Santa shortage

Wanted: Jolly, rotund, fluffy-bearded men. Must have low voice, no criminal record and a full repertoire of Christmas songs and poems.

These tough requirements being made on Santa recruits in Germany have led to a shortage of Father Christmas’s across the country.

Job agency boss, Tarik Kilinc said: “It takes a lot to be a good Santa. Just handing out presents isn’t enough.”

In Berlin, job agencies are still looking for a further 150 Santas to fill posts throughout the city.  It is believed the tough standards have put many people off from even applying.