Onslow County parents trying to keep holiday season merry and bright amid pandemic
The Claus’ of Onslow County are holding their sixth annual photos with Santa celebration, with socially-distanced pictures and a livestream.
HUBERT, N.C. (WITN) - Explaining to young children why this Christmas has become so different than the ones in the past has become the dark reality of this holiday season.
“We don’t sugarcoat it at all,” said Ashley Davis, a mother of three from Hubert. “As children, although I am very blunt with my kids about it, they don’t understand that all the time.”
At least six million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits because of the pandemic. It’s leaving so many parents with the task of having tough conversations with children ahead of the holidays.
“They have so many questions,” said Davis’ husband Wallace Bryant.
Questions to which their young children expect them to have all the answers.
Why money might be tight, why they have to turn away family and why they’re so excited to sit on Santa’s lap, but disappointed because they’re not able to this year.
The Claus’ of Onslow County are trying to make that as normal as possible this year, though. They’re preparing for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in Hubert next weekend.
“We just love Christmas,” said Mrs. Claus. “Adults are having a tough time wrapping their heads around what’s going on. So how can a four- or five-year-old do it? We just have to be very simple.”
The couple is putting on their sixth annual photos with Santa celebration. They typically have kids come and sit on Santa’s lap for a picture. This year, they will be getting tested beforehand to take a social distanced-picture and hold a livestream for parents who don’t feel comfortable going in person.
That’s how Davis and Bryant’s kids will be connecting with Santa Claus this year: Through a screen, while they wait for next year’s holiday season to have a lot less questions they just don’t know the answers to.
“Those three babies are our strength that keeps us strong and keeps us moving forward,” said Bryant. “And to fight all the things that’s going on in the world today.”
The Claus’ of Onslow County event is free and will be taking place on Dec. 19. Interested parents can submit their children’s names for a shoutout from Santa on the livestream to their Facebook page here up to the day of the event.
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