The Claus Family Christmas Show

Mere Festive Mortals



We feel blessed to have shared so many wonderful and heartfelt memories with others. We thank everyone who has allowed us to be a part of their holiday tradition and this special time of year.

To Whom It May Concern:

During the month of December, 2006, I had the privilege of working closely with Chris and Suzanne Shoemaker, otherwise known as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  The North Pole couple made three Saturday full-day appearances at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.  I was their assistant each day, as well as their photographer.

I used the word privilege in the above paragraph for a reason, never before had I witnessed a more convincing role of Chris Kringle and his lovely wife.  As Mrs. Claus enticed children and parents to un-board the Beverly Hills trolley at the museum to pay a visit to Santa Claus, the magic began.  She would come into the facility with elated children and parents in tow.  Once they entered, Mr. Claus would make the children believe his reindeer had just landed on the rooftop just in time for their arrival.  The amazement in the childrens’ faces was something to see.  Whether it was one child they were tending to or a flurry of a dozen or more, the couple’s energy would be equally divided among the children as songs were sang and stories were told.  This was a case where literally no child was left behind.

I am simply putting this down on paper because I truly believe that anyone looking to hire a Santa for the holidays should definitely bet their money on Chris and Shoemaker, because unlike many gifts given or received during the holiday season, satisfaction is garanteed.

Sincerely,

Javier Barrios
Library Staff/Collection Archivist

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Dear Claus Family:

We so enjoyed having you at our library. Thank you so much for such a wonderful program. The children had such a great time engaging in and listening to your stories and songs. And best of all they enjoyed being able to talk to Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Here at the Cerritos Library we try to provide a vast array of programs. I feel that there was a great turnout and that the children enjoyed themselves was the best reward.

The stories were fun and entertaining. I know that many of the children enjoyed it. I think having the children participate by song and dance helped make this a special program for them.

The Orange County Register in their Westside Weekly did a lovely write-up. I have enclosed a copy for your files.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

April Aguinaga
Cerritos Library - Children's Librarian
December 21, 2005

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Dear Chris & Suzanne,

It was great to speak with you the other day. What a pleasure to once again schedule The Claus Family to pay a special visit to the Los Angeles Mission on Dec. 23, 2005 for our Annual Christmas meal and gift giving for the homeless of Skid Row, an area we have renamed Hope Central. We so appreciate your volunteer efforts towards making this a special day for everyone involved.

Again, thanks for "keeping the spirit year round," and I look forward to seeing you at the Mission in the months ahead. As always, my best to you both.

Marjorie Crowley
Director, Direct Response and
Database Services - Los Angeles Mission
August 1, 2005

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker:

It gives me great pleasure to extend to you, on behalf of the Community Services Department, our appreciation and gratitude for your performance at our Breakfast With Santa. You truly brought the "magic" to life for our Holiday Celebration. The children were able to have quality time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The stories and singing were all a delight to all those who were in attendance. It was a wonderful event and we wanted to thank you for being a part of it.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Kristi Caraveo, Recreation Supervisor
City of Signal Hill , California
December 17, 2004

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Dear Chris and Suzanne,

Thank you for coming to the Downey City Library for our volunteer Holiday Celebration. The volunteers had a great time, they enjoyed getting their pictures taken with you.

I heard many positive comments about you. The word that came up most frequently was "professional." They also said you were easy to talk to and you made them feel comfortable.

I'm so glad you came. I wanted them to feel appreciated and they did.

Claudia Dailey, Children's Librarian
Downey Public Library
December 7, 2004

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Dear Santa (Chris):

Thank you just isn't enough to express our gratitude for the "Santa" experience you give to our students each year. You have become the symbol of Santa that our children look forward to and talk about for weeks, even after Christmas.

I know that you have been Santa for other children's organizations, but the special joy that you bring to our students is so meaningful. With many of our children from low-income households, they have very little holiday celebration. In fact for some, you are their only celebration.

I am always impressed with your interaction with our students. You make them think about character values, not just for Santa, but day-in and day-out.

Chris, you are truly an amazing and unique Santa. Thank you for taking the time to be Newhall's ( Newhall , CA ) Santa. We are so lucky to have you since I know how busy you are with the demands of church groups and community events wanting you for their perfect Santa. Again, we thank you for your kindness and generosity each year.

Sue Harrison, Principal
Newhall Elementary School
April 20, 2004

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Chris,

It was great to hear from you!! There is no better Santa in the world than you and we are the lucky ones to have had you all these years.

Mrs. Barbara Roberts
PTA President, Newhall Elementary School
January 13, 2004

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Chris & Suzanne,

I cannot thank you enough for continuing this tradition with us. You are, without question, the heart and soul of our Christmas Party. I hope we'll see you again next year!

Sherry, Children's Librarian
El Segundo Public Library, California
December 4, 2003

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Dear Chris and Suzanne:

Happy New Year! I hope the holiday season was memorable and filled with plenty of fun with friends and family. I want to thank you both (and Elf!) for joining us at the Calabasas Snow Snow Snow event in December. Over 1,500 residents were able to create their won memories among friends and family while participating in the wonderful sing-a-long and photo opportunity you provided.

As an event coordinator, I felt Acts of Creation demonstrated great professionalism while preparing for the program and was grateful for the flexibility and efficiency shown during our tricky day of logistics. As a kid-at-heart myself, I was delighted by the endearing treatment our community members received from Santa's Family. I loved seeing our residents embraced so warmly and the result was written on the hundreds of smiles we captured during picture time! We had several parents remark on how Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf made each child feel special.

We look forward to working with Acts of Creation again in the future!

Aimee Eastman, Special Events Coordinator
City of Calabasas , CA
January 2, 2003

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Dear Santa (Chris):

Thanks again to you and Sparky ( Tyler ) for making Christmas such a memorable event for so many hungry and homeless children on Skid Row. You helped bring hope and joy to some very hurting people, and because of that, you will be blessed. People of all ages love to see the two of you coming down the street, words cannot describe their faces.

On behalf of the entire Los Angeles Mission and the people we serve, thank you again for sharing your love and compassion with others.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Marjorie Crowley, Development Manager
Los Angeles Mission
July 2, 2002

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Sponsored by the Signal Hill Library, Acts of Creation Entertainment Company performed The Claus Family Christmas at the Signal Hill Community Center to several hundred children from the library, after school daycare program, parks program, the local YMCA, and community at large for ages ranging predominantly form 4 to 11. The Claus Family performers consisted of Chris and Suzanne Shoemaker. The children's park director commented they were the most picturesque Mr. & Mrs. Claus to ever grace a stage. With a PhD in Dramatic Theater and a merry twinkle in their eyes, they were the perfect couple to present Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Their performance was simple and yet so mesmerizing to every child in the room, it had to have been scripted straight from Santa's workshop at the North Pole.

They engaged the entire group in singing, dancing and Chris Shoemaker, as Mr. Claus, recounted his experiences from Clement Moore's poem, The Night Before Christmas - with an emphasis on the importance of reading. Although he didn't use a microphone, the children were so attentive as he spoke you could say 'not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

City, library, and park youth leaders loved the performance as much as the children and were inspired to invite The Claus Family back next year for their annual Breakfast with Santa.

Pamela May, Signal Hill Public Library
Signal Hill , CA .
December 16, 2002

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Merry, Merry Christmas Santa & Mrs. Santa,

Thank you for making storytime So Special .

May God bless you as you make the children happy.

Love,

Joshua, Brandy and LaVerne, Glendora Story Time
Glendora Public Library, California
December, 2000

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker:

On behalf of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, thank you for participating in the 40 th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration held December 24 th .

Your assistance in making the event a memorable one for those in attendance is truly appreciated. As always, Mr. & Mrs. Claus lit up the eyes of many children (and adults).

Again, thank you. Enclosed is payment for your participation.

Laura Zucker, Executive Director
LA County Arts Commission
January 6, 2000

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker:

Thank you very much for sharing the "Claus Family Christmas" program with the South Pasadena Public Library. The children enjoyed listening to the holiday story and poem and dancing and singing with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They looked forward to their special time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parents expressed their appreciation for the patience and child-centered approach you exhibited through the conversations with their children.

Again, many thanks for making the holidays unique for the children from our community. We're ecstatic that some of the children thought first of books when Santa asked what they wanted for Christmas.

Maida Lin Wong, Senior Librarian, Children's Services
South Pasadena Public Library, CA
December 9, 1999

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker:

On behalf of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, I want to thank you for providing wonderful entertainment in the lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during our Annual Holiday Celebration on December 24th. It was wonderful to have Mr. And Mrs. Claus back to help us celebrate.

You might like to know that over 6,000 people attended the live performance this year and both the live telecast and the rebroadcast on KCET were widely viewed (over 600,000).

Again, thank you for your contribution to making this a successful and memorable event for so many children and their families.

Laura Zucker, Executive Director
LA County Arts Commission
January 5, 1999

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Family Night

By popular demand, Family Night features the Klaus Family Storytellers, produced by Acts of Creation, Chris Shoemaker and Suzanne Blackburn. They have been brightening holiday seasons for 10 years and are based in Santa Clarita. Join Santa and Mrs. Klaus as they male a grand bell ringing entrance and exit, tell traditional and modern stories of the Christmas season and lead carols and dances for all children, from age 1 to 92! The Klaus family emphasizes the importance of reading. This show will last for one-and-a-half hours (7 to 8:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, December 13 in the Community Room of the Cerritos Public Library. Santa and Mrs. Klaus will hear wishes from those children inclined to talk with them.

The Cerritos News
Published for the citizens of Cerritos , California
December 1995, Volume 24, Number 12

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Dear Suzanne & Chris,

Thanks for the marvelous job you did this last Christmas with the Santa Party. This annual event is now considered a tradition at Summit !

I wish you all the best this new year has to offer you and your family.

Warmest Regards,

Alicia Simons, Events Director
Summit at Warner Center , CA
January, 1993

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Dear Chris and Suzanne,

Thank you for your appearance as Santa and Mrs. Claus at our family night. Your professional repertoire was a delight.

The volunteers had a great time and so did Diane, Roy and I.

Hedy L. Harrison, Children's Services Librarian
City of Cerritos Public Library, CA
December, 1993

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Dear Chris & Suzanne,

I got many comments after the program about what a great Santa and Mrs. Claus you were; both the parents and the children really enjoyed your program!

Thank you for providing such an enjoyable program. I hope we can work with you again this summer.

Patrice Samko, Librarian
Northwest Park Library, CA
December 22, 1993

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Dear Chris & Suzanne,

Thanks again for the wonderful job.

Sincerely,

Alicia Simons, Events Director
Summit at Warner Center , CA
January, 1993

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"Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus",

Thanks so much for talking to Marcus and at Rick at Waipahu Library.

They truly enjoyed talking to both of you. They think you are the real Santa because you knew my name and I didn't even tell you. I told them Santa knew everything.

Both of you did a terrific job. Please continue next year. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season.

Aloha -

Melinda, Children's Librarian
Waipahu Library, Honolulu , Hawaii
December 21, 1991

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker,

Thanks very much for your time and presence. It helped make that day special for the children & families!

Sincerely,

Arlene Kogler, Director
Kilohana Preschool, Honolulu , Hawaii
January 1, 1991

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker:

Last year you presented a Christmas Program, featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus (and baby elf!) at our school. We enjoyed it so much and would like to have you back again.

We are looking for a simple, warm program such as you presented last year.I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Arlene Kogler, Director
Kilohana Preschool, Honolulu , Hawaii
January 1, 1991

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker:

Thank you for playing Santa Claus for the children on Tripler's wards during the Christmas holidays.

While the giving of time and talent is always a welcomed gift for those hospitalized, the gesture is doubly appreciated at Christmas. Your contribution helped boost the morale of many patients here at Tripler, especially those who could not be with their families during the Christmas season.

Tripler is indeed fortunate to be surrounded by people and communities who show care and concern. Best wishes and Happy New Year.

Richard E. Meiers, Colonel, Chief of Staff, Dept. Of The Army
Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 17, 1990

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