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    Sadly it has turned from a wish to make children and adults happy during the Christmas season, as my late father and uncle did never even thinking of taking or asking for money to a Santa for profit year round thing. Sad reality,I remember as a child no sign of Santa until the Friday after Thanksgiving and he was gone from site Christmas morning.It was the magic and fantasy of the experience. Today it has diminished because of the year round exposure and all to make a buck.
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    Amen. Since I am a non-real bearded Santa, i keep Santa separate from my life. He only comes out when asked to appear. Santa needs only to be Santa when the call arises.
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    Totally agree! Nicely said and thanks for letting us know!
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    Agreed. I have too many photographers calling and asking for photo sessions starting in June. I have decided that my Santa character will enjoy the beauty of Christmas. Every day I see a new gimmick or something new that every Santa needs to purchase for the children. I guess I feel if you do Santa right, all you need is yourself and a little bit of Christmas magic which we find in ourselves.
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    I'm a simple man with a simple mind, so I suppose I will simply be a simple Santa.
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    i guess my biggest issue with the Santa's in the market, if you don't have a real beard your not a Santa. The magical of being Santa comes from within not because you have a real beard. That's what i like about Clausnet, we are all equal,seeking the same information. too many "Santas" are too busy to help out another Santa with mentorship. I am looking for a mentor that I can learn from so I can carry on the traditions of being Santa. I sat down and spoke with a new Santa that is in his 70s last night and he was amused that I am who I am outside the suit. I have learned that Santa needs only to be Santa during a special time of the year.
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    As a relatively new real bearded Santa, I have struggled a bit with how to handle the occasional stares and sideways glances from children and parents as I go about my daily errands and chores. Outright questions like: Are you Santa's brother? - Are you Santa? Have caught me off guard. I agree completely in keeping Santa anonymous (magical). Thankfully, I have the good fortune to learn from members on this site who have shared their knowledge and experience. Faced with the commercial aspects of what Santa and Christmas in general have become I believe we can still keep the magic and legend of Santa alive. Perhaps that belief makes naive but those of us who truly hold the idea of being Santa in our hearts will prevail.
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    I've been met by families of all faiths, including Jewish and Muslim. Even casual Christians. It is not up to me to preach a sermon or try to convert them, but to just show them the love and joy that I represent. But, to the Christian family that approaches me, and specifically mentions Jesus, then I will share my faith. I will tell the children, "If there had never been Jesus, there would never be a Santa Claus." I will show them the embroidered right hand sleeve of my coat, which has baby Jesus, being guarded by a huge angel, with a shinning star above. Christian children like to know that Santa is a believer, and that the word "Believe", that is thrown around so much at Christmas time, now has a much deeper meaning. And often, (and I'm sure this has happened to many of you) a family will approach me with all kinds of requests: "Hey Santa, I lost my job four months ago - got anything in your magic bag for me?" "Santa, my mom is going for cancer treatments. I really want her to be well." "Santa, I want daddy home for Christmas - that's all I really want." Children and adults will both view Santa as some sort of miracle worker, maybe as a last chance request, maybe just out of hope. My reply is always the same. " I am but a humble maker of toys. I have no power to create miracles on my own. But, would you like me to pray for you?" I have never received, "no" for an answer. I will get up from my chair, join hands with the family, and there, right in Santa's House, often with onlookers present, will pray out loud whatever prayer the Holy Spirit puts in my heart. I will hug each family member before they leave, and let them know that they will be constantly in my prayers. Then, I 'll go right back to the business of posing for photos, hearing requests, ho ho hoing and creating the best Santa Claus experience for all to have.
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