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Nov 23, 2016

The Art Of Becoming Santa

The Art Of Becoming Santa

At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, some two hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit.

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Santa Leon McBryde performs at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. Christinne Muschi/REUTERS

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Santas learn breathing techniques as they attend class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Holmes Kimble from Farmer City, Illinois, learns to apply Santa make-up during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Lamar May of Dallas, Georgia is shown how to groom his beard and moustache during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Jack Bradley of Iron Ridge, Wisconsin is fitted for a suit following classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi SEARCH "BECOMING SANTA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas board a bus for a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado shows some yoga moves outside the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Jim Hastings (R) from Durham, North Carolina, is helped into his suit by a fellow Santa prior to a visit from a group of children at the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Paul Fanning of Tyler, Texas rides past Christmas decorations during a break in schedule at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas and Mrs Claus greet a child at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Thomas Valent, dean of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School sits in the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Leon McBryde (L) of Buchanan, Virginia and Santa Stephen Gillham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina pose at the end of classes from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Glenn Johnson of Woodstock, Georgia learns new dance moves during the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas disembark from a wagon following a tour around the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi SEARCH "BECOMING SANTA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas laugh as they learn about Santa Spirit during class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas wave as they leave for lunch between classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado hides in the grass following a ride on the Polar Express during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway waits for the afternoon session of classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway shops at a Toys R Us during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa listens to a reindeer at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santas and Mrs. Clauses enjoy lunch at Pizza Sam's on Main Street during a break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Randy Schneider of Muskegon, Michigan learns wood toy making in the Gerace shop in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Rudolph walks out of Pizza Sam's with fellow Santas on Main Street during a lunch break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Santa Sam Hopeck of Commerce Township, Michigan rides the Polar Express train during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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Mrs Claus takes a photo of her husband Santa Bill Armstrong (R), with Santa Fred Osther as they head for class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, October 28, 2016. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS

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