Old Photos: Santa Claus School

These photos of the Santa Claus School where one could get a B.S.C. (Bachelor of Santa Claus) degree for $75 were published in the Life Magazine in 1961. Nowadays, our kids are forced to sit on the laps of uneducated Santas who probably can’t even pass the drug test.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Two men in Santa Claus training class learning how to do a spritely soft-shoe fr. dance instructor on faculty at Santa Claus School as part of course-work to get certificate that will enable them to get Yuletide employment.

Two men in Santa Claus training class learning how to do a spritely soft-shoe fr. dance instructor on faculty at Santa Claus School as part of course-work to get certificate that will enable them to get Yuletide employment.©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Ken Berends, a Santa Claus in training, looking bewildered at wailing little girl, during practice session for his Santa certificate during 5-day, $75-course at Santa school to enable him to get Yultide jobs at local department stores.

Ken Berends, a Santa Claus in training, looking bewildered at wailing little girl, during practice session for his Santa certificate during 5-day, $75-course at Santa school to enable him to get Yuletide jobs at local department stores.©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Six of the 15 men enrolled in Santa Claus School learning how to render a jolly belly laugh during course for Santa certification that will enable them to get Yuletide employment in local department stores.

Six of the 15 men enrolled in Santa Claus School learning how to render a jolly belly laugh during course for Santa certification that will enable them to get Yuletide employment in local department stores.©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt

©Time Alfred Eisenstaedt

The rest of the photos.

  • We saw the best Santa at the Wornall House last weekend. He was dressed in a Victorian costume and Darling (who is full of questions about the whole concept of Santa/Fr. Christmas) was mesmerized. He was really magical. Darling asked him a lot of questions and he was immediately able to answer. FYI…carrots and red peppers are what the reindeer prefer you to leave out as their snack.

  • Must be the one who went to school 🙂

  • Moxie that’s an adorable story. I’m in Southeast Asia so Santas are a little hard to find around here 🙂