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  1. 9 points
    It wasn’t a deliberate decision, but for the past two years I’ve been on Santa sabbatical. It’s felt a little weird, especially this year; kind of like the feeling an active church-goer gets when they’ve missed worship for a few Sundays. It’s like the rest of the week feels a little off when you’ve missed church. Stress has been a factor, along with my wife’s health struggles, and a recent transition from care center chaplaincy to serving a new church in a new town. I did some of my best “Santa-ing” at the care center, but also felt the biggest push-back I’ve ever experienced, from people whose strongly-held religious beliefs had convinced them that Santa was an inappropriate person to appear there (and that a pastor-type person had no business portraying him). There’s a lot more tolerance at my new setting, and health concerns aren’t nearly as big as they’ve been. So let’s raise a toast to the New Year, 2019, with the hope that it’s going to be a great year for all us Jolly Old Elves, Mrs. Clauses, elves and reindeer! Peace! Health! Love! Santa Dan
  2. 7 points
    The 2018 Christmas Eve edition of the ClausNet Gazette is now online! Download your copy today! DOWNLOAD
  3. 6 points
    There are some Christmas decorations that are just worth leaving up all year long...
  4. 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!
  5. 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/
  6. 5 points
    Raymond Joseph "Jim" Yellig Santa Claus, IN February 18, 1894 - July 23, 1984 One of the most beloved and legendary Santas of all time, Raymond Joseph Yellig (better known to his friends as Jim), was known as the Real Santa from Santa Claus, Indiana. Born in the small village of Mariah Hill, Indiana, just a few miles north of Santa Claus, Yellig would become the face of Santa Claus, Indiana, for 54 years. He served in the United States Navy prior to and in World War I. While aboard the U.S.S. New York in 1914, Yellig started the career for which he would become world-famous. While docked in Brooklyn, New York, the crew of the ship decided that they would like to do something nice for the underprivileged children of the area. A Christmas party was planned and since Jim was from the Santa Claus area, he was selected to be the jolly old elf. Yellig was so touched by the children’s happiness that he prayed, “If you get me through this war, Lord, I will forever be Santa Claus.” Yellig stayed in the Navy after World War I for a short time, serving over 17 years. After leaving the service, Yellig married his childhood sweetheart, settled in Chicago briefly, and worked for Commonwealth Edison. He returned to Mariah Hill in 1930 to open a restaurant. During this time Yellig would drive the short distance over to Santa Claus and talk with his old friend, postmaster James Martin. Over the years, Martin had begun answering the letters of children addressed to Santa Claus; he soon enlisted Jim's help. In 1935 Yellig organized the Santa Claus American Legion Post to act as Santa's helpers. He also started to dress the part of Santa Claus and became a fixture in and around the town of Santa Claus. Yellig appeared at Santa's Candy Castle and Santa Claus Town, the nation's first themed attraction, in the late 1930s and continued to answer letters from children who wrote to Santa. As an active Legionnaire, Yellig added to his fame by appearing in American Legion Christmas parades in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 1946, Yellig became the resident Santa at Santa Claus Land, the world’s first theme park. At Santa Claus Land, Yellig was the main attraction. He was in costume over 300 days a year and his deep voice and hearty "Ho, Ho, Ho," is remembered fondly by all who met him. He wrote his own book in the late 1940s called, "It’s Fun to be A Real Santa Claus." Yellig also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, from "What's My Line" to "Good Morning America," and in many print ads. Yellig spent 38 years at Santa Claus Land. Even into his late 80s, Yellig would drive over to Santa Claus Land from his home in Mariah Hill to spend four to five days a week visiting and greeting children of all ages. Even in the months prior to his passing at the age of 90 on July 23, 1984, Yellig was still Santa at the park and continued to answer letters from children. Without a doubt, no Santa before or since has visited so many children in person as Jim Yellig. To many a generation he is simply Santa Claus. Source Phillip L. Wenz See also... Santa Claus Museum Holiday World Town of Santa Claus, IN Santa Claus Oath Map of Santa Claus, IN
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 4 points
    I liked the movie, especially the way Santa could get into so many houses in a flash. The image of the inside the north pole was wonderful and imaginative, children often ask what the north pole looks like, good reference, I also refer to Polar Express as to how north pole looks. fun movie, rest of my family left the room, guess it struck a Santa in a different way.
  10. 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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  12. 4 points
    You and ME BOTH SIR! But we are the crazy ones, ......... LOOK AT ALL THE CASH WE ARE MISSING OUT ON!
  13. 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
  14. 4 points
    What you'll hear from me on this issue... Crickets
  15. 4 points
    Read the article and see who they are interviewing. That should tell you everything...
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    I mean, I don't have a problem with slimmer Santas--my mom's side of the family is Québécois, and my dad's side is Welsh, and both of their cultural portrayals of the Santa figure tend to be downright svelte compared to most U.S. Santa Clauses. I also am not inherently or vehemently opposed to "fashionable Santa" as a look. But I am fervently opposed to Santa reinventing himself for the sake of material gain. The implication of the ad is that he saw the couple's Audi, realized he was too fat to fit behind the wheel, and changed his entire lifestyle just so that he could drive an Audi. If Santa wants to have a whole Rocky-style training montage so that he can better serve the people of the world, so be it, but changing himself for the sake of his own gain is uncharacteristic at best, and more likely blasphemous.
  18. 3 points
    I am always sad to see Christmas go, but it starts earlier for me. It actually starts at Thanksgiving because the anticipation of the season is very important for me and I know that now that the Christmas season is here, it also means it will soon be over. Of course then I get really busy and I don't have time for the blues, but it comes back again on Christmas Eve, even though my season continues past Christmas. I posed for my last photos today and I shave the beard tomorrow. The tree in the den is down as are much of the mantle decorations on all of the fireplaces. I still have my villages up and the cut tree in the front room and the outside house lights are up as well...these don't come down until 12th night. This is all a matter of practicality...it takes time to put things up and also to take them down. I don't want to have disorder and clutter. I also go away for a week after 12th night to rest because my spring semester starts the next week and I have only 3 days off at work until May. Of course by then, we are almost half-way to Christmas again!!!
  19. 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!
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    And there seems to be a good number out there doing this for money with zero business sense such as reading and understanding their contracts themselves and protecting their own image usage.
  22. 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
  23. 3 points
    For this topic, I have verbiage that cannot be posted here. The short answer is NO to their PC BS.
  24. 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.
  25. 3 points
    Though my avocation is storyteller, as many of you know, in "real life" I am a Financial Advisor. Recently I had opportunity to talk with some storytellers about the business aspects of what they do. Most of it is easily transferable to all of us as Santas. this is the first of several. I would ask if you comment, try to stick to the topics here. Other topics I will mention and we can discuss later. First all, determine if this is a business or hobby. If this is all you do, that is easy to determine. If like me you do several types of "entertainment", it can be either. In my case, I do not track Santa income and expense separately, but as line items in my overall "business". Therefore, if I have income from Santa or from doing a gig as a storyteller or even as a motivational speaker, it is still income from my business I categorize as "entertainer" on my tax forms. The easiest way to make a good determination is to talk to your tax man. Unless you are pretty good at tax law and changes, obtain the help of someone who actually deals with entertainers. It is really worth it because they know all the things to look for. Several things to remember; if you are going to claim it is a business, you can't claim to lose money every year. It can be helpful to your tax situation, but you do not want the IRS to view it as a planned loss each year. If you do plan to claim it - KEEP EVERYTHING!!! More on this later. Office: Do you have a specific room set aside for your Santa business? I do have an office in my home for my real job. I alsoou use that room for my storytelling business, so there is not an issue for me. If you do claim a portion of your home for your business it must be dedicated. This is NOT a bedroom with a closet for suits and "stuff" and maybe a desk in a corner. It can be a bedroom dedicated to your business... no bed, no dresser, unless it is for storing Santa stuff. Keep it honest. If you have a 2,000 square foot home - traditional space, and you use a room that is 10'x20', then that 200 square feet would be 1/10th of your home. Then it would follow that 1/10th of the mortgage, property taxes, insurance, electric and other utilities. Remember that cable TV really is not a utility you should count. Telephone is different and I'll mention it later. Again, KEEP records to prove your deductions. What usually does not fly is counting space all over your home... a little in the basement, a little in the garage, a little in the bedroom. Count one space as your business space.
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