The Triangle Santa Buddies is a fraternal association dedicated to enhancing the Christmas experience for children of all ages throughout the Triangle. To that end we have dedicated ourselves to improving the quality of Santa services through continuing education, fellowship in the brotherhood, and mutual support. The Santa Claus Oath sums up our philosophy and is our prime rule of conduct.
I will seek knowledge to be well versed in the mysteries of bringing Christmas cheer and good will to all the people that I encounter in my journeys and travels. I shall be dedicated to hearing the secret dreams of both children and adults. I understand that the true and only gift I can give, as Santa, is myself. I acknowledge that some of the requests I will hear will be difficult and sad. I know in these difficulties there lies an opportunity to bring a spirit of warmth, understanding and compassion. I know the “real reason for the season” and know that I am blessed to be able to be a part of it. I realize that I belong to a brotherhood and will be supportive, honest and show fellowship to my peers. I promise to use “my” powers to create happiness, spread love and make fantasies come to life in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend. I pledge myself to these principles as a descendant of Saint Nicholas the gift giver of Myra.
Note: All words, contents, images and descriptions of the Santa Claus Oath are copyrighted under an attachment with Arcadia Publishing 2008 by Phillip L. Wenz.
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A spirit of cooperation is central to everything we do and is evident in our motto: “The more Santas there are, the more Christmas Spirit there is, But only one Santa to a Mall at a time.”
Triangle Santa Buddies founder, Santa Al Capehart, has been providing Santa appearances to the Triangle since 1992. In 2004 demands on his time became greater than he could meet, so he enlisted the help of two would-be Santas and he groomed them to fill the role. After the success of the 2004 season Santa Al called the first meeting of the Triangle Santa Buddies with five in attendance. The association has since grown to thirty-five Santas and four Mrs. Clauses in 2014.
The Buddies meet regularly 6 times throughout the year. The January meeting is a debriefing of the previous season and goal setting for the next season. In November the Buddies meet at Toys ‘R’ Us for the latest toys update. The other meetings will address a spectrum of topics important to Santa's portrayal ranging from story-telling, to gadgetry, to business matters and more.