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Mrs. Claus, like her husband, represents the warmth and hominess of Christmas, and love for all the children of the world. If you're dressing as Mrs. Claus or even Ms. Claus or Miss Santa, there's a certain image to uphold. Homemade cookies, apron, warm smile, eyeglasses, white gloves.
There are sexier Ms. Claus or Mrs. Santa Claus costume options, but be careful with them. A cute knee-length miniskirt trimmed in marabou is fun and pretty, but a midriff-baring Mrs. Santa costume is a no-no in mixed company. Don't laugh or groan--it's probably happened. Like the illusion of Santa himself, the rep of Mrs. Claus needs to be protected. It may seem old-fashioned to some women, but Mrs. Claus is a lady who's chosen to do what she's doing and genuinely enjoys it. Truth be told, she's the one who runs the North Pole--Santa's too busy checking his list twice and eating cookies!
So embrace the covered-up aproned Mrs. Santa Christmas costumes. If you want to skip the theatrical makeup wrinkles and pretend Mrs. Claus has had Botox or a facelift at the North Pole, that's fine--Santa and the elves can work magic! On the other hand, maybe making millions of children happy and living in a castle with lots of elf helpers keeps Mother Nature at bay.
Whatever you decide, though, Mrs. Claus is a legend in her own right, so wear the Mrs. Santa Claus costume with pride.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|