About Santa Claus

2007 Member of AORBS

This is the only job I have ever had that has made me laugh, made me cry, made me scratch my head and wonder why I love it so much. It was late July 2002 on a Saturday when my wife called to me from behind the newspaper she was reading. Here's a job you should apply for, she said. "Do you look like Santa Claus? If so call…" so I guess I can blame my wife for all the great times I have had while sporting the big red suit. Below I have listed just a few of my Santa experiences I would like to share with you.

This is my eighth year setting in the Santa chair taking pictures with little visitors. This picture was taken my second year as Santa Claus at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup, Washington. I have worked at three different Malls in the state of Washington and am currently starting my seventh year at the Tacoma Mall and my sixth year as the only Santa at the Tacoma Mall. I started working at the Tacoma Mall at the end of my second year of being Santa Claus (at the South Hill Mall). I really enjoy visiting with all the little boys and girls that come to see me each year.
In 2006 my wife and I attended the first AORBS convention. This is an image of the 300 Santas that attended the 2006 AORBS Convention (Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas) in Branson, MO. Over 500 Santas, Mrs. Claus and guests, gathered in Branson to attend workshops and gain training and knowledge from each other. Needless to say, the children in Branson may never be the same.
Time Magazine December 11, 2006 subscription edition with the bonus section. This is a picture of my wife and I in Time Magazine. We were going to dinner at the Branson Belle, a river boat dinner theater, just outside of Branson, MO.
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff and myself at the convention where Yakov was inducted as an honorary AORBS member.