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Should Santa Be Banned From Shopping Malls And Stores?

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It’s still a tradition for many families at Christmas time. Parents with young children brave crowded shopping malls and department stores to take their place in line to see Santa Claus. Dressed in holiday sweaters and Christmas dresses, with lists at the ready, they stand in line to have a few minutes on jolly St. Nick’s lap. This season though, parents and their children might be noticing a disturbing trend. Some malls and department stores have made the decision to ban Santa. Find out why after the jump.

We live in a politically correct world and it seems like we are obsessed sometimes with how a certain situation might affect our children’s state of mind. Such is the case with department store Santas. According to one department store, parents with young kids complained that to many jolly old men dressed in red suits confused their children. Santa they say, can only be in one place at a time, and that place is the North Pole until Christmas Eve. A spokeswoman for the department store said “We had complaints from parents saying there were too many, which was confusing for their small children.” She goes on to say “We don’t want to overcrowd the market and of course Father Christmas can only be in one place at one time.”  The department store also claims that seeing four or five versions of Santa in a shopping trip spoiled the sense of magic that comes with the holiday season.

What do you think? Did seeing more than one Santa at a time when you were a kid spoil the magic?  Tell us what you think. Take the poll below.


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