But, the idea has received far from universal support. Peter Hogg, a Santa entertainer who had dressed up as the festive icon for more than 12 years, suggested the idea of a “skinny Santa” was ridiculous.
Hogg said: “'A skinny Santa takes away from the mystery and mystique of Santa Claus throughout the ages.”
He argued that, on the contrary, Santas have to be strong to hold lots of children all day and claimed he’s never heard of any of his Santa entertainer colleagues becoming ill or having health issues because of their weight.
Hogg argued that Santa is “a bit round” rather than obese and suggested that the tradition should remain that way.
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