WHO: The Red Suit Society is a very special group of
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 Connaghan,
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. Additionally the
Chancellor may admit new members based on their personal
experiences or training from other similar institutions.
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
WHAT: 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 personalities.
Members may from time to time be invited to attend or
participate in local, regional or national events. In
addition, each member may list the wording "Member - "The
Red Suit Society."
The Red Suit Society was started in 2003 as an
Alumni association for the International University of Santa
association was established to be a society 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.
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.
In 2004, Santa Tim Connaghan, stopped the organization
planning for the Red Suit Society in order to concentrated on the AORBS.
He had been working
on an idea to hold a convention for the Red Suit Society.
A year later, that convention actually became the first
ever Santa Convention for the AORBS. "Discover
Santa," was held with over 300 Santas, plus a matching number
of Mrs. Claus, vendors and friends, at the Radisson Hotel Branson, in July of 2006.
Last year, following
Santa Tim's departure as the President of AORBS,
He had more time to devote to other projects and therefore
decided to re-open the Red Suit Society.
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.
additional information, suggestions or comments, please
contact Santa Tim Connaghan at
Santa@theKringleGroup.com or call (951) 779-0536