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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 October 2019 is Black Hills Santa! Black Hills Santa Featured ClausNet Member – October 2019 Profile: Black Hills Santa Real Name: Jason Location: Rapid City, South Dakota USA ClausNet member since: December 12, 2018 Community Reputation (as of today): 683 – Fabulous! Website:: BlackHillsSanta.com! Our October 2019 Featured Member of the Month has been putting on the red suit for almost 30 years. Black Hills Santa, aka Santa Jason, joined ClausNet in 2018. Since then he has been a regular contributor to the community. What I love most about doing these interviews is learning how much so many of us have in common. We caught up with Jason 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? Tommy: "I suppose you could say I have portrayed Santa for 29 years. The first time I was a sixteen-year-old boy who donned the outfit for a friend's daughter. My friend was deployed in the first gulf war and his little girl was 3 years old. But I have actively portrayed Santa for the last 21 years except for a couple of Christmases when I was in Iraq." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Tommy: "I take a little bit from everyone that has donned the red suit and incorporate that into my portrayal. No two children are the same and no two venues are the same. And, I believe that having a large repertoire, composed of many different elements from different sources, enables me to better meet the individual venue and the individual child's needs." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa? Tommy: "To me the best part is that I can give hope, love, comfort, care where it is needed and when it is needed. So many children come from broken homes or troubled homes, or they're bullied at school and they have nobody to turn to. Nobody, that is, except Santa Claus. Santa Claus understands children. He's there to help make things better. He cannot make it perfect, but he can make it better. I was a bullied child and I knew that Santa Claus loved me no matter what. He did not pick on me. He was there every year and he loved me and believed in me. That is something I wholeheartedly try to provide to children: that I am there for them. That I believe in them." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Tommy: "I would say that the most memorable event is probably the first one I did for one of my children. My daughter was 10 months old but I sweated and worried over everything. I wanted it perfect because this was her first visit with Santa Claus and it was her dad. Yet, to be honest, I try to soak up every visit and remember a little something from each one. They all have a special place within my heart." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Tommy: "No, I do not. I find that every time I wear the red suit it is my favorite time because I have that red suit on. Just the chance, the opportunity to bring love enjoy to a child is a blessing!" ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Tommy: "Oh, I suppose it would be to be in a parade. But, I don't do this for self-glory, rather, I do it for the children. So if it is the will of God for me to do something bigger then it will come along in due time." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Tommy: "I work for the Veterans Administration as an HR specialist. I solely work for and with disabled veterans who are trying to get back out into the workforce. I also volunteer with my local fire department as a firefighter and for the last 7 years I have been a volunteer and a mentor with the Girl Scouts. I spend a lot of time with my family, or as much as I can. I missed about 3 years of my children's lives when I was in the Army and somewhere in my mind I keep trying to make up for that time." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Tommy: "When it's baseball season I live and breathe Chicago Cubs. When it's hockey season I live and breathe the Minnesota Wild. I usually have a vegetable garden and I enjoy all of the flowers that I tend to in our yard. I thoroughly enjoy reading and on average I read about 50 books a year. I love American history, I devote a lot of time to religious studies, and I enjoy taking on special projects for the Girl Scouts and my fire department. Of course, I spend quite a bit of time studying the history of Christmas, its meanings both secular and religious, and doing small things to help hone my craft. I also on a daily basis practice my ASL for I have a nephew who is deaf. And, we do have a deaf school in our area so it is important for me to be fluent in ASL during the Christmas season." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Tommy: "Blue." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Tommy: "Breakfast is my absolute favorite food. I spent a year deployed with British troops and they taught me about the full English breakfast. I absolutely love it: sausages, Heinz beans, toast, fried tomatoes, mushrooms, and eggs. It's a lot to cram in but boy do I love it! Beyond that, I do enjoy German foods and good old Americana: hamburgers and hotdogs!" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Tommy: "Coke." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Tommy: "Chocolate Chip." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Tommy: " The Outlaw Josey Wales." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Tommy: "This is a tough question. I would say it is It's a Wonderful Life. I watched it as a child with my mother and I loved it then and every year of our marriage I have watched it with my wife." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Tommy: "O Holy Night." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Tommy: "Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway. I just finished it and am now pouring through a collection of 50 short stories starring Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Tommy: "Police Officer." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Tommy: "Doctor. I can be a hypochondriac, so I would drive myself nuts." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Tommy: "Baseball bats, baseball gloves, baseball's, roller skates, and little green army men." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Tommy: "My uncle had a cheap flannel suit and every year out of the love of his heart he would show up at our door and surprise me and my two younger brothers. My uncle was six foot-four, so it was not too hard to figure out it was him. But looking back, wow! He enjoyed it so much and you know what? We three boys did also." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Tommy: "Last year a five-year-old asked me if I could bring her sister home from jail. It was gut-wrenching because no child should have to ask something like that. But I had been asked this question before and was able to provide a good answer to the child. When that little girl asked me that question last year, I knew that this is something God approves of me doing: being Santa Claus for children. Not everyone can answer a child like that. It takes something special to be able to do that. That little girl refused to get off of my lap or to let go of me. Why? Because for a brief moment in her life her pain, worry, and fear was erased. How blessed am I to be able to do this for God's little ones." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Tommy: "I had a six-year-old ask me for an antique Chinese tea set. My only response was that I I knew she would have a good Christmas. I have no idea where I could ever get such a thing and how much it would cost!" ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Tommy: "I stumbled upon ClausNet while searching for Santa organizations. I had no idea in a million that there was such a thing as ClausNet." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Tommy: "Getting ideas from other people is a tremendous asset. Also, being able to share a few ideas with others is fabulous. A lot of times we get tunnel vision when we're looking at a project or a problem. To be able to assist someone with a suggestion to help them is a rewarding experience!" 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? Tommy: "I would say every Santa Claus I have seen in a movie or I have interacted with in person has inspired me in one way, shape, or form. For instance, when I was in Iraq on my second tour of duty, I met a British Father Christmas. How fabulous to see how he interacted with people? How is dress and mannerisms were. Also, when I was stationed at Fort Drum, New York, I lived just a few miles from Canada. I was able to have a front row seat of how Santa Claus in Canada compares with Santa in the States. And, having lived so close to French Canada, Pere Noel became a part of my Santa persona. All of this has influenced me and helped make me the Santa Claus I am." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Tommy: "Well, I still get nervous every time. That nervousness is because I want to do my best. So to someone being Santa and Mrs. Claus for the first time, I say relax. Just be yourself. Remember what it was like to be a child and look forward to seeing the greatest human being you'll probably ever meet. Don't ho ho ho too loud or too often. Let the children talk to you. Do not hear them, listen to them. You may not have all the answers. No one ever does. Children are looking for hope, so answer as well as you can, and all will be well. And definitely, if you are a religious person, pray for guidance and blessings and I am sure that He will answer your prayer. Do what's best for you and the child!" ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Tommy: "This is a wonderful honor for me and I am so appreciative. This last year, being a member of ClausNet and engaging with so many wonderful people has really been a blessing and has been so educational. I could not be a more happy or blessed man!" Thank you Jason! And THANK YOU for your service! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Black Hills Santa, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for October 2019!
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    The teaser suggests that the driving force behind Klaus is a young postal worker trying to establish his delivery network - hence the need to write letters - not sure I like the idea of the Santa backstory being rooted in greed - we shall see....
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    Festive holiday decorations OK immediately after Halloween, say 43 percent of people surveyed By Daniel Johnson-Kim, Zoya Gervis, FOX News, October 7, 2019 A new study examined the holiday spirit and holiday habits of 2,000 Americans, and uncovered that three in 10 have no problem seeing holiday decorations displayed in stores before Halloween or Thanksgiving. With the festive spirit in full-swing no matter the time of year, the holiday season requires extensive logistical planning. It just so happens that 83 percent of those surveyed have a holiday to-do list, and over half (55 percent) admitted to starting their list before October. When it comes to procrastination, 21 percent of male respondents wait until December to start their holiday planning, compared to only 14 percent of women. But what exactly do Americans have on their holiday agenda? When it comes to holiday essentials, decorating the home topped the checklist – with 61 percent of those surveyed naming holiday decorations as a must-do. However, that wasn’t the only requirement on the docket: 59 percent listed gift research and shopping, while a further 52 percent need to plan out all the baking and cooking that comes with the festive season. When it comes to purchasing gifts for people, more men than women are getting gifts for their boss and co-workers. Around 43 percent of the men surveyed usually purchase a present for their co-workers compared to just 31 percent of women, and 31 percent of men usually get something for the boss as well. Source: https://www.foxnews.com/real-estate/holiday-decor-halloween-study
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    Simple; Get some help Take down the lights and time stamp the photo Reinstall the lights Enjoy for 59 more days If needed repeat steps 1, 2, & 3 Loophole big enough you can drive a sleigh through it ...... I got that from Patrick or @SCSanta
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    60 consecutive days??? Turn them off after 59 days and turn them back on a day later and start the countdown all over. Loophole big enough you can drive a sleigh through it.
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    Mariah Carey will celebrate 25 years of her Christmas album in Atlantic City The Philadelphia Inquirer by Nick Vadala September 30, 2019 EXCERPT: It’s been 25 years since Mariah Carey dropped her popular holiday album, Merry Christmas, and now, the singer is celebrating the release with a yuletide tour that comes to Atlantic City this December. Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” tour hits AC’s Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena on Dec. 7. The stop is one of five planned shows from Carey on the East Coast this coming holiday season, with additional concerts scheduled to take place in cities including New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. SOURCE: https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/mariah-carey-all-i-want-for-christmas-tour-atlantic-city-hard-rock-20190930.html
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    Too close to the road, I understand. I love that they were given 60 days to remove 'other' Christmas Decorations that will be up everywhere in their neighborhood in 60 days. Taxpayers can feel well represented /s.
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    I like Gremlins but for children? It's pretty rough at times. I always thought of it as a movie set during the Christmas season rather than a Christmas movie. Like Die Hard.
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    I have to agree that the absence of Ernest P. Worrell and Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr. is a glaring omission.
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    And that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is not on that list is another glaring piece of evidence that they have no clue.
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    My wife Rosie made ours in a ceramic club in '74. This year it'll make its 43d Christmas appearance in our home.
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    Found this one in a wonderful book of Cowboy Poetry @Drosselmeyer THE OLD TIME CHRISTMAS I liked the way we used to do, when cattle was plenty and folks was few. The people gathered from far and near, and they barbecued a big fat steer. The kids tried stayin’ awake because, they reckoned they might ketch Santa Claus. Next morning’ you’d wake ‘em up to see, what he’d been and put on the Christmas tree. It was Christmas then fer the rich and pore, and every ranch was an open door. The waddy that came on a company hoss was treated the same as the owner and boss. Nobody seemed to have a care, you was in among friends or you wasn’t there. For every feller in them days knew to behave hisself as a man should do. Some had new boots, which they’d shore admire when they warmed their feet in front of the fire. And the wimmin folks had new clothes too, but not like the wimmin of these days do. Some times a drifter came riding in, some feller that never was seen agin. And each Christmas day as the years went on we used to wonder where they’d gone. I like to recall the Christmas night. The tops of the mountains capped with white. The stars so bright they seemed to blaze, and the foothills swum in a silver haze. Them good old days is past and gone. The time and the world and the change goes on. And you cain’t do things like you used to do when cattle was plenty and folks was few. From the book, Cowboy Poetry: Classic Rhymes by Bruce Kiskaddon
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    Come, Meet and Learn with Lone Star Santas® from All Over Texas, and beyond At Lone Star Santas Roundup 2020 Lone Star Santas Annual Round Up is held each year to help all of us who convey Christmas to learn, have fun, share experiences, and make friends for years to come. Folks from all over the world are invited to join us in Grapevine, The Christmas Capital of Texas at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel from March 6 - 8, 2020. The 2020 theme is "Conveying Christmas in a Changing World". We will be exploring how we can best adapt to the challenges change creates for all of us. A great line up of informative and educational presentations is being planned, as well as a wide variety of exhibitors. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION We are offering a special Early Bird Registration of $157 per person, if you register before January 31, 2020. After that date, the registration will be $183 per person. So, if you can, register before January 31, 2020 and Save! Use this link to register safely and securely: https://mp.gg/90e3h Many other conferences, educational workshops and events charge much more and this years Lone Star Santas Round Up committee is working hard to create a very educational and entertaining program, with some notable speakers. HOTEL RESERVATIONS SPECIAL LINK Your Lone Star Santas Roundup 2020 stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel includes a spacious and comfortable suite, a hot made-to-order breakfast each day of your stay, free parking and Airport Shuttle service to nearby Dallas Fort Worth Airport. You can stay for up to three days before and after Roundup, if you would like to visit and explore the area. To reserve your hotel rooms at the 2020 Roundup Special Rate please use this secure link: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/D/DALEMES-LSS-20200305/index.jhtml If you come to only one event on 2020, make it Lone Star Santas Roundup!. If you have questions, please email Santa George Campbell at NorthTexasSanta@gmail.com
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    why - that would be Ernest Saves Christmas - the best Christmas movie ever !!!
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    One of my wife's favorites... "Deck the Halls"
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    May be the pessimist, but I do not sense that it would be very accurate, my impression is too dark,
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    Name: Klaus Category: Movies and Television Date Added: 10/09/2019 Submitter: Drosselmeyer WATCH: Netflix Drops First Official Trailer and Images for Sergio Pablos’ ‘Klaus’ With release of his long-awaited animated feature only a month away, renown director and ‘Despicable Me’ co-creators tells AWN, ‘The wait is almost over!’ By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 7, 2019 at 8:53am In Klaus, a film Pablos has been working on since 2010, a young Scandinavian postman named Jesper, voiced to hilarious extremes by Jason Schwartzman, gets the chance to make his mark when he’s tasked with bringing the postal service to a contentious village in the cold north, where he meets a mysterious, white-bearded toymaker named Klaus. Source: https://www.awn.com/news/watch-netflix-drops-first-official-trailer-and-images-sergio-pablos-klaus?fbclid=IwAR2a3CGG66iICDWF5fC0qP4kWHG8OTx59-p60MK06KLtynhSHeARwMduc6M Klaus
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    Boy how nice it would be if they EVER went all trying to be as close to right as possible but I highly doubt they'd ever really talk about Saint Nicholas and how and what he really did. BUT then again WE MUST BELIEVE IT CAN HAPPEN, ...... MAYBE ONE DAY, or NIGHT someone will go out on a limb and try to do the right thing. Though I liked the trailer and thought it was "ok" it's because we know the truth it seem kinda empty to me ........ Sorry being a downer I know.
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    “All I Want For Christmas Is You” That song is so over played...I really don't care for it very much but by the end of every Christmas Season I am sick to death of it. It is one of those that makes me change the station just so I don't have to listen to it.
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    it isn't one of my favorite albums - not even in the playlist - she comes across too sultry - just don't care for it . . .
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    I looked at the article, then the author, and also some of the other articles such as best Children's movies of 2019. Reviewing that information, I know how much value that I will place on her opinion.
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    while there are some good ones on this list - I do not believe it is accurate the first glaring problem - they include Arthur and Olaf - but where is Ernest Saves Christmas ??? clearly this list was compiled with biased polling I must protest !
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    @Black River Santa Love it ! Michael Martin Murphy does this as the opening and closing of his first Cowboy Christmas album thanks for sharing !!
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    Congratulations, Santa Jason, on a well deserved honor!
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    Jason; My friend! Nicely DONE! Good read and I thank you for letting us inside for a little peak of what you're about! Congrats my friend and well deserved!
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM club!
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOtM club!
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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for your service and your insight in being Santa.
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    Very cool! Again, I really enjoy reading these. It's so neat to hear other's stories. Thanks!
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    Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM club!
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    Congratulations, enjoy reading each story. Each individual is unique and enjoyable reading, and realizing that there is not ONE answer for Santa and this helps encourage me.
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    Thanks for sharing my friend !! A well deserved honor. I enjoyed your interview and look forward to the day we can sit down and share an English breakfast together - but I might want some coffee too . . .
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    @Black River Santa Sorry my friend - I tried last year - you cannot pull one over on @Felix Estridge !!!
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    I've watched the promo a few times and I just can't find an interest in it. I have the suspicion that we're going to see a Santa gender-swap here and there just is no reason to do so.
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