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    Polar Express is pulling into mid-Michigan 22 August 2019 by WILX Excerpt: OWOSSO, MI. (WILX) -- "All aboard...the Polar Express." The Pere Marquette steam locomotive No.1225 will make it's official appearance the first weekend of October, which will commemorate with the steam railroading institute celebrating 50 years. **** On October 4, in the afternoon, the train will leave Owosso and travel with Santa Claus and his elves on an excursion. But not just one Santa Claus - many from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School of Midland will be on board. The school trains Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves from around the world, according to a press release. SOURCE Picture is from the 2018 CW Howard school that I attended.
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    I usually go full tilt boogie and set up everything the day after Halloween. There's not much time until my season starts, and it does make me ridiculously happy. Of course, there are some Christmas decorations that are worth keeping up all year long...
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    Last night, before I went to bed, I remembered "Be still and know that I am God". Alone, I sat, for 45 minutes and pondered this verse. The result was a moment to reflect on how blessed I have been my whole life and how each event has rolled into the other. I have really tried, this year, to do just that: take one moment at a time. While I am a Christmas fanatic, I am looking forward to the changing of summer into fall and the wondrous beauty and smells that come with it.
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    I'm trying to keep each season and live in the moment, but thinking about basic decorating plans for Christmas does perk me up. It's good to see that we are celebrating Labour Day Weekend; I'm looking forward to the fall and resuming classes and rehearsals but also the all the fall traditions that lead up to Christmas. It make me feel better about life and myself.
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    I had a similar issue with the Grand Illumination in Bristol, RI. Some guy showed up 2 years ago doing the same thing. Long story short, I met with the chief of police and the mayor. The police now escort any and all fake Santas off the premises during the hours of the event. This may sound harsh, but there are deeper implications here than just some $#@! crashing your gig. Namely liability issues. This seems to be happening to Santas more and more lately and is one of my biggest pet peeves in the Santa community. Not sure what it is other than ego or just plain stupidity, but for some reason these guys think it is perfectly okay to crash another Santa's event. They show up and work the crowd passing out business cards and candy canes. Meanwhile, you are doing your best to stay in character and entertain, while in the corner of your eye you can see fake Santa working the crowd. Luckily for me, I have a really good relationship with most of the police officers in my town. They love going after impersonators. I cannot stress enough how wrong this is. It is low, unprofessional, rude, and just plan ignorant. If you are planning doing this or think it is a good way to promote yourself, please consider your fellow brothers and sisters in red.
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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 September 2019 is Santa Tommy! Santa Tommy Featured ClausNet Member – September 2019 Profile: Santa Tommy Real Name: Tommy Location: Alabama USA ClausNet member since: December 6, 2016 Community Reputation (as of today): 569 – Superb! Our Featured Member of the Month for September 2019 joined ClausNet back in 2016. Since then, Santa Tommy has been a regular contributor to the community. We caught up with Tommy 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: "This is year number four for me. I first portrayed Santa Claus for my son’s high school band’s Christmas concert. The director asked me to lead the sing-a-long portion of the concert. I was planning to surprise the director by entering as Santa, but ended up telling him what I wanted to do. He loved the idea and I’ve been portraying Santa ever since." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Tommy: "The most lasting influence came from the Santa at Walt Disney World. My family and I were there for Christmas one year and all six of us visited with Santa there in the Magic Kingdom. I was completely amazed with this Santa. He listened to my children and then began to talk about the birth of Jesus. I was totally blown away. Here at Walt Disney World Santa is telling the real Christmas story. This has never left me. Other influences come from Miracle on 34th Street, the original, and the Santa Claus movie with Tim Allen. Many Santas on ClausNet also inspire my portrayal." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa? Tommy: "The joy Santa brings to children and their families is the thing I enjoy the most. I like to try to make the children laugh and smile a lot when they visit with me in the chair or when I’m in their home. To hear the children laugh is tremendous. I love Christmas and what Christmas is about and I want everyone to love it as much as I do." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Tommy: "I have two visits. In March of 2019, a family waited to celebrate Christmas with their son who was returning home from military service. They left all the decorations in place and gifts under the tree for this special celebration. The mother gave me some information about her son and his wife that only Santa could know. When I called them by their nicknames, it blew them away. Then I told him about a Christmas when he and brother were children and they were convinced I was the real Santa. My other memorable visit was with a family who came to see me at my chair position. It was a slow afternoon and the four of them spent forty-five minutes talking with me. They asked every Santa question under the sun. It was a good thing I had read through Answers from the Big Chair here on ClausNet as well as a Santa textbook." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Tommy: "I really enjoy being in the chair!" ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Tommy: "Being Santa at Walt Disney World or Disneyland." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Tommy: "I am a Minister of Music and Education in my church. These two ministries keep me busy along with keeping up with my wife and four young adult children." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Tommy: "I have model trains, both indoor and an outdoor garden railroad. I also rescued a small pipe organ that I hope to one day have playing. Disney park history is also one of my hobbies." ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Tommy: "I have two favorite colors -- red and green!" ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Tommy: "I enjoy a really good hamburger. Being a Southern Baptist, I also really like fried chicken. BBQ is always good, too!" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Tommy: "Coke!!!" ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Tommy: "Chocolate Chip." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Tommy: "The Three Godfathers with John Wayne. There is a train and Christmas theme in it. What could be better?" ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Tommy: "The original Miracle on 34th Street. If I get to watch only one Christmas movie, this is the one." ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Tommy: "I like them all!" ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Tommy: "The Bible is the one I read last, but the other book is ‘A Fruitful Life The Missionary Labors of Stephen Paxson’. A great little book taking you through the life of Stephen Paxson and what God did through him. Absolutely amazing!" ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Tommy: "I would like to try working as a locomotive engineer." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Tommy: "Telemarketer." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Tommy: "Toy trains, a bike, and a record player." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Tommy: "I don’t remember visiting Santa as a child. There is only one picture of me and my brother visiting Santa and I was an older child in that picture. I do remember seeing Santa at the mall, but we didn’t visit with him. I was a very shy child. I always believed in Santa, though." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Tommy: "’Are you the real Santa?’ I usually answer by asking, ‘Are you the real you?’ followed by, ‘I feel real. Would you like to tug my beard?’ When the child tugs the beard, that usually settles things." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Tommy: "A grown man stopped me on the street corner and asked for me to bring him a Hooters girl. Talk about awkward!" ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Tommy: "I was looking for any and all information I could find when I began my journey portraying Santa and I found ClausNet through a search online." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Tommy: "I appreciate all the help and words of wisdom that so many share here. This really is a special community and I’m so glad to be a small part of it. I usually stop by every day just see what’s new! ClausNet is just tremendous!" 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 have three. Jerald Newberry, Russ Gordon, and Stan Miller. Jerald lives in Florida so I don’t get to see him very much. Jerald taught me that Santa can be an Ambassador for Christ. Russ inspired me to be bold in incorporating the birth of Christ into my Santa visits. I admire Stan because of his generosity with the time he took to talk with me. Russ, Stan and l live in the same area, so I greatly appreciate them for passing my name and contact information along to people looking for a Santa. They helped me get a good start. I can’t let the opportunity pass without saying thank you to the Cotton State Santas for the warm welcome I received from the group. This is great bunch of people to know and spend some time with." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Tommy: "Be the best Santa you can be. Let your love of Christmas come out in your portrayal. Always look your best when in the suit. Plan and rehearse what you will do during a home visit or during an event, be ready for anything. Compliment children. Give children encouraging words. Thank children and their folks for coming to see you or for letting you come to their home. If you aren’t already on ClausNet, get there as soon as you can and keep improving!" Thank you Tommy! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa Tommy, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for September 2019!
  7. 5 points
    This is assuming that the decorations were taken down and put away!
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  9. 4 points
    I always have a maintenance kit with me. It includes: adhesive, brushes, toupee tape, lip balm, extra car fob, cell phone, cash, protein bar, bottle of water, Aspirin, setting powder, tic tacs, business cards, and an extra moustache. For my vehicle, I carry a stander winter emergency kit and a pair of 5XL Cover-Alls.
  10. 4 points
    Folks during the route needs to be looking out for it & having them removed from the parade.
  11. 4 points
    My wife thought about doing the "having cookie ingredients assembled ahead of time" like a jar mix. Now a days you don't know what the children are allergic to, or it has got to the point of "we only use fair trade chocolate that is harvested on the first full moon of blah blah blah". What she does instead is help make cookies with ingredients supplied by the host family.
  12. 4 points
    I'm going to be "that guy" and resurrect a 3 year old dead post. Our Mrs Claus somehow always ends up stealing the show.... My Santa is mellow and sweet, where I, Mrs Claus, and more boisterous and excitable. I do try to remain demure, but the spirit fills me so hard I just want to explode. Some our regulars refer to the service as "Mrs Claus and Santa" instead of vice versa. Mrs Claus does the reading of The Night Before Christmas (with Santa doing ho-ho-hos and On-Dasher-On-Dancers, and sound effects while I read) and it gets loud. Sometimes I jump up from my seat when I say "I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter" ... I'm a lunatic I swear. Mrs Claus also does crafts, stuff-a-bear (which is like Build a Bear only we bring the stuff and do the whole thing right there in the home or party location). I am a professional face painter, but Mrs Claus does NOT face paint while in the role BECAUSE... I have a lot of regulars. I face paint SO many kids SO often that I am afraid they will recognize me as The Face Paint Lady when I am doing Mrs. Claus. I will fill in as a balloon twister as Mrs Claus if we don't have any balloon twisting elves available for that gig. I love this cookie idea that Gordon uses. Santa Gordon have you run into any problems with food-handling, permits, etc while doing this particular service?
  13. 4 points
    OK so ..... Since I will be out of commission for a little bit, and though I'll be able to walk on my own by Thanksgiving, I probably shouldn't be carrying anything too heavy so should I start NOW?!?! Man do I have things to do!
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    Santa Claus 'will always be a man', says Orewa Christmas parade job advert 22 August 2019 by Caroline Williams - Stuff Excerpt: Men will be the only gender to ever fill Santa's boots, say the organisers of a north Auckland Christmas parade. The role of Santa Claus in this year's Orewa Santa Parade was advertised online, with organisers adamant the person in the big red suit could only be a man. Newspaper group Local Matters reported the ad read: "We are in search of a fit and active man – yes, sorry, in the time of equality, Santa will still always be a man ..." **** A Human Rights Commission spokesperson said it was illegal for an employer to advertise for a specific gender unless it is proven the gender "is a genuine occupational qualification". "Sex is a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Act." However, there were a number of exceptions to the law dependent on specific facts, including "reasons of authenticity" - which Wilkins insists applies in the case of here. SOURCE:
  16. 3 points
    Duct tape - never leave home without it! It can mend a failing boot, close up a torn seam from the inside, patch a hole in a toy bag... quick temporary fix for lots of emergencies.
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    Here is the best advice anyone could receive. And it is the definitive answer to your question. If there is something you need for your task, make sure you have at least 2 of them.
  19. 3 points
    Wow. You know what you are doing. Just amazing.
  20. 3 points
    Many people just don't care. They don't think. They don't read the rules. They don't look at signs. They don't follow directions. They don't...
  21. 3 points
    I'm no Santa Gordon, but since he's been offline for a few months at this point, and I spent a few years as a line cook/prep cook/sous chef, I figured I'd jump in! It varies a little by jurisdiction/state, but for most States “Food employee certification” or “food handler certification” is not required for unpaid volunteers, temporary employees, or temporary food establishments hosting one-time events. Since Mrs Claus is serving as a "temporary employee", and the host home is serving as a "temporary food establishment" she'd be exempt from requiring a certificate in most jurisdictions.
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    Putting Your Holiday Decorations Up Early Could Make You Happier, According To Experts This is the best news we've ever heard. by LAUREN SMITH NOV 19, 2017 Excerpt: If you're one of the people who believes Christmas shouldn't show up until afterThanksgiving, here's a case for setting up your tree and lights as early as possible: It could make you happier. And since there's no such thing as being too happy, everyone should listen up. "In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood, psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad. "Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!" Source: https://www.delish.com/food/a56814/christmas-decorations-make-you-happy/?src=socialflowFB&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowFBDEL&fbclid=IwAR1c2aHuDP1MyL-AOKxGh4bR0ZDGklqlsK7zfM2VT54Vjlo_2OxnEjNi7OM
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    Patrick I HAVE THE TREE PICKED OUT! I'll be waiting and I'll leave the light on for you!
  25. 3 points
    I'll get my axe and help you cut down your tree and drag it back!
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    I must confess...this would be a bit too early for me. I so look forward to 'looking forward' to the holidays. Of course, I also grew up with Heinz Ketchup...
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    Wet wipes, chapstick, clothes brush, mints, little bottle of spirit gum for touch ups, a little bit of makeup for the cheeks, and floss (if I should have a snack), extra socks, boots, and complete outfit, usual winter emergency gear needed in South Dakota, charging cord for cellphone, extra toybag, and extra giveaway goodies. Yes, I pack like I am going to war...
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7459835/Reindeers-cause-road-crash-leaves-12-Finnish-soldiers-injured-Lapland.html Hopefully someone has talked to the reindeer about their behavior. God bless our NATO allies.
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    My Mrs Claus makeup transformation Pic 1 my normal face, average day, light minimal makeup Pic 2 Contour cheeks, jowls and create dark circles and wrinkles Pic 3 Highlight Pic 4 Blend. Eyebrows. Blush. Pic 5 Blend all. Wig and accessories to complete the look.
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    Holy holy holy crap. Noooo that is so SO bad. I am so sorry that happened! That member should be banned from your event, or at minimum suspended for a year. If he was with a group or organization, they need to be contacted as well. How long is your parade route? Do you have enough staffing to have someone standing every quarter mile (or whatever) to keep an eye on things? That may also be really helpful for other potential problems, emergencies, etc. Do you have to treat grown adults like children and offer them alternatives so they don't cause problems? Maybe add a costume bit specifically encouraging costumes of Elves, Victorian carolers, Dickens characters, Live nativity scenes, etc. Throw in an award for best character or float. Maybe then they won't be as interested in dressing as Santa? I'm curious, if hypothetically someone were to catch someone doing this during the parade progression, what would they do to stop it? Jump on the float? Approach it as it was rolling? I'm just curious for my own knowledge because I work in the events industry and while I have never seen this happen, I don't know what I would do!
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    Unacceptable and confusing for the kids. I would try to get a name or at least the name of the organization that sponsored the float and have a parade official let them know beforehand that it won't be allowed this year.
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    What I'm seeing is people read the rules, but then think, "oh, those rules don't apply to me." I see this happening in lots of places. Then when the rule breaker gets called out on it, he/she gets angry. What do you think is gonna happen when you break a plainly stated rule? I'm all for extending mercy and grace, but corrective action has to take place.
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    They should be banned from appearing in future parades...
  35. 2 points
    ...ya, its a bummer! But I try to look at it as they are a fan.
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    I picked up a broken one from an estate sale for a buck and pulled out all the little bulbs to keep as replacements for my "good" trees.
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    Ugh yeah good point. Everyone is allergic to everything nowadays, plus lifestyle choices (such as veganism, etc) interfere with the simplicity of a basic cookie recipe.
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    Congratulations, Santa Tommy, on a well deserved honor!
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    Congratulations! Welcome to the MOtM Club!
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    We will wait until after Remembrance Day is observed on November 11. Then if you don't have your light's on your house for Nov 12, the RMCP come after you. LOL!
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    Nicely Done Tommy! I enjoyed the read as well as hearing a little more about you! WELL DONE, WELL DONE!
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    I'll have you know these hamsters are some of the best fed and pampered in the USA. Believe I can make it at least a week before Thanksgiving if I start tomorrow, with all the rest breaks required.
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    I'm not falling for that. I suppose if I forget my axe or saw...I'll just have to dig it out of the ground...
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    Two of the events, that I visit annually, have Christmas tree decoration crafts for the kids. I have a tree, that I keep up all year in my home office, adorned with the wonderful homemade ornaments they've made for me over the years.
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