Memo to Santa: You Better Watch Out!

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Defending warns professional Santas recently caught posing at a brothel museum that the image and memory of Santa Claus must protected with honor, dignity and respect.

Santa Claus is a legendary gift-bringer with a sterling reputation for anonymously doing good. Children and adults the world over adore Santa Claus

For anyone portraying Santa Claus - especially in a "professional capacity" - you better watch out! Defending, a web site dedicated to restoring honor, dignity and respect to the person of Santa Claus, has recently highlighted the poor judgment of a group of professional Santas who visited a brothel museum while appearing "in uniform" as Santa Claus. Outraged parents, hiring managers and other professional Santas have since flooded the site with concerns.

"Santa Claus is a legendary gift-bringer with a sterling reputation for anonymously doing good. Children and adults the world over adore Santa Claus," explains Jeff Westover, President of Merry Network LLC, publisher of Defending "As parents, we too are very concerned that any man dressed as Santa Claus would visit an institution associated with the image of prostitution. To pose with employees dressed in period costumes and to broadcast that image through the media is disappointing and irresponsible."

For more than eight years, Defending has highlighted the mostly good works from the professional Santa community. "Telling the modern story of Santa is an important part of restoring his legacy," Westover notes. "Many good men study the history and habits of Saint Nicholas and work quietly within their communities to serve children and charities. They devote endless hours, absorb costs of costuming and transportation, all to help provide happiness and good cheer. But there are some who claim to be 'professional' Santas who only seek to glorify themselves through regular media attention. Some have built empires of for-profit enterprises all by exploiting their physical resemblance to Santa."

"The Santa Claus industry is evolving in adopting better standards of behavior," says Michael Rielly, founder of, the largest online community of amateur and professional Santa and Mrs. Claus and also an affiliate of Merry Network LLC. "A professional Santa these days can come from just about any background and from just about any location. Our mission is to educate and inspire those who wear the red suit to a higher standard. We applaud and support the efforts of Defending in their mission to restore the good name of Santa."
About Defending and Merry Network LLC
Defending was established in 2001 with the singular mission of restoring honor, dignity and respect to a man of faith known anciently as Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, and in modern times known as Santa Claus. This is accomplished through education of Santa history, sharing news of modern Santa activities, and promoting standards of the accurate portrayal of Santa Claus.

Merry Network LLC publishes and affiliates with 35+ Christmas-specific websites dating back to 1991. Five of the largest and most active Christmas communities online belong to the Merry Network, inclusive of My Merry, Christmas,, Magical Holiday, and Talk Millions of visitors annually visit the thousands of Christmas pages and resources made available online through Merry Network LLC. For more information, please visit

About ClausNet
Launched in 2007, ClausNET is the premier Santa Claus community for men and women dedicated to the faithful portrayal of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, and all others who devote their time to bringing the magic of Christmas to children and adults throughout the world! is the Internet's largest resource and social network for Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer Handlers, and Santa helpers for the purpose of sharing stories, advice, job posting, news, and information. Most importantly, ClausNET brings people together to build friendships that help spread happiness to the true believers of Santa Claus - the child inside of us. For more information about ClausNET, visit

Contact - Merry Network
Jeff Westover, President
877-Net-Xmas (877-638-9627)

Contact - ClausNET
Michael Rielly


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