The children of downtown Portland know who Santa is. They've sat on the same lap every year at Macy's, and when they bump into him during the summer, he'll explain that he's on vacation, which is why he's shed the fur-lined red suit. But the Santa they know and love is no more; Macy's fired its two veteran Santas this year, and replaced them with fake-bearded Saint Nicks from a national vendor.
Santa Tom and Santa Phil have been working for the Portland Santa company for seven and 12 years, respectively, and have become familiar faces for both parents and children every holiday season, reports the Daily Mail. But Macy's decided to populate their Santalands across the country this year through an East Coast supplier. That way all of Macy's Santas will look the same.