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  1. 8 points
    An update from Joe Valent on his parent's house & surrounding dwellings: "We had 3ft of flooding in basement. Although lots of damage to barns and valuable items. Reindeer are safe. We have the help needed to clear out the basement floor and barns. We made out very well compared to some neighbors. Thank you for all your consideration. I will keep you posted if we need additional help."
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    Reading some of the "chatter" here on ClausNet recently brought up the Santa Claus Oath which has caused me to reminisce. A lot happened to me, quick and fast, in a very short period of time that lead to me portraying the honorable character of Santa Claus. Along that journey was the opportunity to take the Santa Claus Oath. It was an awe inspiring moment for me. I also signed my name to it. Do you remember how you felt when you took the Santa Claus Oath? Have you ever re-read it since? Do you feel privileged to be in the company of all those that have taken the Santa Claus Oath?
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    Fred Honerkamp just shared this update on FB : The flooding has started to recede. We can’t thank everyone enough for the prayers and good wishes. The damage to our community is beyond comprehension. Thousands lost everything (without insurance) but lives were spared. It is easy to say the “things” can be replaced but that isn’t true. As one woman explained, “I am retired and my house was fully paid with our life savings..and now it is gone..an my insurance agent said that we have no coverage”. The Santa House is safe. Tom and Holly had to evacuate their home but they are safe. Holly is up North with Caroline. Tom returned to Midland and is being joined by Joe, who flew up from Texas to help. They anticipate that water breached the garage, basement and, perhaps, first floor. They have not been allowed to return to check the damage. Please continue to keep them in your prayers. The CWH Santa Community has been wonderful. Teams of Santa’s, who love Midland, have volunteered to come and help. You volunteered to move thing out of the Santa House. You volunteered to help with the cleanup. You have been praying for us and encouraging us. We can’t thank you enough💕 Please don’t come to Midland. Hotels are overflowing with families that lost their homes. Restaurants are not open or have take out only. Our hospital is closed. Bridges and roads are washed out. Sewer, water and electricity are out for two thirds of the city. For those of you who want to reach out, and have the means to do so, please consider giving to the Midland Area Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund or the Santa House Fund.
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    I see it every single day at my desk. Framed up on the wall in my home office near my framed Santa Ambassador Program document.
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    I had a call with Tom this afternoon. He and Holly are fine. The Midland Santa House is dry. Personal comment; please keep them and the citizens of Midland County in your prayers.
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    I just realized that I never answered this question. Of course I do. While we all make mistakes, many of us hold ourselves to a higher standard because of the Santa Claus Oath. It is even known to do the same for those who do not portray the legend of Claus. That legend is an ideal that some choose to embrace in their everyday life and practice it as originally practiced...anonymously. And the Oath helps to remind us of our awesome responsibility to do no harm to that legend.
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    I have it hanging up by my front door and read it every time I’m about to leave my house and have a business card size in my wallet I can pull out anytime. It definitely keeps me grounded some days and feel privileged to have signed it.
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    just saw this on FaceBook - - does anyone have news if Tom and Holly are OK ?? The Santa House remains untouched! Every year Santa returns to the Santa House where he spreads cheer to thousands of Midlanders and visitors from beyond. The Santa House overlooks the river from an adjacent hill. Santa will be happy to know his house has not been touched by the tides that have risen. The elves have written to say he’s excited to return later this year to spread cheer and the Spirit of Christmas to a community in need of joy. Stay strong, Midland.
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    You can sign the Oath by proxy. Inside this very same forum is a topic here. I have linked you to the post where I list the most updated proxy files for you to download and follow the enclosed instructions. Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Fred posted this just under an hour ago on FB - the water is up to the back of the Santa house property - news reports are saying the water could crest another 4 feet higher by the end of the day . . .
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    The longer I am apart of ClausNet I am humbled and appreciate all of those that are here ... I have the oath sitting on the window sill next to my desk at home in a frame that my wife put together for me.
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    There has always been problems with credibility of sacred relics. That's why the Church is cautious to officially endorse local claims. It's like the tourist who went to the Holy Land and came home 5 nails of the cross. Antiquities and relics are difficult to confirm.
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    It's the real St Nicholas if he were rolling around in his grave... (just a Clausnet joke!)
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    Definitely Click Bait. The remains of St. Nicholas of Myra are in Bari Italy. They were stolen relocated from Turkey to Bari in 1087.
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    BECAUSE ..... Then where does ONE PUT HIS PEPSI!? Duhhhhhhhh! Everybody knows you NEED TWO HOLDERS, preferably side by side in the middle so you don't have to slow down the machine to cross over your body while walking.
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    Why wouldn't you put a Pringles can on your treadmill ? - they put a holder for one right there ! , , ,
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    Thanks Doug Always enjoy your postings of news related items, because sometimes they are actually REAL and NOT FAKE NEWS which is something I have become accustom to with your Dr tells you this so you eat that, or work out but not B/4 you install a Pringels holder on that tread mill! LOL! 🤣 So this is VERY ENJOYABLE READ ........... Not that I don't like the other stuff, but this stuff is GOOD STUFF!
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    Daily Inspiration
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    I have read it and agree to abide by it. I must have missed how to sign it, which I would gladly do.
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    kinda reads like clickbait - but discusses several of the legends around the remains of St. Nicholas . . . Archaeologists In Turkey Believe They've Discovered The Tomb Of Saint Nicholas Rebecca Shortall Updated August 13, 2019 You and the rest of the Christmas-loving population may have thought that Santa Claus was alive and well, hanging out in the North Pole, prepping for the night he dusts off his sleigh and delivers presents to children the world over. Turns out, his icy home is just a myth – archaeologists have discovered Santa Claus's tomb in the decidedly hotter locale of Turkey. Where is Santa Claus buried? As creepy as it may seem, the real-life Saint Nicholas's tomb was discovered in Demre in October 2017. Blame the archaeologists who unearthed it for bringing about the is-Santa-real chat much earlier than you may have expected. But the story is actually fascinating, shedding new light on the life of the man who became known as Santa Claus. In October 2017, archaeologists in Turkey made an exciting announcement: they believed they had discovered Saint Nicholas's remains, hidden beneath the floor of a church in the Demre district of Antalya. Scans revealed what looks like a previously hidden chamber underneath the floor. The church is located in Southern Turkey, close to where the saint is believed to have been born. Source: https://www.ranker.com/list/archaeologists-discover-santa-claus-tomb/rebecca-shortall?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=historypost&pgid=642850749204637&utm_campaign=archaeologists-discover-santa-claus-tomb&fbclid=IwAR0bIh3DsBgyn0dKPTq8vsTATwcB-W9FlnkeGJr4gvLppsXeybmY8c0N-FQ
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    has anyone ever heard any of the other "legends" ?? ribs on loan - crypt in Ireland - etc. ?
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    news from late last night looks like the water stopped at about 35 feet - but have not seen any newer updates - does anyone have any more recent reports ??? Updates on Tom and Holly ?? Forecast indicates that Michigan's Tittabawassee River will no longer crest From CNN’s Judson Jones According to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Detroit, the Tittabawassee River in Michigan is expected to fluctuate around 35 feet for the next several hours before starting to drop around midnight. A previous forecast predicted that the river could crest at 38 feet Wednesday. The river had already surpassed the previous record of 33.89 feet, which was set during a major flood in the city in 1986. At that height alone, the river will be flooding many homes, the NWS previously said. Some context: The last NWS observation was 34.83 feet at 4:30 p.m. ET and has been near this level for the past few hours. At one point, the river hit 35.05 feet around 12:30 p.m., which may have been the crest. Source: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/michigan-dam-flooding/index.html
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    Tom's & Holly's son, Joe, and his wife, Kate, flew today from DFW airport to Midland to help them with their displacement. All the information being posted is that the Santa House will remain unscathed. Tom's & Holly's home, on the other hand, is probably not.
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    The filth that spews forth from her mouth is indicative of a soiled heart and mind.
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    Exactly! To me that isn't comedy, it's exploitation. (I've only had 3 cups of dark roast today, honestly.)
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    Why? We don't need this type of entertainment. Yet another version of Bad Santa. Both Sarah and Seth base their comedy on ridiculing others and their traditions and beliefs.
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    SJWs will not stop until they have destroyed all our cherished traditions.
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    From the album: Santa Bruce Geron's Assessories

    I purchased a pair of leather insulated work and have started to dye them red.
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    Gov. Whitmer: Downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday Angie Jackson and Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press May 20, 2020 EXCERPT: Urging residents to evacuate and saying downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached. Speaking during a press conference late Tuesday, Whitmer said parts of the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, Edenville Township and Dow Chemical had been or were being evacuated. She said officials were working to evacuate residents in Tittabawassee, Thomas and Saginaw townships on Tuesday evening. Parts of Midland Township, Lincoln Township and Homer Township had also been evacuated, according to alerts on Midland County's emergency management system, with tens of thousands of people potentially affected by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and a flood warning in effect through Wednesday morning. Whitmer said at a 10 p.m. briefing Tuesday that state officials expected the worst over the next 12-15 hours with as much as 9 feet of water in downtown Midland, the largest city in the area with about 40,000 residents and the home to Dow Chemical. "This is unlike anything we’ve seen before... but this is truly a historic event that's playing out in the midst of another historic event," Whitmer said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic which has led to stay-at-home orders throughout the state and the deaths of more than 5,000 people. SOURCE: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/19/edenville-dam-sanford-dam-flooding-michigan/5226321002/
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    Prayers for everyone in Midland especially Tom and Holly Valent My wife just texted this to me: “Did you hear about Dams breaking in Midland, Michigan? Santa 🎅 School could be under 9’ of water by this afternoon . So sad. Tom has been through his wife’s cancer, pandemic and now flooding! My heart and prayers go out to all in Midland.” 🙏
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