I am a full-time professional Santa Claus. Ho Ho Ho! Ask me anything!
Hi reddit! My name is Jim Manning and I'm a full-time professional Santa Claus (http://www.santaboston.com/). I first commented in this reddit thread "Mall Santas of Reddit,what is the funniest request a kid asked you?" and my comment went viral (check it out here http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1px2a3/mall_santas_of_redditwhat_is_the_funniest_request/cd73d8u).
Unlike most Santa Claus, the majority of what I do is visit with clients who hire me to act as Santa at various functions (for example, I light the tree in Boston every year; a golf course flies me in by helicopter every year, which is pretty awesome; I've helped 2 guys propose to their girlfriends, that's a fun one; and visit businesses and private holiday parties).
I'm happy to talk about designer beard Santas versus real beard Santas (think East Coast versus West Coast), secret Santa Conventions (they're not really secret, but I'll talk about them), and anything at all!