnet has been around much longer than Facebook, having come on the scene when the old Santas Across the Globe was fading away. And hopefully Clausnet will never fade away, as it is the longest running Santa site in existence. Facebook might just fade away, whenever the new "it" site comes about. But Clausnet, with it's kindness and gentleness, I hope to see it last ten times ten thousand years!
    2 points
  35. I don't go near Facebook, but my wife commented just this morning that she noticed the same thing on the FB Santa postings she has seen. A shame really...
    2 points
  36. I am coming into this late, but Felix, I completely agree! I keep my beard and much of my persona year around as it brings opportunities everywhere you go to speak into people's lives. I encourage them in their faith in God, in their keeping their eyes open to look for ways to help and bless others and to be quick to be secret givers themselves. I came to see many years ago that St. Nicholas was the dynamic person he was simply because he early learned how to put other peoples interests above his own, a very Christ like life. We Santas have a very important and blessed role to fulfil
    2 points
  37. Very good, sensible advice. I would like to add to, if at all possible, offer to do what you can to help them locate another Santa. I can do that because the Lone Star Santas has a Find-a-Santa resource to which we can refer them. They will remember that you put forth that effort and might come back to you again even if they do find another Santa.
    2 points
  38. A very important point to remember. You can't buy your way to being Santa. I suppose I am fortunate. I simply can't afford new accessories. But I can and do look and admire some of the new outfits and accessories on the Web.
    2 points
  39. I also find the Beard Commander balm a "must have" if you are sporting a beard.
    2 points
  40. Glad to hear you are out of there. I know it was not funny at the time but your writing style is fantastic and had me in "stitches" while reading certain parts. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery and are all better for the upcoming holiday season.
    2 points
  41. I could have flown to CO and put a handle on your hose bib, and none of this would have happened! All for less than your first visit to the ER. (even first class airfare, and a fancy consultative dinner)
    2 points
  42. Santa Nana, So sorry to hear about your ordeal. I hope your suffering has ended and you heal rapidly. And, of course, you have my sympathy and support.
    2 points
  43. Santa Johnathan, thank you so much for posting this. I am a new Santa, this being my first Christmas and you hit the nail on the head for me! I have been kind of in a funk since Christmas was over wondering what now. Yes there is life after Christmas, but I still can't wait until next November. ;-) Thanks again, Phil
    2 points
  44. Mixed emotions when reading your entry. Being married to a professional year 'round RBS yet not portraying Mrs. Claus due to being wheelchair bound, I am what I consider a "professional observer" !! It's fun to see the interaction of RBS throughout the year in their festive casual wear. I especially enjoy arranging the MN Santa gatherings as well as those very fun trips to SC, IN and Gatlinburg, TN. Not every Professional Santa is out to make the big buck....many just enjoy spreading happiness and love throughout the year. I don't believe you were intentionally throwing all professi
    2 points
  45. How would the "purists" feel if we who have naturally white hair and beards decided you who bleach and treat your hair were inferior to us naturals? Think about it. Are we better than you? I think not. Santa comes from the heart. What is on your face is only window dressing. It makes no difference if you grew it or took it out of a box..
    2 points


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