December 5, 2013 11:54 am
Updated: December 5, 2013 11:56 am

Santa school teaches Metro Vancouver Santas how to ‘Ho Ho Ho’ and more

Santa Norm.

Santa Norm.

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It’s not easy being one of Santa’s helpers this time of year.

While Santa himself is busy in the North Pole getting ready for Christmas, men from across Metro Vancouver fill his shoes at the malls, at events and in parades.

Rozmin Watson runs the organization Hire a Santa and for the first year she also held a one day Santa school for interested participants.

“It’s for all the Santa Clauses whether they’re experienced or inexperienced,” says Watson.

The Santas learn the ‘Santa walk’, practice their ‘Ho Ho Hos’ and learn how to sit for long periods of time without their muscles seizing up.

“We even show them how to put make-up on,” says Watson.

One of the most important aspects to looking the part is getting the white beard right.

“Most of the people really like the real bearded Santas,” says Watson, “but I’m a strong believer that if it ‘s in your heart it doesn’t matter.”

Santa Steven.

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Hire a Santa has more than 40 people in the Vancouver area that are available during the Christmas season and Watson says she is always turning down work.

She says one of the most important parts for her Santas is learning the ethics and the stories of the job.

“The most challenging part is acting the role,” she says. “If someone says ‘can you please bring my mommy back?’ if you don’t have the right person [in the suit] it can be detrimental to the child.”

“It’s not just about sending someone in a red suit, it’s about the stories they have to say and answer to.”

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