This year, because of the ongoing risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19, some store Santas will be encased in plexiglass boxes or trapped inside a snow globe, further freaking out already terrified children.
For example, Bass Pro Shops and its subsidiary Cabela’s have set up a cheery “Contactless Claus” program with Kris Kringle set up like The Boy in the Bubble and elves (Santa’s Sanitization Squad) running around with masks doing temperature checks.
“By popular demand, families can enjoy the tradition of safe free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s thanks to new measures and a contactless experience that keep everyone happy and healthy this holiday,” Bass Pro Shops tweeted.
Oh yeah, no way this nightmare fuel will have long-term psychological effects on any of the kids, right?
Well this is terrifying. pic.twitter.com/CTdiS0myLP
— Douglas Charles (@DouglasStuff) November 6, 2020
According to Good Morning America, for the first time in 160 years kids will not be able to visit St. Nick at Macy’s Santaland in New York. He also won’t be available in Chicago or San Francisco.
Brookfield is still going ahead at its 130-plus mall locations, however, with Santas inside a snow globe or a socially distanced picture frame.
This year we’ll be hosting a contactless Santa experience at 134 of our shopping centers. We found a creative solution to keep everyone safe & drive holiday shopping traffic. https://t.co/pISRt2e112
— Brookfield Properties (@Brkfldproprtl) October 9, 2020
Should you not want to risk your health by being around a bunch of kids crying because Santa scares the living hell out of them, you can always go Brookfield’s virtual route at JingleRing.com.
Merry freaking Christmas.