Some 80 Santas from around the globe meeting at their World Congress debated establishing a second Christmas in July to ease their December workload, but finally decided that the holiday would be feted only once a year, the Danish Santa host said.
Some 80 Santas from around the globe meet at their World Congress
"There was a proposal from the Japanese Santa Claus that was hotly debated, but the delegates, even if they were in favour of the idea, did not want to adopt it because it risks upsetting the children of the world," Denmark's Father Christmas told reporters.
"The Christmas date of December 24-25 will not be changed, even though we are about to collapse from overwork. The tradition must be respected," he said.
Earlier, the spokeswoman for the convention had announced that the congress had decided to approve two Christmases, one on July 24-25 for the southern hemisphere and another one on December 24-25 for the northern hemisphere.
The 42nd annual convention was held this week at the world's oldest theme park, Bakken, north of Copenhagen.
On Wednesday, the Santas and their little elf helpers handed out gifts to delighted children at Bakken, after holding a parade in the streets of Copenhagen Tuesday. The Santas have been meeting in Denmark every summer since 1963.
One noticeable absentee, however, is the Finnish Santa, who has boycotted the event for years over his refusal to acknowledge that the one true Santa is the one from Greenland.