Santa Gene has a REAL beard!
Santa Gene has been working as a professional real bearded Santa
since 2004. He has portrayed Santa for The Del Monte Center's Christmas
season many times.
Santa Gene has a degree from The International University of Santa
Claus, and regularly attends Santa conventions. He is also a member
in good standing of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas,
an international organization boasting membership of more than 1,000
men who are "dedicated to the joy of being Santa."
Santa Gene's mission statement:
"To provide a joyful and kindhearted experience year round to
children and adults through an accurate portrayal of the unique
qualities of the original Santa."
"Thank you so much for coming over
to take pictures with us. You have no idea how much it meant to
us. Thanks for making this Christmas extra special."
"As a professional Santa Claus,
Gene has performed for my office and at our local mall for several
years now. He has always epitomized the essence of Santa both in
his demeanor and attitude. His patience with children is inspirational,
his appearance is impeccable, and his joyful nature is sincere.
Being a real bearded Santa makes him so much more convincing ...
I have seen many Santas in my time and none has compared to the
experience Gene brings to every one of his appearances."
Keith Hayes, Monterey
County Assessor's Office
"This Santa has credentials."