Several years ago a good friend and co-worker asked me to fill the Santa role for his church Christmas party. He had the Santa costume, so I agreed. He asked me to return the following year. I was happy to return for a second year. From this experience I found that I enjoyed the Santa role, and I still fill the role for my friend’s church Christmas party every year.
After I retired, another friend suggested that I would make a good mall Santa. She took a picture and left it with mall management at a local mall. A few weeks later, a manager from a photography company called. He asked me to interview for a position as a mall Santa. He explained that all his Santa positions were filled, but he sometimes needed someone to fill in.
About a week before Christmas he called and asked me to fill in for the Santa at the mall in Myrtle Beach. I accepted this offer. During the week at Myrtle Beach I found that I enjoyed the Santa role enough to be willing to sit for Santa pictures for long periods of time.
So I bought a Santa suit and business cards; thus beginning my career as a professional Santa. Other professional Santas have been inspirational and encouraging. The Santa School and the other seminars have been helpful in my development and growth as a professional Santa.
The experience as Santa has been rewarding and enjoyable. The contact with children of all ages is often inspirational. I hope to continue to fill the Santa role for many years to come.