US facing shortage of Santas this year

christmas, economy, santa claus

HireSanta.com has seen a 121 percent increase in people seeking Santas or Mrs. Clauses this year. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP

Santa Claus may not be coming to town.

Americans are not just grappling with a supply-chain shortage this Christmas — there’s also a dearth of Santas.

HireSanta.com has seen a 121 percent increase in people seeking Santas or Mrs. Clauses this year, compared with two years ago, according to Insider.

The site has been turning down new requests since the first week of November because its Santas are all booked up.

“Hundreds of people a day have been reaching out to us,” founder Mitch Allen told The Washington Post. “We always sell out on weekends, but normally it’s after Thanksgiving.”

Allen explained that many Saint Nicks, who are likely at higher risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 due to their age and high body mass index, which is a comorbidity, may be skipping this year or retiring from the Santa industry for good because of the pandemic.

Others, he added, have died.

christmas, economy, santa claus

Many Santas, who are likely at higher risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 due to their age and high body mass index, may be skipping this year or retiring from the Santa industry.

Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via AP

“Several hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses, over the last 18 months, have passed away, and it’s just a tragedy,” Allen told The Washington Post, though he added that some of those deaths may have been due to other causes.

Santa Tim Connaghan, the so-called “National Santa” for his role in major parades and the Toys for Tots program, said that 18 percent of surviving Santas are sitting this year out, according to the Post.

“I’ve had all my shots and all my vaccinations, and I watch myself very closely,” Connaghan told the Post. “But I want to remain cautious, you know, and I’m also encouraging other Santas to do the same.”

Mezzanine Beecomb, the founder of Circus Modern, a San Francisco-based talent brokerage for party performers like Santas told the Post that she’s been scrambling to secure the five Santas she’ll usually assemble during the holiday season.

christmas, economy, santa claus

“Several hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses, over the last 18 months, have passed away,” HireSanta.com founder Mitch Allen said.

Jacqueline Dormer/Republican-Herald via AP

Some applicants, she said, had no experience being Santas while others weren’t willing to work on Christmas Eve. Others, she said, were too young to be Santa and some were women.

Doug Eberhardt, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based Santa, told The Post that requests have spiked this year and he’s already booked 92 appearances between now and Christmas.

And while a quick fix to the issue could be to just tap some amateur Santa lookalikes like grandfathers and bearded uncles around the country, supply-chain issues have limited the availability of Santa’s iconic red robe and hat, according to the Post.

christmas, economy, santa claus

Supply-chain issues have limited the availability of Santa’s iconic red robe and hat.

James Devaney/Getty Images

Eberhardt also owns a store called Pro Santa Shop where he’s sold out of most items and has even had to sell some of his own personal costumes at a premium because people are “just that desperate.”

“There’s a lot of needed items that are still on the sea in containers,” a spokeswoman for another company, Costumes for Santa, told The Post. “Our wholesalers have not gotten their product from China … Stuff that should have come in in August is coming in now.”

News Related

OTHER NEWS

St. John's season headed towards turmoil after ugly loss to Seton Hall

Kadary Richmond goes up for a layup during Seton Hall’s win over St. John’s. Jason Szenes It was just three months ago that St. John’s was picked to finish fourth ... Read more »

Underground ‘lava-like' blaze exposed in Scotland

An underground fire near a trailer park in Scotland is now burning near the surface. Tam Paton/Facebook A long-smoldering underground blaze was revealed for the first time after the Earth ... Read more »

Is there a ‘right' way to fight with your partner?

Love is the foundation of any relationship, but sometimes love alone is not enough to sustain it if some crucial elements are missing. Respect, empathy, understanding, being a good listener ... Read more »

Deepika Padukone expresses her happiness on working with Hrithik Roshan: Always wanted to work with him

© Provided by Pinkvilla In Siddharth Anand’s next spy thriller Fighter, Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan will be seen together on the big screen for the very first time. Fighter’s ... Read more »

HT Brunch Cover Story: Keeping up with the Kerkars

Between 2016 and 2018, Siddharth Kerkar worked on a series of 50-60 paintings meant to be exhibited at the Museum of Goa. “Barely anything sold,” the 25-year-old Goan artist says ... Read more »

Calls for more security funding intensify after synagogue hostage standoff

The Temple Sinai in Atlanta sent an email this week to invite its congregants back to in-person Shabbat services – they’d been virtual for weeks because of COVID-19. © Charles ... Read more »

Triumph und Tränen

© dpa/Michael Kappeler Der dritte Anlauf glückte: Friedrich Merz ist der neue Chef der CDU Quelle: dpa/Michael Kappeler Die CDU hat ihrer neuen Führung mit starken Wahlergebnissen Rückendeckung für den ... Read more »

Silvio Berlusconi verzichtet auf Kandidatur als Staatspräsident

Der ehemalige Ministerpräsident hat sich vor den am Montag beginnenden Abstimmungen zurückgezogen. Er fordert nun einen gemeinsamen Kandidaten der rechten Parteien. © Foto: Domenico Stinellis (Keystone/AP) Der ehemalige Ministerpräsident hat ... Read more »

Warzone Contract Glitch Lets Players Max Out Weapons 'Insanely Fast'

In Warzone, by far the most important thing players must do before dropping into Caldera or Rebirth Island is have a custom loadout with max-level weapons. Having the max level, ... Read more »

UAE strongly condemns terrorist attack in Diyala, Iraq

© Provided by Khaleej Times Reuters file photo The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in the Iraqi province of Diyala on an army base, which ... Read more »

Riot Games changes League of Legends event rewards after fan backlash

Riot Games has changed League of Legends event rewards yet again following fan criticism of the Debonair event. After changing metrics that cared about games played or won into a ... Read more »

NFL, TV networks ignore worst offenders while promoting MLK's messages

I’ve tried to understand it. For years, I’ve tried. But two-plus-two can’t equal anything other than four. Thus, I can’t understand why racial inequality, in either direction, can create racial ... Read more »

Ukrainian soldiers ready to ‘tear apart Russians with bare hands' says general as country prepares to resist invasion

UKRAINIAN soldiers are reportedly getting ready to “tear apart Russians with their bare hands” as the country is preparing to resist an invasion. It comes amid mounting fears Russia could ... Read more »

6 Haryana farmers submit forge documents, cheat bank of r₹r73 lakh

© Provided by Hindustan Times The accused, Kuldeep Singh and Surender Singh of Karora village, Pankaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Joginder Singh, Sehdev Singh and four others of Harsola village, Haryana, ... Read more »

33% of Haryana govt students, 14% staffers yet to receive Covid vaccine

© Provided by Hindustan Times Thirty-three percent of eligible students enrolled in Haryana’s government-run schools are yet to receive the first dose of the Covid vaccine, while 86% of the ... Read more »

Uttar Pradesh: New guidelines for 3rd dose to frontline workers on poll duty

© Provided by Hindustan Times Now frontline workers engaged in Uttar Pradesh election duty can get their precautionary dose after a gap of three months. (HT PHOTO) LUCKNOW: The state ... Read more »

AIMIM announces launch of new front for UP assembly polls

© Provided by Hindustan Times AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi along with Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha leader Babu Singh Kushwaha and others raises hands after forging an alliance during a press conference ... Read more »

Newborn forces change of heart towards mother in Pratapgarh jail

© Provided by Hindustan Times The Pratapgarh district jail. (HT FIle Photo) A newborn always brings happiness to a household. Often, in case there is a rift in the family, the ... Read more »

Apple pulls verification requirement for US education shoppers

Earlier this week, Apple began requiring that students and teachers in the US verify their identity through authentication service UNiDAYS before they could take advantage of the company’s discounted education ... Read more »

Der IS kam mit 200 Kämpfern – Gefechte um Gefängnis dauern an

Der IS wollte mit 200 Kämpfern hohe IS-Kommandanten und ausländische IS-Kämpfer aus einem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis befreien. Die Kämpfe dauern an, die USA unterstützen die kurdisch-arabische Allianz aus der Luft. Proteste in ... Read more »

Lab test monkey on the loose after truck crash in Pennsylvania

Crates holding live monkeys are collected next to the trailer they were being transported in near Danville, Pa. on Jan. 21, 2022. Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP A test ... Read more »

German navy chief under fire for Putin, Crimea comments

© Provided by DW Vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach said the West could give Vladimir Putin respect Germany faced a diplomatic incident on Saturday following comments made by Navy chief Kay-Achim Schönbach ... Read more »

Italy's Berlusconi decides against running for president

© Reuters/FLAVIO LO SCALZO FILE PHOTO: Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, reacts after casting his vote during Italian elections for mayors and councillors By Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) -Italy’s ... Read more »

COVID digest: Fourth jab might not be needed, says German minister

© Provided by DW Some healthcare workers joined a rally in London to protest COVID-19 rules If Germany introduces compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations, a fourth vaccine dose might not be necessary, ... Read more »

West Indies v England: first men’s T20 international – live!

© Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Chris Jordan bowls during a nets session at Kensington Oval. LIVE – Updated at 19:35 Over-by-over report: Eoin Morgan’s side kick off their five-match series ... Read more »

Thomas Frank reveals what happened in 'confrontation' with Wolves star Joao Moutinho

Thomas Frank says a “confrontation” with Joao Moutinho sparked his dismissal after Brentford’s defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Brentford boss Frank appeared agitated in the second half of Wolves’ 2-1 win ... Read more »

Amazon worker hurries to eat and sleep during 90-minute break before next shift in viral video

© Tiktok/J Lozada Tiktok user J Lozada’s posts about racing to eat and sleep between shifts at an Amazon warehouse have gone viral – Tiktok/J Lozada An Amazon worker who ... Read more »

Here's why Cate Blanchett turned down the role of Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos; Find out

© Provided by Pinkvilla   Cate Blanchett, the multi-award-winning actress, has spoken out about her choice to decline the part of Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos. After ... Read more »

Turkish journalist arrested on charge of insulting Erdogan -CNN Turk

© Reuters/FLORION GOGA FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Erdogan visits Albania ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Saturday ordered well-known journalist Sedef Kabas to be jailed pending trial on a ... Read more »

Every word David Moyes said on West Ham's defeat to Manchester United and January transfer plans

Does that just feel like a real kick in the teeth? Yes, I am [expletive] off with that result that is for sure. You were fantastic defensively but Man Utd ... Read more »

Boris Johnson news - live: Government accused of ‘abandonment of moral compass’ amid claims of MP threats

LIVE – Updated at 19:10 The chair of the Commons sleaze committee has accused the government of a “complete abandonment of any kind of moral compass” amid allegations of whips ... Read more »

WATCH: Sara Ali Khan switches from ‘Jutti to Heels' in a split second, shares her ‘Getting ready Feels'

© Provided by Pinkvilla Sara Ali Khan’s preference for playful outfits that blend comfort with style has always left the fashion police stunned. The young actor’s daily wardrobe is punctuated ... Read more »

John Legend launches a skincare line

© Bang Showbiz John Legend is launching his own skincare line John Legend is launching his own skincare line. The Grammy-winning musician has joined forces with A-Frame Brands to launch ... Read more »

Dionne Warwick recalls being starstruck by Sidney Poitier

© Bang Showbiz Dionne Warwick has recalled her first meeting with Sidney Poitier Dionne Warwick felt starstruck when she first met Sidney Poitier. The iconic actor passed away on January ... Read more »

The Masked Singer 2022 LIVE: Fans ‘unmask' Traffic Cone as huge singing star as hit show returns

THE Masked Singer 2022 returned to our screens tonight – and fans were convincde they knew the identity of the secret celebs. There will only be 4 singers left as ... Read more »

4 presidential aspirants propose changes to anti-drug campaign

Lacson, Moreno, Pacquiao, Robredo face the Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews Four presidential aspirants on Saturday discussed ways to improve the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. Senator Panfilo Lacson said the ... Read more »

N.J. Student Dies After Being Hit by a Stray Bullet While Carrying Groceries Into Grandma's Home

A New Jersey teenager has died after being struck by a stray bullet on Wednesday evening while reportedly carrying groceries into his grandmother’s home. Robert Cuadra, 18, was found lying ... Read more »

David Tennant could RETURN as Doctor Who as first actor to play the Time Lord twice rumours suggest

DAVID Tennant could RETURN as Doctor Who – replacing Jodie Whittaker. Jodie, 39 — the first female Time Lord — will step aside after two specials later this year. David ... Read more »

French adventurer dies rowing across the Atlantic

© Getty Images The boat used by Jean-Jacques Savin was found overturned A 75-year-old Frenchman who was trying to row across the Atlantic Ocean has been found dead at sea, ... Read more »

Kuwaiti minister in Lebanon over diplomatic row with gulf

© Provided by Associated Press Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, right, meets with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Bilal ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic