...one industry insider said pay for Santa's winter whirlwind schedule ranges from $6,000 to $30,000 — but ask a Santa, and he'll surely tell you the greatest presents he gets from giving others his bowl-full-of-jelly laugh are the smiles he creates each year.Take Hall of Famer Tim Connaghan, aka Santa Hollywood;
He can be seen each year in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and has also appeared on "The Tonight Show," "Dr. Phil," and commercials for Oreos, Target and others.
....Connaghan and his wife were watching "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and who should appear, but Santa to the Stars5/8, Brady White. White's beard is insured with Lloyd's of London.
"Santa's driving around in a limousine, posing and this Santa makes $1,000 a day," Connaghan said.
"I got this pain in my rib. My wife was nudging me, and said being Santa may be a good retirement plan."
It was. Now, in addition to his paid work and many charity events, Connaghan represents a stable of 175 Santas and runs the International University of Santa Claus.
Nor is it only the kiddies who can be naughty;
Santa do's and don'ts include no eating on the job. Always keep your hands visible. Mints are better than chewing gum for maintaining fresh breath. No flirting, because for some women, Santa is a chick magnet.