Anne Gaskell runs SantaSpeaking.com, a company that offers personalized visits with Santa over the telephone.
A live Santa will call a child and chat with them about whether theyve been naughty or nice and other personal details only St. Nick would know.
While the service works for kids with a fear of Santa, Gaskell says it could also be used in lieu of visiting Santa at a germ- infested mall this year.
Although kids wont sit on Santas lap over the phone, its just as authentic.
Gaskell says their call-in Santas have jolly voices, great belly laughs, and top-notch ho, ho, hos.
Many even grow beards and wear Santa hats during the calls to make it official.
Gaskell says kids are able to imagine their own perfect version of Santa without being subjected to some shady, disheveled mall Santa.
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