Mall Santas Unite on Weight Limit and Fees for Larger American Children

Mall Santas Unite on Weight Limit and Fees for Larger American Children
Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas

MISSION VIEJO — December 3, 2023 at 7:17 am PST — The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas (FORBS) is dedicated to ensuring the well-being and safety of our cherished Santas during the holiday season. In light of the increasing weight of American children over the decades, FORBS is introducing new policies to protect our beloved Santas from muscle strain, fatigue, and potential injuries caused by lifting and holding heavier children during holiday photo sessions.

The weight of American children has been on a steady rise since the 1960s, and it is important that our professional Santas can continue to bring joy to families without compromising their health. To address this concern, FORBS is implementing a fee system based on the weight of the children visiting Santa. This innovative policy will allow different regional organizations within FORBS to set their own fee schedules, ensuring flexibility while maintaining consistency in our approach.

Protecting Santa’s Health and Safety

Under this new policy, children visiting Santa will be weighed discreetly prior to their photo session. The weight will be displayed on a screen, giving the professional Santa an opportunity to assess whether it is safe for them to lift and hold the child for a traditional lap photo. It is important to note that the majority of families and children will not be aware of this process, as it will be conducted discreetly and with utmost care.

This policy is a proactive measure to protect the health and well-being of our Santas, as well as to promote a safer and more enjoyable experience for both Santas and the children they interact with during the holiday season. FORBS understands that the magic of Santa is in the experience, and we are committed to ensuring that our Santas can continue to create magical moments without putting their physical health at risk.

The implementation of this policy is a collaborative effort between FORBS and its regional organizations, working together to ensure the highest standards of safety and professionalism within the Santa community. Regional organizations will have the flexibility to determine the fee structure based on local considerations, ensuring that it is both fair and practical.

FORBS President, Santa Claus (a.k.a. Joe McGrievy), expressed his support for this new policy, stating, “Our mission is to bring joy and happiness to families during the holiday season, and we want to do so in a safe and responsible manner. By introducing this weight-based fee system, we are taking a proactive step to protect the health of our Santas while continuing to create unforgettable memories for children and families.”

Alternatives for Large or Heavy Children

FORBS also recognizes the importance of maintaining the magic and wonder of the holiday season for children. In cases where a child’s weight may prevent a traditional lap photo, professional Santas will use their creativity to ensure that every child feels special and included. This may involve posing the child sitting next to Santa or engaging in other interactive activities that maintain the holiday magic.

Portrait of Santa and a child

The safety and well-being of our Santas are of paramount importance to FORBS. This policy ensures that our Santas can continue to spread joy to children and families while reducing the risk of physical strain or injuries. We believe that by implementing these measures, we can create a safer and healthier environment for both Santas and the children who visit them.

FORBS is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, safety, and inclusivity within the Santa community. We believe that this new policy will not only protect our Santas but also enhance the overall holiday experience for everyone involved.

For media inquiries and further information, please contact The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.