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      Who is "Santa Claus Tallahassee?"



                Tallahassee Santa!

Greetings my Friends,

In my Circle of Santa Friends I am known as "Santa Rodger."

I have been a professional Santa for eleven years. I have a thorough background check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, including finger prints. I also have Liability Insurance. I have earned Degrees from Florida State University in Child Development and Family Relations, Early Childhood Education and Music Education. I have been "Santa" in the Festival of Lights, Tallahassee's Winter Festival, riding on top of the Firetruck. 

I have also been a mall Santa and a Santa at several preschools, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, private and corporate parties, home visits, sorority and fraternity gatherings, etc. 

I have a Masters Degree in Santa Clausology from the International University of Santa Claus. I attended the Discover Santa Convention in 2006. I attended many classes and workshops to make myself a better "Santa."

Some of you may be aware of my other alias.

"  S  a  f  a  r  i  M  a  n  "

As "SafariMan" I have been singing and educationally entertaining children and families in Tallahassee for 27 years. 

I have sung and still sing in many preschools, elementary schools, churches, libraries, assisted living facilities, memory care and family gatherings and community events.

Will children recognize me as "SafariMan" dressed in a Santa Suit? 

Only.... if they are of the age that already know about the "Big Secret."  If they know of the "Big Secret" then they also know they are "Keepers of the Big Secret"  and they have a responsibility to younger children to keep the "Magic" alive.

Will children under the age of 8 know I am "SafariMan" dressed in a Santa suit? 

The answer is no, 99.9% of the time. If they convince me they know me as "SafariMan"
I will tell them I am a good friend of Santa Claus and one of his special helpers. I will say, "Santa Claus regrets that he couldn't be here tonight and he asked me to help him."

So, who is this Rodger Tripp person?

I am Rodger Tripp. Happily Married for 42 years. We have three children, a dog and         three cats. We have lived in Tallahassee for 38 years.

I graduated from Florida State University with Degrees in

Child Development and Family Relations

Early Childhood Education
Music Education

I taught preschool and was a preschool director for 13 years.

As "Santa" I will always be in character. I will continue to educate myself in the
traditions of Christmas, so I can bring Christmas cheer and love to all people I meet 
in my journeys and travels. I will open my heart to listen to the secret dreams of
both children and adults. I will never promise a gift to a child as I know the only gift 
I can give, as "Santa," is me. I will always do my best to pass on the love and joy of the Christmas Holiday season. I will always try to fulfill the wishes of children and adults as to their dreams, wishes and beliefs about "Santa" and Christmas.

Today Children see "Santa" everywhere. How can he be in so many places at one time.   From early November up until Christmas Eve "Santa" needs lots of helpers.

Are you the real "Santa?"

This is a question all "Santas" hear. I answer in many different ways. Such as, "I looked real this morning when I was looking in the mirror and brushing my teeth." I also tell them the "Real Santa" will not tell you he is the "Real Santa," you have to decide.


"Yeah, but... how will I know?"
You will know the "Real Santa" by the feelings in your heart.

After All....."Santa" lives in the Hearts of Many.

Ho Ho Hooooo...On Dasher, on Dancer, On Prancer and Vixen, On Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen and...... On Rudolph.....Dash Away, Dash Away, Dash Away All!!

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!!