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    • Julianna, 3, and Dylan, 5, Lasczak visit Santa through a transparent barrier at a Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Santa Claus is coming to the mall: just don't try to sit on his lap. Malls are doing all they can to keep the jolly old man safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, no matter if they've been naughty or nice.
    • Brother and sister DeShaye, 8, and Shaye'Lah Powell, 4, speak to a man dressed as Santa Claus, who sits behind a plexiglass divider due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, U.S. 14 November 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela
    • Sydney Poulos, 8, gives Santa a fist bump through a transparent barrier at a Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Santa Claus is coming to the mall: just don't try to sit on his lap. Malls are doing all they can to keep the jolly old man safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, no matter if they've been naughty or nice.
    • A man dressed as Santa Claus sitting behind a plexiglass barrier due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic speaks with a boy at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, US, 14 November 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela
    • Majesty Davis, 3, cries while visiting a man dressed as Santa Claus, who sits behind a plexiglass divider due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, US, 14 November 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela
    • Will Bertinetti, 5, reacts as he speaks with Santa Claus, who sits behind a plexiglass divider due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at the Exton Square Mall in Exton, Pennsylvania, US, 14 November 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela
    • Students take part in a training session at the Ministry of Fun Santa School, as it develops an online app for children to speak with Santa during the Christmas season, as the continuation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic means most in-person Santa's Grotto experiences will have to be cancelled, London, Britain, 10 November 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    • Students take part in a training session at the Ministry of Fun Santa School, as it develops an online app for children to speak with Santa during the Christmas season, as the continuation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic means most in-person Santa's Grotto experiences will have to be cancelled, London, Britain, 10 November 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    • A person dressed as a Santa Claus meets a child while sitting in a Santa Claus bubble as he opens Christmas season at Aalborg Zoo, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Aalborg, Denmark, 13 November 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Henning Bagger
    • A person dressed as a Santa Claus meets a child while sitting in a Santa Claus bubble as he opens Christmas season at Aalborg Zoo, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Aalborg, Denmark, 13 November 2020. Ritzau Scanpix/Henning Bagger
    • An aerial view shows Issa Kassissieh, wearing a Santa Claus costume, and sitting next to a Christmas tree while posing for a picture on a salt formation in the Dead Sea, in an event organised by Israel's tourism ministry, as Israel gears up for the holiday season, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, near Ein Bokeq, Israel 15 November 2020. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg
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    Julianna, 3, and Dylan, 5, Lasczak visit Santa through a transparent barrier at a Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, Conn., Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Santa Claus is coming to the mall: just don't try to sit on his lap. Malls are doing all they can to keep the jolly old man safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, no matter if they've been naughty or nice.

    Christmas and New Year are still more than a month away, yet the holiday season has already begun, albeit under quite unprecedented pandemic circumstances. But there is no reason to give in to despair, as Santa Claus knows some tricks to save the holidays and make them a safe experience for everyone.

    The coronavirus pandemic has not shown any signs of abating yet, but there is no reason to cancel Christmas altogether and kids can still enjoy Santa Claus' company. However, to make sure that everyone is safe, Santa, who is in the risk category himself due to his age and weight, has devised a special “bubble” so he can communicate with children.

    Sputnik invites you to take a look at what else Santa Claus has come up with to be able to perform his duties during this unprecedented time in our latest photo gallery.

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