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  • Welcome to the January 2022 episode of the ClausNet Podcast!
    In this episode…
    Host Greg Martin takes a look back at this past year and the guests he talked to.
    Santa News -
    We take brief look at some of the news items from last year.
    Santa’s Workshop -
    Now is the perfect time to review your years as Santa and make any changes that need to be made.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Patron - @Black Hills Santa, Jason Yeary and @SantaFredNY, Fred Bulmer

    In this episode…
    Host Greg Martin discusses keeping it light and a reminder that there are subjects we should avoid when appearing in the red suit.
    Santa News -
    Santa In Pop Culture;  How Tall Is Santa;  Norway Ad Has Unusual Santa and Coca-Cola again teams with Santa in Canada.
    Pop Culture Article: https://www.looper.com/668281/best-pop-culture-versions-of-santa-claus/
    Answers from the Big Chair -
    It’s a question we all dread having to deal with…How do you respond to a child that’s been told Santa isn’t real?
    Feature Interview -
    He’s been celebrating and sharing Christmas with everyone for 30 years. Find out now about how Jeff Westover created MyMerryChristmas.com and how he keeps it going year after year.
    Santa’s Workshop -
    I know we are busy right now but you should start paying attention to your social media and your website. What’s working? What’s not!
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Patron - Santa NY, Fred Bulmer

    In this episode...
    Santa News -
    There are a lot of holiday events being planned both live and virtual but there are also a lot of cancellations.
    Netflix has a new holiday movie coming out in November and it looks good!
    Macy’s is taking reservations to see Santa this year but only in select markets.
    And kids can place an old-fashioned call to Santa once again this year.
    Answers from the Big Chair -
    This month we asked you to tell us what your holidays are shaping up to be like.
    Feature Interview -
    This month we take a hard look at the issue of gender and pronoun use. It’s a really in-depth conversation with GLAAD’s Rapid Response Manager, Mary Emily O’Hara.
    Santa’s Workshop -
    Got a list….better check it twice!
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    How old is Santa? New Santa Stamps…Will there be a Santa this Christmas and a toy for Santa! It’s all coming up in ClausNet news!
    Answers from the Big Chair
    We look at the tough question of; Why you didn’t bring me what I asked for last year! Even a veteran Santa can get hung up on this one.
    Feature Interview
    How is your Santa characterization? Is there a backstory? Do you feel like you ARE Santa or do you just look the part? Dr. Bruce Kotowich helps us take a look at how we can create or improve our characters of Santa. It’s an interesting look that goes beyond the red suit and the ho, ho, ho.
    Santa’s Workshop
    You’ll want to make plans to attend the first ever ClausNet LIVE Workshop coming up in August of 2022! We give you a brief look at what’s being planned.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Shout out to patrons - Santa NY,  Fred Bulmer and Santa Bill Maney!!

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    Santa Advocates for Vaccinations…Vacationing Santa Makes News…Disney Teams With Santa…& a new book on the history of Santa and gift givers from author Tom Jerman (and a special deal for Santa’s!)
    Answers from the Big Chair
    A great discussion on how Santa gets down the chimney each year or how does he get in if there isn’t a chimney!
    Feature Interview
    We talk to Chris Parada about the business of being Santa. Get a load of great advice on how the approach being Santa and the business end of it. Chris’ years of theatre management and his 12-year stint at the Christmas Cottage puts him in a great place to talk about hiring Santa’s and more.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    Actor Danny Trejo is going to be donning the Red Suit!
    Santa’s home in Lapland has been seeing record high temps and the elves are panicked!
    Santa has permeated pop culture to the point of being a comic book character, many times over.
    Answers from the Big Chair
    We take another look at Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer and ask the questions as to how you incorporate him into your Santa. Is he a valued member or just a part of the special team?
    Feature Interview
    This month we are taking a look at added-value Santas. Those that bring something else to their performance other than a ho-ho-ho. We talk to the @Singing Santa, Tom Long and magician/Santa @Chris Capstone. They talk candidly about their bonus skills and whether it’s been good or bad.
    Mrs. Claus Corner
    Our Mrs. Claus, @Nancy Hopkins, is back with a bag of tricks that you just might want to add to your Mrs. Claus including books, temporary tattoos and movie nights.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Patron Donations
    SantaFredNY - Fred Bulmer
    The Singing Santa - Tom Long

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    Michael Rielly updates us on more of the recent changes the ClausNet.com website has been seeing including the all new landing page for the podcast and a new reward system.
    Then Greg looks at: a new film project that will be coming to theatres starring Duane Johnson; a woman who is reconnecting families with long-lost photos and a story about Don Duga and his importance to the Christmas season.
    Answers from the Big Chair
    We look at several questions like where does Santa go to the bathroom and the real tough question and tragic events and then we hear from other Santa’s when kids ask about visiting the North Pole.
    Feature Interview
    This month we have an in-depth chat with our main sponsor, Bill Dendy with Santa’s Tailor all about the process that he and his team of elves go through to create an incredible look for Santa.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Patron Donations
    SantaFredNY - Fred Bulmer
    Black Hills Santa - Jason Yeary

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    Not a lot of Santa news for June but there is a very heartwarming story out of England about an unusual way for Santa to get a child's letter.
    Answers from the Big Chair
    We take a look at the issue of having to prove to kids that you are the real Santa from the mildly skeptical to the outright dis-believer. You share some ideas on how to deal with these special kids.
    Feature Interview
    Santa's beard is one of the most important parts of the overall look but what about those of us that can't grow a big beautiful beard what whatever reason? Tom Sheerin joins us to talk about being a traditional or false bearded Santa. Tom talks about things to look for, how to care for and how to apply your beard and mustache for a very convincing look.
    Mrs. Claus Corner
    Nancy Hopkins joins us again as we begin a new regular feature devoted to the Mrs. Claus character and Nancy begins with a look at some of Mrs. Claus clothing. She talks about different looks and then gets undercover with a discussion about important undergarments you should be using.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com
    Patron Donations
    SantaFredNY - Fred Bulmer

    In this episode...
    Santa News
    A number of Christmas Santa’s have been busy working during the off season to spread the joy!
    Answers from the Big Chair
    We spend some time talking about a very sensitive subject…Santaphilia or the sexual attraction that some people have for Santa Claus.
    Feature Interview
    Luis Sequeira, the costume designer for Kurt Russell in The Christmas Chronicles, discusses how he came up with the unique look and gives us some tips to make your suit more comfortable as well as more authentic.
    Santa’s Workshop
    Time to bring Mrs. Claus into the conversation. Nancy Hopkins joins me to talk about her character and things other Mrs. Claus can bring to the party.
    Sponsors
    Santa’s Tailor - Bespoke clothing to look like the best Santa Claus you can be. Wear clothing, not a costume with SantasTailor.com

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