Why Santa will look a little different this Christmas – since COVID-19 restrictions change the holidays forever
- Coronavirus has forced waves of younger men to apply for the role of Santa
- Older men are concerned about catching COVID-19 from shopping centers
- Children should not be on Santa’s knee either
The coronavirus pandemic could change the holidays forever, as children are no longer allowed to sit on Santa’s knee and younger men are recruited for the role.
COVID-19 restrictions will force a wave of younger generation of men to put on red suits in malls this Christmas.
The change comes when older men who traditionally play the part are afraid of contracting the respiratory disease.
The role of Santa Claus will be played by younger men this year. Pictured: Lauren Phillips, Santa and Rebecca Judd at a Christmas lunch at The Atlantic at Crown Casino
The Scene to Believe group, which directs Santa Claus actors into shopping centers in more than 200 locations in Australia and New Zealand, encourages younger men to sign up.
“COVID has reshaped our ideas of who Santa should be, and it means that he is not necessarily age-driven,” said a recruiting spokeswoman. The Daily Telegraph.
Rowan Stewart, 37, is one of the successful applicants and believes the role will be relatively straightforward.
“Well, you actually talk and play with kids for four to five hours and everyone really likes you, you’re a bit of a celebrity and it’s just a lot of fun,” he said.
Santa Claus is sitting in his chair posing for photos in Luna Park on December 24, 2018
When asked if he thinks youngsters will notice if Kris Kringle is slimmer and younger than tradition dictates, Mr. Stewart said he would explain that Santa has a health problem.
“I’d just say Santa is on those low-calorie cookies and he’s training a lot, and thank them for the compliment.”
Kids shouldn’t be on Santa’s knee this year either because of the virus, but the new recruit doesn’t believe it will tarnish the magic of Christmas.
“You still have the whole experience, the beautiful set and the trees and the reindeer and elves, so that’s it and they meet Santa.”
Veteran Father Christmas’ will be involved in training the new cadet on how to embody the role.