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    An update from Joe Valent on his parent's house & surrounding dwellings: "We had 3ft of flooding in basement. Although lots of damage to barns and valuable items. Reindeer are safe. We have the help needed to clear out the basement floor and barns. We made out very well compared to some neighbors. Thank you for all your consideration. I will keep you posted if we need additional help."
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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 May 2020 is Bruce Templeton! Bruce Templeton Featured ClausNet Member – May 2020 Profile: btemple Real Name: Bruce Location: Outer Cove, Newfoundland, Canada ClausNet member since: February 18, 2013 Community Reputation (as of today): 20 – Nice Website: manintheredsuit.wordpress.com Facebook: Bruce Templeton This month’s Featured ClausNet Member of the Month hails from Canada and has been donning the red suit for over 40 years. Santa Bruce Templeton is a best-selling author, philanthropist, and a 2014 inductee of the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. We caught up with Bruce 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? Bruce: "I met Santa 41 years ago when an aunt of mine asked me to portray Santa at a church Sunday School event. That got me hooked when the Minister asked a child if he had his letter written to Santa. The child answered ‘No sir, Santa didn't bring me the baby brother I asked for last year so I am going straight to God this year! I will see what He delivers!’" ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Bruce: "My Santa has evolved. It has taken me from being an actor, to believing in Santa and in the last several years into the world of St. Nicholas. As I learn more about the young orphan Nicholas and how his ministry evolved and grew, he has influenced me the most. He is there for me, and present with me, in my most difficult Santa visits to hospitals and seniors homes." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Bruce: "I once heard from a mother who had been sitting with her very sick child in Paediatric Intensive Care on Christmas Eve. She heard Santa's bells come down the hall. She later said, ‘Santa makes the not-so-normal seem normal again if only for a few minutes.’ Bringing peace, love, warmth and comfort while making unforgettable memories for children is what I enjoy most." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Bruce: "There is no part that I don't enjoy! Sometimes the parents can be trying!" ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Bruce: "I have assisted Santa for more than 40 years and have over 50 visits a season thus there are many memorable visits. A recent one, in 2019, is to a child on Christmas Eve in Intensive Care. Santa is never allowed to know names or conditions of the patients, but as he approached the bed of this one year old, he saw that one little leg was pink and the other quite black. We had a wonderful visit with giggles and laughs. Her parents took this photo. Then the child was taken by ambulance to the airport, flown to a major child centre and had her leg amputated. Santa was told later that the ambulance and plane were waiting on hold but the parents insisted that their daughter see Santa before they left." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Bruce: "For 14 years, we have done the Flight to the North Pole. A local radio station asks this question each day for 17 days. ‘If you could ask Santa one question in the North Pole, what would it be?’ Last year, they got 6,000 entries. The 17 children are selected, taken to the airport, go through ticketing, security, etc., and board a real plane. About 20 minutes later, they land and Santa boards the plane covered in snow to squeals and delight. It is pure magic." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Bruce: "Maybe a huge parade in a large city. We have about 60,000 at our small event and collect 20 tons of food for the food bank." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Bruce: "Dreaming about how to make bigger memories for children the next season! One year, we had the inmates in the penitentiary build some of the floats and that was a huge win for everyone. I have written and published four Santa books and they take a great deal of time. The writing is simple. The dealing with company trademark lawyers is a whole other story." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Bruce: "Photography and RV travel with my wife in our beautiful province. Newfoundland is specular in the summer. I am an active Rotarian and my books have bought polio vaccine for over 300,000 children." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Bruce: "I enjoy finding my wife's favorite color which is Wild Rose Pink." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Bruce: "Putting a huge roast on a charcoal BBQ and having children and grandchildren present is a special day." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Bruce: "Chocolate milk." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Bruce: "Any cookie with chocolate chips!" ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Bruce: "’It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ with Tom Hanks. Saw it four times." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Bruce: "I still watch the original Edmund Gwenn version of ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’" ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Bruce: "’Silent Night’ first sung in Oberndorf, Austria in 1818." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Bruce: "’Character of a Man Named Claus’ by John Davis Williams." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Bruce: "A researcher of the true history of the evolution of Santa." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Bruce: "Sky Diver." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Bruce: "My teddy bear which I still have and who is now 74!" ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Bruce: "We didn’t have much money after my dad’s war service. But I had three unmarried aunts and uncles who had good jobs and lived at home. There wasn’t much under the tree when I went to bed but in the morning, there were skates, toboggans, mitts, books and it proved to me that ‘Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Bruce: "On the flight mentioned above, a six year old little girl once asked ‘Santa, what did I do wrong that caused my daddy to die?’ Her alcoholic father had told her when he was diagnosed that it was her fault that he had cancer. Santa picked her up, gave her a huge hug and then said ‘Your daddy is in heaven with St. Nicholas. He is all better now and he loves you very much. Tonight, when Santa gets back to the North Pole, I will call St. Nicholas and make sure that he is OK.’ The child released her tight grip and simply said, ‘Thank you Santa. That is all I needed to know for Christmas’." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Bruce: "‘Santa, my puppy dog died of cancer. My mommy says that if I am really good, you will bring my puppy back to life and I will find him alive under the tree on Christmas morning’." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Bruce: "I was referred to it many years ago and still find it a great source of ideas and support." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Bruce: " The real stories of my Santa colleagues as their journeys unfold and we all unite to keep the dream alive for children of all ages " 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? Bruce: "My wife and I have been married for 52 years. For over 40 years, she has walked in front of the sleigh on the road in the Santa Claus Parade and quietly whispers into a radio the names of children given to her by parents. Santa turns from the top of the sleigh, names the child and wishes them Merry Christmas. Jaws drop, mothers cry! My wife also flies with me in helicopters and helps me with the answers to the really tough questions which I know will be asked. ‘Mummy died in a car accident. Will her spirit be with you in the sleigh on Christmas Eve?’ I could never do the job without my wife." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Bruce: "You don’t play, or portray Santa. You are Santa. And there is a code of personal conduct which comes with it and you will be a role model in your community 24/7/365. Never forget that you give your PRESENCE, not PRESENTS." Thank you Bruce! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Bruce Templeton, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for May 2020!
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    Reading some of the "chatter" here on ClausNet recently brought up the Santa Claus Oath which has caused me to reminisce. A lot happened to me, quick and fast, in a very short period of time that lead to me portraying the honorable character of Santa Claus. Along that journey was the opportunity to take the Santa Claus Oath. It was an awe inspiring moment for me. I also signed my name to it. Do you remember how you felt when you took the Santa Claus Oath? Have you ever re-read it since? Do you feel privileged to be in the company of all those that have taken the Santa Claus Oath?
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    She is a crude comedian has no place in that role ,just another assault on the Santa legend
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    Fred Honerkamp just shared this update on FB : The flooding has started to recede. We can’t thank everyone enough for the prayers and good wishes. The damage to our community is beyond comprehension. Thousands lost everything (without insurance) but lives were spared. It is easy to say the “things” can be replaced but that isn’t true. As one woman explained, “I am retired and my house was fully paid with our life savings..and now it is gone..an my insurance agent said that we have no coverage”. The Santa House is safe. Tom and Holly had to evacuate their home but they are safe. Holly is up North with Caroline. Tom returned to Midland and is being joined by Joe, who flew up from Texas to help. They anticipate that water breached the garage, basement and, perhaps, first floor. They have not been allowed to return to check the damage. Please continue to keep them in your prayers. The CWH Santa Community has been wonderful. Teams of Santa’s, who love Midland, have volunteered to come and help. You volunteered to move thing out of the Santa House. You volunteered to help with the cleanup. You have been praying for us and encouraging us. We can’t thank you enough💕 Please don’t come to Midland. Hotels are overflowing with families that lost their homes. Restaurants are not open or have take out only. Our hospital is closed. Bridges and roads are washed out. Sewer, water and electricity are out for two thirds of the city. For those of you who want to reach out, and have the means to do so, please consider giving to the Midland Area Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund or the Santa House Fund.
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    I see it every single day at my desk. Framed up on the wall in my home office near my framed Santa Ambassador Program document.
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    I had a call with Tom this afternoon. He and Holly are fine. The Midland Santa House is dry. Personal comment; please keep them and the citizens of Midland County in your prayers.
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    Unwrapping hope for Christmas in April WPRI Walt Buteau May 1, 2020 EXCERPT: EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — The Correira’s evergreen was big when they started their Christmas tradition about 20 years ago, but now it’s twice the size, symbolizing 65 feet of hope. It is Christmas in April on Frenchtown Road, where some 4,000 lights are casting a glow on the neighborhood. Nine-year old Jenna Cullen lives up the street. “It looks really nice and it looks bright and it kind of like lights up the street,” she said through a face mask that reminds everyone it’s not Christmas. Thanks to Jenna’s father, who made several wooden hearts that are decorated with messages on a nearby fence, there’s also some appreciation mixed in with the twinkling lights. And it all starts with a brief conversation in the Correira’s living room. “We were sitting on the couch one day,” Andy recalled. “And we were thinking of something to do.” “I said, ‘Why don’t we light the tree?'” his wife Bonnie said. “She said we should light it in recognition of all the first responders,” Andy added. When they moved into their home about 20 years ago, the tree was a big one – maybe about 30 feet tall. About three years later, they strung a bunch of lights and started a cookie swap with their neighbors that, over the years, has grown along with the spruce, from about 50 to more than 100 participants. The tree sprouted so tall that they now need a 75-foot bucket truck to adjust the lights and add new strings around Christmas for when Santa even stops by. The goal of flipping the switch now is to help us think of happier times, while also saying “thank you” to COVID-19 focused first responders, like Jimmy Gallagher’s mom, who works at Kent Hospital. “I think more people should be doing more things showing that we care about the people who help,” Gallagher said after bringing a heart to attach to the fence. While December is seven months away, Andy points out there are similarities to the holiday season, including gratitude and the spirit of giving. “It doesn’t feel like Christmas,” Andy said. “But it’s a different feeling. A feeling of hope.” They are hearing about the impact on social media and from strangers who drive by the tree and the hearts. “Everybody going by, blowing the horn,” Andy said as someone honked again. “Just like that. Strangers going by.” Sometimes, before the sun rises. “We heard three honks and said ‘What was that?’ at 4:30 in the morning,” Bonnie said. “I think that’s big. That we can make them smile. That we can give them the hope that we will get through this.” There’s room for more hearts, with the Correiras hoping to fill another 50 feet of fence. “We’ll keep going,” Bonnie said. “Until this is over.” SOURCE: https://www.wpri.com/news/street-stories/unwrapping-hope-for-christmas-in-april/ SOURCE:
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    I just realized that I never answered this question. Of course I do. While we all make mistakes, many of us hold ourselves to a higher standard because of the Santa Claus Oath. It is even known to do the same for those who do not portray the legend of Claus. That legend is an ideal that some choose to embrace in their everyday life and practice it as originally practiced...anonymously. And the Oath helps to remind us of our awesome responsibility to do no harm to that legend.
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    I have it hanging up by my front door and read it every time I’m about to leave my house and have a business card size in my wallet I can pull out anytime. It definitely keeps me grounded some days and feel privileged to have signed it.
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    just saw this on FaceBook - - does anyone have news if Tom and Holly are OK ?? The Santa House remains untouched! Every year Santa returns to the Santa House where he spreads cheer to thousands of Midlanders and visitors from beyond. The Santa House overlooks the river from an adjacent hill. Santa will be happy to know his house has not been touched by the tides that have risen. The elves have written to say he’s excited to return later this year to spread cheer and the Spirit of Christmas to a community in need of joy. Stay strong, Midland.
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    You can sign the Oath by proxy. Inside this very same forum is a topic here. I have linked you to the post where I list the most updated proxy files for you to download and follow the enclosed instructions. Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Why? We don't need this type of entertainment. Yet another version of Bad Santa. Both Sarah and Seth base their comedy on ridiculing others and their traditions and beliefs.
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    Fred posted this just under an hour ago on FB - the water is up to the back of the Santa house property - news reports are saying the water could crest another 4 feet higher by the end of the day . . .
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    I believe that Santa is a representation of everything good! I also believe that God works in mysterious ways. It was always interesting to me that the basis of the Santa image was the poem by Clement Moore called A Visit from Saint Nicholas or Twas the Night Before Christmas. Moore introduced us to Santa Claus by describing him and what he wore, his mode of travel, his way of entering the home and the names of his reindeer. I find it interesting that Moore was not only a writer and a Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, but he was also a Professor of Divinity and Biblical learning. I believe God uses people in different ways. Moore created a beautiful story and the ending states, "But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night. Moore didn't write Happy Holidays to All or Season's Greetings, he says Happy Christmas. The happiness of Christmas is not Santa, but the birth of a child for which the holiday is celebrated. Santa is excited to exclaim to everyone Happy Christmas to All because he knows who gives the greatest gift!
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    Thank you for your notes. Here is the link to the "Flight to the North Pole" This is a beautiful event where 18 children are flown to meet Santa on a Saturday morning.
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    Michael Rielly

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    English poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is perhaps best known for the children's book The Jungle Book. In addition to The Jungle Book and other novels, Kipling's works include many short stories and poems. "If—" is a poem by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written circa 1895 as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson. It is a literary example of Victorian-era stoicism. The poem, first published in Rewards and Fairies, ch. ‘Brother Square-Toes, ’ is written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's son, John. If by Rudyard Kipling, 1910 If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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    There has always been problems with credibility of sacred relics. That's why the Church is cautious to officially endorse local claims. It's like the tourist who went to the Holy Land and came home 5 nails of the cross. Antiquities and relics are difficult to confirm.
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    It's the real St Nicholas if he were rolling around in his grave... (just a Clausnet joke!)
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    Definitely Click Bait. The remains of St. Nicholas of Myra are in Bari Italy. They were stolen relocated from Turkey to Bari in 1087.
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    BECAUSE ..... Then where does ONE PUT HIS PEPSI!? Duhhhhhhhh! Everybody knows you NEED TWO HOLDERS, preferably side by side in the middle so you don't have to slow down the machine to cross over your body while walking.
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    Why wouldn't you put a Pringles can on your treadmill ? - they put a holder for one right there ! , , ,
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    Thanks Doug Always enjoy your postings of news related items, because sometimes they are actually REAL and NOT FAKE NEWS which is something I have become accustom to with your Dr tells you this so you eat that, or work out but not B/4 you install a Pringels holder on that tread mill! LOL! 🤣 So this is VERY ENJOYABLE READ ........... Not that I don't like the other stuff, but this stuff is GOOD STUFF!
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    Daily Inspiration
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    I have read it and agree to abide by it. I must have missed how to sign it, which I would gladly do.
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    SJWs will not stop until they have destroyed all our cherished traditions.
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    Great news! We have found an Illustrator and are now formating the story. We will be printing the book soon and have a page to announce the pre order opportunity in the next month, fingers crossed. Go to MOMMS on Facebook to follow along. Thanks for all you patience. Santa Bob
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    https://ew.com/tv/betty-white-lifetime-christmas-movie/
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    Mattel is honoring frontline workers with special edition toys CNN By Alisha Ebrahimji April 29, 2020 EXCERPT: Saying thank you to our everyday heroes for being on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic may never be enough. But to honor their work keeping communities safe, toymaker Mattel is launching a set of collectible action figures, with proceeds going to communities in need. The #ThankYouHeroes collection includes 16 action figures -- four each of doctors, nurses, EMTs and delivery drivers in varying genders and skin tones -- and a five-figure set of Little People Community Champions from Fisher-Price with a doctor, nurse, EMT, delivery driver and grocery store worker, according to an online release. Starting Wednesday through May 31, the figures can be preordered for $20, with $15 from each online purchase donated by Mattel to The Entertainment Industry Foundation, in support of #FirstRespondersFirst, a fund dedicated to providing essential items to frontline health care workers and their families, according to the release. "#ThankYouHeroes is designed to immortalize and honor healthcare and every day heroes, and to drive additional donations to support first responders," Chuck Scothon, senior vice president of Fisher-Price and global head of infant and preschool for Mattel, said in an online statement. SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/29/us/mattel-heroes-toys-trnd/index.html
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    Congratulations, Santa Bruce, on a well deserved honor!
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    Restaurant goers seen gathering in groups as Colleyville becomes among first to open patios for business WFAA.com April 26, 2020 EXCERPT: COLLEYVILLE, Texas — Customers arrived early and often to area restaurant patios, the morning they were allowed to reopen, as authorized by a controversial proclamation by mayor Richard Newton. By Friday evening, large groups could be seen gathered in front of a couple restaurants in town, waiting for a place to sit. The new city guidelines allow restaurants with patios to seat customers outside, as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Cosmetologists, barbers, personal trainers and massage therapists can also accept one-on-one appointments, according to the proclamation. SOURCE https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/customers-flock-to-businesses-as-restaurant-patios-open-in-colleyville/287-f9687ca1-d5e7-4727-ad25-fcc3b0c63d24
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    The March 2020 issue of the ClausNet Gazette is now online! SUBSCRIBE
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    Congratulations!!! Excellent in every way!!!
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    Congratulations! Welcome to the MOtM Club!
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    Wow, that is a nice shirt!
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    The first Santa Claus Convention, held in 1939 in New York City, New York, was a 2 day affair that brought more than a dozen Santas to the Hotel St. George. It was held by the Benevolent Order of Santa Claus, which was founded two years earlier in 1937, to promote a positive image of Santa with guidelines such as clean costumes, personal hygiene, and knowing the reindeer names. The convention was to organize Santas and present to department stores an ever endearing code of conduct and the proper appearance of the profession. The slogan of the convention was “Santa Claus is a living cause.” During the conference portion of the convention discussion, a foundation was laid for the code of conduct that included; Santa will never smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or use any language unbecoming of a saint, be physically and mentally healthy, never break character, incorporate folklore and legend, and use the best available costuming. After the convention, the Benevolent Order of Santa Claus continued for a few more years. In 1942 the Order was dissolved. There would not be another convention until 1950 that was held by the newly organized, Ancient and Mystic Order of Kris Kringles in St. Louis, Missouri. The Ancient and Mystic Order of Kris Kringles was organized in 1949 for the purpose of “Placing Santa Claus on a Higher Plane and to Promote Good Will, Fellowship and the True Christmas Spirit in the Hearts of All People.” Santa Sam Caress, President of AMKK, was very instrumental in laying out a 2 day conference that held seminars taught by Santa Frank Lais of New Orleans, Louisiana and Santa Charles W. Howard of Albion, New York. In the convention’s symposium, 12 important topics were open for discussion. The symposium used “Roberts Rules of Order” and was presided over by Santa Francis A. Kirby of Silver Springs, Maryland. There would be a few more conventions in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Then not another until 1985…but that is another story.
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