Sep 2, 2011 2:00 PM by Andy Koen
Santa's from all over the county are in Colorado Springs this weekend for a conference at the Franciscan Retreat Center.
The gathering of around 30 naturally bearded Santa's and their wives is an annual event to help the jolly old elves prepare for the holiday shopping season.
The members of Naturally Santa Inc. strive for excellence in their work and the conference gives them a chance to share ideas with each on how to get through difficult situations and still keep in character. Shy children and pushy mall managers may be common but the bigger concern for many Santa's is to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Flu shots and pneumonia vaccines are a must as are multi-vitamins.
The conference, which runs through Sunday, isn't all about work. There's also a crazy hat contest, pajama party and horseshoe tournament.