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  1. 9 points
    Does anyone else long for the days when the phone was attached to the wall, NASA was the only one with a computer, and we had one T.V. in the house and four channels and the news was only on 3 times a day?
  2. 6 points
    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 August 2020 is Hubcity Santa! Hubcity Santa Featured ClausNet Member – August 2020 Profile: Hubcity Santa Real Name: Michael Location: Lafayette, Louisiana USA ClausNet member since: October 16, 2018 Community Reputation (as of today): 308 – Awesome! Membership Level: Member Our August 2020 Featured Member of the Month hails from Louisiana. Santa Michael aka Hubcity Santa, only donned the red suit two years ago, but is well on his way to becoming a great Santa Claus. We caught up with Michael a few weeks ago and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Hubcity Santa: "I have two seasons under my belt but last year is when I went full steam ahead. I went with my Mrs. to her Churche’s Christmas in July event/concert in 2018 and the guy they hired for Santa never showed up and couldn’t be reached. Nobody from her church wanted to put on the suit so after about 10 minutes of them arguing in the back and watching the children getting restless in the sanctuary I volunteered to do it ‘just to get the show going again and over with’. (Yes, I said it just like that) and I don’t know, just something in me came alive that night and I was just immediately drawn in." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "Definitely Richard Attenborough, Edmund Gwenn, and Douglas Seale were my first ideas of how Santa would act. Then I just started studying and researching the bios from the Santa Claus Hall of Fame to gain insight and influence. Going to the Charles W. Howard Santa school and other conferences; just letting me meet and interact with other veteran Santas have all greatly influenced and helped me in some ways." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "The memories, hope, and joy people of all decades in life seem to have when they see Santa. From the little ones telling you their innermost dreams and secrets, the angel visits when for the time being, they forget their pains, the elderly who remember the first time they sat on Santa’s lap, etc. Getting to be a part of people’s lives and their memories is just amazing for me." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "I’m optimistic so bad things or events I always look at as a learning and growing experience. I haven’t had good experiences with filling in as a mall Santa so maybe that’s my least favorite thing for now." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Hubcity Santa: "I’d have to say my first hospital visit I ever did. It was only my third time ever being Santa and I filled in cause there was absolutely nobody else and even though I knew I wasn’t ready, I couldn’t bear thinking some of the children might not make it until Christmas and not get to see Santa one last time. What was supposed to take 2 hours turned into almost 7 because I would just completely lose it between rooms and have to gather myself but refused to not let every child see me. By the time I got back to my room to change I was literally shaking and my eyes looked swollen shut from so much crying, it was then I knew I was hooked being Santa." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Hubcity Santa: "Sneak-a-peeks or catch me in the act I believe there referred to. The Christmas Eve visits when the children catch you delivering presents." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Hubcity Santa: "I don’t really have one." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Hubcity Santa: "I’m a Kitchen and Bakery manager of a local business and that keeps me pretty busy and if I’m not there you’ll find me figuring out how to fish or visiting friends and family." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Hubcity Santa: "Fishing and golf although I’m not really good at either one of those. I love watching hockey and just spending time with friends and family!" ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Hubcity Santa: "Red." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Hubcity Santa: "Italian or anything pasta !" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Hubcity Santa: "Dr. Pepper." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Hubcity Santa: "Sugar or Snickerdoodle." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Hubcity Santa: "Casablanca, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Pursuit of Happiness." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Hubcity Santa: "It’s a Wonderful Life.’" ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Hubcity Santa: "Way too many to have an ultimate favorite. Currently, ‘We all need Christmas’ by Def Leppard has been playing in my head." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Hubcity Santa: "The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek and just started The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hubcity Santa: "Airline Pilot." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Hubcity Santa: "Paramedic." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Hubcity Santa: "Definitely Hot Wheels and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were big ones. Also Lego and anything you got to create and build yourself I enjoyed." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Hubcity Santa: "I was born and lived my childhood in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and there is a small amusement park called Santa’s Workshop in the mountains and Santa used to ride the rides with us and would talk and interact with everyone." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Hubcity Santa: "The hardest questions that come to mind is from that hospital visit. Not so much that they were difficult to answer but rather heartbreaking to hear. A lot of the children knew their situation and would ask questions like ‘will you make sure mommy and daddy know I’ll be ok with (relative) in heaven?’ Or to make sure an Elf takes care of their dog/pet? It amazed me how selfless they were even in their situation." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "A coffin to sleep in as a bed." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Hubcity Santa: "Internet search. I was looking up books, schools, anything I could find to help me figure out why I wanted to be Santa and to get training and after connecting with a few Santas from Texas, they recommended I check out ClausNet." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Hubcity Santa: "There is always something to read and learn from Santas around the world. It’s also a place to tap out of the real world and just kick back and learn. I don’t post a whole lot usually but I do enjoy reading the threads." 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? Hubcity Santa: "Wow, where do I begin? There’s a bunch that I’ve gotten to know and ask questions and talk with from various places and sites that have helped and inspired me that I admire. I’ll mention Steve Gillham as one of my first encounters because I’m privileged to have a copy of his book Santaology. He had about 15 copies left total when we met and I explained that do to a family emergency I was flat broke but if he would hold a copy for me for about a month to let me catch up on my bills I’d love a copy. He got my information and 3 days later I was surprised with a book with a wonderful inscription and I remember thinking that this is truly a Santa I wish to become like. Also, when I attended Charles W. Howard Santa School last October, I was still struggling with my family situation, but my Mrs. refused to let me cancel my ticket I already had purchased and had me attend. I cancelled my car rental and had literally $60 to spend up there. I remember it was pouring rain when I was walking to the auditorium when Mark Demonbrun offered to give me rides the rest of the time and let me just ask him millions of questions. Also Fred Honerkamp from Michigan let me ask a ton of questions and offered me a nice suit for cheap while up there and I explained I just didn’t have the money at the time but let me take it home anyway and paid him 2 months later. These are Santas I definitely admire and strive to be like. There are so many others that have helped me without even knowing and hopefully I’ll be able to do the same for others." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Hubcity Santa: "First, don’t try to figure out why or what’s calling you to become Santa, just accept it and be prepared for a wonderful calling on your life; it can truly be life changing. Second, everyone was a first time or rookie Santa, don’t be afraid to ask questions and be prepared to make mistakes. Don’t give up, you have a family here that will bend over backwards to help and answer questions, bounce ideas off or just shoot the breeze with. Last, network and join organizations like ClausNet, IBRBS, and local Santa chapters to help you grow and develop who you want to be as Santa. Welcome to the red suit and if I can do anything in the world to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Merry Christmas." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Hubcity Santa: "To everyone here that posts, I want to say thank you! I don’t post to much (maybe I should be a little more active) but I do read threads and you may not know how much your words, jokes, pictures, whatever has helped me and Santa’s gain knowledge or insight. Take care of yourselves and thanks for your time! " Thank you Michael! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Hubcity Santa, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for August 2020!
  3. 6 points
    Hallmark needs to remain true to their main audience, I really feel that those who follow an alternate life stile need to respect those who chose not to partake of that life style. Christmas is not about who you live with but how you act as a person.
  4. 5 points
    My 11th great grandfather was Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony, who declared the first Thanksgiving. it is a very special holiday for my family! I'm happy to see this and hope more corporations follow their lead.
  5. 5 points
    It is STILL ALL I HAVE! Really! We have a pay as you go VERY OLD cell phone that Doesn't flip / fold No screen to it other than to read the caller ID We were going to use her work smart phone if we were going to Disney this year. But Disney cancelled us, and I'm off the hook to having to get one! So back to WALL MOUNT PHONE Kitchen Cordless Phones Front room & basement I'm just NOT THAT important enough to have one of those fancy phones! LOL!
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    You're damn right it was a mistake! Thank God people spoke up, and had this thing reversed.
  8. 5 points
    I am really getting tired of the cancel culture crowd...
  9. 5 points
    Agreed. I feel bad for people who go in early and run home at noon on Thanksgiving, or report at noon after a rushed time at home. A national holiday should be a holiday for everyone who would otherwise be working. If someone wants to volunteer on Thanksgiving day that's an admirable choice for them to make, but not up to their employer.
  10. 5 points
    BAM !!! You said it !! There was a time I used to love to go out shopping on Black Friday just to enjoy the crowds and the chaos - just get a coffee and sit back and watch the craziness - but that was Friday - Thanksgiving should be a time for family and being together and being thankful - not choking down some food before running off to stores to fight over stuff you think you want . . . I prefer to be home with family on Thanksgiving !
  11. 5 points
    Twitter is not on my nice list. Don't go there!
  12. 5 points
    Good. Return to the way it once was. It's a shame it took all of this to get them, the father of Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving, to return to respecting Thanksgiving and family.
  13. 5 points
    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 😞
  14. 5 points
    I agree. There is a bunch of bullies out there with time on their hands that want to cause as much trouble as possible.
  15. 4 points
    Walmart ends Black Friday tradition by closing stores on Thanksgiving Updated Jul 21, 2020; Posted Jul 21, 2020 By Bob Johnson | Bob_Johnson@mlive.com Walmart announced Tuesday, July 21, that it will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day 2020, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus. The move marks the first major indication of how COVID will affect Black Friday store shopping, which for almost a decade kicked off with big crowds on the turkey feast and expanded into Friday. The closures, affecting both Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, mark a huge departure from Walmart’s tradition of kicking off Black Friday in-store doorbuster sales on the Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on November 26 this year, Business Insider reports. Source: https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/07/walmart-ends-black-friday-tradition-by-closing-stores-on-thanksgiving.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0U5Ap0aSgTiTDWm3eFTaMfpGTZJ4PF0JN5TVbbVEeFzuDxmlsFo4xsfvY
  16. 4 points
    This is great news. If these company that talk about family values can't allow their employees to have family time on a national holiday are they truly standing by their believe in family values?
  17. 4 points
    good - I would rather be home and enjoy family
  18. 4 points
    Reckless hate can't be allowed to prevail
  19. 4 points
    These folks are filled with hate. There is no other way to describe it. Only hate can enrage an individual as many of the cancel culture seem to be enraged And, that hate helps explain how the Star of David could offend. It's the Star of the Savior who can take away the hate, pain, and anguish. We must pray that what is in the dark will be brought into the light.
  20. 4 points
    From the article: "Why is this applicable to Christmas?" Um, Jesus Christ is of the House of David.
  21. 4 points
    I am. quite frankly, tired of people and their feelings being more important than facts.
  22. 4 points
    I am so tired of 2-dimensional thinking, self-important squeaky wheels holding people of history to modern days social standards.
  23. 4 points
    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.
  24. 3 points
    Covid or no Covid, Thanksgiving should be a day for home and family, every year.
  25. 3 points
    I am in the same situation. Very few of my college students believe me. (or colleagues for that matter) No Cell Phone, No Facebook, Twitter, etc. ad nauseum either. Just email, ClausNet and my Santa website
  26. 3 points
    People can't believe it when I tell them I don't have a cell phone. My wife and daughter have one but if it were up to me, I'd still be using carrier pigeons.
  27. 3 points
    New Hampshire woman already collecting thousands of holiday cards for troops MSN 7/6/2020 It may be July, but one Granite State woman is already looking ahead to the holiday season in her effort to spread love and kindness. Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/new-hampshire-woman-already-collecting-thousands-of-holiday-cards-for-troops/ar-BB16ntd7
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
    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 . . .
  30. 3 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.
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    Spare the rod and this is the mess you get! Spoiled punks that need a foot broke off in their hindquarters.
  33. 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.
  34. 3 points
    This is what happens when every kid gets a participation trophy...
  35. 2 points
    That's great news. People should be home with their families..
  36. 2 points
    a little bit more of a good thing . . . . Target and Dick's Sporting Goods will close stores on Thanksgiving Day By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business Updated 11:19 AM ET, Mon July 27, 2020 New York (CNN Business)Target (TGT) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) will close stores this Thanksgiving as the coronavirus pandemic forces major retailers to alter their upcoming holiday shopping plans. The companies' announcement to close on Thanksgiving came after Walmart (WMT) said last week that it will stay closed on the holiday. "There's no question, the holiday season is going to be very different this year," Target said in a blog post Monday Closing on Thanksgiving has been a source of tension between retailers and labor advocates in the past, especially as many retailers in recent years have opened their doors on the holiday to get a jump start on Black Friday -- generally considered the start to the year-end shopping rush. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/business/target-thanksgiving-stores-closed/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0LZDmCuGFP3Rplmi7yMX3Z4Myae4br5ct_7Ay14_Yavcha5g5SrhqIn50
  37. 2 points
    Name: A Muppet Family Christmas Category: Movies and Television Date Added: 07/27/2020 Submitter: jeffh Full movie A Muppet Family Christmas was a 1-hour tv special that broadcast originally in 1987 and was re-broadcast in 1988 & 1989. This video is from one of the rebroadcasts because the title card is displayed when the Muppets are driving in the truck to Fozzie's Mom's house. For more information on the movie, check out the Muppets Wiki page for the film here. A Muppet Family Christmas
  38. 2 points
    The automatic speech recognition has a lot to answer for. I run a business called Murder Most Foul. We stage murder mystery dinners in hotels and other venues. But I cannot use that business name on Facebook as they will not allow the word “murder”. I emailed them to explain, their auto word recognition continued with their auto email, and the standard email reply refused my explanation. I cannot find any other way to get a human response and the FB tag of MMostFoul is now recognised.
  39. 2 points
    Someone had to write that software, and I bet they were paid by Twitter. Don't get me started on the irresponsible misuse of recognition software. Too many horror stories, including a personal one of my own. I wonder what would happen if someone accused Santa Claus? How many of us would be hauled off to jail? Ho Ho Ho!
  40. 2 points
    Patrick: I tell my Mother, brother, & lots of my "friends" I don't need, nor do I want a cell phone, smart phone, any kind of phone other than the one that hooks into the house. I can typically count on one hand in a years time, the times I say, boy I wish I had a phone with me RIGHT NOW. RARELY IF EVER, do I say that. And ask people who rely on their phone for someones number by heart! LOL LOL LOL FORGET IT! IT DOESN'T HAPPEN! SMART PHONE maybe but it certainly doesn't help the mind of the one using it.
  41. 2 points
    Smells of antisemitism.
  42. 2 points
    What a fantastic gesture!!!! It means a lot to know folks back home are thinking of you.
  43. 2 points
    I remember spending Christmas in the sandbox and receiving cards and letters thrilled me to no end. I remember a Boy Scout troop in Arizona, I believe it was, sewed stockings for us. Receiving a card with a thank you brightens a service member's day. It lets you know that while you're not with your family back home, Americans' hearts are with you in the sandbox or wherever you are deployed.
  44. 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
  45. 2 points
    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.
  46. 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.
  47. 2 points
    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.
  48. 2 points
    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 . . .
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    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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