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    I read an interesting study talking about childcare in the early 90s - how it had shifted to more of a day care group style - and often the kid that screamed loudest got the attention they wanted - well - those kids have now grown up and they are still acting the way they learned in day care - screaming and throwing tantrums to get what they want - the end justifies the means . . . Civil discourse is a dying art 😞
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    I agree. There is a bunch of bullies out there with time on their hands that want to cause as much trouble as possible.
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    This honor has nothing to do with social media. It has everything to do with giving of yourself to others as Santa. Being in this hall is not a goal of mine, but I certainly would be honored if I were selected some day. I do not feel I am anywhere near the level of others who have been honored. And, just to make sure you know, someone has to nominate you for consideration even before they look at you. Again, social media has nothing to do with being honored.
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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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    I am. quite frankly, tired of people and their feelings being more important than facts.
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    I am so tired of 2-dimensional thinking, self-important squeaky wheels holding people of history to modern days social standards.
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    Well, it's gotten out of hand and I am sick of it. Just to be honest. Screaming and accusing others, dead or alive, of things is ridiculous, hateful, and nonproductive.
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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 2020 is TexasSanta! TexasSanta Featured ClausNet Member – July 2020 Profile: TexasSanta Real Name: James Location: Aledo, Texas USA ClausNet member since: December 21, 2011 Community Reputation (as of today): 233 – Outstanding! Membership Level: Member Website: kringleandco.com Facebook: @KringleAndCompanyRanch July 2020’s Featured Member of the Month has been stepping in for the big guy since 2006. TexasSanta aka James joined the ClausNet community in 2011 and has been a contributing member ever since. We caught up with Santa James 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? TexasSanta: "I began in 2006. I was one of the only volunteers who would be willing to wear the suit at a Marine Corps unit event. Since my beard was short and closely cropped, I wore the suit rental beard which was horrible. My wife said I could do a better beard, so I began letting mine go. Each and every year I always tried to add additional elements that would improve my ability to represent the Spirit of Santa. It finally hit home when, while I was in a Walmart a few years later and a child came running up and tugged on my pants leg. I knelt down and said "STOP IT YOU CREEP" actually it was not that way, but it always makes my eyes leak when I recount the story. I became a purveyor of the Spirit of Santa at that time. It has been the 3rd best decision of my life." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? TexasSanta: "I look around at times and wonder, why can I not look like some of the guys here on ClausNet. Then I remember what my clients always tell me. We did not hire you to look like Santa. We hired you to be like Santa. I have a blast with my children. We joke and cutup and have FUN. I have my more serious side for the somber visits and the children who are asking the hard questions about family and sickness. I let them be children and play with the cool toys like sleigh horses or anything else my helpers and I brought out to the event. My goal is not to be a role model or a copier of some other Santa. My goal is to ensure that the children and their parents have an authentic experience with someone who genuinely cares about them and is there to be the best Santa the child needs at the time." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? TexasSanta: "I most enjoy walking quietly into the location, whether a ballroom, pool room or living room and just picking out the parent who will be the most problem. Walking over to them and telling them that it is there turn to tell Santa what they want. Adults have dreams and desires as well and sometimes Santa needs to remind the adults about how Santa listens to their dreams just as Santa listens to their children. While the recognition is great and the adoration from the children is wonderful the most important feeling I get when I leave an event is whose life did, I make better by spending time with them. 14 years and I have 6 of my original families still scheduling visits with their college age children. Something must have clicked for them." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? TexasSanta: "It has been stated by others that dead time is the worst. Imagine having 3 trucks, 6 helpers, live horses, a sleigh and having to loiter in a major city as you wait 2 hours to head to the next location. Even when I am solo, as I am 80% of the time, the waiting in a parking lot before you head to an HOA is awkward at best. Disturbing to some parents also." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? TexasSanta: "My most memorable visit was also my least favorite visit in 14 years. It was held on the Northside of a major city in DFW. The attendees were majority Hispanic. We were all having a great time, and everyone was enjoying the event immensely. One of the fathers comes wandering up and leans in close to tell me in broken English, ‘You know, if my daughter does not get what she wants I will hunt you down and kill you’. Now I understand why the local PD was downstairs and patrolling the parking lot." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? TexasSanta: "I love doing home visits. Most of my work is home visits and I try just as hard to build relationships with the adults as I do the children. One family comes to mind. They enjoy me coming into their life and making me a part of their family for the 2 hours I spend with them. The time never creeps by. Usually the mother must come to me and say Santa James, you need to go to your next family. It is an amazing family and the past six years with them has been truly wonderful." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? TexasSanta: "My dream event is one where the time parameters are set and I show up and we just GO! From the time I arrive until I depart, we are focused on celebrating Christmas. Dancing, singing, telling stories, cracking jokes (about the parents of course) and just experiencing the Joy and the Love of the Season. It's not just a dream, for many of my log time clients this is their reality." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? TexasSanta: "I spend the entire time away from the suit building additional sets, tools and technology to make the next Season of visiting out due the last one. I drive the tractor for my wife's garden plot, as well as other farm chores. I am always thinking how to positively impact others." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? TexasSanta: "My interests are military families, special needs children and helping out in church activities by being part of that 10% you hear about. My hobbies are technology issues and designing things for use in Santa events that often make people scratch their head. Until they see it!" ClausNet: What is your favorite color? TexasSanta: "My favorite current color is Purple. In today’s times, it seems you must be Blue or Red. I refuse to be labeled so I am purple." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? TexasSanta: "My favorite food is Brisket. Not ribs. Not Beans but just good old smoked brisket. Not your brisket. My brisket!" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? TexasSanta: "Dr. Pepper 10. That way it won't mess with my metformin... right?." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? TexasSanta: "I enjoy soft cookies. Peanut butter, red velvet snickerdoodles." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? TexasSanta: "Anything from the MCU or Star Wars universes." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? TexasSanta: "I enjoy many of the Christmas movies. Some old ones as well as some of the newer. I honestly cannot think of a movie I would drop anything for to sit through and watch though.’" ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? TexasSanta: "The Little Drummer Boy by For King and Country." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? TexasSanta: "Not a big book reader. Bad eyesight makes it quite problematic. The last book I read and studied was the book of Judges from the Old Testament as part of a men's bible study." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? TexasSanta: "Make my radio perfect body appear on YouTube and become a Millionaire.... No? It doesn't work like that?... Silver Bells!" ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? TexasSanta: "Anything with having to do with convincing someone something in these challenging times." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? TexasSanta: "A bicycle and a TRS-80 computer from Radio Shack." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? TexasSanta: "I have no memorable experiences visiting Santa. My family never did that." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? TexasSanta: "’Santa, why won't you stop my father from getting drunk for me?’ Because, Santa cannot do that for him but Santa will pray that a good friend of his helps your father out." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? TexasSanta: "The ever present iPad request. I tell them to look at their parents and they see them on their tablets working and emailing. I ask the children, do they want to be like their parents and work all the time? What TOY do you want? That always gets the toy mid going." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? TexasSanta: " A friend who used to be here." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? TexasSanta: "The users will not be shy when you ask for an opinion on something." 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? TexasSanta: " I have seen too many that were the polar opposite of what I wanted to be. Not humble and forgetting that they were not Santa. Haughty, proud, conceited and feeling as though they were the PERFECT Santa. They inspired me to be the best Spirit of Santa I can be, with or without pay." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? TexasSanta: "Ask for advice. Get opinions. Have the strength of character to know when you are falling short and know that everyone has been down this road before. But most importantly, be willing to fail miserably so that you try be better the next time." Thank you James! Everyone, please join me in congratulating TexasSanta, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for July 2020!
  9. 4 points
    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.
  10. 4 points
    4 bins? I have over 100. How serious could they have been to begin with?
  11. 4 points
    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.
  12. 3 points
    I think that the Friday after Thanksgiving, will be forever known as, "Black Friday", no matter how much things change. I remember when people camped out in front of a store just to be the first ones in when the store opened. You may not see things like that anymore, but that day will always be know as Black Friday, perhaps with some different meanings or events.
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    Spare the rod and this is the mess you get! Spoiled punks that need a foot broke off in their hindquarters.
  15. 3 points
    So where do we sign up for our trophy? All of this is really getting out of hand. It is sickening to see how society is these days.
  16. 3 points
    This is what happens when every kid gets a participation trophy...
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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
  18. 3 points
    It is my understanding that these movies receive some of the highest ratings for cable shows. And are much needed in times like this...
  19. 3 points
    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.
  20. 3 points
    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
  22. 2 points
    I purchased several copies of this book last year. I applaud this book, it is true to the Gospel message. As a Christian and a minister, I appreciate books which give a simple, yet clear Gospel explanation. For those of us who portray Santa and want to include an element of faith into our visits, this book would be a good tool. I understand everyone has thoughts on this matter and that's okay!!! I could see a problem arise if you were asked questions about Santa's beginnings and started with St. Nicholas. Using this book afterwards would create a contradiction that someone will surely notice. Of course, you may not get a question asking you to tell where Santa Claus comes from, but I have on many different visits and this opened the door to talk about St. Nicholas' faith. If you begin with St. Nicholas as a devoted follower of Christ from an early age and move into this book which pictures and tells of Santa becoming a follower of Christ much later in life, then which is it? I'm not saying don't use this book, I am saying just be ready with an explanation which reconciles the history with the story in the book. One possible explanation to consider might be this. My conversation with the child asking the question might go something like this. After a brief explanation beginning with St. Nicholas, I'd ask this. Have you seen the movie "The Santa Clause"? (I've yet to meet a child who hasn't seen this movie.) You know something? The movie got it right. Now you know that being Santa Claus has been passed down to several different men through these many years. Now, guess what? There was a time when I became Santa Claus. The story I want to share with you from this book happened to me. Okay, my post has taken over an hour to write as I've rewritten it several time to try to explain my thoughts. I always want to do my best to keep the magic of Santa alive for a child, but I also want to be as truthful as possible. I've had parents tell me how much they appreciate my Santa and how much it has meant to their family. So, I feel I'm on the right path here. What are your thoughts?
  23. 2 points
    Name: When Santa Learned the Gospel Category: Movies and Television Date Added: 07/08/2020 Submitter: Drosselmeyer Saw a post on this and looked it up - a very simple story - but very well done the book is on Amazon Robot Check WWW.AMAZON.COM When Santa Learned the Gospel
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    These kind of discussions are just that, discussions. All speculation and guesses. Folks, we all just have to wait and see. The only other thing is, if the "power of suggestion" or "brainwashing" our thinking, dictates what might happen.
  25. 2 points
    Never went shopping starting the week of Thanksgiving until a week after New Year's. Now as a Santa, don't have the time to go out shopping during that time.
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    sad news - I never really "shopped" on Black Friday - but it was always a day to go out and just enjoy the rush of the Christmas season - the last few years have not even been able to do that since I've been busy with Santa - but the news is not surprising - marketing starts Christmas earlier every year - as summer comes to a close expect to start seeing decorations and trees going up in Costco and Lowes, etc . . .
  27. 2 points
    Not worried about it. It's July....Black Friday is some time off. Just today I read the CDC may have to end the term 'pandemic'. Let's be honest: words have power and you lift the word 'pandemic' and people will psychologically feel better. Also, people are wore out. Simply wore out. We take inherent risks when we wake up every morning and after the actions of people throughout the last 7 weeks I believe people are willing to take risks to live their lives like they have been doing for years. If it's ok to cause mayhem and magically not get sick, then it's fine to go shopping.
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    I don't necessarily have Christmas lights up but back in March when the world went to sleep, I ordered lights online to decorate our backyard and deck. Seeing the lights in our gazebo, in our shrugs, under the deck-benches, and on the fence post tops makes me feel happier and hopeful. These is light at the end of the tunnel! I just feel tired from this extended Lenten season. I can't event call it Advent because I don't know when it will end.
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    I had not ever heard of Mari Lwyd - but I do have a horse skull - and I now know it can be decorated as a traditional Christmas piece - I suggested using it as a centerpiece on our dining room table - after all it brings good luck - my lovely wife was not as enthusiastic . . .
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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
  34. 2 points
    So, "Gone With the Wind" is now gone with the wind...
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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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    I understand that, but since I don't share a lot, not a lot is known about what I do. That's okay with me, I don't do it for the recognition. I too don't think I am at that level, I just enjoy helping those in the local community. Anyway, thanks for the info.
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    Wait for it... Santa Claus is r...
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    It would be such a great honor to be included on this list. However I fear that I am not active enough in social media for others to know about my life, which I guess is okay too.
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    you Sir - are a role model I know - right ?? Some people just don't get it. But please don't shoot the messenger . . . Wow - I thought I was overloaded at 40+ but you got me beat !!
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    Reports are swirling on social media that Hallmark is telling customers their famed Christmas ornaments themed after the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind are no longer available. Recent civil unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis hasRead more View the full article
  46. 1 point
    Well, money talks... I suspect a lot of companies will suffer financially for quick, rash decisions.
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    That part I liked. That at the end it really wasn't the hat. Again, my only problem with the movie was the elves. I don't understand why they had to go in that direction. Clearly they were a furry version of Minions. I was okay with the suit and even the beard and hair -- which I think was his own if I am not mistaken. I wish someone would buy the rights to Jeff Guinn's Santa Claus trilogy and turn that into a movie. In my opinion his books are the closest to what I believe the real Santa would be like. I love how he uses actual history to tell the story of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Someday when I am a multi-millionaire I will produce that movie. And no I wouldn't cast myself in the role of Santa. I think Phil Wenz @Legendary Santa Claus would be the perfect casting...
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