It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. Between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, mall Santas are very much in demand across the country. And the job involves a bit more than just having Junior hop on your lap and ask "so what do you want for Christmas?"
The website MentalFloss has put together list of 21 behind-the-scenes secrets of being a mall Santa. Did you know that a company named Noerr Programs Corporation runs a Santa University? They prep nearly 278 Santas for gigs across the country and all their Santas pass a background check and several rounds of interviews. And a real beard is required.
Mall Santas must always stay in character. They should have a bodyguard. They should do their homework and know about the hot toys of the season. And they should never promise anything!