Bushy Bearded Santa

Bushy Bearded Santa, because not all hair on the face is created equal. Beards are like people they grow in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are wonderfully short and well-kept, others are long and wispy, some irreparably patchy and then there’s the other kind… Bushy! Today, we’re here to talk about the fuller […]

American St. Nick

American St. Nick, focuses on Richard Brookins dressing as Saint Nicholas in World War II. I saw this brilliant story, about a little town in Luxemburg, during Word War II that needing a visit from old St. Nick and got that wish from the US Army in 1944, on The History Channel. Richard Brookins, a […]

Time With Santa

Time With Santa, (Father Yule John Rakestraw), is your own in home entertainer for all year around House Visits. Father Yule, John Rakestraw, is celebrating 35+ years as an Entertainer, Storyteller, Author, Actor, who works with special children of all ages. With literally hundreds of pasted events under his “Santa” hat. Father Yule’s gentle manner and […]

Santa Should See The World With Children’s Eyes

Santa find your inner child. My advice to Santas for hire? I’d say the No. 1 on your “to do” list is to focus on being interested, more then being interesting. We spend a lot of time as Santas focusing (I might even say obsessing?) on ourselves. Honing our craft through Santa classes, choosing the […]

American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them

American Presidents, Interesting Stuff About Them GEORGE WASHINGTON George Washington initially refused to accept his salary while president, but eventually relented. It was $25,000 annually. JOHN ADAMS John Adams’ last words were allegedly “Thomas Jefferson survives.” The two presidents were friends, but also rivals. Adams didn’t know that Jefferson had died earlier the same day: […]

Santa’s Smile… is Worth a 1000 Words

Santa’s smile, the flash goes off… were you ready? Santa’s smile should brighten a room! Always be ready with the perfect Santa’s smile? That’s your job, “to be ready”, after you’ve said your hellos and got them all posed properly. That’s when it’s easy to have the smile of our face. But there are smartphones, […]


Great Santa… How do we make our Santa great! WHAT MAKES A GREAT SANTA… Brilliant? You can spend $$$$$ on a great suit, have a fantastic beard, ring the most expensive shiny brass bell… even having live Reindeer! But, none of that make’s you a brilliantly great Santa Claus. Is your Santa truly in the […]

Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.”

Mardi Gras Father Yule, John Rakestraw is celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) – Carnival is filled with parades, balls and other celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” The party animal is alive and well in Springfield, Oregon. What is Mardi Gras and how do we celebrate? Fat Tuesday, in […]

Year of the Monkey, How Best to Celebrate

Year of the Monkey, it’s beautiful to see Chinese New Year become a global celebration with deeply rooted cultural symbolism that plays out in the art of food, dance and fun. These lush events mark a time to honor ancestors and deities, focus on and set your intentions for the year ahead and create opportunities […]