It has been said that: “you don’t choose the red suit, it chooses you”; for me that was true. Public speaking and stage presence were inculcated in me at an early age, modeling myself after my late father, a very gifted teacher and speaker. As a child in kindergarten, I was drawn towards the stage and every play that came along found me in it, usually in a lead role. In my teens, singing and voice lessons and choirs – so many choirs. Began college at age fifteen and was part of an internationally acclaimed jazz choir. Sharing the 1980 Concord Jazz Festival stage with greats like Seattle’s own Ernestine Anderson, Ray Brown, Bud Shank, Shelly Mann, Laurindo Almeida, and George Shearing. In my thirties was host of a nationally syndicated radio program, radio commercial voiceover, and narrated audio books. Then Santa happened in my late fifties at the first Covid Christmas and I realized… I digress, that’s a different story.
Santa must have the voice. Of course, there will be wonderful vocal differences between Santas, but to be convincing it must be the voice of Santa. Then there is the look. My dear wife of thirty–eight years always described my mother as “Mrs. Santa Claus” – with complete accuracy. As genetics would have it, I am my mother’s son and, well, enough said.
Elf before self. Our true passion, however, is the children who can’t get to the mall. Who may never be invited to a holiday event. To this end, we are volunteers for SANTA AMERICA. (www.santaamerica.org) September 2022, we attended a Symposium in Overland Park, KS with like–minded Brother’s of the Beard. It was enlightening but emotionally demanding, and yes, there are times it’s okay for Santa to cry. Currently we are engaged in implementing SUBS – Socks, underwear and belts– for children in need. Also looking to find group homes through foster services with whom we can share the Love, Hope and Joy of the season.
Available for all things in the Santa–verse, with or without Mrs. C, you will be delighted at the true spirit of Christmas that can be brought to your event. Sled currently parked in Kirkland, WA, but always ready to fly where needed. Frankly, we use proceeds from paying events to underwrite our volunteer work. With your support, there is no limit to the good we can do together.
Proud members of NORPAC SANTAS, SANTA AMERICA, IBRBS