Still Kringle and ready to jingle: The Santa Clauses series explores a changing of the reins

(courtesy IMP Awards)

Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially two sons, one that grew up in Lakeside, Illinois (Charlie) and one that grew up at the Pole (Buddy). With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole. (courtesy Wikipedia via Disney D23)

Does Santa Claus even get to retire?

The assumption, for this Christmas-a-holic anyway has been that the big guy in the red suit had the job for life like the Pope or royalty.

And yet, in this sequel to The Santa Clause trilogy, which picks up a while after the third instalment, Santa, played by Tim Allen is getting ready to walk away and spend more time with his family, just like all those politicians always claim they’re going to do.

But hey, Santa is a man of integrity, goodness and endless “Ho Ho Ho’s” so you have to assume his reason for retirement is legit, and that the fun that will no doubt ensue as he searches for a replacement will make The Santa Clauses a lot of festive fun to watch in the lead up to Christmas.

Premiered at this year’s Disney D23 event by Allen and the rest of the cast, the first two episodes of The Santa Clauses debut 16 November on Disney + with three episodes to follow, presumably weekly.

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