A DEBATE BETWEEN SANTA AND THE PRIZE PATROL

Dave Sayer Santa Debate

As Christmas approaches I always remember a long-form TV commercial idea that some advertising colleagues cooked up for PCH but which never got produced.  It parodied the debates seen on “crossfire” talk shows and featured me – as head of the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol arguing with Santa Claus as to who has the better job.  The debate went something like this:

Moderator:  In this chair we have Dave Sayer of the PCH Prize Patrol.  And in this chair we have someone who needs absolutely no introduction: Santa Claus himself.  Hello to both of you and welcome to this special holiday edition of “PCH Bloggers Want to Know.”   Obviously, you both make the homes you visit happier places.  But are their “downsides” to the job?  Let me start with you, Santa.

Santa:  Well, yes, there are months of hard work in advance of Christmas Eve – in the frigid North Pole!  I have to read millions of pieces of mail with long lists of goodies that people want.

Dave:  Actually Santa, we have something in common there.  Millions of people want to win our sweepstakes, and the processing of all the entries is a big job – but worth it considering the joy that is evident in the “winning moments” you see on TV.

Santa:  Yes, I’ve seen those winner reactions on TV.  Alas, I’m gone by Christmas morning when the gifts are opened, so I don’t see the reactions in person.  Darn it!  In some ways I’d rather have your job, Dave.  You get to ride in a temperature-controlled Prize Patrol van rather than in an airborne, winter-chilled, open sleigh.  And you make your entrance through a welcoming front door rather than through a cold, sooty chimney.  Let’s face it: a chimney just doesn’t work for roses, balloons and a Big Check!

Dave:  You’re right, Santa.  But it’s rare that our winner is a child squealing with delight.  Sometimes I’d prefer that to a housewife in curlers who blubbers and collapses into my arms, even though that might make an entertaining “winning moment” on TV.

Santa:  But Dave, you get to share Prize Patrol champagne with the lucky winners.  More often I get cookies and cocoa that’s been cooling for hours.  And you don’t have to get all your deliveries done in one night!

Dave:  True, Santa.  PCH delivers prizes daily through our websites — plus we give away lots of huge cash prizes throughout the year. 

Moderator:  We’ve got to wrap it up now, gentlemen.  Do you have a closing comment, Dave?

Dave:  Just this: ENTER the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at once! 

Moderator:  Good advice Dave. And, Santa, I’ll let you have the last word.

Santa:  All things considered, I’ll keep my job.  Ho, ho, ho!  I just want to wish everyone out there a blessed holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

Dave Sayer

Dave Sayer
PCH Prize Patrol Elite

 


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Natasha Davis said...

Hey Dave, I am entering everyday.. and Santa I have not been naughty=)…Thanks Dave for all the fun winning opportunities…..Happy Holidays PCH and hopefully one day Dave I will see you in your PCHsleigh this Christmas=)******

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dwayne dixon said...

come to the bronx,ny to givie me my big check yes ENTER The Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes at once!
i want to see the PCH Prize Patrol at MY apatmen door now! wife they big check wife my name on it. for the HOliday.

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k frye said...

merry Christmas DAVE, TODD, and my fav DANIELLE i love you guys soooo freaking much and enjoy the time off with your family some of us will be working but at least i have a job.

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connie hudson said...

Would Love for PCH to make me there next new WINNER it sure could help me with a lot of things. It could even help me with helping someone that want get any Christmas and there Family…..

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joseph beck said...

Well the debate still stands… Dave, I believe you and the rest of the Prize Patrol will, in time, be as Santa Claus in the history books… you all inspire dreams and wishes… so with that being said… Santa Claus put me on the permanent Naughty List and stopped visiting my house, by default you guys win in my book…MERRY CHRISTMAS :D

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Scott Raines said...

Well Dave And Santa Both I Want To Yall A Merry Christmas And Dave I Still Hope And Pray To Win Just 1 Of Pch’s Sweepstakes Hopefully The Big Money Prize Or The 1 Million A Year Forever If I Were To Win 1 Of Them I Could Make Some Of My Family’s Dreams Come True.And Neve Have To Worry Again Of How Were Going To Pay Our Monthly Bills Or How Were Going To Buy Christmas Gifts For Our Family Either.But In All Seriousness Merry Christmas

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Juanita McFerrin said...

ho ho ho marychrimtmas pize patrol elite and dave sayer have a veary good and wonderful holidays thank you all your help j mcferrin

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Michaela G. said...

Merry Christmas Dave, I love your conversation with Santa, but I will say this again Dave, you have the best job ever!!! Reading this letter it makes me thing that you have a better job, then Santa’s job!!! Well I am thinking very POSITIVE and VISUALIZING the Prize Patrol coming to my door with the Big Check for 1Million a year “FOREVER” Prize for me and my family!!! So I do hope to see you some time soon!!!

I hope you and your family are having a very festive Holiday this year!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

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Milana Joyner said...

I love this debate…two great points of view. Santa, thanks for working hard to put smiles on children’s faces and Dave, thanks for looking out for the rest of us who try hard just to maintain the day to day. We can’t all win the big prize, but anything helps! Seeing my name on a check would be a thrill! Happy holidays to all and best wishes for an exciting and prosperous New Year! See ya soon Dave, I’ll be happy to collapse in your arms! :)

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Stancio Butler said...

Hey Dave, I already entered all the Publishers Clearing House contests both online and by phone this morning and so is searching for those two entries both at the PCHSearch&Win website & at the Blingo.com website also this morning… and as for you Santa Claus, please take a Prize Patrol rv and surprise me anywhere besides my house with flowers, balloons, and a BIG CHECK for $25 Million by tomorrow…MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Stancio Butler said...

And Stancio Hassan Butler Also Says This…

& by the way fake Santa Claus, guess what, you are actually a undercover PCH employee at PCH Headquarters also today.

Happy Hoildays!!!

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Stancio Butler said...

And Stancio Hassan Butler Also Says This…

So who are you anyway as actually a undercover PCH employee at PCH Headquarters also today?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!!!

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Karen Borquez said...

Dave, Santa is great for the kids but I would choose you over Santa for all the free stuff you give away.If I would win anything with you I would be the happiest person in the world but I know am not the only one that feels like that.So isay to all Good Luck to all and happy holidays to all who play and the staff of PCH..

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Pamela Brinks said...

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas Santa! Oh, I mean of course… The Prize Patrol Dream Team! Happy Hoidays to All!

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Pamela Brinks said...

oops… that’s Happy Holidays (Correction on spelling)

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Sarah Kalenda said...

Slight resemblance…

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MARILYN JOAN HADEY said...

GOOD EVENING SANTA & DAVE SAYER, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU BOTH. IT WOULD BE SO NICE IF NOT JUST 1 OF YOU CAME TO OUR HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT IF BOTH OF YOU CAME TO OUR HOME FOR CHRISTMAS I WOULD THEN BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS AND A DAVE SAYER THAT BRAUGHT ME NICE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS. RECIEVED TODAY A PCH ENTRY IN THE MAIL FOR FEBUARY 28TH, HOPE TO MAIL IT ON THURSDAY MORNING. IT SURE WOULD REALLY BE NICE TO REALLY BECOME A PCH PRIZE WINNER SO THAT I CAN START THE NEW YEAR 2014 WITH A NICE FRESH START SO I CAN HAVE A BETTER CHRISTMAS NEXTYEAR. I DO NOT KNOW IF SANTA HAS BEEN WATCHING OVER ME LATELY, BUT FOR SOME REASON IT IS LIKE I HAVE BEEN BOTH. I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE AFTER ALL. I JUST FINISHED WITH IT TODAY. WAS ABLE TO RECIEVE A CARTON OF CIGARETTES & MY COFFEE MATE FOR MY COFFEE, VANNILLA & CARAMEL. IT GIVES MY COFFEE A BETTER FLAVOR. WELL GENTLEMAN, YOU BOTH HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEWYEAR, HO,HO,HO,HO,HO,

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ione ellis said...

Santa my lights are still on Like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 2 guide You on your way To deliver the winning check of life all the beautiful gifts at 2316 West York Street Philadelphiaw PA to me and my family to put under the tree and then be home he see the cookies that he can take on his next destination to the little children he will leave all the beautiful presence
under their tree before Christmas Eve it’s over then PCH Santa will be on his way then he will say Merry Christmas to all and goodnight enjoy your Christmas morning I will be out of sight and God bless everyone in life

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Esther Smith said...

Ohhhhh! I love this pick ! MERRY CRISTMAS !

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Gladys A Lambrecht said...

This is a peculiar! interview. Good debate between Mr.Dave and Santa; now you got to know better each other.
what’s more, I get to know more about Mr. Dave’s personality.
Very good answers, Mr. Dave.

Be safe!

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CARL HOLLAND said...

dave and santa what a team happy holidays but that wood make a grate team

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rafael said...

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William Sanborn said...

I still say Dave Sayer has the better job, lol! Your debate validates my original answer which was Dave gets to make people happy all year long – Santa only has 1 lonely night….

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Judy Renwick-Lumpkin said...

I just love this time of the year. Dave and Santa you two are hilarious. I love that Santa wants your job Dave. You are filling very big shoes. All the best and blessed New Year to the PCH family.

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kenneth lucas said...

I want to win publishers clearing house superprize 1830,3080
The diffient santa just hands out litte presents dave hands out hands out big presants were makes santa presents

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michael walczak said...

HELLO PCH YES I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THE 1 MILLION PLUS 5,000.00 A WEEK FOR LIFE

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