Thanksgiving is long over. Christmas trees have been cut down — or taken from their boxes — and erected in living rooms across central Iowa. It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for a visit to the man himself. Kris Kringle. Father Christmas. Saint Nicholas. Santa Claus. Or if you know him personally: Dan, Toby, Eric, Bill or Arnold. (To our younger readers: Now may be the time to stop reading because, well, there are some spoilers. Parents, hide this newspaper.) If you want to be Santa Claus — a good one, not one with the obviously fake beard and cheap suit — you have to really go for it. You’ll need to be a planner and have the ability to think quickly in the chair because those kids are liable to say or do anything. Most importantly, you need to hold the responsibility dear. You are The Santa Claus to the kids who sit on your lap, and your job is to make them believe, even if it’s only for one more night. So if you’re considering a career in “Santa-ing,” or just want to learn about what goes into it, here are some keys to success from some of… Read full this story
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