IS SANTA ELF-ISOLATING? 1 in 3 UK children are concerned Santa won’t be able to visit this year.
MILLIONS of kids are terrified that coronavirus will stop Santa visiting their home to deliver presents and ruin Christmas.
An astonishing four in ten parents of children under 10 say they have had to reassure their little ones that Father Christmas and his sleigh will still arrive on December 25th.
A study for Money Expert of 2,000 parents and grandparents found that the average child in Britain believes in Santa until they are about 6.5 years old, resulting in some very inquisitive questions.
The top 5 questions children ask include:
- With the virus, can Rudolph still drive the sleigh? He already has a red nose?
- Will Santa's elves be able to anti-bac all the presents?
- Is Santa self-isolating for 14 days before he comes?
- Should we leave some sanitiser out for Santa with the mince pie and carrot?
- Will Santa and the reindeers all have to wear masks this year?
Covid restrictions aren’t Santa’s only hurdle this year. Travel, car insurance and life insurance costs have all fluctuated during the pandemic. Currently the cost of insurance for a 119 year old man, on a transit vehicle with comprehensive cover and contents cover (for all those presents!) is roughly £15,500! Considering Santa is 1,750 years old, and operating a bespoke vehicle with wild animals, it would cost approximately £27,125,000 to insure his famous sleigh.
Sadly, 20% of us won’t be seeing our parents because of safety concerns, and many of us will be resorting to Facetime or video chat to see loved ones this Christmas (61%). Doubting Santa’s ability to visit every household - government guidelines clearly state no more than three households may mix - is a logical conclusion for children to draw. Other curious youngsters worried about how Christmas will be affected asked:
- Why does Santa only work one day a year?
- Will he eat a gluten-free mince pie?
- If he's so fat how does he get down the chimney?
- Shall we get Santa a door key cut because we don't have a chimney
Kids are more aware of the global situation than many of us might think. According to research by Money Expert, 41% of parents with children under 10 said their child understood travel restrictions are to be lifted over the Christmas period. However, many were still worried Rudolph and the gang wouldn’t be paying them a visit.
Money Expert’s CEO, Jason Smith, comments “This year has brought a lot of change to the lives of adults and children alike and it does not come as a surprise that children may be worried about Christmas going ahead as normal. I’d like to reassure all children in the UK that Santa is still visiting! Thankfully he has a special exemption during the Pandemic to allow him to travel around the World as well as excellent insurance!”
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