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Ho, Ho, Ho! Mall Santa's return this holiday season

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Santa is back this year, but he pleads caution as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. There is a downturn in Jolly Old Elves, about 15 percent fewer available in one large Santa database. But those who are working in malls and shopping plazas during the holiday shopping season are busier than ever. They're among the brave in Santa's ranks with full-contact visits, lap-sitting included. Other Santas might not be wearing masks or plastic face shields or hanging out in protective snow globes like many did last year.


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