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  1. 7 points
    The 2018 Christmas Eve edition of the ClausNet Gazette is now online! Download your copy today! DOWNLOAD
  2. 6 points
    There are some Christmas decorations that are just worth leaving up all year long...
  3. 6 points
    Well, the Christmas Season doesn't end in the Catholic Church until the Baptism of the Lord, which is on January 13th this year so we still have a week and a half until the season is officially over. plus I keep a small tree up year around, so I always have a little bit of Christmas going. SO MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
  4. 5 points
    If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong MyMerryChristmas.com B. Francis Morlan December 27, 2018 EXCERPT The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not? Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days. It does not have to be like this. You do not have to take down your tree. You do not have to kill your lights. You do not have to turn off your music. You can, instead, stand up to the madness around you and let Christmas linger a little longer. The secret to avoiding the post-Christmas blues is deconstructing it much the way you built it in the first place. For me, Christmas often gets started in July. It is easy then, in the heat of summer, to imagine the frosty glow of our Christmas windows, the frothy foam of our cocoa, and the homey warmth of the decorated tree. Of course, we can’t GET those things in July…but it’s fun to think of them as we sit in a darkened room and watch Christmas movies when it is blazing outside. This is classic, hardcore denial. And it is good for you. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/christmas-blues/
  5. 5 points
    I think I am the last person on ClausNet to watch the movie. We watched it last night. With all the hype between Netflix and comments here, I wasn't excited to view it. However, as a season film, we thought it was fun. My wife and I were talking about the difficulties in creating a film about Santa that has contemporary appeal and is still captivating and entertaining. I don't know if it will have the impact on Santa Tradition as the Santa Clause and Santa Claus: The Movie has but it was fun. I enjoyed recognizing the Toronto locations in the film. I am impressed with contemporary interpretation of Santa's clothes, however, I'm not ready to change from my red surge wool to red leather. I'm glad I watched it and I will watch it again. I did enjoy the mouselike elves. It was a good change to see these gremlin-like beings who possessed great attitute.
  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 January 2019 is Biker Claus! Biker Claus Featured ClausNet Member – January 2019 Profile: Biker Claus Real Name: David Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA ClausNet member since: 7 January 2013 Community Reputation (as of today): 12 – Nice! Facebook: @david.lovato.9809 Our first featured ClausNet member of the month for 2019 comes to us from Albuquerque, New Mexico! Biker Santa aka Santa David joined ClausNet back in 2013. 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? Biker Claus: "Since 1983 - 35 years. I remember that my uncle had rented out a suit and was Santa at our house he used my bedroom to undress so I saw the suit on my bed and just for the fun of it I put it on and was Santa for the neighbors I was hooked ever since." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Biker Claus: "Hmmm. I must say like everyone else, it would be Edmund Gwenn from Miracle on 34th Street; that and Nicholas from Rise of the Guardians. What a mix right?" ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Biker Claus: "It’s hard to say. There is so much about it that I like. I think it’s mostly the look in the kid’s eyes when they see you and believe." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Biker Claus: "Wow that’s a hard one. There have been so many. I guess I would have to say when I met a little 11 year old girl at Walmart 10 years ago. I still think about it today. I was trying to talk to her and her little brother keep on interrupting. I finally turned to him and told him that he had to wait his turn, he then told me “Santa she is deaf and cannot hear me”. I told him sorry you did a good thing telling me. So I put her down and signed Merry Christmas have you been good and what is it that you would like for Christmas. She spoke so fast in sign her mom couldn’t keep up. I was told that they went to the mall to see Santa, but he couldn’t sign so that was not the real Santa the mother started to cry and thank over and over again. I always wonder about her." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Biker Claus: "My favorite would have to be my hardest one that I do. Kirkland Air Force Base pulls in kids from all the low income community centers around the area. They feed them, show them a petting zoo, see Santa and get a toy we see about 3 thousand people in one day." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Biker Claus: "I’m not really sure. I guess it would be the next one. Haha! I do have a sort of Santa bucket list: parade, work 1 week at a mall, 1 out of state visit, and 1 out of country visit." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Biker Claus: "Riding my bike (motorcycle) and working on my next Santa idea. Yes, I know. I am close to being obsessed. I guess I’m in good company." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Biker Claus: "Santa, Motorcycles, Music, Food. Did I say Santa?" ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Biker Claus: "Purple for most, burgundy for the suit." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Biker Claus: "Are you kidding? I’m Santa size. There’s not much I don’t like. But if I have to pick one it would be lasagna. It has to be homemade!" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Biker Claus: "Sorry guys, I have to say Pepsi." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Biker Claus: "There will have to be two different ones: Biscotto’s and white chocolate macadamia nut." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Biker Claus: "It’s not a movie but a show Doctor Who." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Biker Claus: "Miracle on 34th Street, The Rise of the Guardians, and Scrooge." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Biker Claus: "Easy one. Elvi’s Santa’s Back In Town." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Biker Claus: "The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Biker Claus: "I would love to be a singer, but I can’t sing." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Biker Claus: "Sky diving. You can only fail once." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Biker Claus: "As a child it would be G.I. Joe and now, Transformers. They are just cool. Yes I still play with toys.I loved Lincoln Logs! I loved to build forts with them for my little green army men." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Biker Claus: "When I was growing up, I really don’t remember meeting up with any Santas. I do remember going to the North Pole at Pikes pick and fighting with an Elf on top of the North Pole. I think we were fighting over if I was Naughty or Nice." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Biker Claus: "It would have to be when I visited a children's hospital. There was a child in a room that none of us could go in. We just had to wave to him from outside. This kid about 8 or so I'm assuming. His bother asked if I could make his brother better. I had to tell him that even with all my abilities there are some things even I cannot do, but I do know someone who is a lot more powerful than I am and I will pray and ask him to help. After that I had to leave and be by myself for a while. I did learn a lesson that being Santa is not just all fun, there can be a lot of heartbreak." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Biker Claus: "I heard about it from Facebook through another Santa." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Biker Claus: "I like all the info you could get from other Santas, plus great ideas for your outfit and what things you could do for entertainment at your visits. I also like the idea that there was no competition. Everyone helped for the greater good." 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? Biker Claus: "Santa Brain Voyles has been great to bounce ideas off and get ideas. Santa Marty was great for getting ideas of outfits. I took his idea for the brass on my boots." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Biker Claus: "Above everything else, be kind and have fun. Don’t try to be perfect. You never will be, so just enjoy being there in the moment." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Biker Claus: "I would like to say thank you to ClausNet. I feel like this is a great honor to be recognize by your own peers." Thank you David! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Biker Claus, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for January 2019!
  7. 4 points
    Egadz !! As I shared before - I have a few paid appearances, but more charitable ones - I have yet to break even - so if it's about the $$$ I'm doing it wrong....
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  9. 4 points
    You and ME BOTH SIR! But we are the crazy ones, ......... LOOK AT ALL THE CASH WE ARE MISSING OUT ON!
  10. 4 points
    I absolutely loved the movie. Maybe not my all-time favorite Christmas movie, but definitely near the top. I loved Kurt Russell's take on Santa. The coat was very close to what I originally planned (attempted & so far failed) to make for my outfit. As far as "I don't HO HO HO, that is a myth!" I just took that as the writer's way of saying: get ready-- this is NOT the Santa you think you know! I also may steal the line - I agree - HO HO HO never sounds genuine. But seeing Santa as a man of action, with style and attitude, and more than a little mischievous...HECK YEAH! The movie certainly wasn't perfect. I, too, hated the elves...but, I get it. It's a family movie. They had adult dialogue; stuff for the teens, tweens, and YA crowd, and hey - it's about Santa! They had to get something in there for the little ones. Familiar enough, yet different enough, to hold their attention (and probably market some toys, too). I don't have any little ones in my household right now, so I don't know if it worked; but I get it. The "big fight scene" in the chop-shop was ridiculous as well - that scene flopped, IMO. But there was so much that did work! The characters were relateable (ok - in a Hallmark movie kind of way). The chase scene, restaurant, police interrogation scene, etc. were genuinely fun. And the unexpected musical in the holding cell? That is now one of my all-time fave scenes in any movie, ever! Was the plot sappy, predictable, hackneyed; and did it over-do the pulling at the heart-strings? Sure - but isn't that de rigueur for Christmas movies, anyway? The big question though - did it work? And I gotta say: Yeah, it worked. It managed to warm this crusty ol' cynics heart a little and wake the Christmas spirit up. Can't wait for it to come out on disc - this one is going in my collection
  11. 4 points
    What you'll hear from me on this issue... Crickets
  12. 4 points
    Read the article and see who they are interviewing. That should tell you everything...
  13. 3 points
    For me, the post Christmas blues doesn't really have anything to do the decorations.
  14. 3 points
    I didn’t get the Christmas blues, I had the Santa blues for about 3 days. I had so much fun my first season I was sad to see it end but only 356 days until next Christmas so I better get at it.
  15. 3 points
    I'm odd I guess, everything put up and I'm done with it. I have no need and don't.want to see.anymore Christmas!
  16. 3 points
    I wholeheartedly agree with this. I always take a week or two decorating the house and take a week or so to un-decorate the house. I have found getting the family involved pre and post Christmas helps out. After Christmas, it allows for the continuation of good will towards our fellow man. Plus, it's not so sad when everyone can come together and help one another.
  17. 3 points
    BERT: YOU ARE NOT ALONE with your comments or how you'd LOVE TO DO THINGS. MANY HERE, charge JUST SO THEY CAN DO THE CHARITY WORK! GOOD FOR YOU AND I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK FOR THE 2019 SEASON! If you talk to those who do this, they should be able to help you out a lot so your not going into it blindly! I know of men and women here on CN do what your talking about. If I were you, start a thread asking for help and seeing WHAT OR WHO DOES EXACTLY what your talking about! Again best of luck to you and YOU HAVE ALL YEAR TO GET IT ALL READY! MAKE USE OF THIS TIME TO DO SO! God Bless you, and I hope it's the best season EVER for you. Peace & Love Schwindy
  18. 3 points
    I must admit that I only did charity or church visits this year but I like to expand to a point where I'm doing enough paid gigs that I don't fall into a hole and can continue to do charity gigs. I'm just starting out as a Santa and I'm not in it just for the money. But a little wouldn't hurt. Santa Bert
  19. 3 points
    The promise of Christmas: Why we still celebrate the birth of Jesus 2,000 years after it happened By Dr. David Jeremiah | Fox News December 25, 2018 Why do we still celebrate the birth of Jesus 2,000 years later? Let’s take it one step further: Why has humanity held out this event as supremely important for even thousands of years before that? Before you assume I’ve simply forgotten what year it is, in order to understand what I mean we must understand just how long the road history, and all of creation for that matter, has journeyed to get us to this point in the first place. LINK: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/the-promise-of-christmas-why-we-still-celebrate-the-birth-of-jesus-2000-years-after-it-happened
  20. 3 points
    I try to make enough money to cover my expenses so I can do more charitable contributions because after all it is about the children
  21. 3 points
    I was not keen on watching this movie, yet I ended up enjoying it. Too modern? In some ways. Hip? Yes. However, in a pure entertainment sense, it was entertaining. It seemed to stimulate my fantasies about Santa and all he stands for. When I was 12, Santa Claus the Movie came out. Although it would have been better had it not focused on the kids and Dudley Moore, the beginning stimulated the fantasy side of the viewer. Kurt Russell's movie seemed to do the same. The kids trying to catch Santa reminded me of my son's desire at 3 to catch one of Santa's reindeer. The car chase was entertaining, the elves were just plain odd, and as a firefighter I could relate to the anger a child feels when a parent is killed in the line of duty. Occasionally people and/or Hollywood seeks to bring a new aspect to Santa and all he stands for. The Santa Clause changed how kids think of Santa's workshop and Tim Allen's life upon becoming Santa. Edmund Gwenn taught my mother's generation that one must believe in Santa. My generation had Santa Claus the Movie and was a little disappointed but at least could see how Santa got his start. My 20 year old and 13 year old thought it was "Cool". My wife loved it and thought Goldie Hawn's appearance was fantastic. Of course she and I grew up watching Overboard. As in everything, there was good, there was bad, and at least it was a movie that a family could watch without a load of immoral things trotting across the screen.
  22. 3 points
    There have been women that have put on the red suit, but they also make themselves LOOK like what Santa is supposed to look like when they are doing it! Like Patrick above, my comments mostly wouldn't be printable, but that said, this gender neutral stuff is pure cow dung, and like Hubcity states above, there are (stupid) people everywhere, and if you search hard enough, you can find idiots that will agree to just about anything these days. But the very small population % of nut jobs that thinks this (Santa should be gender neutral), just goes to prove that they ARE Nut Jobs, and hopefully will not be adding to the gene pool.
  23. 3 points
    I didn't know anything about this, so I of course had to see how the world just might be going crazy. And in fact it is doing just that. How would they rearrange the past?! I guess Hollywood would be pushing this change though it didn't say that yet. But they try to push everything else down our throats. World is going crazy here is the proof Does anyone remember on a Monday night football broadcast, one of the men bringing the game said something LIKE "You can take me now Lord I've seen enough" I forget who said it, when it was said, but I do remember it. I feel the same way after so much of the things seem to be going sideways in LIFE. Everybody in the media as well as people who say we need to think of everybody else, yet the rules that started this country, the laws to protect this country, the traditions that help form this country, ALL SEEM TO HAVE BEEN OR ARE TRYING TO BE REMOVED from this country from the inside out?! If this happens, the Santa thing, I truly do feel, it's time to kindly ask for a ride home. Where I hope things will make more or better sense, instead of the way this crazy world is heading.
  24. 3 points
    I haven't seen the articles, so I can't comment. My guess would be that my comments would be unprintable anyway.
  25. 3 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.
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