Most of you know I'm a working Santa. It's a job I love. People seem to expect the kids to be horrors, but in fact they're mostly pretty great. But the problem is the inequality.

Every year I'll get children through who want a single item for Christmas - a doll, or a game, or a truck - and I'll get the ones with lists that would challenge the carrying capacity of a Mack truck. The thing is, this often reflects their expectations of what they'll get for Christmas.

And of course, the kids are told that Father Christmas has brought most of their presents.

So after Christmas, when the kids are talking about what they got, you end up with one child who got a single small gift from St. Nick, while another talks about their new trampoline, gaming system, bike, remote controlled toy... all of which are also presents from Santa.

While that's lovely for those that get lots, it leaves any number of other children regarding their one or two gifts, and wondering why Santa doesn't like them as much. And that's without taking into account the children who won't get any presents at Christmas.

I'm not saying that if you can afford to buy your child lots of presents, and you want to, that you shouldn't. And I'm not asking everyone to go out and buy a raft-load of toys for the various charities that pass them on to the people who can't afford to buy things for their children, though that'd be nice.

All I'm asking people to do is to just pick one, not the biggest, or most expensive, and say that's the special gift that Santa has brought for them. If you want, tell them that you bought the other presents, and asked Father Christmas to deliver them especially, but please, don't let them think that every parcel is a personal gift to them from St. Nick.

Chances are it won't make that much difference to your child, but after Christmas it will hopefully help any number of other kids feel like Santa isn't playing favourites, or wondering why he doesn't like them.
dalekboy: (Santa Dan)
( Dec. 25th, 2009 05:21 pm)
Not going to talk too much about today's gig right now, have to rest up before we head out to Glenn's for Chrissy Dinner.

But have to say, what an absolutely awesome family to Santa for. Seriously, when I put the ad up on eBay, this was the sort of gig I dreamed of getting but didn't expect to.

Put it this way, I might be living in Cooma next year, and I would happily drive the 200km round trip to work for these people again, even if they only covered my petrol costs.

Best Christmas present I could have gotten.
dalekboy: (San-Ta)
( Dec. 24th, 2009 07:56 pm)
Well, Santa-ing for Glenn's family went well tonight. The kids were thrilled, Glenn and his wife seemed to enjoy the experience, I enjoyed doing it, it was good.

Glenn's a customer who became a mate, so it was nice to be able to repay all the business (and friendship) he's given me with a visit from Father Christmas.

It was bloody hard though. Been crook all day, struggled to get ready, but once I was in the suit - POOF! I'm the man, and ain't nuthin' gunna stop me! I'm in character, and I'm goin' for it!

Had lots of people toot or wave at Kringle in his 1970 Holden, too, which I always enjoy.

Got home, stripped off the suit, and it was like Fearless Fly taking off his glasses, except a little slower. Back to feeling really, really substandard and ill.

But very, very happy!

Tomorrow I get to do it again, not for the person who won the eBay bid (don't get me started... grrrr....) but for someone who saw the eBay ad and contacted me. Looking forward to that :)
dalekboy: (Santa Dan)
( Dec. 24th, 2009 10:07 am)
Over the last few days I've been gradually feeling slightly sicker every day. It's slightly annoying, especially as I'm feelin' particularly RS today, and I'm going to be Santa-ing tonight and tomorrow.

Mind you... gunna love playing Father Christmas no matter how sick I feel. May even wander the neighbourhood in costume tonight after I get back, depending on how the heat has hit me.

Mind you, even though I feel blah, the video below is made of awesome and has cheered me right up. I think it's the joyous laughter at the end :)

* Today I get three wisdom teeth out!

* My teeth tend to lock into my jaw with curved and hooked tooth... thingys. So for one, they actually have to saw away a small part of my jawbone!

* Weirdly, I'm not nervous at all. I honestly expected to be. Read more... )
Well, I've gone and put myself up on eBay!

Would have preferred a funnier write-up, but I didn't have a lot of time. Wanted it to finish with plenty of time to figure out the details, assuming anyone takes me up on it. Also, given the nature of the thing, and that people would be allowing a stranger into their homes, I thought something not too silly would be a good idea. I wanted to put it up under services, but for that you have to quote a firm figure. If someone can figure a better category than Personalised Gifts, that will let me do the auction format, would love to hear it.

Feel free to spread the word, too. On one hand I'm hoping some nice family will get me for the cost of petrol money. On the other, if bidding went insane, that'd be kind of nice. First pref though is cover my costs and give some kids a great surprise.

I Santa-ed for one particular family for a few years, and loved doing it, so I'm half hoping to be able to again. As it is, I contacted my friend Glenn and told him my beard was gone in preparation for tomorrow, so I would be able to pay a visit in costume to his kids at Christmas. Looking forward to that.
dalekboy: (San-Ta)
( Nov. 25th, 2009 10:45 pm)
The Entertainment Store rang me today to see if I could fill-in on some Father Christmas-ing.

On one hand, tempting, I absolutely love the job, and love working for ES. It would be six hours over this weekend and again the next.

On the other hand, the weekend is where I rest up after looking after Lex through the week, so I can be ready for the next week. Santa-ing knocks the stuffing out of me.

On one foot, money! I like money, it tastes like plastic but allows me to do or buy Things (TM)!

On the other foot, we have a guest coming to stay over the next two weekends. Between looking after Lex during the week, Kringling, and post-Kringling recovery on the weekend, it would cut into much of my available time to hang.

Balanced on my nose, if I do play Hanakoko, it will pretty much confirm that I'll also be playing the part for the children of some friends of mine, and possibly be putting a visit from St. Nick up on eBay. I love surprising kids with a visit from the jolly fat man in the red costume. But in the absense of getting them the wrestler Vader, me as Sinter Klaas goes down pretty well.

Hanging from my chin and jiggling in a disconcerting manner, I kind of need to give them an answer tomorrow to minimise them being stuffed about. So would need to check my costume, comb my wig and beard, check that I have enough toupee tape strips for beard attachment, have the make-up for my eyebrows and cheeks, and do a test run to remind myself of how it all goes together, so I don't over-blush the nose or cheeks. No good Saint Nikolaus having a boozers blush!
All this while sorting clothes, trying to do the eBay stuff I've been wanting to get up for more than a week, and feeding, changing, and playing with Lex.

And racing around my brain like a stunt cyclist in the ball of death is - I get to help a company I really like out of a slightly tight spot, and I get to play the best part in the entire world!

Much thinking to do.
dalekboy: (Default)
( Dec. 25th, 2007 11:37 pm)
Well, I was forced to open the Tardis Playset and put it together because no-one had bought it. What's extra good about it is that once you get it put together, you get a free engineering degree! Strangely, once completed I wasn't so thrilled... for about 10 minutes. Then I started wondering why I hadn't been happy before, as it was a fabulous toy! Because I know some of you will be curious, I present some pictures below the cut.

There are also a couple of pics I've been meaning to get up for a couple of days. Read more... )
dalekboy: (Santa Dan)
( Dec. 1st, 2007 07:17 pm)
Just a short post. Santa-ing today went great. Woman I'm working with is the best photographer I think I've dealt with, in that when I'm given very small babies, she takes the camera off the tripod and brings it over so she can get a decent shot of the pair of us, instead of taking a standard photo of a big Santa with a little bundle.

We did three and a half hours without a break. I didn't notice the time passing because we were so busy! In the middle of it there was a fire alarm, so we all trotted outside. Of course, I had to stay in character, which was amusing. It was a false alarm, and on my way back in, I paused to shake hands with the fireys and wish them a Merry Christmas, much to everyone's amusement.

At the end of the day, we finished up and as I walked off, I overheard one of the staff saying to Nikki the photographer, "He's the best Santa ever!"

It's nice when people tell you these things, it's even nicer when you overhear it being said *beams*
Now, when Father Christmas asks you to act as his stand-in, it's a pretty big thing you're taking on. You're representing the big guy to the public, so there are certain expectations built in. One of the big ones is - you care - care about the kids, care about the adults, care about doing the job right.Read more... )
dalekboy: (Santa Dan)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 06:20 pm)
If you live in or near Canberra, the Entertainment Store, the company I do Santa-ing for, need someone to play Santa at Fyshwick, probably at the Harvey Norman store there. Hours are from 1pm-4pm every Sat & Sun from Nov 24th until Christmas, not sure of the rate of pay. Probably $20 an hour or more, but no promises on that.

If it runs the way it did my first year, suit and all the gear will be provided. I don't know if they'll have a Santa workshop up here or not. You can talk to me to find out more on the basics, and ring them on (03) 9527 8644 to make further inquiries, if you're still interested. You will have to have a police check done.

I'm assuming they only want males for the job of Father Christmas, though there may be openings for Elves if you're a lady-person.
dalekboy: (Santa Dan)
( Oct. 24th, 2007 04:24 pm)
The Entertainment Store has offered me a gig as Father Christmas at Harvey Norman. Three hours a day, five weekends a week from the 24th of November. Warned them that depending on how physically hard I found it, I may have to bow out of some shifts, and they are happy to arrange someone to cover for me if that happens. It seems I'm counted as one of their best and they really want to keep me in the game *happy grin*

Interestingly, while I have had other problems appear that are a worry, the last week or so my balance has improved dramatically, which if it continues will make life much easier for the gig.
Saturday - felt crappy so didn't go see Pan's Labyrinth even though I have been waiting for the film for months, because I really wanted to get to Lisa's birthday do on Sunday.

Sunday - felt crappy and realised there was no way I could go anywhere. Grrrrr...

Monday - Had to go out to buy white hairspray so I wouldn't have to shave my beard. Discovered that Canberra really is very tiny, while wiping myself out for the entire day.

Tuesday - Took mum shopping. Tried spraying beard, idea a total failure, shaved beard off. Care too much about getting Santa right.

Wednesday - On legs of liquid pain I went and did Father Christmas at Sharon's work. Enjoyed myself immensely. Am now paying for it but very, very happy. Hoping to be able to move again by Saturday.
dalekboy: (WTF?)
( Dec. 12th, 2006 11:22 pm)
You know how I said I wouldn't shave my beard off for one Santa gig?

Well, I lied... )
dalekboy: (Brainscan)
( Nov. 28th, 2006 06:41 pm)
Well, I was out today with mum, doing the banking. As we entered the shopping centre, I glanced down and saw that they had their Chrissy set-up done, and there was a Santa on the throne.

I knew I was going to miss playing Kringle this year, but it didn't hit me how much I was going to miss it until I saw someone else in the part I cherish and love so much. It's so much more than a role for me. That's why I'm so good at it.

That's why I'm not doing it now. I simply can't do a consistently good job.

I was walking around today quite badly, both legs feeling like knives had been shoved through them in multiple places. I may be fine one day and barely able to walk the next. I'd push myself to do it, but the reason I'm not is I don't want to risk screwing it up for the kids. They make it worth it, but it's a bloody tough gig, even when you're feeling 100%.

If Santa can barely walk to or from the throne, or suddenly staggers off to one side and crashes into a wall, that ain't good for anyone.

But today I was reminded of something else. I have said for the last two years that Santa-ing was the only job I had loved as much as droving. I've never stopped missing droving. Having to stop was like having a part of myself torn away. I've always described it as like losing an arm.

Today I realised for the first time that I don't have Santa either, gutting me completely.

And now I know what it's like to lose my heart.
dalekboy: (Default)
( Mar. 8th, 2006 11:14 pm)
Shots from the con and after.

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