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To ask why children don't sit on Santa's lap anymore?

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MmmnoodlesoupIsDueXmasEve Mon 17-Dec-12 21:11:53

Been to a few shopping centres recently and noticed that children sit next to Santa on a bench, rather than on his knee. Is this a new thing? Thought it was a bit sad!

peaceandlovebunny Mon 17-Dec-12 21:12:39

because santa's a perv???
or because he doesn't want a wet knee from a frightened child?

peaceandlovebunny Mon 17-Dec-12 21:12:52

elf and safety. obv.

TeamBacon Mon 17-Dec-12 21:12:53

Um... why do you think? confused

dexter73 Mon 17-Dec-12 21:13:26

I would have thought it was fairly obvious!

FryOneFatChristmasTurkey Mon 17-Dec-12 21:13:27

Probably both, but more to protect him from being called a perv, given the nature of today's society.

MmmnoodlesoupIsDueXmasEve Mon 17-Dec-12 21:13:53

Sad tho init

MmmnoodlesoupIsDueXmasEve Mon 17-Dec-12 21:14:26

Ok, I get why sarcasmos, but is this done everywhere now ?

OddBoots Mon 17-Dec-12 21:14:27

Loads of reasons but if I was Santa my top one would be to stop the little beggers pulling my beard.

Itsnotahoover Mon 17-Dec-12 21:14:31

It's a peeeedo emerjunceeee innit? Santa might be a raging pervert! The whole world has gone mad I tell ya!

InNeedOfBrandyButter Mon 17-Dec-12 21:15:21

To protect Santa I would say from any allegations.

GwendolineMaryLacedwithBrandy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:15:50

To stop the over-excited little beggars weeing on his red trousers smile

MmmnoodlesoupIsDueXmasEve Mon 17-Dec-12 21:16:42

Meh. The one I saw was in a small bauble-type thing in brent cross surrounded by elves and parents, what could he have done?

lotsofdogshere Tue 18-Dec-12 13:13:02

Sorry to be bah humbug here - but my pals grandchildren were indecently assaulted when visiting a store santa a couple of years ago. The two little girls told mummy, dreadful dreadful time for all of them. They were aged about 4 and 5, so too young to give evidence at court, but old enough to make clear to mummy and the police exactly what happened. As it's rare for children under 7 to give evidence, there was no prosecution as Santa denied putting his hands in their panties and there was no independent evidence. I know, I know, it's not what you want to hear itsnotahoover, but being Santa for a few weeks, it's just the kind of job that a pedophile would be delighted to get isn't it.

lovelyladuree Tue 18-Dec-12 13:28:40

In Harrods, my DCs were wrapped in Santa's cape, which they absolutely loved. They sat next to him, rather than on his knee, but I don't think either party would have minded if they had climbed up. But, that's Harrods.

babybythesea Tue 18-Dec-12 13:29:48

We stopped the kids sitting on Santa's lap where I worked.
Not because we didn't trust Santa - we were a small community where I worked and Santa was played by one of our staunch volunteers, known to us for 20 plus years, with grandkids of his own - I'd have trusted my dd with him in a heartbeat (he died two years ago. I was so very fond of him and I still miss seeing him). We decided best not to let kids on his lap though to protect him. There is a risk that someone will make allegations and we couldn't face the thought of putting him in that position.

lovelyladuree Tue 18-Dec-12 13:30:15

lotsofdogshere where was Mummy when Santa was rummaging in their pants?

StephaniePowers Tue 18-Dec-12 13:32:38

Is this really a question which needs to be asked?!

Fakebook Tue 18-Dec-12 13:35:12

Lovelyladuree, what a horrible and crass thing to say.

KellyEllyChristmasBelly Tue 18-Dec-12 13:35:49

My DD and her friend sat on Santa's knee but it was at a private party for kids that I organise at my work. I suppose if its in a public place like a shopping centre they have more rules and regulations.

BeyondStuffedWithXmassyGoodies Tue 18-Dec-12 13:35:57

I'm sure I remember reading in the DM somewhere, that it was more to do with childhood obesity than the peedos...?

cheekybaubles Tue 18-Dec-12 13:42:02

Santa in the Art Gallery in Brum had my child sit on his knee when we visited Sunday.
I was quite surprised as haven't seen that done for ages.
He is a lovely Santa though and gives my little one an extra pressie as its also her Birthday. smile

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 18-Dec-12 13:45:23

Go to France children can sit on Santa's knee and give him a kiss. If parents are watching through the lens of their camera there is very unlikely to be anything untoward.

Blending Tue 18-Dec-12 14:01:32

DD sat on Santas Lap this morning. There was a bench next to him, but being 2 yo she wanted a cuddle. I asked if it was ok before she clambered up.

I think it depends on the Grotto, but as I was right there I couldn't see the harm. I know we hear horror stories, like above but I hardly think that she was in any danger with me and DH next to her.

Sirzy Tue 18-Dec-12 14:03:41

You can sit on Santas knee at the Trafford centre

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