In case your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews ask where Santa got his skills, there"™s a real answer: Midland, Michigan.
Declared the "Harvard of Santa schools," by founder Tom Valent, the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School trains full-bearded men in the art of Christmas. Aspiring Santas can learn everything from carpentry and toy trends to Christmas carols, for $415 for a four-day course.
"You must set high standards for yourself, both in terms of appearance and behavior," Valent tells during basic training. "It"™s about children. They notice everything from hair in your ears, breath and the details of the costume."