Santa’s go to turns into digital within the Kelowna Studio

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – It’s that time of year when kids visit Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas and take a cute picture.

Most children can’t wait to sit on Santa’s lap – and tell him what’s on their Christmas wish list.

With COVID-19 cases increasing across the country, some places are not offering personal visits to Santa Claus.

Instead of some of his usual hangouts this time of year, you have to virtually catch the big guy.

Other places are taking additional measures to protect children and Santa Claus.

Christine Matrangos usually offers pictures with Santa Claus in her studio – but this year she’s doing things a little differently.

She lets parents tell their kids that they’re coming to take photos with Santa Claus – but he won’t be there.

“We’re going to pretend Santa Claus is there. That way, both she and Santa will be safe. That way he can come for Christmas, ”said Matrangos.

Children – or pets – pose alone or with family and Santa Claus is added later.

“Sometimes these pictures are better because they don’t cry, because there are no strangers,” said Mantrangos.

Mantrangos says 2020 was just too risky to have a real Santa in their studio.

“In between, I give 20 minutes to clean up everything that has been touched or wherever the customers are. And I always wear a mask. And I’m always about 6 to 8 feet away, ”she explained.

This way, children get an extra surprise after mantrangos work their magic and make Santa Claus appear.

Christine says she’s thinking of keeping the same idea for other holidays like Easter – and Photoshop in the Easter Bunny.

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