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Hungarian Santas go online with pre-recorded Christmas greetings

Hungarian companies are now pre-recording personalised messages or provide online sessions where Santa’s greet children from their home office with a Christmas tree and festive lights glistening in the background.

By: Reuters | Budapest (hungary) | December 4, 2020 6:27:19 pm
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With Hungary under partial lockdown to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases, several local companies have started offering online meetings with Santa Claus for children holed up at home with their families.

One of the Hungarian companies that normally rents out Santas for families and business events has come up with several forms of Covid-19-proof meetings.

An assistant helps Pal Pillmayer, dressed as Santa Claus, as he prepares to interact with children by video chat, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Budapest, Hungary. (Picture credit: Reuters)

They pre-record personalised messages and send them by post or provide online sessions with Santa greeting children from his home office with a Christmas tree and festive lights glistening in the background.

“Which child would expect that while watching some video on a laptop with Mom and Dad, suddenly Santa appears live and calls them by their names,” one of the Santas, Pal Pillmayer said.

Janos Nemes, dressed as Santa Claus, waves as he interacts with children by video in a photo studio, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Budapest, Hungary. (Picture credit: Reuters)

“I think this will be a much greater joy and happiness this year,” said Pillmayer, who has several online meetings scheduled for the coming days.

Janos Nemes, a pensioner and part-time Santa, who sat in a studio for a whole day recording messages for children said he will miss greeting them.

Children are seen on a screen as Santa Claus interacts with them by video chat, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Budapest, Hungary. (Picture credit: Reuters)

“I do miss the magic and the sometimes very moving personal meetings.”

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