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    Mom whispers to Santa that son is ‘blind and autistic,’ and his response is amazing Inspired June 24, 2019 Excerpt: Santa Claus is the embodiment of Christmas cheer for many a young boy or girl. One eve each year, they willfully part with cookies and milk to pay tribute to him, whist dreaming of presents appearing magically under the tree while they sleep. Those children, if they are lucky, might even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap while Christmas shopping with Mom or Dad in a shopping mall. Of course, there’s no better time to deliver one’s Christmas wish list in person, ensuring no crisscrossed lines of communications when the big night finally comes. Mathew was one such boy whose interest in Santa brought him face to face with jolly Old Saint Nick while out with his mom one day. This would be no ordinary lap-sitting for Santa, though, as Mathew was somewhat different from other young boys: he was blind, and he was also autistic. Mathew’s blindness, of course, meant that he could not see the world or other people around him. Meanwhile, his autism meant that he had difficulty communicating or interacting socially with others—and this required some special treatment during his meeting with Santa. **** “I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa,’” Misty recalled afterward. “He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.” Santa knew that rather than asking Mathew to join him on his lap, the jolly, bearded man would have to join Mathew where he was comfortable, even if it meant sitting on the floor with him, and communicate in a way that he understood—not just with his voice but also through touch. Not only did Santa talk to Mathew for a long time, but he also let him feel his beard, hat, and soft red suit. [Santa] asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.) So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted. Santa treated Mathew like someone truly special. He also brought him over to pet a life-size reindeer prop surrounded by fake snow and other Christmas decorations. “It was great,” Misty wrote. “My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!” SOURCE
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    When my youngest daughter was 9, she wanted to videotape Santa delivering gifts. She set her little camera up and the old man made sure she got her video. Kept the magic alive for 4 more years.
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    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 July 2019 is Santa John Gable! Santa John Gable Featured ClausNet Member – July 2019 Profile: Santa John Gable Real Name: John Location: Lebanon PA USA ClausNet member since: April 9, 2009 Community Reputation (as of today): 459 – Exceptional! Facebook: LebanonPASanta This month's Featured Member is from Lebanon Pennsylvania. Santa John Gable joined the ClausNet family over 10 years ago and has been a key contributor to the site ever since. We caught up with Santa John 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? Santa John Gable: "In 2005 at the age of 35, I asked my mom if she would make me a suit, with no real idea what I would do or where I would go. I ended up visiting homeless shelters and nursing homes with a hospice group that I volunteered with. Little did I know what lie ahead." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "When I first decided I wanted to do this, I googled, and the first (and most impressive) person I came across was Dutch Schrap. He is the person whose portrayal I admired the most, and he was pretty local to me. I contacted him, and he wrote back and was very encouraging and helpful. We have been (mostly online) friends ever since." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "I really enjoy using my social status to help do good for others. In years past I have collected gifts and necessities for several local families who were having a bad year. I have collected blankets, clothing, food and toys for a local homeless shelter. Last Christmas I started a music scholarship for the local high school, so that one student who is pursuing music as a career will have an extra $1000 to start them off right. I hope this will be a yearly thing. All of these things were made possible by donations from those who visit with me each year. I am simply the facilitator." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa John Gable: "It was early in my career when I was still a mall Santa. Two teenage boys approached, and I thought it was going to be trouble. However one of them pulled out a framed photo of their aunt, who had always brought them to visit Santa. Turns out she had passed away from cancer that year, and they wanted a photo of themselves and me, holding her picture. Still makes me tear up to think of it." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa John Gable: "I work at a place called Misty Run Tree Farm every year, and they have become like family to me. The same folks come back every year to get a tree, and take a free picture with Santa. It is relaxed, informal, and the place looks like something right out of a Hallmark movie. If they could just do something about the mud." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa John Gable: "I guess I dream small, because the local hometown holiday parade is it. I got to do it one year when the parade got rained out and their Santa couldn't make the rain date. I am told I am next in line if the current Santa ever cannot fulfill his duties." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa John Gable: "I am a married father of three kids, ages 15, 19, and 21. I work a full time job at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa John Gable: "I have been volunteering with the local high school music department for 9 years, ever since my oldest was in 8th grade. I have 2 years left, and I love helping them with marching band, concerts, spring musicals, and whatever else they need. It keeps me pretty busy before and after the holiday season." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa John Gable: "Purple." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Santa John Gable: "I love pizza, mashed potatoes, a good turkey dinner with all the sides. All things I am trying not to eat right now, as I am down almost 40 pounds since February. Santa still has to be healthy. That's what they make padding for, right?" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa John Gable: "Coke, if I am drinking soda." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa John Gable: "It's a toss up between chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa John Gable: "This is a tough one. I own hundreds. I like movies based in the past, like Memphis Belle or The Majestic." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa John Gable: "Another tough one, but I would have to say Miracle on 34th Street, both the 1947 version and the 1994 version." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa John Gable: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa John Gable: "I don't read many books I'm ashamed to say. I think the last was actually A Christmas Carol by Dickens." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa John Gable: "I still don't know what I would like to be when I grow up, and I am almost 50. I love doing anything that involves helping others. Unfortunately most of these jobs are volunteer or very low paying." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa John Gable: "Too many to list. I definitely couldn't handle being a surgeon, blood and guts don't sit well with me." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa John Gable: "Legos, Tonka trucks, Big Wheels, and when I got a little older, this electric (battery) experiment kit that came with lights and wires that you could connect to do all sorts of things." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa John Gable: "Oddly enough, I have no recollection of visiting Santa as a child. No pictures either. Strange then that I got into it as an adult" ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa John Gable: "I've been asked if I could cure a young girl's mom of a disease, cancer I think. I told her that Santa can't grant those kinds of wishes, but that I would be sure to say a prayer for her mom. That seemed to make her feel better and she went on with her visit. I'll never know what happened to her mom after that night." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Santa John Gable: "Single ladies, young and old, seem to think it's funny to ask for a man. I always laugh and tell them ‘I will do my best!’" ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa John Gable: "It was recommended to me by a fellow Santa!" ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa John Gable: "It is a wealth of knowledge, and most are willing to share what they have learned with new Santas." 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? Santa John Gable: "See question number two." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa John Gable: "While it is important that your suit fits kind of well, and your beard is neat (no matter real or designer), what matters most is your heart. Care for the kids (and adults) and that's half the battle." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Santa John Gable: " No one Santa's portrayal is the ‘right’ one. Support each other, help each other, and care for those who support you. THAT makes a good Santa." Thank you John! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa John Gable, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for July 2019!
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    looks like the old man done good !!!
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    Version 1.0.1

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    Now in high-res PDF. Defaults to Letter-size, easily scaleable to A4 without much distortion, though. Prints 2 per page. Kids can sign on the "signature" line, Santa can sign on the "Merry Christmas!" line, and send it off with the kid as a souvenir/keepsake. (All elements used in this design are either public-domain, self-generated, or copyright-free)
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    From the album: Arbitrary Santaing

    New belt, new buckle, new suit! I've been a busy boy.
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    I remember my grandfather putting his tree into a bucket of wet sand. Add a tree skirt and you're done. Loved that guy. Ex Navy. Had been on the Arizona, not December 7th, but before that.
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    I'm looking forward to seeing this "revisioning" of this stage work for the screen, however, my complaint is that the screen leaves little to the imagination. Okay, I will admit, I am a fan of the show, and yes, I was called back, years ago, for Old Deut. I think it will be good have this in the holiday offerings of films but it isn't a holiday story, it's a series of poems about cats. The story line is what is implied by the staging director and choreographer. I remember these poems as bedtime stories when I was growing up. The CGI make-up looks, different.
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    She told everyone and showed them the tape. It was quite a stir.
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    That is super cool! I can hear her nervous breathing and heartbeat - what an impression it must have made!
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    After many decades of putting up live Christmas trees and using various supplemental means of additional support such as wiring the tree to a hook in the ceiling. I found a tree stand that really works and I will be handing it down to my daughter. It's called a Krinner Tree Genie. It's expensive but it works. All I had to do is trim the trunk put the tree in the stand and step down on the pedal, the cables tighten, the claws dig in and the tree stands up. It has a large water reservoir and a gauge to show when the water is low. Best tree stand I ever used.
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    In my part of Northern California. Santa better not eat any cookies or you will find him sitting on your couch drinking all the egg nog and watch the yule log burn.
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    my company carries the Hemp from BlueBird - but I am sure there are other good brands out there - we did a lot of research and consulted with several nutritionists before we went with that brand - you can get cheaper, but I know this is pure and doesn't have the THC in it.....
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    There is a lot of research that is showing incredible benefit with use of the CBD oil - helping children with epileptic seizures and adults with Parkinsons tremors - but sadly too many are claiming need of those benefits and going for the cannabis (CBD and THC) to get the psychadellic effect - it creates a whole other level of issue - people end up feeling they need the "high" to get the benefit of the CBD and it gets abused very quickly now the issue is that the cheaper brands of CBD are not filtered and they are not purging the THC so you still have the issue of the psychadelic - without good regulation (which there is not) I fear you are going to see a lot of "legitimized" abuse very quickly . . .
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    Santa's going to have to be careful which cookies he eats when he's making deliveries to Canada on Christmas Eve.
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    We took my parents a few years ago when they were in DE - it was a neat show !! Enjoy !!!
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    This is one of my favorite pictures!! How impressive & inspiring to have the design on the window!!!!! Love it!
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    From the album: Season and other stuff

    at the double r

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    I love the podcast and thank you for all sharing your experiences!
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    Saturday August 3, 2019 Santa Ernie’s house 8 Creekwood Ln SW Lakewood, WA 98499 12:00 noon There will be a gas grill available for you to cook hamburgers and hot dogs that you bring. Please bring your own meat, bread and a dish to share. The following items will be provided: paper plates, cups, plastic ware, ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, tomatoes, salt, pepper, water, soda and unsweetened ice tea. Please bring your own lawn chairs and if you like wading…we have a creek for you. You will need water shoes and towels. Santa Ernie will be out front helping to park cars. We can get quite a few in the driveway and the overflow in a neighbor's (#12) driveway. We will be in the back yard and side yard (behind the garage). Come through the house or walk around when you get here. Shopping is available in Lakewood at: The Lakewood Costume Shop 5932 Lake Grove St SW Lakewood, 98499 and The B & I Shopping Center 8012 S Tacoma Way Lakewood, 98499 Directions: from I-5 take the Gravelly Lake Drive exit #124 and head west Take the second right turn at Nyanza Rd. Turn right at 116th St SW (last turn before traffic signal) Take the first right at Woodbine Ln SW Take the first left at 118th St SW This street becomes Creekwood Ln SW We are at the end at #8 on the left. The number is on the mailbox and post and front door.
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    Choosing between the Best christmas tree stands! What are the christmas tree stands Reviews 2019 ? by Newsnifty June 24, 2019 Excerpt: When it comes to selecting between the best christmas tree stands brands, things can be confusing. The top brands and its reputation does make an impact on the choices you have on offer. Cheaply-priced faucets are just that – cheap. christmas tree stands and fittings are more like investments, and you wouldn’t want to spend huge in repairs and replacement, which is why selecting a known and reliable brand is important. You will be also surprised to know that the bigger brands actually spend considerable money in research and creating designs. No matter whether you are creating a traditional or want to go for one of the contemporary , you will find products to suit your budget and needs. These brands often have great warranty on their products, so think of this like an investment, at least for the next Two to Three years. Over the years, these top brands have added more choices to each range and collection, and with new products, better technology, finishes and makes, people have more choices. In fact, most of these so-called ‘cheaper’ brands rely on the christmas tree stands brands for ideas. **** When it comes to christmas tree stands, you need to go for the best. Here we review the best of them found in the market today. You need a better christmas tree stands! Hey, I am just a “Dude” after all! I don’t spend hours at my local Wall-Mart checking out christmas tree stands, but it is the new age… And you can just hit up the internet to check out what will work best for you! So, today’s topic will be christmas tree stands… And what to look for when buying them. Most of us are not too picky when it comes to christmas tree stands, we just want one that will do the job. But when we run across a christmas tree stands that just doesn’t perform, we can get pretty annoyed! That’s when we put on our eye glasses and do some research, luckily, we are here to help you out! I will talk about some things to look for when buying a christmas tree stands and my past experiences. When it comes to christmas tree stands, I would rather spend a little extra to get a quality Product that will do the job all the time. SOURCE
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    I've thought about giving the CBD oil a try. I honestly haven't done much research but there must be something positive. I had to quite alcohol almost six years ago because I had an easy time starting but a terrible time stopping. So, I'm more than a bit cautious about CBD and cannabis products for myself. I am, however, all for its use by folks with conditions that get help or relief.
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    Congratulations, Santa Bill. These commentaries are a great resource for all of us, especially the newbies.
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    Welcome to the MOtM Club and Condolences on the loss of your wife...I am sure she is with you in spirit.
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    Congratulations on the recognization. Condolences on the loss of your wife.
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    Another winning podcast!!!! Thanks so much for putting these together! I have learned something new with each interview I've listened to!!! Really like the section "What advice would you give to a new Santa?"
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    Christmas Trees by Robert Frost, 1916 A Christmas circular letter The city had withdrawn into itself And left at last the country to the country; When between whirls of snow not come to lie And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove A stranger to our yard, who looked the city, Yet did in country fashion in that there He sat and waited till he drew us out, A-buttoning coats, to ask him who he was. He proved to be the city come again To look for something it had left behind And could not do without and keep its Christmas. He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees; My woods—the young fir balsams like a place Where houses all are churches and have spires. I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas trees. I doubt if I was tempted for a moment To sell them off their feet to go in cars And leave the slope behind the house all bare, Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon. I’d hate to have them know it if I was. Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees, except As others hold theirs or refuse for them, Beyond the time of profitable growth— The trial by market everything must come to. I dallied so much with the thought of selling. Then whether from mistaken courtesy And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether From hope of hearing good of what was mine, I said, “There aren’t enough to be worth while.” “I could soon tell how many they would cut, You let me look them over.” “You could look. But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.” Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close That lop each other of boughs, but not a few Quite solitary and having equal boughs All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to, Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one, With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.” I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so. We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over, And came down on the north. He said, “A thousand.” “A thousand Christmas trees!—at what apiece?” He felt some need of softening that to me: “A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.” Then I was certain I had never meant To let him have them. Never show surprise! But thirty dollars seemed so small beside The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents (For that was all they figured out apiece)— Three cents so small beside the dollar friends I should be writing to within the hour Would pay in cities for good trees like those, Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools Could hang enough on to pick off enough. A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had! Worth three cents more to give away than sell, As may be shown by a simple calculation. Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter. I can’t help wishing I could send you one, In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.
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    Visit Santa Claus, Indiana: Americas Christmas Hometown, during the first three weekends of December for the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration. Experience Christmas with Santa Claus, drive through Lake Rudolph's 1.2-mile Santa Claus Land of Lights: Family Christmas Light Adventure to learn the shining story of Rudolph plus watch Santa's Great Big LED Tree of Lights come to life hourly. Browse through the gigantic Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Shows, and other Christmas-themed shops. Roast chestnuts on an Open Fire at Santa's Candy Castle and see Christmas Wood Carving Demonstrations, too. Special discount packages are available at hotels and lodging in Santa Claus, Indiana. The Santa Claus Christmas Celebration will create family memories to cherish for a lifetime.
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