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Charles W. Howard
Established 1937
CWH Santa Claus School Photo Gallery
Just a peek at what Christmas dreams are made of...
2018 CWH Santa Claus School class
Dancing keeps Santa active
Santa making healthy lunch choices
Practicing for the Big Night!
Santa making wooden toys
Handmade toys
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Santa Banquet Dinner
Santa House in Midland, Michigan
Sleigh museum tour
Christmas display at school
Tom and his reindeer at the Santa House
Bagpipes played at the graduation banquet
Sleigh museum
Santa's Workshop
Santas Paul Gallaci, left, and David Becherer sing Christmas carols, Oct. 16, 2014. Ian C. Bates for Al Jazeera America
Picture published in The New York Times Magazine.  Photograph by Matthew Gilson
Tom Valent, dean, teaching class
Santa Fred Osther of Oslo, Norway, walks through a Toys R Us, where the Santas were introduced to the most popular toys of the season.Ian C. Bates for Al Jazeera America
Santas and Mrs. Clauses build wooden games during a toy-making class at the Gerace Construction warehouse.Ian C. Bates for Al Jazeera America
Santa with the Polar Express train
Class of 2016
Walking Reindeer
Santa Randy Schneider practices his breathing at a voice lesson.Ian C. Bates for Al Jazeera America
Dancing Santa and Mrs. Claus
Make-up party
Reindeer lessons
Children run outside to see Santa after hearing sleigh bells in the street.
A view of Santa's chair.
1225 Train
Santa with an elf!
2017 CWHSS Class
Reindeer at the Santa school.Ian C. Bates for Al Jazeera America
Santa's Reindeer
A December night at the Santa House in Midland, Michigan.
Reindeer lessons with Dr. Pol
Tom Valent, leading the group in Christmas songs.
Santa's train is free for everyone in Midland, Michigan.  Here, Santa rode in on it during a Christmas parade.
Tom Valent and his reindeer Comet.
A Santa practices his jolly laugh at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. Credit: Getty Images
Santa and Mrs. Claus
CWH Santa Claus Class of 2010.
CWH Santa Claus Class of 2008.
An elf display in the Midland Santa House.
A whole new world... inside the Santa House.
Inside the Santa House.
Santa at a toy store
CWH Santa Claus Class of 2005.
Charles W. Howard - 1938
In 1937 Charles W. Howard held his first Santa Claus School at his farm near Albion, New York.
Santa's Workshop
Santa reading during a break.
American Santa Tom Valent teaches the dynamics of Santa work in London, England.
A few Santas take a break in between sessions.
Another look inside the Santa House.
Some Santa students share stories during class time.
CWH Santa Claus School Class of 2002.
Baby's First Christmas.
Making toys at Santa's Workshop
Flight lessons with Dasher and Dancer. Santa and Mrs.Claus drive the sleigh surrounded by British Father Christmas's.
Tom Valent, together with Santas from around the globe enjoy a boat trip to the icebergs.
The Santa School took a trip to Zurich, Switzerland to enjoy St. Nicholas' house.
Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome the British Santas before greeting the press.
Charlie addresses the Santa Class of 1948. This was also Charlie's first year in the Macy's Parade.
The Santa House in Midland, Michigan.
CBS Correspondent Bill Geist interviews Tom Valent in the Midland, Michigan Santa House.
Santa Tom Valent greets children in Uumanaq, Greenland.
Tom Valent instructing Santas as an elf looks out from the head of a 9' tall nutcracker.
Santa reads a Christmas wish list.
Dean of Santas, Tom Valent.
Tom Valent and his reindeer Cupid.
Tom and Holly Valent greet the class.
Santa singing Christmas cheer to families inside the Santa House on a cold December night.
Tom Valent, waving goodbye to the children in Sweden.
Would-be Santas brush up on their technique. Credit: Getty Images
Toledo Blade
Santas from around the country spend three days at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., to learn, or hone, seasonal skills.
CWH Santa School in London, England
Class inside the Midland Santa House
Making toys in Santa's Workshop
Class of 2015 after riding the "Polar Express" train.
Cupid in Midland, MI
Polar Express train
Tom Valent
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Driving the sleigh
Cookies for Santa
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