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Santa Crawl IV

Welcome to the home of the ORIGINAL Norfolk Santa Crawl!

Santa Crawl, Episode III: Return of the Blanta* will take place on Friday December 5, 2008 in downtown Norfolk and begin at 7:00pm, lasting until the last Santa passes out.

The original founding Santas of the Norfolk Santa Crawl will begin in the Freemason area at Norfolk Santa's Bute St workshop before heading towards Granby St. All are welcome to start at this location.

* For those wondering who Blanta is, that would be Black + Santa = Blanta. In other words, one badass mother f*ckin' Santa.

You may contact Norfolk Santa by directing questions to: norfolksanta@gmail.com

UPDATE! Norfolk Santa has learned that December 5th, 2008 also marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment! Now what better excuse do you need to throw on a Santa suit and throw back a couple drinks than celebrating the end of prohibition? That's what Santa though, none.

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12/3/08 Update!
We are going to assemble/pre-game/fluff our fur/stuff our bellies/practice our "HO-HO-HOs" in his Norfolk workshop at 317 Bute Street, Apt 3 around 7:00pm. Likely departing 8ish from there, we will jingle our way down to Granby Street and get all festive and jolly on their asses.

Pre-Crawl assembly: A quick note about the pregame. While Santa is more than happy to share what he has, this is technically BYOB, and drinks Santa would be proud of are encouraged (spiked hot chocolate, cider, eggnog, etc). In other words, this is one night you can have minty sweet spirits and not be considered less of a man. Well... maybe. If you can't be there at kick off, make sure you have contact info for one of the Original Santas so you can catch up once we depart.

Itinerary: TBA. In previous years we hit Baxter's, Scotty Quixx, Fahrenheit, Kelly's Backstage, AJ Gators, Empire/Little Bar, Velvet, O'Malley's, and have traditionally ended at Hell's Kitchen. This year Santa wouldn't mind making an appearance at Granby Theater or Guad's (door men permitting), as well as any others we've missed before. For you rookies, it is typically stick and move tactics. One drink, or round of shots, and off to the next appearance. Santa is a busy guy, and he wants to spread as much cheer as possible. There should be quite a Santa posse this year, so we may need to divide and conquer. Carrying cash over plastic may help the speed of acquiring holiday spirits (but signing "Santa" on receipts is fun too). But really, when you ask Santa what the "plan" is, don't be offended if he looks at you funny, this is technically SantArchy after all.

Costumes are a must! Santa knows times are tough, but at least make a visible effort to dress in holiday garb. For those still looking to get a traditional Santa Suit, Santa did see that Target/Wal-Mart had nice ones for $50, but Party City has a $30 set up that is identical to the Original Norfolk Santas suit of choice. Target also has Santa and Elf suit printed t-shirts for $6 or $7. With cheap Santa and Elf hats from the dollar store, you can get decked out for less than eight tiny reindeer bucks. In all seriousness, while you don't have to dress as Santa's Little Slut (but he won't mind) the name of the game is participation. The more people that are in Christmas themed costumes, the more of an impact we make. So don't be a Scrooge, unless you're actually dressed as him. Anyone that wants to wear this sweet get up, back flap open, as Santa wear, gets bonus points. Lastly, check the weather. Currently it looks like clear skies, but chilly temps.

Post crawl: While anyone is welcomed to crash at Norfolk Santa's workshop, there is not an infinite supply of floor/couch space. If you have a sleeping bag, you may want to bring it. DDs are always a goods idea too (that's what elves are for). If Santa hears that you drove home less-than-sober, you definitely will be getting a lump of coal this year.

More Santas are always welcome, the more the merrier you might say. So as far as Santa is concerned, feel free to turn this email into chain email and spam away.

Finally, if you still are not excited about Santa coming to town,
A) why the hell not? what's your problem?
and
B) take a cue from Will Ferrell

Let's Go Ho-Ho-Hokies!

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Announcement! Norfolk Santa is proud to announce one of the original Santas from the Norfolk Crawl is branching out and extending the franchise to South Carolina. The Inaugural Charleston Santa Crawl will take place on Saturday, December 13 in downtown Charleston, SC.
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The following is info Norfolk Santa borrowed and edited from other Santas across the country, to try and answer all your burning questions about this most glorious gathering of red trimmed in white fur this side of the Chesapeake Bay.

What is Santarchy (aka Santa Crawl, Santacon)?

Santarchy takes place in major cities all over the world involving tens of thousands of Santas. It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious & nonsensical celebration of holiday cheer, goodwill, and fun. There is no good reason to dress up in cheap Santa suits, run around town, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps, and decide who is naughty or nice -- but it's a lot of fun -- so Santa does it anyway. Everyone loves Santa and Santa loves everyone!



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