Santa must have seen his shadow. Six more weeks of Christmas!
They considered leaving him up there as a warning to any other Santas who might try to break in through the ceiling. Apparently, this mall Santa got his beard tangled in the cable, but was so method in his approach to the role of Santa that he simply couldn't remove the beard in front of the children. Not that the vision of a Santa Claus rappelling from skylights like a character in "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" would do any damage to their belief in the obese old elf. Can we just stop with the SWAT team Santas now? Have him slide down a big slide or pop out of a cake if you need a big entrance. Kris Kringle is not a Navy SEAL.