It’s hard to believe, but 2020 is finally winding down, which means the holidays are quickly approaching.
Unfortunately, like nearly everything else this year the holidays are going to look different.
The latest change we’ll have to get used to is a tradition that began in 1861, Santa Claus at Macy’s.
Due to the coronavirus, Macy’s Santaland at its flagship store in New York City will take on a different look this year, much like every other event, it will be a virtual experience.
“For many, visiting Santa at Macy’s has become a long-standing highlight of the holiday season. Macy’s is delighted to have found a way to ensure even more families can enjoy this treasured experience safely during this festive time of the year,” Susan Tercero, Macy’s vice president of branded entertainment said in a press release.
According to reports, more than a quarter of a million people visit Santaland each year, which is not ideal during a pandemic.
Prior to meeting Santa, visitors wind through winter scene.
Macy’s announced that Santa Claus won’t be stopping at the similar Santalands at their Chicago and San Francisco stores.
To make up for breaking the 159-year-old tradition, Macy’s will offer a virtual Santaland where children can interact with elves, play games, and meet Santa through an interactive video.
“Moving to a virtual engagement will safely bring the magic of Santa Claus to children of all ages this year,” the company said in a statement to the Associated Press.
This isn’t the only change for Macy’s this holiday season. Their annual Thanksgiving Day parade will also be a virtual event in order to deter crowds from gathering along the parade route.
It’s difficult to see so many traditions change right before our eyes, it’s all for a common cause… to defeat COVID-19. If we continue gathering, hosting parties, and not wearing masks the pandemic will go on without an end.
It may be an inconvenience, but if we all work together now then next year we can go back to our usual traditions.