Santa Claus Oath Kicks Off Christmas Season In Santa Claus, Indiana

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Grandsons of two legendary Santas sign the Santa Claus Oath in Santa Claus, Indiana

Christmas is just around the corner and soon Santa Claus will be making his appearance in parades and shopping malls worldwide. To help kick off the Christmas Season, the newly created Santa Claus Oath will be signed and dedicated in Santa Claus, Indiana.

The Santa Claus Oath outlines eight principles that a Santa Claus should follow. Created earlier this year by Phillip L. Wenz, the Santa from Santa's Village, the Santa Claus Oath was inspired by two legendary Santa Clauses, Jim Yellig of Santa Claus, Indiana and Charles W. Howard of Albion, New York.

Seventy years ago this week, the two most preeminent gentlemen to ever put on the red suit, Jim Yellig and Charles W. Howard, met for the first and only time. Yellig would become known as the "Real Santa" from Santa Claus, Indiana, and Howard would become known as the "Dean" of Santa Clauses.

The only time the two men would ever meet was in October 1938 at the Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana.

"Those two marvelous Santas met each other only once, and it was in the town of Santa Claus," says Wenz. "It will 70 years later, nearly to the day, that two of the grandsons of these legendary Santas will be the first to sign the Santa Claus Oath in that same magical town."

During Sunday's ceremony, Charles Bergeman, the grandson of Charles W. Howard and Will Koch, the oldest grandson of Jim Yellig will be the first to sign the Oath on behalf of their families and their famous grandfathers.

After the signing, the newly created oversized book containing the Santa Claus Oath will start its journey to the Celebrate Santa Convention to be held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, next March. The book will include the story of the first Santa Convention of 1939, the biographies of Howard and Yellig, information detailing the Celebrate Santa Convention, plus the Santa Claus Oath.

"The Santa Claus Oath is a reminder to all who portray Santa of the ideals that Santa Claus stands for," says Joseph Moore, the director of Celebrate Santa. "We're honored to have these legendary Santas of the past become part of our Oath by having their grandsons sign it."

The Santa Claus Oath Book will be available for all Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves and helpers to sign at Celebrate Santa.

After the convention, the Oath Book will be sealed and returned to Santa's Candy Castle to be displayed in a place of honor, along with photographs and the story of the 2009 Celebrate Santa convention. The Oath Book will stay at the Castle in the display and not signed or moved again until it makes the journey to the next Santa convention.

Santa Claus Oath
I will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels.

I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults.

I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself.

I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion.

I know the "real reason for the season" and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it.

I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest and show fellowship to my peers.

I promise to use "my" powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend.

I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of Saint Nicholas the gift giver of Myra.

About The Santa Claus Oath author Phillip L. Wenz.
Phillip L. Wenz donned his first Santa Claus suit at the age of four. By the time he was fourteen he was in his first parade, and by the ripe old age of twenty-four, he became the year round Santa Claus for the iconic Santa's Village in Dundee, Illinois. An association he has now had for more than twenty years.

Wenz has appeared in nationally televised parades, commercials, and at some of the nation's largest corporate and civic holiday events. His resume also includes work in Santa Claus, Indiana at the Historic Candy Castle, consulting on Christmas programs, and is a published author.

About Celebrate Santa
Celebrate Santa is a convention, parade, exhibitor show and gala ball. It celebrates all those who portray the Jolly Old Elf and Mrs. Claus in their various forms around the world. It brings all the joy and experience of these magical folk to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and will take place on March 16, 17, 18, 2009. For more information visit http://www.hollyandshamrock.com.

Media Contact:
Phillip L. Wenz
Santa Claus Productions
815-277-7077
santaclausproductions @ msn.com

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