Brandon Fiscus, an at-home dad to two kids and season Santa Claus, wrote this guest blog for momaha.
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I would have to say spreading joy as Santa Claus is just like being a parent.
In so many ways, the children give you more. The bright looks on their faces and cheer in their voices makes my day that much better.
I’m honored to be Santa Claus for another holiday season, especially since it sparks joyful feelings.
I say be, instead of play or portray, because when I am Santa Claus, I have to put myself in a different world where reindeer fly, elves work and The North Pole exists. Because… to millions of people, Santa’s magic actually exist.
This December marks my fourth year to don the iconic red and white suit.
I officially put on the suit after noticing how costly it was for a Santa visit. Instead, I invested in the Santa gear. Being an at-home dad to a then 2-year-old son, making Santa appearances brought in a little extra income. Over the years, my transformation from Dad Brandon to Santa has been perfected with the help of a “Holly Jolly” attitude. Each year, I do my very best to bring something new — from a quality beard to video messages — to engage young children and their families.
I keep growing into Santa a little bit more. I keep the magic and twinkle of this special holiday alive.
And the effort certainly has paid off.
I get some of the greatest reactions from shy to extremely excited children.
My favorite response from a child: “Will you marry my mommy?”
Tattling from brothers and sisters lends itself to humorous conversations, too. I don’t think anyone will ever top this remark,” Daddy’s on the naught list because she’s sleeping on the couch.”
A few other memorable things I’ve heard throughout the years include:
“Where are your reindeer?”
“Santa your beard is like grandma’s”.
“I want a dog, not that stupid cat.”
“Why did you run over grandma?”
“Can I have a unicorn for Christmas, please?”
“I don’t know what I want, but daddy wants a car.”
“Who cleans up the reindeer poop?”
Ah, you have to love the imagination of a child and the pure honesty of their comments or questions.
And then there was this exchange between a child and his mother.
Child: “I don’t like coal and I don’t want him any more, so I’ve been good.”
Mom: “Her brother is Cole.”
Being Santa Claus has been a rewarding experience and the kick-start to my business, Party Pals. I thought I could bring more happiness to children through out the year. So, in April, I created the children’s entertainment business. In addition to Santa, I also host Easter egg hunts as the Easter Bunny.
With many years and holiday seasons ahead of me, I really do hope to grow into the best and most memorable Santa Claus anyone has witnessed.
Thank you for allowing me to be your Santa.
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