The men who portray Santa Claus every year have their choice of two premiere organizations to join. One is the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, founded in 1994.
There is also the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, which came to be shortly after AORBS was formed. Members of both groups pay annual dues, carry membership cards, and attend meetings, classes, luncheons and conventions.
Only allowing the top Santas to join, both organizations perform background checks, so every member is assured to be on the up and up. Historically, there is a rivalry between AORBS and FORBS.
However, they both set out to do the same thing; respect the "red suit" and enhance the spirt of Christmas by portraying Santa Claus. No Fake Beards allowed!