In which we return to Santa Camp, and there are many jolly folk
It's time to blow the dust off the Red Suit.
|Jim is always fabulous in red; this is my first year at Santa Camp in garb|
The NorPac Santas are a regional chapter of IBRBS: the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas.
More than that: they are a super group of jolly folk, dedicated to making people happy.
|Santa True: a top-quality Santa and instructor of Christmas performers (and a really nice man)|
It's not all cookies and milk for Christmas performers, by the way.
|Attentive Santas take notes|
Santa True's two-day workshop covers important topics like adding value to performances by including songs, stories, and audience participation, knowing how to stay in character,
|Incorporating story books into a performance: the right way (as demonstrated by a famous librarian)|
and even a special session for Elves, Fairies, and Mrs. Clauses (and reindeer wranglers, like me!).
Hard-working Santas know that it's important to eat a balanced diet
and spend plenty of time every day playing games
|A target-practicing game: blow the mini-marshmallow through the giant candy cane and ring the bell!|
and having fun.
The culmination of the annual workshop is the Grand Parade through Great Wolf Lodge.
|More than 60 Santas, elves, Whos, and Mrs. Clauses stage for the parade|
|Claus-ian support staff, represent!|
|Kirby is new to the "Mrs Claus" business. She lives locally, and she has horses!|
After much primping and fussing and taking of photos, the parade begins at last.
After the Parade is one of my favorite parts: the meet-and-greet, in which the freshly groomed Clauses venture out among children for the first time after the long summer hibernation season.
|Santa Jim is happy to see the wolflings|
|They are not too old for Santa|
|There's something about the plush suit that invites group hugs|
|This is the baby's first birthday. Quite a celebration!|
|This child has already charmed the bells right off those reindeer|
Santa Season in the Swampland: let the merriment commence!