The Red Suit Society is a very special group of individuals.
They are called by numerous names: Saint Nicholas, Santa
Claus, Kris Kringle and many others, as the culture of their
motherlands have decreed.
What ties these individuals together is that most are
alumni of the International University of Santa Claus, aka:
School4Santas. Additionally individuals who have
attended other schools or through their work,
accomplishments, etc., may also be considered for
membership. The Society was created by Santa Tim
The Red Suit Society was started in 2003 as a listing
of individuals that have accomplished something special by
investing their own personal time to improve or enhance
their representation of Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas or other
Holiday Persona. This is a special Society of men and women
whose personal contributions, studies, and volunteer efforts
demonstrate that they share the responsibility to maintain
and perpetuate the magic and mystery of Santa Claus.
Each of them has shown a commitment to following the
traditions and history associated with Saint Nicholas.
Members come from all walks of life: Most common are the
everyday parents and grandparents.
But they are also teachers, policemen & firemen,
Clergymen, Doctors and Lawyers, members of the media and
even famous celebrities.
In different ways each member has dedicated a portion of
their life to giving joy and happiness to others by
following the tradition of 'Secret Giving" that St. Nicholas
demonstrated during his life, over 17 centuries ago.
In addition, each year, they ceremoniously transform,
when they put on the famous Red Suit or take on the
personality of a holiday figure and commit themselves to
continuing the myths, stories, mystery and fantasy, of
Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and other holiday
Members may from time to time be invited to attend or
participate in local, regional or national events. In
addition, each member may list, on their web site, Facebook
page or business card, the wording "Member - "The Red Suit
Members may be professionals
or just volunteers. Most importantly, however, is that they
believe in the traditions associated with St. Nicholas and
have a desire to continue his practice of Secret Giving and
bringing joy to others.
Historians tell us that sometime near the first millennium,
over 1000 years ago, a group of French nuns, wanted to do
something to reward the good children in their village.
As Saint Nicholas was the patron Saint of children, they
baked some little cookies or treats, and in the early
morning hours of December 6, the feast day of St. Nicholas,
they went through the village leaving a little treat
in the shoes of each and every child.
All of this was done in secret, following the examples of
Saint Nicholas, who was revered for his strong principles
and his dedication to the practice of “Secret Giving.”
When the children woke and found the treats, they began
asking where they came from? The nuns simply replied
that because the children had been good, St. Nicholas
decided to reward them.
Thus began one of the World’s most widely celebrated
traditions. Over the following years, decades
and centuries, the simple handiwork of those little nuns has
continued, supported by hundreds, then thousands and finally
millions of followers who, in the name of Saint Nicholas,
found joy in “Secret Giving,” and helping others.
Originally membership in the Red Suit Society, was to be
only from those individuals who attended the
IUSC/School4Santa schools. However, that has evolved
to include anyone who has purchased the course book or
DVD's. Other's may be invited to join the Society
based on their personal experiences or training from other
similar institutions. More recently attendance
at the International Congress of Santa Claus or the 2006
AORBS Convention has been added.
Most often individuals come to this industry as reluctant
participants. Someone 'volunteers' them for the job of Santa
or a helper. Reluctantly they accept the position.
But, once they have experienced the magic and joy of the
work, they want to become more involved and expand their
experience. They set out to learn more and to become
better at representing this timeless symbol of Christmas.
For additional information, suggestions or comments,
please contact Santa Tim Connaghan at
or call (631) 871-4901