Veteran mall Santa writing how-to book

Nov. 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A 23-year veteran mall Santa Claus in Canada has written a lengthy training manual for up-and-coming Santas that includes advice to trim nose hair.

Victor Nevada, 65, is based in Calgary, Alberta, and has run 4-day training courses for the past 10 years for apprentice Santas, a Toronto Star correspondent reported.

Along with advice on trimming nose hair, his 535-page Santa manual advises to keep garlic, alcohol and tobacco off the breath and to keep one's white-gloved hands visible at all times.

He also says Santas should never promise a child they will get what they asked for on Christmas Day, and never to reach for a baby, but rather wait for it to be placed on the lap.

Nevada also recommends carrying liability insurance against lawsuits, the report said.

He also teaches his students how to deal with the inevitable little skeptics.

"Santa gently points a finger at the child's chest and says: 'Are you the real you? Because if you're the real you, then I must be the real me,'" he told the Star.

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