The annual visit to see Santa each year is a treasured family tradition many of us enjoy.
Naturally, like everything else in 2020, Santa isn’t immune to changes and restrictions caused by the coronavirus. So, here’s what to expect at your Santa photos this year and how to talk to your kids about it.
SANTA MAY BE YOUNGER AND SEXIER
We’re used to seeing Santas in their 50s and 60s, but this year Santa will probably look a little younger than you’re used to, with many companies encouraging people in their 20s and 30s to apply this year to play the man in red. The increased risk of COVID-19 for people over the age of 60 is the reason for this one.
One new Santa recruit, Rowan Stewart, 37, told The Daily Telegraph he’s excited by the opportunity and will be ready to answer any kids’ questions about his age or appearance.
“I’d just say that Santa’s been on those low-calorie biscuits and he’s been doing a lot of working out, and thank them for the compliment,” he said.
SANTA’S SOCIAL DISTANCING
Traditionally, you get your photo with Santa sitting on his knee, but with social distancing in place this year that isn’t likely to happen. So expect to be getting your photos at a distance from Santa that will keep both your kids and Santa much safer during these bizarre pandemic times.
That’s something that we need to prepare our kids for, so that they aren’t disappointed or confused about why Santa is acting so differently this year than last.
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Kids should still be able to chat with Santa and tell him what presents they’d like, but they’ll need to do it without contact.
It’s best that you have a discussion first about how Santa needs to stay healthy so that he is well enough to fly round the world on Christmas Eve.
Kids have faced a lot of change this year, they will be ready to adapt and change for this too.
Depending on where you are in the country, Santa might even be wearing a mask and you might have to wear one too. This is another possibility to discuss with the kids ahead of time so that they aren’t surprised or scared of a masked Santa.
Some of the Santas in training at the Ministry of Fun in the UK will be incorporating special Chris-masks into their Santa costumes in a way that won’t be too jarring.
THE SPIRIT WILL STAY THE SAME
Even though these changes will make Santa visits different this year, it’s important to note that the spirit of Christmas remains the same. Your kids can still experience the magic of Santa even though he’s not quite the same as he was last year.
Children are resilient and as long as we all keep our chins up and make the most out of Christmas in 2020, they’ll be just fine.