Where’s Santa? — St. Nick shortage expected this Christmas season

Human Interest

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Christmas lights, trees and other festive decorations are already making public displays. Seeing Santa Clause at least once is a tradition that completes the Christmas season for many.

HireSanta.com, a company that books Santas for events across the country, is already seeing fewer Santas available to spread holiday cheer this year. Hire Santa’s head elf says there are about 15 percent fewer Santas this year, yet the demand is 120 percent over pre-pandemic levels.

The shortage means there are plenty of employment opportunities to spread cheer this holiday season and also that some non-traditional Santas may appear throughout the Grand Valley. At this point, people are wanting Santa in any form to keep the Christmas season holly and jolly.

“The time crunch is nearing to find Santa it would be great to see some diversity of Santas as well as helpers,” Xpress Employment C.E.O. Nina Anderson shares, “Santa doesn’t have to just be a man, right? Can we get some else out there that want to be Santa’s helper? At Xpress Employment, we’re happy to help people with last minute parties as well.”

COVID-19 appears to be the primary reason for the shortage according HireSanta.com. Some local promotions exclude Santa Clause altogether due to him missing in action.

The website’s head elf says many Santas are still apprehensive about having young children who are not vaccinated sit on their laps — and many of Santa’s helpers died over the past year due to the coronavirus. The search for Saint Nick, like the countdown to Christmas, is on.

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