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I am 38 years old and live in Sarasota, Florida. I have been doing "Santa" gigs for a few years now.
When I was a child, I looked forward to Christmas every year just for the chance to see Santa Claus. Santa means a lot to me, he was my idol as a child.
When I was younger my older sister (like many children's older siblings) tarnished my beliefs by showing me where mom and dad hid the gifts. Not long after my parents learned of this, I met a Santa. He gave me a gift, exactly what I had asked my mom and dad for.
Later, I learned they told him what I wanted and he was a friend of theirs. But he put belief back into my 5 year old heart. He explained to me that the gifts my sister had showed me were gifts that he had given to them to store for him. He said it was because he had so many houses to go to that his bag would be so heavy he would never be able to carry all of the things. My belief was restored, and in my heart, I feel that every child that has a shadow of doubt in Santa should have the opportunity to have their belief restored as well.
My first experience being a "Santa" was when I was 15 years old in Boy Scouts, back home in Delaware. My troop was selling Christmas Trees. I was the 'chosen one' to be the Santa for our Christmas tree sales and for the children that came around with their parents to pick out trees. Back then I was young, and did not have a beard, so I had to use the beard provided with the suit.
When I was in high school, my hair started turning grey early, so I thought that in the future this would be great to be a Santa. I also had hopes that I would go on to be one of the Great Santa's that make it into parades. My dream and goal is to make it into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Only time will tell, I know it would be a dream come true.
A close friend of mine, here in Sarasota, has hayrides every year for family and friends. Recently, they incorporated Santa arriving to partake in this event. I was chosen to be their "Santa" and have done so with great enjoyment. I have also been Santa at a local night club's Christmas parties, and have been chosen by a local politician to be his family's Santa of choice.
My most memorable event thus far was when a local Grandmother called to arrange for me to arrive at her house and deliver gifts to her grandchildren during my visit. There were 6 children. I was provided with the names and ages of each of them ahead of time, so I could prepare and remember them by name upon arrival. It was a great time had by all, including Grandma who informed me (in private) that she had been a bit naughty with Grandpa the night before and hoped it didn't land her on the bad list. We shared a laugh.. HO HO HO!
With all the previous experiences and with all future events I will attend, I gain more knowledge on each visit and take to the future visits my memories of each of the people who's lives I have touched.
If I can return a child's belief in Santa, then I have completed my goal. It makes me feel good inside when I see the smiles on all the children's faces when they see Santa.
For the beard, after 2010, I decided to become a Real Bearded Santa and have grown out my beard, Previously I have used the designer beards and feel in order to better the image of Santa I should have a real beard. It takes quite a bit of bleaching in the process, but in the long run it is well worth it.
Did you know there was a Santa School? Yes, there is and I am a graduate of the International University of Santa Claus with an Associate of Arts Degree in Santaclausology, I intend to continue in my Santa education towards my Masters.
I am a member of ClausNet which is an online forum community of over 1200 members consisting of Santas, Mrs. Claus, Elfs, and Real Reindeer Farmers are all in this group of great people. I am also a member of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.
Please be sure to check out the site in its entirety, there are many pages including a page dedicated to ALL adults, hoping that each of you takes the time to read.
Graduate - International University of Santa Claus
Member - ClausNET.com www.clausnet.com
Member - Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas http://www.forbsantas.org/
Member - International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas https://ibrbsantas.org/