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Corona Grinch: Santa Claus won't be meeting children this year at New York's flagship Macy's store because of Covid-19 fears

Added 10-22-20 08:37:02pm EST - “Chalk up another casualty of Covid-19: The 160-year tradition of Santa Claus meeting children at the flagship Macy's department store in New York City will be broken this year as St. Nick has been disinvited on pandemic concerns.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Corona Grinch: Santa Claus won't be meeting children this year at New York's flagship Macy's store because of Covid-19 fears”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The iconic retailer determined that it would be too difficult to create a safe environment in the era of coronavirus for children to line up and wait to discuss their wish lists with Santa. Instead, Macy’s said it has created an online Santaland where children will be able to meet the elves, play games and take a virtual selfie with Santa.

We might not have a Santa to greet kids in person but you can bring Macy's Santaland home https://t.co/k4VKeUMRy3

That means that for the first time since 1861, Santa won’t be appearing in-person at the store. The move was similar to a decision last month to “reimagine” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and replace it with a recorded, socially distanced event with no live audience. The parade has been a New York tradition since 1924, being canceled only from 1942 through 1944 because of rubber and helium shortages during World War II.

The #MacysParade is a New York City staple.For decades we’ve celebrated the holiday season with viewers worldwide, and this year will be no different!Working closely with @Macys, we’ve planned a safe and creative event worthy of this holiday tradition. pic.twitter.com/ap0Rm3cC4I

More than 250,000 people normally visit Santa at the Macy’s flagship store each year. Santa also will be skipping appearances this year at the Macy’s stores in Chicago and San Francisco. Of course, Santa has been featured by malls and stores across the country for generations, but Macy’s has billed itself as “The Home of Santa Claus.” Macy’s and Santa were featured in the classic 1947 movie, “Miracle on 34th Street.”

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