When Father Christmas appeared on This Morning, it was more a case of ‘no, no, no’ than ‘ho, ho, ho’.
Santa impersonator Chris Cringle appeared on the show today (Thursday 20 December) to chat to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford – but, rather than warm to the bearded gift-giver, viewers branded him as “scary” and “creepy”.
Bit harsh, no?
As the Father Christmas lookalike did a phone in with hopeful little boys and girls, parents took to Twitter to criticise him.
We think they might be on the naughty list now!
For example, this viewer who tweeted: “Now I understand why kids cry when they go see Santa. He’s creepy af
Another agreed, saying: “Sounded a bit creepy there Santa ‘I’ll find you’
A third added: “Why’s there a creepy Santa on? He’s like bloody Krampus
Sounded a bit creepy there Santa "I'll find you" #Thismorning
— Tasha xx (@tashalou89) December 20, 2018
Now I understand why kids cry when they go see Santa. He’s creepy af #ThisMorning
— Vicki (@Vicki___XX) December 20, 2018
This Santa on #thismorning is so bloody creepy!
— Mariam (@DearCosmos) December 20, 2018
Others called the FC “[bleeping] terrifying”, “pervy”, “bonkers” and “the worst ever”.
One bemused fan even claimed to have “sent my dogs out of the room” because of the scary Santa.
Earlier in the segment, the impostor had stated it was four more sleeps to Christmas Day, when in fact there were five, as well as making a couple of comments about being able to “find” the children, even if they moved house.
But don’t worry folks, he wasn’t the real Santa! The real Santa is beavering away in the North Pole and not at all scary (even though he does creep into our houses under the cover of darkness!).
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