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School of Christmas Studies

XMAS 411 Santa Claus Vocational Training

Students will engage in deeper and more active learning regarding a key character of Christmas, Santa Claus, and be prepared to serve in a vocational role this upcoming holiday season.

Course Description

Prof Emma has the following tips for aspiring super Santas:

  • Fully explore the options for a career in Christmas
  • Try to understand the corporate and local side of Christmas consumerism
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for learning the basics of acting the part

Prof Emma has the following comments about the syllabus: "Being jolly and fat is a full time gig. It's okay to be intimidated by the Pros in the instructional videos, but remember that this class is designed to familiarize you with this line of work. One day, maybe you too can hoist kids onto your lap!"

Prof Emma's final exam involves dressing the part and trying to convince people you are a professional Santa.

Prof Emma presents the following qualifications for this course: "I created the field of Christmas Studies. So, yeah."

Students will be graded on the following criteria: number of people who are convinced you are a professional Santa.

Number of People

Course Materials

How to Act Like Santa Claus Training Video

Transcription of above video of "How to Act Like Santa Claus". From

How To Act Like Santa Claus
Here is a video that shows you how to Act Like Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a very busy man, especially around Christmas time, so he needs a lot of helpers to be wherever he can't. If you are drafted in to be one of Santa Claus's helpers, follow this advice from the Ministry of Fun and you could be mistaken for Santa Claus himself!

Step 1: You will need
a jolly demeanour
Quick thinking
Christmas spirit

Step 2: The Ho Ho Ho
The first thing you need to know is how to do the perfect 'Ho Ho Ho'. Santa's signature laugh is a lot harder to master than you'd expect. Kids will be able to spot a fake a mile off so you'll need to get it right.
A good "Ho Ho Ho" comes form the diaphragm so reach down into your tummy to create the sound.
Don't force the sound, physicalise it, remember to smile and let rip with a happy and loud "Ho Ho Ho!".

Step 3: Work with your eyes
When you are dressed as Santa Claus, you must make sure that all your expression comes through in your eyes as this is the only part of your face children will be able to see. You can smile with your eyes, or express surprise or even show that you are listening with them.

Step 4: Be welcoming
When a child comes to see Santa, they may be very quiet at first, after all they are sitting on the knee of a big fat man in a red suit, and may feel slightly disconcerted. Always welcome them and ask a few questions to make them feel at ease, . Ask their name and if they are looking forward to Christmas.

Step 5: Don't disappoint
The most important question every child will be waiting for you to ask is what they want for Christmas. When they have told you what they would like, do not promise to get it for them. If they ask for something incredibly expensive that their parents cannot afford and you promise to deliver it, the child will be disappointed and their parents will not be best pleased. Instead, say something like "I'll see what I can do".

Step 6: Field difficult questions
If the child asks you an awkward question, remember that the real Santa would instantly know the answer, so you need to be able to think on your feet.
If, for example, a child tells you that they live in a house with no chimney and asks how you are going to be able to leave them their presents, first ask them if they can keep a secret. Then, tell them you have a special magic key that allows you to enter any house without a chimney through the back door, so you can still deliver presents to all the girls and boys who don't have chimneys.

Step 7: Do your research
It is always useful to know a few festive facts just in case you encounter a particularly inquisitive child.
Knowing the names of Santa's reindeer, for instance, is essential when behaving like the man himself. They are
Donner and Blitzen,
Cupid and Prancer,
Dasher and Dancer,
Comet and Vixen.
You should also be aware that although Rudolph is the most famous of Santa's reindeer, he was not one of the original 8. He and his magical red nose came along later. Santa sometimes lets him ride up front on nights when there's poor visibility.

Step 8: Know what's hip
The real Father Christmas always has his finger on the pulse of kiddie culture. If you want to impersonate him successfully you must have all the up to the minute information on what's hot and what's not according to kids these days. This includes pop music.

Not a lasagna yet?