Looking for a job during the holiday season? Want to earn some holiday cash? Around this time of the year, there’s always the option of working as a Santa Claus! The job requirements include a sizeable tummy, a real beard (the fake ones aren’t in anymore!) and a convincing “ho-ho-ho". While it may sound like holiday heresy to mention "Santa" and "salary" in the same breath, you might be surprised to learn that Saint Nicholas can earn a high hourly wage for bringing joy to little kids and big kids alike.
A beginning Santa can earn an hourly wage of $100, while veteran Santas can earn an average wage of $175 to $200 per hour. The really big pay rate comes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; ...view middle of the document...
The truth is, Santas are never actually off the clock. For example, you have to be fast on your feet unless you want to explain to a suspicious child why Saint Nick is eating at McDonalds.
Speaking of kids, they are both Santa's biggest blessing and challenge. They may pull on Santa’s beard, cry, scream, sneeze and cough; so St. Nick needs to have a healthy immune system or a good health insurance plan. Would-be Santas should never be offended by sniffling children wiping their noses on their sleeve. One should also be prepared to spend long hours in a crowded mall and to deal with parents who have been waiting in a very, very long line so that their child can sit on your lap. Santas must be prepared for everything and anything, that’s why there are Santa training schools and conventions. There are even professional Santa organizations like the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded, Society of Santa, and an Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas!
Bringing in the big bucks for shopping malls all across America, the jolly, fat man is a key marketing tool to lure shoppers away from retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. In fact, Santa is one of the few advantages that a mall has over discount retailers which often “scrooge” on holiday decorations and don’t hire a Santa. It's not uncommon for a mall to spend thousands building a "North Pole" set for Santa and his elves.
So before you could even go into the Santa Claus business and earn your stocking stuffer money, Santa societies will perform a background check, and they’re checking it twice! So for now, let’s just relax with some milk and cookies and leave spreading holiday joy to the professionals.