One of the most famous Santa Claus impersonators said COVID-19 sent many of his merry-bearded buddies back to the North Pole … because they couldn’t do the virtual pivot.
TMZ spoke to Santa about the hire Ed Taylor – founder of the global Santa Claus Network, with more than 3,000 members – and he described to us how he and his comrades in red suits had to make this year riddled with COVID.
Many people are reluctant to take their kids to malls for a while in the face of Santy – despite plexiglass ideas we’ve seen the rollout – while many others still don’t have the option of going to a mall… because they’re not open.
Ed goes into all of this with us – detailing how difficult it was – but he also talks about how Santas for hire had to get creative just to get by … which means personal bookings. Zoom type via sites like Jingle Ring and others.
Luckily for Ed, he was able to get on the tech train early and adjust well enough in time. BUT, not all Saint Nick’s got to catch that sleigh ride this year… Ed says a lot of them couldn’t hang them (maybe because of their age, or because their elf IT department was null) and decided to skip Christmas 2020 entirely 😢.
Don’t worry though !!! Looks like there is hope for 2021. Don’t expect so many presents next month… a few Santas have apparently called in sick for Christmas.