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BECAUSE I BELIEVE!I believe in Santa, I believe in the children and I believe that this is what I have been called to do. I started four years ago as a fill-in for one hour at a pancake breakfast, and each year I have become more involved. I have been a volunteer Santa at pancake breakfasts, and at my church’s Christmas Bazaar. I have made home visits to members of my church and my coworkers. Last year was my first year as a professional Santa Claus. This means I got paid!
My first professional situation was at The Boyd’s Bears Country Store in Gettysburg, PA. For those that haven’t been there, it is four story barn like building with three floors of all kinds of teddy bears. They have a nursery where you can adopt a baby teddy bear and a teddy bear factory where you build, stuff and outfit your own teddy bear. I arrived on the Friday after Thanksgiving in a horse drawn carriage along with Mrs. Claus. I then worked every Saturday and Sunday for seven hours a day until Christmas Eve. It was exhausting work but great fun! I was visited by many of my friends and coworkers.
The children (and yes some adults) came up a ramp on top of the Ice Mountain and sat on my lap. My elves took photos and I listened to their Christmas wish lists. They then went down a slide into a pit full of Santa teddy bears. The biggest moment for me was when my younger sister, who was in the late stages of cancer, was helped up to the mountain and sat on my lap. It was the last picture taken of her.
I am Santa 24/7/365 days a year. I wear as much red as I can get away with. I drive a very personalized sled ( a red Mustang). I belong to several Santa online groups. In October I will be attending The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland Michigan.
I am a volunteer Santa for Santa-America and The Hospice of Frederick County where I am also a direct service volunteer. Please visit my links page for more information on both organizations.
It has been awhile since I have updated this page. It now been eight years since I wrote this. My Santa experiences have greatly expanded. I retired in 2008 as a Senior Network Engineer so that I would have more time to be Santa. Boyd's Bears closed two seasons ago, which was very disappointing for me. It was my first professional experience and the most fun I have had being Santa. I had quite a following, with people coming from Baltimore, Washington and Pennsylvania. The closing was a surprise to all.
I worked for two seasons at a Picture People studio in Columbia, MD. I have been the Santa at country club in my area for breakfast and dinner with Santa. I worked last season on a photo shoot with CPI. I am a Santa at The Shops at Kenellworth Mall in Baltimore where I was selected to do an interview with a local TV station. I have done several charity events in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas.
I have been the Santa at the Frederick Keys Baseball's "Christmas in July" celebration for four years now. I have had articles written about me in the "Mount Airy Gazette", "Frederick News Post"and the "Frederick Magazine."
I attended two of the Santa gatherings in Gatlinburg. I gradulated from The International Santa Claus University.