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Being Santa Claus Is Serious Business, And These Odd, Old Photos Prove It

Every year, Santa enlists helpers all around the country to meet children and spread Christmas cheer. But Santa doesn”t just send them out untrained. Oh, no-ho-ho. Instead, he sends them to Santa school. After all, how else will they learn shake like a bowl full of jelly?

Knowing his secret, we decided to look back in time to see how these schools were run in the past. And what we dug up from 1961…well, it”s just plain awesome.

Looking back to 1961 in Albion, New York, we found photos from the real Santa school.

Looking back to 1961 in Albion, New York, we found photos from the real Santa school.

Established in 1937, the Charles Howards Santa Claus School still exists today, although now operating out of Michigan, and proudly claims the title of the worlds oldest Santa School.

Established in 1937, the Charles Howards Santa Claus School still exists today, although now operating out of Michigan, and proudly claims the title of the worlds oldest Santa School.

Back then, signing up for the five day course cost about $75.

Back then, signing up for the five day course cost about $75.

If you successfully completed the course, you received a Santa certificate that enabled you to get jobs at local department stores.

If you successfully completed the course, you received a Santa certificate that enabled you to get jobs at local department stores.

The training was vigorous.

The training was vigorous.

And certainly tested their mettle.

And certainly tested their mettle.

But who couldn”t love all this Christmas cheer?

But who couldn

Or proper beard training?

Or proper beard training?

…with results this magical.

...with results this magical.

Merry Christmas, Santa Helper.

Merry Christmas, Santa Helper.

(via Messy Nessy Chic)

The certificate you received was itself, perfect. It read:

This certifies that …. has honorably and diligently completed the course in the study and art of Santa Claus, and is now ready to carry on as a Helper of Santa Claus.

As holder of this diploma, I fully realize the responsibility and privilege that is mine in spreading joy and happiness to the children of this world through their beloved friend and servant, Santa Claus.

I hereby sincerely and solemnly promise to give my best, my all to carry out the principles Santa Claus stands for.

As Santa”s helper, you really are responsible for affecting the lives of hundreds of children. That”s why we”re hopefully today”s Helpers get just as much schooling.