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Christmas in crisis as Germany suffers severe Santa shortage

Yahoo! News UK logo Yahoo! News UK 14/12/2018 Jane Howdle
a man wearing a red hat: Santas are increasingly hard to come by in Germany (PA) © Provided by Oath Inc. Santas are increasingly hard to come by in Germany (PA)

In news that’s more “oh, no” than “ho, ho, ho”, Germany is suffering a serious Santa shortage.

a man wearing a red hat: Christmas in crisis as Germany suffers severe Santa shortage Christmas in crisis as Germany suffers severe Santa shortage

Known as Weihnachtsmänners, their men in red fulfil a more bespoke role than our UK Father Christmases, with families paying for a personal visit from the main man as a traditional treat for their children.

But what was once considered a nice little earner for students – about  €100 per visit for an elite Santa –  has become a bit passe, with excessive study demands and a decline in Christianity seen as the two main reasons for the drop in interest.

The Berlin Santa Claus Office, which typically takes about 2,500 bookings a year, said that it now has fewer than 200 Father Christmases on its books – down from 500.

Employee Petra Henkert told Der Tagesspiegel: “We are suffering a Santa drought.”

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Weihnachtsmänners traditionally visit families to deliver Christmas-themed stories or songs, creating a magical experience for children.

The Times reports that parents are continuing to make desperate online pleas for a Santa to come to their rescue, with one post reading: “If you have red robes, thick boots, a long beard and the time and inclination to visit our family on Christmas Eve we would be thrilled.”

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