You have the Santa spectacles. You have the leather boots or boot tops. You have the full Santa Hat and beard. You've got the requisite padding. And despite Hollywood's trend that started with "Bad Santa," you have a smile in your heart and a ho-ho-ho on your lips. Plus you're not drunken like the Santa in "Miracle on 34th Street." You're ready in your Santa Claus costume.
Some other holly jolly holiday hints for bringing comfort and joy in your Santa costume:
* While candy canes and cookies are always welcome at Christmas, some parents may want the kids not to have so much sugar. Carry healthy snacks in your Santa sack.
* Flick those reins if you're in the sleigh, the way Kris Kringle did, as played byRichard Attenborough or Edmund Gwenn in "Miracle on 34th Street".
* Here's a tip from AnytimeCostumes.com: If you have a full natural beard, get temporary haircolor to maintain the illusion of the white-bearded Santa. If not, get a full beard and wig.
* Santa doesn't work alone! Recruit friends and fellow employees or volunteers to dress in a gingerbread man costume, reindeer costume and an elf costume or two.
* The best Santa Claus costume accessories you can wear are a merry smile, look of genuine interest in children, and red healthy color in those cheeks. If you're naturally pale, try jogging around the mall or drinking some of Santa's hot chocolate!
* Make sure the Santa costume is comfortable, especially the trousers--you don't want to look uncomfortable or grumpy on that dais!
Most of all, have fun. That's the best Santa Claus costume accessory.
Ever notice that no one accuses Santa of beign too old for the job? Or how about Mrs. Claus? No one hints they need to retire. This is one time in your life, wearing the Santa Claus costume or Mrs. Santa costume, that you'll be happy to look older.
You might think you need makeup to get that Santa grandfatherly look and Mrs. Santa grandmotherly face. If you'll be bouncing kiddies on your lap, makeup with your Christmas costumes is essential. Here's how to get that aged look, according to AnytimeCostumes.com:
* Use a warm makeup base for a healthy Santa look.
* Apply shadow, i.e. black or gray, makeup tones to create wrinkle lines and hollows.
* Highlight cheeks and bones with a tone lighter than the base.
* Powder makeup with Colorset Powder.
* Add warm red or pink tinges in the cheeks if you tend to be pale even after running a marathon.
You can always go for the ageless glowing look as Mrs. Claus or Santa Claus, but it's more realistic to have the wrinkle effects! Kids expect to see an old Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus, the way you expect to see someone in an elf costume or reindeer costume at a mall at Christmas. It's refreshing to know that in our youth-driven society, people still want an older Santa Claus.
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