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20 people who worked as mall Santas share the strangest and most memorable gifts a kid asked for.

20 people who worked as mall Santas share the strangest and most memorable gifts a kid asked for.

Working as Santa in a mall can be a fun a rewarding job for the holiday season, but it's also stressful to deal with a never-ending line of impatient children and their sometimes demanding parents...

When the crowds get busy and tired shoppers and hyper children wait to tell Santa what they want for Christmas as their parents attempt to get the perfect photo for next year's Christmas card, sometimes people forget that there's a very real person underneath that red fur-trimmed coat and hat. Mall Santa actors and Disney face-characters in theme parks are kindred spirits in that they have to constantly remain "in character," and entertain throngs of eager children in the costume of an iconic, universally recognizable mythical person.

While younger kids who vehemently believe in Santa use the experience as a way to report their Christmas gift dreams to the man in charge, parents are usually in it for the photo. Posting a photo of adorable children screaming or crying while sitting on Santa's lap with a long fake beard and candy cane throne in the center of the local mall is always a hit on social media, but the presents kids ask Santa for are even funnier sometimes.

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