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Hello and welcome to the Smoky Mountain Santa website. We are pleased that you dropped by. Be sure to check Santa's photo schedule for this season as there are many changes for my 30th season doing Santa photos.
This will be my 30 th season as Santa Claus. I enjoy having the opportunity to talk to children when they visit Santa. Some stories are laughable and some stories are sad.
1986 was the beginning of Santa photos with our company,
"Portraits by Memory Lane."
I have a large following as Santa Claus. Children of all ages have had their photos taken with me. Individuals from 3 days old to 99 years young and every age in between have visited with Santa
People from most of the 50 states and many countries have had their photos taken with me, at some point over these past 29 seasons. What makes it humbling is to have so many kids who began having their photos taken with me when they were just months old, still come back to have a photo taken taken with “their” Santa, even though they are now out of High School.
This will be my 30th season doing Shanta Photos at Sawnee Drug Store in Cumming, Georgia
In 1989 I was fortunate to be the Official Santa Claus at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida.
In 1990 I began Santa photos in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and have done so each year to the present time.
In 1991, I became the official Santa Claus at the Christmas Village Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be my 24th season doing photos at the Christmas Village Festival. This is a very large craft show at the civic center which draws over 50,000 people in just a five-day span. A large number of children return there each year for "their" Santa photos.
This year I will be doing Santa Photos at the Mall OF Georgia in Buford, Georgia. According to the Mall Website, this is ther largest mall in Georgia.
In 2006, I was invited be the official Santa at Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia. This is a wonderful facility with 7 1/2 miles of beautiful Christmas lights and a Holiday Village. The Holiday Village has a Christmas store, food court, carnival , Ice Skating Rink, pony rides and 2 big fire pits where children of all ages can roast marshmallows. The Village staff photographers are available to take your photo with Your Santa.
I have done 9 seasons of Santa photos at Lake Lanier Isdlands -- enjoyed my time there but as in life things do change.
I have been doing Santa photos for most of these 29 years in daycares, preschools and stores in Georgia and Tennessee.
I believe that the customer comes first as far as standing in line with their children to see Santa. I think they deserve the consideration to have Santa talk to their children without Santa taking long breaks. Each child gets the time they deserve. Through the years I have noticed most children only have one special toy in mind to ask Santa to bring them for Christmas. Now, of course, you will have those that bring the entire wish book with them. However, the majority of children are happy to tell Santa the one thing they want most. No child has ever thought that were rushed after they climbed down from Santa's lap.
Each child, if they seem old enough to understand, is asked, "Do you know whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas? Why do we celebrate Christmas"? I have had kids as young as 2 years old tell me it is Jesus' Birthday. Yet I have had kids 13 or 14 years old unable to answer that question, no matter how I ask it. Nevertheless before they finish talking with Santa, they do know why we celebrate Christmas.
Jesus is the Reason for ALL Seasons