I Need to Hire a Santa Claus Where Do I Look

I Need to Hire a Santa Claus Where Do I Look? My first answer to that question would be, “Right here, I’m for hire as Santa!” But you most likely want more info about hiring that jolly old Elf… right? ’Tis the season to be jolly, and no one does jolly better then old Father […]

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 […]

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 […]

50 Best Super Bowl Commercials

50 Best Super Bowl Commercials that makes watching the game more fun for the fans… even better then the half-time entertainment The Super Bowl has featured the best of the best TV commercials to ever play on game day. So many of them are memorable, whether it’s because they send a strong message, because they’re […]