Why Santa will be looking a little different this Christmas – as COVID-19 restrictions change the holiday season forever
- Coronavirus has forced waves of younger men to use for the role of Santa
- Older men are involved about catching COVID-19 from shopping centres
- Children will also be barred from sitting on Father Christmas’ knee
The coronavirus pandemic could change the festive season forever as kids are barred from sitting 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 don red suits in shopping centres this Christmas.
The change comes as older men who traditionally play the part fear contracting the respiratory illness.
The role of Santa Claus will be played by younger men this year. Pictured: Lauren Phillips, Santa and Rebecca Judd at a Christmas Luncheon at The Atlantic at Crown Casino
The Scene to Believe group, who manage Father Christmas actors in shopping centres in more than 200 locations in Australia and New Zealand, are encouraging younger men to apply.
‘COVID has reshaped our ideas of who Santa needs to be and it ensures that he’s certainly not defined by age,’ a spokeswoman for the recruitment group told The Daily Telegraph.
Rowan Stewart, 37, is one of the successful applicants and believes the role will be not too difficult.
‘Well, you’re simply talking and playing with young ones for four to five hours and everyone just really likes you, you’re like a bit of celebrity and it’s just great fun,’ that he said.
Santa Claus sits in his chair as he poses for photographs at Luna Park on December 24, 2018
When asked about whether he thinks youngsters will notice if Kris Kringle is slimmer and younger than tradition dictates, Mr Stewart said he would explain that Santa has been on a health binge.
‘I’d just say that Santa’s been on those low-calorie biscuits and he’s been doing a lot of exercising, and thank them for the compliment.’
Children also wont be permitted to sit on Santa’s knee this year as a consequence of the virus, nevertheless the new recruit doesn’t believe it will detract from the magic of Christmas.
‘You’ve still got the entire experience, the beautiful set and the trees and the reindeer and elves, so it’s all that and plus they’re meeting Santa.’
Veteran Father Christmas’ will be associated with training the brand new cadet on the best way to embody the role.