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    Santa will be at Tractor Supply in Eastland, from 1PM to 4PM, Saturday 17th, come by and tell him you been good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy JP View Post
    Santa will be at Tractor Supply in Eastland, from 1PM to 4PM, Saturday 17th, come by and tell him you been good.
    I've been REAL good Santa! Can I sit on his lap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy JP View Post
    Santa will be at Tractor Supply in Eastland, from 1PM to 4PM, Saturday 17th, come by and tell him you been good.
    Is your belly big enough to play Santa?
    Walk softly and carry a big stick.

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    Just have to remember that bad girls get cars and trucks. I look nothing like him but put on a good disguise.

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    I like my car.

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    Saw where a fellow here in town is charging fifteen dollars for a five minute talk with Santa on the phone. Been being Santa for over forty years and I never charged a dime. Not right. Just seems to take more away from the reason for the season. Just my opinion.

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    Any parent who would fall for that should be slapped up side the head for being stupid. Do you have any idea who the man is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamb View Post
    Any parent who would fall for that should be slapped up side the head for being stupid. Do you have any idea who the man is?
    I know who he's talking about. He spends a lot of time and money creating the persona of Santa each year. Growing the beard, bleaching the hair and keeping the Santa suit maintained. He even wears blue contacts to make the eyes a little more twinkly. He's not getting rich off of this. Just trying to make a little extra cash to get through the holidays while bringing some smiles to a lot of kids. I believe he is typically paid by businesses or event organizers where he sets up and the kids get to go tell Santa what they want for free. Mom and dad can take pictures of the kiddos with Santa and that doesn't cost any of them a dime. He's really good at being the jolly ol' fellow with the kids. I've got a slew of pictures I have taken of him with the kids and they come out great, mainly because he doesn't have the fake beard, he has the rosy cheeks and does a great ho, ho, ho... he really looks like Santa.

    People stand in long lines at the mall to let the kids see Santa and the last time I paid for pictures at one of those places it was something like $20 for one picture and a cd. It's been a long time since I've done that so I'm not sure how it's handled these days. I wonder if they let you snap your own pictures now. Those Santas get paid for playing the part. If someone wants to see if they can make a little money by offering to talk to the kids on the phone for a price, and if parents want to pay it, I don't see anything wrong with that. No one is forcing anyone to do it. I'm not sure where the free Santa phone calls are, but if someone would want to offer to do that for free, they certainly can.

    Good for you, Happy JP, that you have spent years bringing cheer to some kids and haven't charged a dime for it. I applaud you for that. I know the suit can be very expensive, so doing it for free and incurring that cost is great if you can afford it. However I just don't see charging for a Santa performance as something bad.

    Santa is pretty much a commercial kinda guy. Santa isn't the reason for the season. He's the guy used to get everyone to go out and buy toys for kids. And of course all the stories about how horrible it would be if a kid woke up and there were no toys under the tree helps. Coca Cola and Norman Rockwell probably did alright selling the image of Santa and no one has complained about that. What does kids waking up on Christmas morning to the expectation of new toys that they asked for, delivered under the tree by a guy in a red suit really have to do with teaching them about the celebration of the birth of Christ anyway?

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    I can understand the cost and all. The time spent, all of his effort should be rewarded in some way. I know the reason for the season. It is over the phone and not in person that bothers me. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy JP View Post
    I can understand the cost and all. The time spent, all of his effort should be rewarded in some way. I know the reason for the season. It is over the phone and not in person that bothers me. Just my opinion.
    Don't let it bother you. That might put a damper on your Christmas holiday. lol. Wonder if Santa would do Facetime or Skype on the phone. That would be cool. Parents don't have to dress the kid up or get out in the cold .. they can just dial him up and let the kids talk to him. Some kids may do better on the phone (at a distant) than they do in public in person when talking to Santa. Let the market decide. I don't think it puts a bad light on the Christmas spirit because someone wants to charge for a conversation with Santa and someone wants to pay for it. It could be that many feel like you do and didn't take advantage of the offer. Just because something is offered doesn't necessarily mean it's taken.

    Merry Christmas, Happy JP! I hope the holiday season brings you peace and joy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie View Post
    I know who he's talking about. He spends a lot of time and money creating the persona of Santa each year. Growing the beard, bleaching the hair and keeping the Santa suit maintained. He even wears blue contacts to make the eyes a little more twinkly. He's not getting rich off of this. Just trying to make a little extra cash to get through the holidays while bringing some smiles to a lot of kids. I believe he is typically paid by businesses or event organizers where he sets up and the kids get to go tell Santa what they want for free. Mom and dad can take pictures of the kiddos with Santa and that doesn't cost any of them a dime. He's really good at being the jolly ol' fellow with the kids. I've got a slew of pictures I have taken of him with the kids and they come out great, mainly because he doesn't have the fake beard, he has the rosy cheeks and does a great ho, ho, ho... he really looks like Santa.

    People stand in long lines at the mall to let the kids see Santa and the last time I paid for pictures at one of those places it was something like $20 for one picture and a cd. It's been a long time since I've done that so I'm not sure how it's handled these days. I wonder if they let you snap your own pictures now. Those Santas get paid for playing the part. If someone wants to see if they can make a little money by offering to talk to the kids on the phone for a price, and if parents want to pay it, I don't see anything wrong with that. No one is forcing anyone to do it. I'm not sure where the free Santa phone calls are, but if someone would want to offer to do that for free, they certainly can.

    Good for you, Happy JP, that you have spent years bringing cheer to some kids and haven't charged a dime for it. I applaud you for that. I know the suit can be very expensive, so doing it for free and incurring that cost is great if you can afford it. However I just don't see charging for a Santa performance as something bad.

    Santa is pretty much a commercial kinda guy. Santa isn't the reason for the season. He's the guy used to get everyone to go out and buy toys for kids. And of course all the stories about how horrible it would be if a kid woke up and there were no toys under the tree helps. Coca Cola and Norman Rockwell probably did alright selling the image of Santa and no one has complained about that. What does kids waking up on Christmas morning to the expectation of new toys that they asked for, delivered under the tree by a guy in a red suit really have to do with teaching them about the celebration of the birth of Christ anyway?
    This is what bothers me about today's attitude towards Christmas. I am referring to the last sentence of your post. My point is......NOTHING! Parents should be teaching their children about the TRUE meaning of Christmas. The giving of gifts is a symbolism of the the Magi bringing A gift to the Messiah! Commercialism tells parents to shower their children with gifts because "Christmas is for kids!!" I cry foul! Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior......not a day for kids to be showered with toys that will be forgotten in a few days and still have no idea why they received these gifts. If parents don't make the effort, the children will never know why we celebrate Christmas! JMHO Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.

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