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Mall company ditches 'glacier' Santa scene after complaints

by Brooke Sassman / / Source: TODAY

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If you've ever taken a picture with Santa Claus at a local mall, you know what the set...er... his workshop usually looks like.

Bells, whistles, presents, holly and a Christmas tree are among the brightly-colored decorations that typically enclose Santa in his pop-up winter wonderland.

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But this year, shoppers in Long Island and North Carolina were distraught over one mall company's decision to seat Santa within what they called a "glacier," in an attempt to make the set "fresh and exciting".

In a statement to CBS New York, the Simon group, which operates the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, said the plain display was supposed to be a “cutting edge artistic design … designed to illuminate every imagination.”

Many mall-goers, though, didn't agree, and took to Twitter and YouTube to share their disapproval.

Meanwhile, shoppers at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte launched a Change.org petition urging Simon to bring back their deeply-coveted tradition. It was signed by over 25,000 people.

Following the uproar, Simon malls decided over the weekend to change the displays.

President David Contis told the Charlotte Observer "it was a mistake" and the "Glacier Experience" setup will be reverted back to a more traditional design.

In Long Island, a Christmas tree was added to the glacier scene, CBS New York reported.

Shoppers will be happy to know that crews at the malls have already begun dismantling it.

What better way to start the holiday season!

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