WAKE FOREST — VFW Post 8466 Chaplain Jim Dyer attended the oldest and most popular world-wide Santa Claus school in October in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season.
Jim has successfully made the difficult transition from combat helicopter pilot where danger is encountered every day to the demands of Santa Claus for the Triangle Town Center where danger is still encountered every day.
The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, established in 1937, is the longest continuously running Santa Claus School in the world.
Thomas Valent the present Dean of the internationally recognized Santa School said, “The school’s mission is to uphold the traditions and preserve the history of Santa Claus; to provide our students with the necessary resources that allow them to further define and improve their individual presentations of Santa Claus.”
Chaplain Dyer commented on his experience; “We are inspired and impressed by the school's history and the Santa Claus legend. We come together to share our common love of Christmas and the magical spirit of Santa Claus.”
The course covered all the traditions and values that began over half a century ago, along with new and updated information to keep the Santas in good shape, both physically and mentally. The Santa School provides the opportunity to meet Santas and Mrs. Santas from around the world, whom together have over 1000 years of Santa experience.
Everyone contributes stories and suggestions that make up the Santa lore. The knowledge gained and the wonderful people attending bestows lasting memories.