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'Cool Claus' & 'My Santa Selfies'

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Santa Mike’s speciality is getting that “First Picture with Santa.” Just recently in Gatlinburg, TN, I had a boy, about four years old, who would barely make eye contact with me. Before it was all over, I had him helping me take a picture of his mother in the sleigh. The last picture taken was with him in my lap, in the sleigh, with all his brothers and sisters. If I have enough time, I can almost always get that special “First Picture.”

I have a number of good Christmas books to read. I can play guitar and sing if requested. I have a good sense of humor, which adds to the fun and joy for children from one to a hundred and one!

I am a real bearded Santa with a customized Santa Suit.  Santa Mike has been Virtus trained, and when I am not making toys or supervising elves, I help out at church and school keeping everything running smooth. Santa Mike has a lifetime of experience being around kids. Let Santa Mike bring joy to your “Special Holiday Event.”  Remember, Christmas comes, but once a year!

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Let me just state briefly that I have appeared at numerous events including:  “Zoo Lights,”  “Starry Nights,”  “Life Blood” Donation Drive, “Toys for Tots,” held at “Ben and Jerry’s.”  Collierville Animal Shelter’s Pet Photos, held at “Tractor Supply Company,” along with Memphis Animal Shelter’s Pet Photos.  I enjoyed a meal or two with Memphis Youth Ministries “Breakfast with Santa,” and made wishes come true at “Tax Pro’s” toy give away.  There were “Santa Selfies,” taken at “Muddy’s Bakery,” and  “Hollywood Feed.”  I took my sleigh over to “Nanthahala Outdoor Center” in Gatlinburg, Tennessee a few times.  

I hosted the grand opening of the “Old Libertyland Grand Carousel,” now located at the “Children’s Museum of Memphis.”  A trip to the “Enchanted Forest,” at the Pink Place, always brings a smile to my face.  I have read some wonderful Christmas stories at “Novel Bookstore.”  I made an appearance at the University of Memphis Tigers basketball game, held at the Fed Ex Forum, as well as an appearance with the Lady Tigers.  I slid down the chimney at the Memphis Pyramid for Bass Pro, and also had a visit at Overton Square to see the little kiddies.  I have made numerous “Home and Hospital Visits,” just to name a few of my adventures.

I am a member of the Red Suit Society, “Mid Southern Santa Society,” and the “International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas.” (IBRBS)  Santa Mike has been background checked and carries insurance.  I have a degree in “Santa Clausology” from the International University of Santa Claus, run by National Santa, Tim Connaghan.  I also have graduated from the second oldest Santa school in America.  The Professional Santa Clause School, taught by celebrated mentor, Susan Mesco.  I also have a Diploma from “The Brother’s Claus” School, taught by Steve Gillham and Leon McBryde, both of whom were recently inducted into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame.  I have a background in photography, so I know just what it takes to get that “Special Picture.” 

I have a good sense of humor, which adds to the fun and joy for children from one to a hundred and one!  I have attended Santa classes at the “Discover Santa” ten year reunion, in Branson, Missouri where almost a thousand Santas appeared.  I also attended classes at the IBRBS Denver convention.  There is not much that I have not done as Santa.

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Mission statement

I’ve always loved being around kids. I was even one, once myself. I have coached different sports teams through the years.  When I was a teenager, I used to get balloons off the ceiling at the mall, and give them to little kids, just to see the joy in their eyes.  I have often entertained “thoughts” of Santa.

When I do something; I do my best to do it right. That is why I am a member of the “Mid Southern Santa Society.” I am a real bearded Santa, and a member of the “International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas.” (IBRBS) I am insured, and background checked. I have a customized Santa Suit, and just recently obtained an “Old World Suit.”

My belt buckle is inscribed with the latin phrase “Lumen Christi” which translates to “Light of Christ.” We should all be reflections of the “Light of Christ,” and who better to reflect this than Saint Nicholas.  After all,  “Jesus is the reason for the Season.”

I have made it a practice to give 20% to charity every year, so give me a try, and you will be helping others also!  Santa Mike’s motto is “Have Sleigh Will Travel,” and is willing to go wherever “his spirit” leads him.  Let Santa “Cool Claus” Mike bring joy to your special Holiday event.  Remember, Christmas comes, but once a year!

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