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How to be Santa

My kids' former preschool has tapped me to be Santa this year at its annual holiday party. (I suspect it's punishment for some perceived misdeed my kids did while in the program.)

While the preschool owns the Santa suit, it doesn't have a Santa manual. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just Google it and be on my way."

Unfortunately, "how to be Santa Claus" and "how to act like Santa Claus" don't bring up many relevant hits.

In fact, the search turned up just two relevant hits—links to two useful videos, which I've now watched a dozen times each.

The first, how to act like Santa, is here.

And the second, how to dress like Santa, is here.

If you have any Santa guidance to give, I've got about 36 hours to prepare, so I'm open to all suggestions and insights.

And in the spirit of giving, I'd like to pass along the songs that are in heavy rotation in my iTunes Holiday playlist (warning: Any song is made better with the addition of sleigh bells):

1. "White Christmas," by Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters    

2. "Little Saint Nick," by The Beach Boys

3. "Run Rudolph Run," by Keith Richards   

4. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," by Bruce Springsteen   

5. "Merry Christmas, Baby," by Otis Redding

6. "I Won't Be Home for Christmas," by Blink-182

7. "Sleigh Ride," by Los Straitjackets

8. "’Zat You, Santa Claus?," by Louis Armstrong

9. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," by Frank Sinatra

10. "Mele Kalikimaka," by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

11. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," by The Chipmunks

12. "Winter Wonderland" (LP Take), by Chet Baker Quartet and Russ Freeman

(Con-flab it: I was going to put half of the greatest holiday album ever, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, on the list, but I can't find it on iTunes. Am I missing it? If you don't well up with tears when you hear Darlene Love singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Jack, you're dead.)