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santajohngronwall
Feb 05, 2021
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I just picked up my Santa Suit from the dry cleaners. This is the forth year that they have surprised me with another EXCELLENT job. Many ask if they know of a dry cleaner that won't turn white fur pink...well look no further - Joe May Valet Cleaners, 2900 White Blvd, Decatur, 30033. 404-292-8440. https://www.joemaycleaners.com/ Really nice people...tell them Santa sent you.
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santajohngronwall
Feb 06, 2020
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Wandering Target toy department today (Feb 5), and a small reindeer was wandering the isles. Says his name is Sven...yes he talks! Always asking for snacks, and says 'please' too. So I adopted him and brought him home. Looking for a different name, thinking Otto, but maybe I'll wait till I get on the Santa set at Christmas to see what the children think. He's outside as a guard reindeer. So, at the checkout, the lead cashier mentioned that during Christmas, this sold for $100, but now that it's February, is like 2/3 off for $29. A week ago, I could have gotten 9 of em, today, only two remaining. Oh, it was the Tucker Target store on Lavista Road.
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santajohngronwall
Jan 31, 2020
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At the January Peachtree Santas I tried (not very well) to explain “Google Docs”. A little background: My first home visit was originally setup for 4 children (my contacts grandchildren)…well, the hostess (my contacts daughter) grew the gathering to 16 children. Eleven families, over 40 people attended the Christmas party. Children were 13, 11, two 4-year olds and the rest were 3 and under. Reality was that only a handful of children knew about Santa and what Christmas was all about. The hostess created a Google Doc template. The document lived in the Cloud allowing all of the moms access to the document to add and edit the document. The document – see the Attached File of the list of children and information. The mom could verify their attendance, Childs Name, Age, details like “Done really well at…”, “Favorite gift from last year” and “Working on between now and Christmas”. One mom added photos of her two children. Just before the party, I downloaded the document, alphabetized by name, and put the pages into an old binder. During the visit, Santa pulled out the binder, and for the older children I looked up their name and mentioned the great things that they were doing. It was a huge hit. Santa was magical !! Google Docs is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It is a browser-based word processor like Microsoft Word. You can create, edit, and share documents online and access them from any computer with an internet connection. It works GREAT! Try it, it’s free! I suggest that you Google “Google Docs” and learn to use the tool. I could see using this tool when Santa has a large party such as a Homeowners Association or Block Party, anywhere with a gathering of a gaggle of little ones. Attached is the file of the Google Doc.
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santajohngronwall
Jan 30, 2020
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Over the past few years at the mall, I developed a few props that I use every day. I would like to share with the other Santas. They don't take up much room, and can be used for home visits too. Children are usually accompanied by their parents (typically mom). After our visit, I have the child get a card out of one of two baskets. One is for newborn babies that Santa makes an honorary Elf, the other is for children - a "Certificate of Good Behavior". I ask the child to give this to Mom or Dad. I updated the Certificate for 2020 already. Next props are "Santa's Secret Nice List" - two notebooks one red for Girls and the other blue for Boys. Inside I have alphabetical lists of names (first names only). The children get great pleasure in finding their names. If it's not, we have a little discussion about their being good. Mom usually weighs in on if they should be added to the Nice List. We negotiate a little - clean your room, pickup your clothes...then I hand write their name. I'll pick on Betty...End of season, I open the Word document, specific letter "B" insert the name "Betty", resort all of the B's, and reprint just the B section of the Girls book. I print on card stock it can handle a lot of not-so-gentle little fingers. Each notebook is less than 50-pages printed both sides. Last prop - my Reindeer Family Photo Album. It's amazing what you can find on the web. So I copied and printed some photos, added their name to the photo. I added a few silly reindeer to the team like Bumble, Hippo, Grunter, Fly, Zepher and of course Olive. A couple pictures of Rudolph - one from the cartoon and another I added a glowing nose. The little ones love the photos. BUT you have to have stories to tell the children...and the parents love the stories too. So, if anyone is interested, I would be happy to share.
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