CENTENNIAL (Colo.) – The SouthGlenn shopping centre in Colorado is already festive.
The holiday season begins with a Christmas Parade. Everybody is looking forward to the guest-of-honor. Santa.
“It’s exciting, it’s exciting, it’s magical. The children are at the heart of the magic of Christmas,” said Susen Mesco of American Events and Promotions.
Susen Mesco dresses up as Mrs. Claus while she helps Santa with his Christmas parade.
She also runs Santa School, so she knows that it might be more difficult to book Santa for your Christmas party.
“Usually we do about 60 Santa Clauses live. Mesco explained that the classes start in February. “We’ve seen about half of the Claus Clan enrollment in recent years due to people who aren’t interested in being in conference situations or travel circumstances,” Mesco said.
The entire country is suffering from a labor shortage. It seems that the problem has also reached the Arctic.
“Seasonal work is traditional in the same target market where it has been difficult to hire people,” says Jack Buffington.
He is the University of Denver’s supply chain coordinator and believes it’s not surprising that Saint Nick is suffering from the labor problem.
“If you think about it, it’s like a four-hour seasonal shift making $20, $30 an hour. Buffington stated that this is a huge problem, particularly considering the fact that many people in this group shouldn’t be in public, amongst unvaccinated people, or in large crowds.
Mesco claimed that the shortage of Santas was only one aspect of the problem.
She said, “This year, there are more people who want to party.”
There is a higher demand so it might be difficult to find Santa Claus if you plan on throwing a Christmas party this weekend. There is a solution, though.
“You can have just as much fun on a Tuesday night. Smores, biscuits and other snacks are equally delicious on Tuesday nights than they are on Saturdays. So if people are flexible, Santas can make it to any of those parties,” Mesco says.
A little flexibility is key, just like everything else that we’ve experienced in the last year and a quarter.