Children know Santa Claus as a wholesome, giving, grandpa figure, and it is best he stays that way. We seem to be hearing more and more stories each year of Santa Claus getting fired and even arrested. The last thing you want your kids to see is a handcuffed Santa Claus being led away by police.
That would typically results in your kids asking you the question, “How is he going to bring us our toys if he’s in jail?” This is not an easy or fun predicament for a parent or child to be in. So what can you do to make sure you hire a safe Santa Claus?
Finding the Right Mr. Claus
First of all, how do you hire a Santa? Does he have an 800 number? Is he listed? Maybe you have a Christmas party, festive gathering, or corporate event scheduled for the holidays and a guy wearing a fake beard and red suit just isn’t going to cut it this year.
Believe it or not, there are websites dedicated to hiring Santa Claus for the holidays, and not just any Santa Claus; authentic, bearded professionals. GigMasters.com is a site that lists professional Santa’s for hire by state and city making is easy to search your area. For your Mr. Kringle needs, GigMaster understands the importance of authenticity and professionalism. After all, Santa needs to be on time, have a jolly laugh, his beard on tight, and belly on straight.
The most in demand Santas have their own websites like OldManChristmas.com. He calls his authentic visits stress-free, eliminating the long lines and crowded shopping malls. He’ll come right to your home and spend the evening with you and your family, making for great family memories and photos.
There are a number of other sites that have Santa up for hire including TheSantaGuide.com, where Mr. Kringle himself can put up his own listing and a short bio. You can search your area to narrow down the possible candidates. On The Santa Guide you can find a Santa, hire a Santa, rent a Santa, book a Santa, or reserve a Santa.
Of course, you don’t want your Christmas bash to end up in the news due to a bad Santa incident. That would put a damper on the cheerful festivities. Though we would like to think that the men behind the beards and bright red velvet are as wholesome and jolly as their characters, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, before you reserve Mr. Claus, a quick background check is in order, and maybe even a Google search (using Santa’s real name of course).
What Kind of Credibility Checks Can Be Done?
Besides a background check on Searchbug, you could also try GoodHire.com for your Santa hiring needs. They are FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) compliant and easy to use. The entire process is done online with the click of a button and you’ll receive email updates with progress reports. Of course, for Goodhire, you’ll need Santa’s consent, Social Security number, date of birth, and address, (not his North Pole address). If you’d prefer a stealth like check on his background but do not plan on making a hiring decision based on that information alone, you can hire a private investigator using the SearchBug Assisted Searches.
In either case, it only takes a few days to complete a background check, so even if you’re planning a party last minute you’ll get the results in time for Santa’s big entrance.
References are also a great way to check on Mr. Claus’ professional background. Ask for a couple of contacts that have used his services in the past. Also, contact local event planners who have used Santas and ask who they recommend. It’s always better to do the research and ask around than to end up with a disappointing experience. Shopping malls, churches, and annual festivals are good references to reach out to as well.
This is the year to take your Christmas parties to the next level. Forget the red suit and tangled up beard that is stashed in the supply closet. Give your kids a Christmas experience they’ll cherish forever. Be the hit of the town with a meet and greet at the mall or local shopping center. Sit down with Santa in your living room, book him for the fall festival, or surprise the kids at their school with a special guest. Everyone loves Santa Claus and a safe Santa is the best Santa.