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Why does Santa have a Grotto, but Father Christmas does not?


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Dec. 26th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Father Christmas used to, in my childhood (and, I think, that of my children - I can't pinpoint when "Santa" took over commercially; I think part of the reason was because it needed fewer letters)
Dec. 26th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Was it called a 'grotto' though? I don't remember this. I don't think we went to 'Father Christmas's grotto', I think we just went to see Father Christmas.

I'm guessing that the grotto was more a part of the (American) Santa mythos than the (British) Father Christmas one, but the British one has now been mostly subsumed.
Dec. 26th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
I remember when I was a small child (late 1950s) that when we went to see Father Christmas, he was always in a grotto of some kind. This may have been purely a result of sectioning him off from the rest of the store so they could charge for entrance. :) I can't remember whether we actually called it "Father Christmas's grotto" though.
Dec. 26th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Definitely a grotto in later years, though in the early 1950s it was usually a little house.
Dec. 26th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
I don't think the Santas in New Jersey ever had a grotto. The Little Mermaid, yes. Santa, no.
Bill Olander
Dec. 27th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Grotto... no.
Workshop, Castle, House.. yes.
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