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Kohl’s Substitutes A Green Screen For Santa

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crying santaWondering when to tell the kids that Santa isn’t real?

Not to worry, mom and dad, Kohl’s has you covered.

This year, the chain is replacing Santa with a green screen.

Stores will feature free “Snapshots With Santa” stations where you can line the kids up in front of a green screen, snap a picture and then, using Kohl’s Snapshots With Santa app, superimpose a “unique” holiday background, complete with Santa, onto the photo.

The kids never actually see Santa, sit on his lap or tell him what they want for Christmas –  which means you won’t get any of those cherished keepsake images of your child smiling up at Old St. Nick, or screaming in terror at the sight of him. (Those shots are pretty special too.)

Instead, you “skip long lines waiting to visit Santa at the mall” (as Kohl’s promo says), and get a virtual shot of a virtual visit with a virtual Santa.

Nothing real about that.

The app, (available in November at Kohls.com/MyPhoto), will allow you to share the photos via social media or email and order holiday cards through Shutterfly.