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Santa TJS

Big deal they pulled out a couple of trees to flank a horrible set, still does not seem like a Christmas  set

 

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Eileen Strom

Apparently, all the hit mail has taken it toll!! AT least this one is being taken down!!

http://www.wbtv.com/story/30466035/southpark-malls-glacier-set-melts-in-face-of-criticism

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Santa Arthur

The Santa set needs to be welcoming and to give a warm feeling to visitors.  This is important because some children, mostly around 2 years old, are afraid of Santa,  Anything that can be done to make the experience more pleasant can help overcome this. 

I remember when a mall in California did away with Santa altogether and has a photo set with a winter scene where pictures were taken showing the visitors acting is if they were engaging in outdoor winter activities or just appearing in a winter scene. 

                                                      Santa Arthur

 

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SCSanta

The claustrophobic elements of the set design were what stood out to me (besides the fact it was just plain ugly) There was this tremendous soaring height of the open court of the mall and Santa was huddled under this clamshell ice outcropping that looked like it would swallow you. Kids are scared enough when they have pretty set elements to distract them, but this one made no sense. I know claustrophobia starts with 'claus', but somehow I think they missed the point.

Glad it came down.

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Kris Claus

The claustrophobic elements of the set design were what stood out to me (besides the fact it was just plain ugly) There was this tremendous soaring height of the open court of the mall and Santa was huddled under this clamshell ice outcropping that looked like it would swallow you...

Glad it came down.

Completely agree.  As I said in another post, elements of the glacier concept might have been a nice addition to give the impression of snow.  But to clam-shell out that beautiful ceiling was the dumbest thing ever.  This is what happens people do not challenge the inept ideas of others.

Just makes my blood boil over like a Figgy pudding.

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Sinter Noel

 

 

 

Big deal they pulled out a couple of trees to flank a horrible set, still does not seem like a Christmas  set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its a big deal to me my friend because what will be next. No Santa at All?If they want to keep nativity scenes off of public areas that's one thing.But malls are private own places that are open to the public.I feel some are trying to do away with Santa.

 

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Elf Without Jingles

s is not a Christmas set.  Bash away, bash away, bash away all!

This is not a Christmas set.  Bash away, bash away, bash away all!

Yeah, what he said!

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SantaSteve

I read it from over here and wonder whats the fuss, the mall tried something new, apparently there was more to be added at a later date, someone claims it was due to complaints so it has to be political correctness??

I would love to have a set like that ( other than the throne that does look terrible)

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Santa TJS

They should go back to the department store Santa where he is off to himself usually near the toy department. Santa visits are more personal not on display to all mall goers to be spectators. Macy's in New York still understands this.

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Santa Danny

Allow me to add some context to this since this is local to my area.  South Park Mall is the premier mall in the Charlotte NC area.  Just a side note, it was built on the farm land where the Rev. Billy Graham grew up.  The mall opened in 1970 and with its location in prestigious South Charlotte, it is the mall to be at.  Going on three generations now have brought their children to South Park to get their picture taken with Santa and it is a huge tradition for folks with very deep pockets filled with very old money.  South Park has always had a beautiful, bordering on majestic, Santa set and that is what their customers expect.  What fueled the controversy here locally is the fact this new set is just plain UGLY.  No, nothing else was going to be added to it later and the customers of South Park made it known in no certain terms that they wanted the old set brought back and the mall management listened and did what the vast majority of their customers wanted.  Another interesting thing about South Park, you know how sometimes malls will have cars from local dealerships in the mall for people to look at?  Usually they are Chevys or Fords, when they have cars at South Park, they are Ferraris, Lamborghinis and an occasional Bentley.  That is the type of money that is spent there and you listen to what they want.

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Sinter Noel

They should go back to the department store Santa where he is off to himself usually near the toy department. Santa visits are more personal not on display to all mall goers to be spectators. Macy's in New York still understands this.

I can agree with you there.Ive been reading the book Christmas at miller&rhoadas which is the story of a great department store santa tradition in Richmond.But at the same time I must tell you that the first place I ever saw Santa was at the Montgomery mall in 1973.I would hate to see the mall tradition ended.People who love this tradition cannot let it die.

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