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Daniel Bates Daily Mail 12/01/2011 00:04
Students at the The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan are being taught what to do when children ask for toys that parents can't afford or for Santa's help finding their parents a job

Students at the The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan are being taught what to do when children ask for toys that parents can't afford or for Santa's help finding their parents a job


It will soon be time for every child to draw up their list for Santa. But now they could be in for something of a surprise - when Santa asks them to take a few things off of it.The largest Santa school in the U.S. has been advising its students on how to lower children's expectations in the economic downturn.



When confronted with a huge list of 'I wants', Santas are being told to tell them that they can't have everything.

They should also take a look at the children's parents and 'size them up' before promising them something that their mother and father can't afford.

The measures are part of the new syllabus at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, the New York Times reported.

Dating back to 1937, It is the oldest and most celebrated Santa school in the U.S., but it is now having to move with the times.

Some Santas have been taken aback by young children who have presented them with spread sheet, printouts and cuttings from catalogues instead of a simple wish list.

Others have become so tired of being asked for iPods they have prepared stock answers to get around it.


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