Santa and Mrs. Claus have a big night ahead of them and they’re taking precautions to stay healthy as they bring Christmas magic to homes all over Oklahoma.
Christmas Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for the big guy in red. This year, COVID-19 has changed how Santa delivers his Christmas magic.
“To me there is nothing better than seeing Santa in person. I can remember seeing Santa when I was a kid and the joy it brought me- you just can't beat that," said Santa.
He has a lot to do but he likes to take some of his time to drop by a couple of Oklahoma houses and say hello before the night begins.
"We have been doing the same Christmas Eve route for 12 years. The same families, for 12 years," said Santa.
This year is different though.
"We have our (face) shields, my disinfectant that I carry," said Santa’s wife Mrs. Claus.
COVID-19 hasn't just affected us normal people - it has impacted Santa too.
"We are doing about a third of what we normally do this year," said Santa about December events meeting kids and families.
He said he talked with his doctor to see what the best plan of action would be if he kept seeing kids this Christmas and said he incorporated those guidelines into his time with kids.
"I am a second-generation Santa Claus. My dad was Santa Claus. We weren't able to have kids, so it is just a lot of fun bringing joy to little kid's faces, just making people smile," said Santa.
Santa had the option to go virtual this year, but said he isn't very good with computers and he wanted to be able to stay safe, keep everyone else safe but bring a sense of normalcy to kids, into a chaotic and grief filled year.
"It brings me so much joy," said Mrs. Claus, "For a moment they can just forget their worries and it brings back the child in everyone."
"I just hope that they can get a little bit of cheer this Christmas, happiness, even if it is just for a couple hours with family," said Santa.