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    It's A Wonderful Life (It's A Wonderful Movie) has behind the scenes stills, and the gallery and some backstory are available HERE for your viewing/reading pleasure. Hope it distracts you a bit from all of the chaos the world has to offer lately...
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    If all you look for is evil , wrong, or offensive then that is all you will find. Times are strange, with the virus, and so many people out of work or working from home trying to hold things together with little or no social outlet, people are stressed to the limits. Most of us are older, we've been around awhile, we've seen the troubles of the late 60's, the troubles that came in the 70's with the war in Viet Nam and each decade seems to bring it's own crisis, but some how we have survived and learned that not every thing is as it seems to be. As for myself, I'm going to look for what is good in people. And hope that come this Christmas we will find hope in the true meaning of this time we celebrate, that Christ brought the gift of hope to us among many others and I think right now hope is what we need the most of.
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    Sadly, with the way it's been going, it figures that 2020 would end this way? But, you know what? Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, still exists.
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    Mom told me she learned to appreciate football on TV so she could spend that time with dad. I learned to appreciate Hallmark movies so I can spend that time with my wife. I'm looking forward to Christmas in July.
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    4 bins? I have over 100. How serious could they have been to begin with?
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    How can you seriously take this advice when they don't hang STOCKINGS, and reduced Christmas decorations from 4 bins to 1, also no extra outside Christmas lights? Sounds like minimal EXTERIOR illumination.
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    and it begins . . . Hallmark Channel announces 'Christmas in July' movie schedule By Jessica Napoli | Fox News Jun 18, 2020 Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries fans will be getting into the Christmas spirit this July. The network announced its annual lineup of holiday movies for you to enjoy poolside during the summer weeks. "Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries once again bring the yuletide poolside this July, with the return of the networks' popular summertime Christmas-movie programming events starring fan-favorites Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Holly Robinson Peete, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray, Ryan Paevey and more," according to a press release from the network. Source: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/hallmark-channel-christmas-in-july-movies
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    It is my understanding that these movies receive some of the highest ratings for cable shows. And are much needed in times like this...
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    As much as I don't care for them, I appreciate that my wife and my 3 daughters can sit down and watch them together and there's no chance of some bad words, or situations that aren't appropriate for children.
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    Often, while it's still fresh in my mind, I'll write down after the season what worked, what didn't, what I can do better and what I want to avoid. This gives me a better idea of what I want to accomplish for next season. So, I guess you could say I start planning for Christmas in January!
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    The June 2020 issue of the ClausNet Gazette is now online! SUBSCRIBE
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    I heard a quote the other day, "Just because you're offended doesn't make you right."
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    I do not waste my time on people who are looking to be offended. Wanna cancel things in your life? Knock yourself out. But, leave me alone.
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    I think there are very few people who would flat out call Christmas racist. This list reads like it is put together by someone who wants to be offended by other people being offended. When you look at the links that is in the list, most of them go back to individual personal blogs, not to legitimate news articles. That said, there are indeed some problematic things in the list that can be addressed/talked about. We can love Christmas and still understand that black face is wrong in any context. They are not mutually exclusive of each other.
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    Just another reason not to subscribe to HBO and Max
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    I work in the Health Care field and have been asked about my feelings towards it. I tell them they would have to hold me down ....and they're not big enough. All I hear is Blah, Blah, Blah.........
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    I believe that is a very wise lesson.. I think I should probably learn it. I have given the same to my wife! haha.
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    They are great for multitasking, especially when multiple people are watching. No need to pause when someone leaves the room. Typically little or no need to catch someone up when they walk in and the movie is in progress. And if it is late and you are tired, you can just go to bed because you already know how it ends. All that said, I usually enjoy them. And my wife loves them. Bought her a "Hallmark Christmas movie watching sweatshirt" and socks last year as a pre-Christmas gift. She loved it. Her friends loved it. Highly recommend it if your significant other is a Hallmark Christmas movie fan.
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    I guess LEON Day and Christmas in July is just too late in the year . . . 6 Reasons January Is the Right Time to Start Planning for Christmas By Max Wong on 8 January 2015 WiseBread To ensure that I always spend the last month of the year relaxing, I start prepping for the holidays in January. I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. December has always been the big travel month for me. When I was a single lady, celebrating New Year's Eve overseas was my yearly tradition. As a married lady, my husband and I still try and reserve the month of December for vacations. What this means is that I have no time in December to waste on holiday prep. Here's how I get it all done earlier in the year. Source: https://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas
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    So, "Gone With the Wind" is now gone with the wind...
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    FYI: The Annual Red Suit Conclave 2020 has been posted at the MAPS website, http://michigansantas.ning.com/ This is a FREE training day for all Santas and Mrs. Claus'. Please visit the website and RSVP.
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    Just when you think you have seen the greatest insanity, they top it with something else.
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    Neat! I like that movie. Thanks for sharing.
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    Agree with everything you wrote 100%. That + drama for clickbait.
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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 June 2020 is Santa MikeE! Santa MikeE Featured ClausNet Member – June 2020 Profile: Santa MikeE Real Name: Mike Location: Cary, North Carolina USA ClausNet member since: December 16, 2016 Community Reputation (as of today): 330 – Awesome! Membership Level: Supporter Website: MrsClausPlusSanta.com We’re a little late getting this month’s interview posted. Just a few things going on lately. Anyway, our June 2020 Featured Member of the Month hails from North Carolina. Santa MikeE first donned the red suit in 2016. And it wasn’t long after that when he found our community. We caught up with Santa Mike a few weeks back and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Santa MikeE: "I eased into being Santa Claus when my beard started showing more gray than brown. For two years, beginning in 2015, I dressed up with a Christmas theme when attending my company's Christmas party. In 2016, I also dressed up in a borrowed Santa suit at my HOA's holiday event. As bad as that performance was (looking back at it), it had me hooked. I sought out resources, which included ClausNet, as well as the local Santa Claus community. By the Fall of 2017, my Claus attire and my Santa performance skills had improved markedly. I have continued to hone my skills in the years since, and I look forward to my fourth year in the big chair with excitement!" ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Santa MikeE: "Since I became an adult, Santa Claus was someone who I saw as a character in Christmas movies. Some of these were better than others, of course, but I remember a number as being important definitions of the Santa Claus character. Miracle on 34th Street taught me that Santa is more than just bringing presents. The Santa Clause showed me that anyone could become Santa, and that in becoming Santa, they could become a better person. A number of books describing the "true story of Santa Claus" have also given me ideas of what Santa should be." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Santa MikeE: "The most fun thing about being Santa Claus is interacting with the children. Being able to sing a song, tell a story, or answer questions, and getting the little ones excited and wanting to interact is the most fun. Perhaps even more enjoyable is getting the little ones, say around 3 years old, to overcome their fear and shyness through interaction. We don't always have the time that it takes to do this in a busy setting, but when we can, it's worth the effort." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Santa MikeE: "Dead time. I have had some gigs in a commercial setting where the flow of children was not continuous. Short breaks between visits is fine, and it allows me to take more time with each child. But when there is no traffic for prolonged periods (hours?), it is a waste of Santa's time, and the client's fee." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Santa MikeE: "This last Christmas season, we had a visit to a rural community gathering, held in a converted barn - one of those places that caters to weddings and parties. We had on the order of 50 children in attendance, and when Mrs. Claus and I entered, singing as we came in as we usually do, the entire group of children joined us in song! As we continued through our routine, telling stories and singing songs, the entire group participated as much as they were able. I have never been so delighted by a group of youngsters before, and hope to see more like them in the future." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Santa MikeE: "About half of my events are home visits, with many of the remainder being community events, either neighborhood gatherings, or organizational parties. Although I enjoy most of them, I must say that the best are the ones that there are enough children to generate the excitement that Santa Claus should engender. Two or three isn't enough. Half a dozen is a bare minimum, and between 15 and 50 is ideal, where you have enough time to interact with each, and the more extroverted children can keep the flow of merriment going while Santa and Mrs. Claus pause to take a breath. Much more than 50 is tough. I've done public events where the attendance was in the hundreds, and there just isn't time to do the children justice." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Santa MikeE: "One event that we've had for three years running is a large HOA that has us doing seven or eight shows for groups of young ones from the community, That's a fun gig, although the way it is ran doesn't allow as much interaction with the children as I would like. My ideal gig would be something like it, where Mrs. Claus and I got to do a set performance for different groups, with enough time for individual interactions. This would allow us to hone our presentation, while letting us ad-lib as need to fit the group, and really play up being Santa and Mrs. Claus." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Santa MikeE: "I realize that I am still young for a Santa, To keep the lights on during the off season, I work in the IT industry as a Quality Assurance Software Tester. I try to find bugs before they get to customers." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Santa MikeE: "My big activities outside of work include Toastmasters. Online, in this day of COVID-19 and working in my backyard garden." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Santa MikeE: "Gold (Yellow), with Green as a close second." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Santa MikeE: "Besides the stock answers about a See-Food diet, and Santa like's cookies, I have to admit to a fondness for a particular recipe for Parmesan roasted Brussels Sprouts as a side to a chicken or beef dish." ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Santa MikeE: "Dr. Pepper, if I have soda at all, which I try to avoid." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Santa MikeE: "The round ones. That aside, I love peanut butter cookies and oatmeal raisin. I don't have any cookies that I really hate, but I've gotten burned out on chocolate chip in its various forms from over use." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Santa MikeE: "I've gotten away from movies and TV for the last few years. My favorite movie is Empire Strikes Back of the original Star Wars trilogy." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Santa MikeE: "The Santa Clause (the first one) with Tim Allen.’" ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Santa MikeE: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Santa MikeE: "I mostly read science fiction and have for decades. But in my question to improve my Santa Claus persona, I've read a number of Santa related books. Most recently, I've been re-reading Joe Moore's North Pole Chronicles, and currently have book 1, "Believe Again" sitting on the desk beside me." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Santa MikeE: "I concluded that my childhood desire to become an astronaut is probably not going to happen. Today, I am considering moving into Podcasting, bringing my various hobbies together to share with others." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Santa MikeE: "Sales. Definitely not interested in selling a product (other than my own skills)." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Santa MikeE: "Lincoln Logs, until I received a bicycle for my birthday!" ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Santa MikeE: "I remember one visit with Santa when I was five or six years old. It stands out from other visits to Santa at the malls since it was a personal visit at a school playground on a weekend. In retrospect, I suspect it was my Dad filling the part, but at that age, we don't really realize these things. What I remember best is that Santa was talking to me, not to just another youngster in a line of children." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Santa MikeE: "I am fortunately in that I haven't been hit with a request to bring back deceased relatives (yet). However, I have fielded questions regarding sick relatives, as well as requests for little brothers/sisters. My answer to this kind of question is that some things are beyond the powers of Santa Claus, and that the best that I could do was to pray for them." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Santa MikeE: "I've had children ask for a variety of things for Christmas. One of the most unusual was an ask for a full-size Lamborghini. Obviously, as I told the young man, I wasn't going to be able to fit one of those in the sleigh, so I was afraid I'd not be able to fulfill his request." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Santa MikeE: "Google." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Santa MikeE: "ClausNet provides an open forum to ask questions, and search collected wisdom on a number of topics." 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 MikeE: "Two Santa Clauses in particular have strongly influenced my character as Santa. Ron Campbell, who guided me as I was getting started, and connected me with Lou Shelton, who I still work with today as my Mrs. Claus, and Steve Gillham, who taught me many of the storytelling techniques that I have used successfully. Steve Gillham in particular has motivated me to be a better Santa, since his portrayal of Santa is spot on, with his mannerisms of a wise, if slightly befuddled toy maker make his character more believable." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Santa MikeE: "Connect with other Santas. Whether this is by joining local organizations of those who portray St. Nick, attending Santa Claus schools when available, or in online venues such as ClausNet, get connected. Exchange ideas. Read books about the subject to see how others think of Santa. Do as many of these things as you can, the better to find your Santa." Thank you Mike! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa MikeE, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for June 2020!
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    My Mrs. Claus says Sarah Silverman has a trash mouth and doesn't belong in a children's cartoon.
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    Nope, can't do it......and I've had three children come up to me and tell me not to shave because I remind them of Santa Claus, and that's a good thing.
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    6 cases here in South Carolina ... I stopped shaving in 1968, so not shaving ... I'm very concerned about the current pandemic considering my age, as probably some of you here are as well, in the high risk pool, so being in as healthy a condition as I can has become my goal and I pray that everyone here at Claus Net fairs well and we all get through this healthy. This is going to get worse before it gets better and the world is going to need souls like us Jolly Ole Elves in Red Suites this Christmas more than ever ...
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    Well, money talks... I suspect a lot of companies will suffer financially for quick, rash decisions.
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    I’m surprised that the song “baby, it’s cold outside” isn’t on this persons list since that was last years big I’m offended, snowflake moment that tried causing trouble. Most of these seem to be of different times that the author knows nothing about nor did the research to understand but just wanted to try and stir the pot.
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    This quote also works: "your friends are wrong - they have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age - they think that nothing can be except that which is comprehensible by their little minds . . ."
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    You don't have to wait for the reruns, go to youtube and search Red Green. Do not hold me responsible for your sleepless nights and missed appointments. They have all 300 episodes.
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    From the album: Happy Holidays

    Modeling with my boys last season.
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    The filth that spews forth from her mouth is indicative of a soiled heart and mind.
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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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    Remember, the common cold is one strain of Corona virus. And Lysol will kill the virus. So , keep your hands washed and hope that by fall this virus has dissipated.
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    To be totally fair, the virus itself is basically a bad cold. It does tend to have more negative connotations for folks getting up in age with various other health issues to include heart problems, breathing problems etc. The biggest 'problem' so to speak with the corona virus is that folks can walk around asymptomatic (or not feeling/acting sick) for up to 21 days all while being contagious. When you get the FLU you feel terrible, you stay home and you're not infecting others. The Flu has a relatively short contagious window without symptoms. From Oct 2019 to February 2020 at LEAST 14,000 people died of influenza in the USA according to the CDC. 5 months, 14k+ dead. One of these isn't like the other. Most of the 'panic' surrounding the corona virus is misplaced at best.
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    Billie Mae Richards radio interview. She provided the voice for the Original voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1964 to 1979
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    From the album: Eileen Strom - Stuff I have, make, etc

    Another LSS member wanted a vest like the one I made for Dave, but with different embroidery on the pockets.
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