Socially distanced Santa is the best thing to happen to Christmas

(From left) Mateo Johnson, 6, and Neah Johnson, 3, visit with Santa, who holds court in a snow globe December 6 in Seattle. Covid-19 safety measures have opened the door for rethinking how kids physically interact with Santa.

(CNN)The pandemic's silver linings have been few and far between -- reduced work commutes for some, no racist uncle at Thanksgiving and now socially distant Santa.

For all of you tearing out your hair over not being able to take pictures of your child on some stranger's lap at the mall, hear me out.
My 3-year-old has always been terrified of Santa. Forget about sitting on the guy's lap for long enough to snap a photo; he has convul