real beard santaThe other day I heard a radio program interviewing professional Santas. They talked about an organization called FORBS, which stands for the “Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.” If you don’t believe me, check them out for yourself HERE.

The interviewer talked with a number of these Santa pros, many of whom expressed disdain for those “fake Santas” who don’t have real beards. Kind of interesting that these guys – who are pretending to be Santa – look down on those “posers” who wear fake beards …

These Santas have an insurance plan. They pay membership dues. They even have associate memberships for Mrs. Santas and Elves. Who knew that mall Santas were so organized!

Obviously, the name and reputation of Santa Claus means something to these guys. In the interview, one of them said: “When you put on that Santa suit, you have to live up to the name of Santa.” They aren’t fooling around, y’all.

Galatians 3:27 tells us that Christians are “clothed with Christ” – you might almost say that we are wearing a “Jesus suit.” And – not unlike the FORBS Santas – we’re called to “live up to” the Name of Jesus. I wonder what that would look like?

PHIL 2: 5-11 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

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  1. Tim Edwards says:

    Hey Scott, I know this to be very true. We were on a cruise last year to Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico and low and behold was the group of IBRBS…We spoke with many of them and got to get a picture standing with over 100 real bearded Santa’s. They were a really great group of people. And of course all of the Mrs. Clause’s were there too. They were all dressed in Red and Green Hawaiian shirts and shorts. It was a blast…

  2. Jack Lee says:

    I have the right body type, so I should go for it! Sounds like a great gig…

  3. Scott Riggan says:

    Just a quick note: since this blog post was published, FORBS has changed its organization name to IBRBS (International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas)…

  4. Jerry T. says:

    LOL! That’s excellent!

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