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  1. Hatfield’s Santa won’t let ‘old bones’ stop his duties August 24,2017 by Sophie Blackman - Welwyn Hatfield Times Excerpt: Hatfield, UK - Hatfield’s very own Father Christmas is putting his feet up after having a total knee replacement for the second time in three months – but says he’ll be back in his sleigh by December. Roger Bartlett, 72, underwent the knee replacement recently after previously having two hip replacements and a hip revision operation. Roger has played Santa Claus to thousands of children in the Hertfordshire area over the past 30 years. Despite all the operations Roger – who can boast he has a Father Christmas beard most of the year – has never missed a single event at schools, churches, pubs and hospitals throughout the region. **** The man behind keeping Santa up and running is Spire Harpenden Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Brian Bradnock who has carried out all five hip and knee operations. Mr Bradnock said: “Roger really is an amazing man. He is determined that nothing will slow him and so after each replacement he works hard at his physiotherapy to make sure his recovery is as good and quick as it possibly can be. “He is also a fantastic advertisement for replacement surgery, proving that a damaged or worn out natural hip doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an active lifestyle whatever your age.” SOURCE:
  2. Carlo Klemm

    Christmas in August

    Christmas in August Sparta church shares HOPE with family of 8-year-old fighting leukemia August 22, 2017 By: Amelia Wigton - CCheadliner.com Excerpt: It was a hot August afternoon, but that didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting 8-year-old Shelbee Maudlin, his two brothers and his older sister. “I was on my sleigh and it gave out on me just over Ozark. So, these guys gave me a ride,” Santa said, pointing toward the Christian County Sheriff deputies. “Reindeer don’t like this hot weather.” Just minutes earlier, as the caravan pulled into the Maudlin driveway in the country in Stone County, sheriff deputies turned on lights and sirens and the younger children came running. Shelbee, however, didn’t move as quickly and was a bit shy. “He had treatment yesterday,” his dad, Matt Maudlin said. “We go back to Memphis on the 16th for a spinal tap.” Shelbee was diagnosed with leukemia last year. “We just started phase 2 of treatment. He has 120 weeks left. We will go back to Memphis seven or eight times,” Matt said. “You never thought you’d have to fight for your kid every day.” Members of HOPE Church of Sparta, where the Maudlin family attended before moving to Reeds Spring, organized the summer Christmas celebration. The church collected toys for the children as well as food for the family. Diana Arthur, associate pastor of HOPE Church of Sparta, said it was a labor of love. “All of them would sit on the front row and raise their hands and praise God,” she said about the Maudlins when they attended HOPE church. “They are just an amazing family.” Santa volunteered to leave the North Pole to deliver the gifts, with the help of deputies of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The church also collected a love offering. “We still consider you a part of the HOPE family,” Pastor Michael Hamilton said before presenting the family with an $870 check, as well as a cash from donation collected at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. “Before we go, we’d like to have prayer for your family,” Hamilton said. “It’s been our privilege to spend Christmas with you all. We’re a little early.” Making a circle, many holding hands, everyone gathered around and bowed their heads. “We love him, but we know you love him so much more,” Hamilton prayed. “Bring healing and health and a long life for him.” SOURCE:
  3. Rebecca Johnson Lapland death trial due to begin on Wednesday (late submission due to upgrade) August 22, 2017 by Craig Smith - The Courier UK EXCERPT: The murder trial of a Czech man suspected of killing a Fife woman in a remote village in Finland is expected to begin on Wednesday.Radek Kovac, 36, who also goes by the name of Karel Frybl, stands accused of stabbing his then girlfriend Rebecca Johnson to death in the village of Kuttanen in the far north of Finland on December 3 last year. Ms Johnson, who was 26, originally came from Burntisland and had been working as a tour guide on Santa Claus-themed trips in Lapland at the time of her death. The discovery of her body sparked a huge police manhunt which involved snow scooters, sled dogs and a helicopter near the Finnish border with Sweden, and Kovac was eventually tracked down in the frozen wilderness suffering from hypothermia in temperatures of -30C. He was taken into custody and chief prosecutor Juhani Mäki formally pressed homicide charges against him at a court hearing on August 9. **** The hearing will take place at Lapland District Court in the town of Rovaniemi, which has jurisdiction for the municipality of Enontekiö where Ms Johnson died. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and may be better known by some as the “official” home town of Santa Claus, with thousands of visitors each year flocking to the area for festive activities or to view the Northern Lights. SOURCE:
  4. Mums moan about shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards in August… so when is too early to start preparing? August 21, 2017 by Josie Griffiths - The Sun Excerpt: UK- A MUM has slammed super keen shops which are ALREADY selling Christmas cards and chocolates - before the kids have even gone back to school. The Mumsnet user's tongue in cheek post was entitled "Am I being unreasonable to think it's TOO F***ING EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS!" Among her moans were that Oxford Street already has its displays up, Tesco is selling "Christmas bloody chocolates" and charity shops have cards for sale. She added: "IT'S A WHOLE THIRD OF A YEAR UNTIL CHRISTMAS". PumpkinPie2016 was equally annoyed, saying: "A pub near us has their 'Christmas bookings now being taken - hurry to avoid disappointment' banner up! "I like Xmas just as much as the next person but it's way too early! I swear it gets earlier every bloody year!" **** Meanwhile, Bisquick joked: "Christmas is precisely 18 Sundays away. I'm literally counting down the days. "Then again, I'm humongous, pregnant with a hopefully rainbow baby, weepy and emotional, due on Christmas Day and just really wishing the intervening weeks away. "For everyone else yes it's probably way too early." Another organised mum said: "I'm glad things are starting to appear in shops. It makes buying on a budget a whole lot easier when I can start now." SOURCE:
  5. Carlo Klemm

    Annual SIDS Walk to be held Aug. 26

    Annual SIDS Walk to be held Aug. 26 August 21, 2017 by Beverly van Buskirk - LeMars Daily Sentinel Excerpt: LE MARS, Iowa — The recreation trail at the Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars will be busy Saturday, Aug. 26, with people participating in the Iowa SIDS Foundation-Siouxland Walk for the Future. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the Le Mars Municipal Park shelterhouse. Activities include family walk, raffle, silent auction, memorial balloon release, and refreshments. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant younger than one year of age. **** “This year we are going to have some extra guests,” Jeneary said. “The Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus is coming. A friend of ours knows him and he heard about our SIDS work.” There will be an opportunity to take a picture with Santa, for a suggested $5 donation. “Santa says this is just a little checkup halfway through the year, make sure we’re on our toes,” Jeneary said with a smile. SOURCE:
  6. Deutsche Post eyes record Christmas parcel business in Germany August 21, 2017 Reuters Staff Excerpt: BOCHUM, Germany, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Deutsche Post DHL is expecting another record year for parcel deliveries in Germany during the crucial Christmas period, a company executive said on Monday. Like other postal and logistics companies, Deutsche Post DHL is benefiting from the rise in online shopping, delivering packages ordered from websites such as Amazon.com and Zalando. The company is expecting to deliver around 8.7 million parcels a day this Christmas, management board member Juergen Gerdes said at an event in Bochum, Germany. In the run-up to Christmas last year, Deutsche Post delivered over 8 million parcels per day in Germany. On a normal day, it delivers around 4.3 million parcels. SOURCE:
  7. Tulsa Christmas Parade will be held during daylight hours Better turnout, young children and warmer weather cited as reasons for change Aug 10, 2017 by Bill Sherman - Tulsa World Excerpt: Tulsa - For the first time since the mid-1980s, the Tulsa Christmas Parade will be held during daylight hours, it was announced Thursday by Arthur Greeno, parade chairman. Tulsa’s 91st Christmas Parade will be held downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. “We’re super excited about it,” Greeno said about the time change. Historically, there was a better turnout when the parade was held during the day, he said. Paul Ross, vice president of American Waste Control, the chief sponsor and organizer of the event, said that in 1952, some 250,000 people attended the daylight parade, and he would like to see similar numbers in the 2017 parade. Last year an estimated 30,000 attended the evening parade. **** A Soldier’s Wish, which works to meet the needs of military personnel and their families, will again be the beneficiary of the parade, he said. The event raises more than $5,000 each year for the charity. Registration opened Thursday for floats to be in the parade. Ross said he hoped to see more marching bands, which were popular last year. SOURCE:
  8. No, no, no: BT’s Christmas shop couldn’t be open already, could it? Retailer ‘responding to customer demand’ for Christmas shop in August August 18, 2017 by Conor Pope - Irish Times Excerpt: Dublin - Happy Christmas everyone! Too early? Brown Thomas certainly doesn’t think so and is dangerously close to making Wizzard’s wish that it could be Christmas every day come true. It opened its dedicated festive shop on Dublin’s Grafton St on Thursday morning, a full 130 sleeps before Santa Claus starts ho ho hoing his way down from the North Pole. While it is absolutely not the season to be jolly - and not even remotely close to it - the upmarket retailer was entirely unapologetic about giving over a large chunk of the top floor of its flagship outlet to Christmas . Many of the shoppers coming up the escalators to the top floor of Brown Thomas looked entirely bemused by the sight of all the Christmas trees, snow globes, baubles and the twinkling fairy lights as group buyer Edel Woodsdefended the move. “It may seem absurd to some people but others will love it. I think it is a real Marmite thing. What we are doing is responding to customer demand,” she said. **** The baubles range in price from €4 to €18 while a complicated-looking gold carousel which lights up and plays Christmas music as it moves is selling for €400. Speaking of Christmas music, the good news for shoppers - and more importantly staff - is that Brown Thomas will hold off on piping a suitably festive soundtrack throughout the store until the middle of October. By then many of the highly priced trees will be gone, said Woods. The fake plastic trees are always a big seller despite costing between €225 and €350. SOURCE:
  9. Inverness restaurant puts up CHRISTMAS TREE – over four months before the big day August 16, 2017 By Jonathan Whitelaw - The Sun Excerpt: Inverness - A RESTAURANT has put up its Christmas tree already. Staff at The Fluke sports bar in Inverness have decorated the festive favourite with a whopping four MONTHS to go. **** The tree has taken centre stage in the Inverness restaurant 130 days before Christmas Day. It’s part of the venue’s promotion for the busy festive season – with punters told they can book their celebrations already. We told you earlier this month that Selfridges launched its festive shop — a move that was branded “ridiculous” by shoppers. The department store said it was the first in the world to show festive spirit, but not everyone was impressed. SOURCE:
  10. Christmas cards signed by The Queen sell at Moore Allen and Innocent A collection of Christmas cards documenting the Royal Family over the decades took a total of £1530 at auction last week August 12, 2017 by Francea Alllitt - Antique Trades Gazette Excerpt: A total of 35 cards, each signed Elizabeth R and Philip, were offered at Moore Allen & Innocent’s antique and general sale in Cirencester on August 4. Most were presented as lots of three and each was estimated between £30 – £150. Many took mid- or top-estimate prices. However a collection of three from 1959, 1960 and 1961, the earliest group offered, sold for £280. The latest cards to be offered were from 2000 and 2001, showing just The Queen and Prince Phillip. These sold for £120 against a high estimate of £40. SOURCE:
  11. Christmas Unlimited's longtime leader in hospice care August 11, 2017 By: Kaitlin Durbin - The Gazette Excerpt: Colorado Springs - When Bob Tretheway passes, it will be "with cookies in my mouth and ice cream in my hands." "I've already dictated it," the longtime leader of Christmas Unlimited said Thursday from his hospice bed at Penrose Hospital. It's the place where he says he'll end his years-long battle with congestive heart disease. "You come to a certain point where it happens," said Tretheway, 69, in a cheery voice belying the gravity of his condition. "We accept it." As the face of Christmas Unlimited for 26 years, mostly as executive director, Tretheway became Colorado Springs' unofficial Santa Claus. **** But Christmas Unlimited still is considered one of the state's largest nonprofit toy distributors, boasting on its website, "There is no other program like it!" Tretheway says not to "rattle that cage too loud." "It was an organization effort, not a Bob effort," he said. "We gathered ourselves together to serve the community, and we've been strong ever since." And Christmas Unlimited will continue to support the area's needy children without him, Tretheway said. As if offering proof, he said staff and volunteers Thursday were passing out school supplies to area children as a part of their Operation Back to School drive. "That's what Christmas Unlimited was about and will continue to be about," Tretheway said. "We will not give up." He said he will be the second Christmas Unlimited leader to die of heart failure this year. Former group President Mike Hepler died at 62 in March. Hepler had been on the Christmas Unlimited board since 1996. SOURCE:
  12. North Star Santas take their jobs seriously — all year long By KEVYN BURGER , SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE August 09, 2017 Excerpt: Minneapolis - Santa Claus recently made a quick jaunt from the North Pole to dine on beans, barbecue — and cookies, of course. An offseason reunion at Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood brought together several dozen members of the North Star Santas, a Minnesota club that promotes professional Clauses. And, no, they weren’t worried about confusing any kids who might have happened by. “When we are all together, we tell kids that one of us is the real Santa and they have to figure out which one it is,” explained Santa Mickey (Mickey Michlitsch), 66, one of the organizers of the event. “We say the rest of us are his relatives.” The rotund participants, some with a Mrs. Claus in tow, arrived at the potluck carrying games, trucks and dolls for their summer toy drive. Most were wearing warm weather garb — Santa-themed Hawaiian shirts, baggy red shorts and candy-striped knee socks. “We call this Claus casual,” said Santa Carlucci (Carl Immediato), 70, who erupted into a “ho-ho-ho!” at his own joke. But amid the handshakes, hugs and jokes about portliness, the summer get-together is as much about business as it is about socializing. Despite what you may have been told when you were a kid, Santa doesn’t take summer off. “These are our prime marketing months,” Michlitsch said. “This is when we find out the malls and house parties where we’ll be performing. We check out the competition and see where there might be jobs.” Today’s Santas have to know how to promote themselves. They use individual websites, social media accounts, professional photos and business cards — one of which includes phone numbers for “toyshop” (home) and “sleigh” (cell). **** Joy is what brings the Clauses back year after year, they say. And it’s what connects them to their brethren. “I never met a Santa that I didn’t like,” said Santa Spoons (Gary Spooner, a 78-year-old retired newspaper publisher). “When you do this, you take on the most beloved character in this world, and you have to take that to heart. “Being Santa has made me a better man. ” SOURCE:
  13. Suns save Christmas in the valley once again For the eighth straight year, the Suns give us our holiday without interruption. Letting us keep our hard-earned presents from the grinchy paws of teams like the Spurs. by Dave King- @DaveKingNBA Aug 11, 2017 Excerpt: Thank you, Phoenix Suns. Thank you for once again giving all of us more time to spend with family and friends this Christmas Day. It would be cruel and unfair for us to leave behind the snuggles of a loved one, the laughter of children, the contented wheezes of old folks, just to mozy on downtown to watch a dumb basketball game. For the eighth year in a row, including all six Christmases since I started covering Suns games with a media credential, I will have the whole of Christmas Day off to spend with my loved ones. The Phoenix Suns have not been one of the 6-8 unfortunate teams scheduled for a Christmas Day game since blowing out the Clippers in 2009, one year after Roger f*###ing Mason hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to silence an otherwise cheerful Christmas crowd in 2008. **** And since then, the Suns have spared us the stress of playoff games AND Christmas Day interruptions. Thank you Suns. I get to plan all the Christmas plans without worrying about how to carve out 4-6 selfish hours to myself to cover a basketball game. Maybe next year. SOURCE
  14. National Christmas Center attraction in Paradise to close after New Year August 2, 2017 By Nick Malawskey PennLive.com EXCERPT: The National Christmas Center in Paradise -- a family attraction which features 15 Christmas-related galleries and 20,000 square-feet of indoor exhibits -- has announced it will close early next year. A post on the center's web site informs visitors that: "After many tough conversations and some difficult seasons over the past few years, National Christmas Center has had to make the very difficult decision to close its doors permanently following our 2017 season." The center's last day open to visitors will be Jan. 7, 2018, unless someone steps in to save it, as the company as a whole has been listed for sale. The center was opened 19 years ago and founded by Jim Morrison, a lifelong collector of Christmas memorabilia. Morrison's project started when, during a visit to the Christiana Mall in Newark, Del., the "Tudor Towne" exhibit caught his eye. Morrison says it was one of the last of the "over the top" department store Christmas displays. He acquired it and found the building in Paradise in 1988 to house it. The building became the National Christmas Center in 1998. On its website the center concluded its message saying: "We appreciate all of our many local and loving customers and friends and cannot thank you all enough for the many years of support and love you have shown us over the years." "Merry Christmas to you all!" ... SOURCE: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/08/national_christmas_center_attr.html
  15. June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99 Variety Terry Flores July 27, 2017 EXCERPT: June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99. Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.” Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others. ... It wasn’t only in animation that Foray got to use her myriad vocal talents. She voiced the demonic doll Talky Tina in “The Twilight Zone” episode entitled “Living Doll” in 1963. Despite her prolific career, she had to wait until 2012 for an Emmy nomination; she went on to win a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on Cartoon Network’s “The Garfield Show.” A documentary about her life, “The One and Only June Foray,” was produced in 2013. The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of animation organization ASIFA-Hollywood and founder of the annual Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. ... Foray got her start in the animation business when someone from the Walt Disney studio called her to ask if she could do the voice of a cat. “Well, I could do anything,” recalled Foray in an interview with Variety. “So he hired me as Lucifer the cat in ‘Cinderella,’ and then I started to work for Disney.” Much of her work for Disney was uncredited, including work as a mermaid and squaw in “Peter Pan.” But she starred as the voice of Hazel the Witch in the 1952 Donald Duck short “Trick or Treat,” using a voice that would later morph into “Looney Tunes” character Witch Hazel. She would often say that she voiced a long litany of cartoon witches, many of them named Hazel. About the same time, the 1950s, Foray worked on a series of cartoons by such animation pioneers as Tex Avery and Walter Lantz. For Warner Bros., she became Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Alice Crumden in the cartoon parody of “The Honeymooners,” “The Honey-Mousers.” At Warner Bros. she met Chuck Jones, for whom she worked on several “Looney Tunes” cartoons, starting with “Broom-Stick Bunny” in 1956. She would later star as Cindy Lou Who in Jones’ cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” She also voiced Mother Magoo in the “Mister Magoo” series. ... It wasn’t only in animation that Foray got to use her myriad vocal talents. She voiced the demonic doll Talky Tina in “The Twilight Zone” episode entitled “Living Doll” in 1963. Despite her prolific career, she had to wait until 2012 for an Emmy nomination; she went on to win a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on Cartoon Network’s “The Garfield Show.” A documentary about her life, “The One and Only June Foray,” was produced in 2013. SOURCE: http://variety.com/2017/tv/people-news/june-foray-dead-dies-rocky-natasha-bullwinkle-1202508180/
  16. DALLAS - After nearly three decades, Children's Health has confirmed to WFAA that it will no longer host its annual holiday parade. "We have decided to move forward with other new and meaningful ways to bring cheer to families in our community this holiday season," hospital spokesman Scott Summerall said on Tuesday. "We are considering ways to celebrate and honor the parade’s history in its 30th year, but still ironing out details of a potential event." Summerall says Children's Health will still host other holiday events, like its annual Holiday Tree Lighting at its Dallas and Plano campuses, Breakfast with Santa, and its Holiday Patient Party. "These events are beloved by our patients, families and team members, and are an important component of fulfilling our mission to make life better for children," he said. Last December the Children's Health Holiday Parade was canceled for the second time in almost 30 years due to inclement weather. Summerall tells WFAA that because of this, it made organizers reassess hosting the parade since it's such a massive undertaking. Director of HTE Dance, Jeffrey Giles, says he and former parade director Cassie Collins have filed a permit with the City of Dallas to host the parade, and will be reaching out to sponsors soon. © 2017 WFAA-TV SOURCE
  17. 7 On Your Side gets letter from Santa asking for help by Nina Pineda, WABC-TV/DT abc7 Eyewitness News, New York City | Posted: 05-11-2017, 6:06 PM EST EXCERPT: DUNELLON, New Jersey (WABC) -- You don't want to get on the bad side of Santa, do you? These are Santas who fill in when Santa gets too busy and can't make it down from the North Pole. One in New York, the other in New Jersey. But both sent out a letter to us when they both say they got grinched. Santa's putting on his best chuckle, but he hasn't been feeling so jolly since last Christmas. He's talking about The Best Santa Claus Agency that books Santa's helpers - nationwide. "I was like what going on here?", he said. This popular Santa was booked to spread joy at phone store openings in our area. But he only got partial payment. "Grinched," out more than a grand. "Christmas Eve I did two events in the Bronx," said Santa's helper, Rick Thomsen. But, even though his checks stopped coming, Santa showed up on his busiest night of the year. "It's the season. It's the smiles, who gonna stiff Santa?" said Santa Rick. "Who on Earth would want to rip off Santa Claus?" One Santa, Daniel Hanson says The Best Santa Claus Agency owes him too, more than $1300 in fees. He blames the company owner who calls herself Cindy Claus. "She talked a big game, hired all these Santas nationwide," said Santa Daniel. And ever since spreading Christmas cheer? Crickets. "I shot 'em an email, no response, phone call no response message on Facebook, no response," said Santa Daniel. So Santa shot an email to us. So we reached out to Cindy Claus. "Oh my goodness so thank you merry much oh my goodness YES!!" said Santa Rick. Finally presents for Santa, both paid in full. We checked with the stores where Santa showed up, the parent company said they paid the agency on time. So why didn't Cindy Claus pay her Santas? She said she was "advised by her lawyer not to comment on this past situation." In all we helped recover more than $2300 for Santa. That should help get us on the nice list next holiday! SOURCE:
  18. Michael Rielly

    ClausNet Gazette - March 2017

    The March 2017 issue of the ClausNet Gazette is now online! view online
  19. Santa Claus extends his work schedule for area foster children in YLS program by Ryan Hyde, Holidays in January Committee Chair, via Jacksonville, Florida Financial News and Daily Record | Posted: 1-16-2017, 11:13 AM EST EXCERPT: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA --- Contrary to popular belief, Santa Claus' annual Yuletide journey around the Earth did not end when his reindeers' hooves touched down outside his Workshop, during the wee hours of December 26th. Jolly Old Saint Nick needed to visit one special group of children; so, on January 7th, he harnessed up his loyal flying antlered friends, shined up his famous jingle bells, and headed into the River City for one very grand finale... To Read More Click Here: SOURCE
  20. Coatbridge's own Santa Claus lights up lives with record donation for sick kids Proceeds from Christmas display lead to 12,750 lbs. being collected for Ronald McDonald House charity by Ian Bunting, Daily Record, Coatbridge, Scotland | Posted: 1300 GMT, 19 February 2017 EXCERPT: COATBRIDGE, SCOTLAND --- Big-hearted Coatbridge festive fundraiser Alastair Doyle has broken his own annual charity donation record, thanks to the kindness of generous locals. Awestruck families who visited the spectacular Christmas illuminations display at Alastair's Kirkwood home contributed to the phenomenal 12,750 lbs. that the retired pensioner was able to deliver, to help bring light into the lives of Kirkwood's sick children. Alastair's 2016 overall total was the most he's ever collected over a 12-month period, and takes the amount he has raised for the Ronald McDonald House at Glasgow's Royal Children's Hospital to an astounding 50,979 lbs. in just 11 years! During the festive period, Alastair does double duty as Kirkwood's very own Santa Claus, who, each year, displays an array of magical Christmas lights from his house on Sharp Avenue. Every year since 2006, Alastair has raised more than the previous year's target, and, with the help of friends, family and the entire community, he has once more entered record-breaking territory... To Read More Click Here: SOURCE
  21. BBC Journalist Makes Outrageous Santa Claus Claim, Then Apologizes For ‘Fake News’ By Lee Moran, Huffington Post, 02/16/2017 Santa Claus is certain to put BBC journalist Nick Robinson on his naughty list this Christmas. The BBC Radio 4 “Today” program presenter stunned listeners during Thursday morning’s broadcast by suggesting that the jolly gift-giver doesn’t actually exist. “It’s like learning Father Christmas isn’t real for the first time, isn’t it? I’m still in shock,” Robinson said during a discussion about the station’s long-running drama “The Archers.”... To Read More Click Here: Source
  22. We are so very excited to announce that Robert Seutter aka Santa True will be joining NORPAC SANTAS for the 8th Annual Northwest Santa Workshop at Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound WA ~ November 3rd & 4th. Robert will be leading workshops and discussions during the two day event on how to be an all around better Christmas Performer. We hope you'll be able to join us for this fun weekend of networking, fellowship and learning. Stay tuned for more information. http://christmasperformerworkshops.com/ http://www.Easysite.com/norpac-santas?ShowNews=249269
  23. Elf Without Jingles

    Nokomis House Moves for Santa's Sake

    Nokomis House Moves for Santa's Sake From the Journal-News, Hillsboro, Illinois | Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2017, 12:15 AM CDT EXCERPT: NOKOMIS, ILLINOIS --- We all know the song: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." But thanks to some cooperation between Casey's General Store, the Town of Nokomis City Council, and one local resident, you might wanna make that "Santa Claus is Stayin' in Town"! To accommodate that possibility, a house was moved from behind Casey's this past Valentine's Day, to a spot about a block and a half north at Front and North Cedars. And the plan? Having studied expansion options, Casey's had acquired the property behind them for the space needed to do so, with a view toward demolishing the house on the site, said City Commissioner Tim Brookshire... To Read More Click Here: SOURCE
  24. Tim Etter

    Santa Jim Yellig Celebration

    In answer to our petition, the State Of Indiana granted Jim Yellig it's highest civilian honor, The Sagamore of the Wabash! We will be presenting his daughter, Pat Koch, the award on February 25th 11AM CST. This will be done at the Santa Claus Museum in Santa Claus Indiana. Afterwards, there will be a wreath ceremony at his grave site. (And then lunch at the Chateau in Mariha Hills. Santa Jim owned this restaurant and bar!) All are invited to attend to help us celebrate the life and wonderful legacy of this great man! We will be broadcasting this live on Facebook Live. ( Details on who to follow will be coming.)
  25. Santa Claus Parade Committee prepares to disband in Cobourg Members call upon Town Council to take over ongoing planning and implementation of event by Dominik Wisniewski, Northumberland News | Posted: 02-08-2017 EXCERPT: COBOURG, ONTARIO, CANADA --- Citing insurance concerns and ever-growing funding challenges, the chairman of Cobourg's Santa Claus Parade Committee said that his fellow members were prepared to disband. Ron Wiebe, Parade Committee Chairman and current President of the City of Cobourg Lions Club, told Northumberland News that members of the Committee have requested the Town of Cobourg to form a replacement municipal advisory and/or planning committee for the ongoing planning and implementation of the Parade... ....... SOURCE:
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