Christmas Fears and Santa Shortages Keep Many Kris Kringles at Ho-Ho-Home

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After two difficult years for professional Christmas performers, there is now a national shortage of Santa Clauses.

The sudden lack of talent may seem surprising but is not to people in that industry, who say COVID-19 is to blame after claiming the lives of many in the community.

Professional Santa Rober Seutter tells Inside Edition that he believes approximately 10% of the professional Christmas performers in the U.S. have lost their lives.

“Our demographic, Christmas performers, we tend to be older, we tend to be heavier, so COVID hit us really hard,” Robert Seutter explains. “I figure we have a working community of about 10,000 Christmas performers nationwide, and my guess if we lost about a thousand.”

Mitch Allen is the founder of Hire Santa,Inside Edition reports that many Christmas performers are choosing to stay at home because of recent events.

“Last year people were asking about Santa’s safety, about COVID protocols. This year, no one’s asking about it,” Allen tells Inside Edition. “They’re wanting to sit on Santa’s knee and get that picture.”

And while there is nothing wrong with wanting a picture with Kris Kringle, there are plenty of ways to respect and impress the man who will be bringing you presents in just two weeks time.

Before you go to Santa, make sure you don’t have any fever, chills, muscle pains or shortness-of-breath in the last 10 days.

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