A typical mall Santa will see over 10,000 children in the six-week work period that is the Santa Holiday Season. This does not include the people that Santa will see at private parties, of which there are many to keep a Santa running around during the season. In fact, many mall Santa’s only work part-time at the shopping malls, but make more money with the office parties. 

“S.Claus” works several weeks per year as a mall Santa. He is one of the few, the proud, the jolly. He works every year in malls and at private parties, posing for photos and keeping party-goers merry during the Christmas season.

Busy Job & Lots to Do

It’s a busy job, to be sure. A typical mall Santa will see over 10,000 children in the six-week work period that is the Santa Holiday Season. This does not include the people that Santa will see at private parties, of which there are many to keep a Santa running around during the season. In fact, many mall Santa’s only work part-time at the shopping malls, but make more money with the office parties. A very busy mall could have as many as 20,000 kids visiting Santa.

Any Santa experience is made great or lousy by the Elves

If they have the Xmas spirit, the long days are delightful. If they don’t care, it’s sad agony”. There’s cash to be made as an elf, too. And as a Santa photographer. Some professional photographers supplement their income every year by working in malls, trying to capture the best family photo possible. Parents spend between $30 to $100 on photos with Santa. Keeping in mind that a mall Santa will see over 10,000 children per year, that’s serious cash for the average mall. A good photographer makes all the difference. No simple polaroid-snapping kids for that job.

All the kids are great, even if they’re scared

The biggest complaint parents have about mall Santas? That they make promises to the kids that the parents cannot keep. For that reason, most mall Santas strictly have a “no promises” rule they refuse to break, even if the parents say it’s okay. A clever mall Santa will say things like “Well, I’ll see what I can do” or “I’ll try my best”. On the flip side, a common complaint of mall Santas is parents trying to get them to deliver bad news to the children.

Doesn’t matter how big and heavy you are

If I can put my foot flat on the floor perpendicular from my knee, you can sit on my lap without discomfort, Pure physiology”. Keep in mind that the average Santa will see thousands of kids per season. He’s got it all figured out. He knows how to talk with the kids, deal with the crying ones, and even how to have them sit on his lap. Most mall Santa’s will complain that kids wind up crying because of the aggressive parents more than a fear of Santa himself.

I bring toys to good little boys and girls

I’m ever impressed by how many people think I’m the tooth fairy, Toyota, or a realtor”. It is said that boys tend to ask outright for toys they want. Girls want to talk more about what they want and why they want it. They’re more apt to have a conversation with Santa, whereas boys just get down to business. Santa sees tons of kids every year, but that number does not include the thousands of grown adults who get their photo taken with Santa, as well.

 

The Santa business is a lucrative one, and millions of people all over North America will speak to the man with the bag at some point this December. What are you asking Santa to bring you this year?

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