I just noticed next to my picture that I am classified as a newbie. HOHOHO, haven't seen that in awhile. Now I know it means I am new to this site, I am not questioning that, and not offended. However, after 38 years in the uniform, I was just taken by surprise. I started back in 1972 at the ripe old age of 24 and did the fake beard for 7 years. In the last 2 years of that era, I met my mentor, Joseph Greenawalt. He was real bearded and awesome. He appeared to be the type of Santa I wanted to be. Isn't it amazing how sometimes we get caught up with the way someone looks? I won't go any further with that. I just want to say that I have found my passion and it is a ministry for Christ while wearing the red uniform. I often challenge people to deny me my authenticity. I live eat and breathe Santa and feel that I cannot be stumped with a question. The bottom line, I just love being Santa. Congrats to all of you who live up to the tradition and values of Saint Nicholaus. It doesn't matter if your a newbie or a seasoned veteran, as long as you love what you are doing for others.