Fifty children have been issued a warning after they met Santa Claus who tested positive for COVID-19.

Do you think keeping Christmas alive is worth the risk of spreading the virus? Read on to get the full story...

Christmas is just 1 week away...

And despite the chaos and despair that 2020 has brought, people are now feeling more festive than ever!

It's time to resume a tiny bit of normality...

And even though many families are sadly going to be kept apart over the festive season, people are trying to make the most of the celebrations.

The Christmas trees are up...

The presents are wrapped, the turkeys are pre-ordered, and the Zoom calls are scheduled for Christmas day.

And of course...

Millions of children around the world are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus and his sack full of presents.

But it's important to remember that this year, things are very different...

And so many restrictions have been put in place to ensure our safety during this ongoing pandemic.

This means that those annual meets with Santa Claus may be a little bit more difficult this year...

And many children will have to make do with either meeting Santa via a Zoom call or by writing him a letter!

However, regardless of the dangers...

Many organizations have been holding "meets and greets" with Santa Claus anyway, and one organization in Georgia has faced a lot of backlash after the actor who was dressed up as Santa tested positive for COVID... after meeting with dozens of children.

It all happened last week after a Christmas parade was held in Georgia.

Actors dressed up as Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus, were present and they happily took pictures with around fifty children who attended the parade.

Taking to Facebook, the Long County Board of Commissioners chair Robert D. Parker explained what had happened.

"On Thursday, December 10th, the Long County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas parade in Ludowici. The event was followed by a tree lighting and an opportunity for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Old Well," he said. "The events were well attended and roughly fifty children had their picture taken with Santa. It has now been brought to the attention of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as my office, that after the event both 'Santa' and 'Mrs. Claus' were tested for the COVID 19 virus and both received positive test results."

"They were not displaying any symptoms at the time of the event."

"While this is cause for concern, I feel that it is important to note that exposures happen every day as we go about our day to day lives, often without any knowledge," he then said. "Children are in close contact with both other children and adults daily at school, rec functions, and church. Proper CDC exposure guidelines should be followed if your child was exposed, however, I do not feel this incident is cause for panic."

Parker explained how he actually doesn't have any regrets over the event.

"While this event was not put on by the City of Ludowici or the Long County Board of Commissioners, it was well attended by our public officials and I believe I speak for the majority of them in saying that we still stand by the decision of the Chamber to move forward with these holiday traditions and to bring some sense of normalcy to these trying times. My children both had their picture made with Santa, and their smiles were bigger than any day when they head off to school, where the same risk of exposure exists."

He then outlined that no children were forced to attend the parade and it was all through the decision of their parents.

Parker explained that he "personally knows Mr. and Mrs. Claus and they would have never knowingly done anything to place any children in danger. They have both filled these roles for many years, and bringing joy to children during the holidays is one of the most important parts of their lives."

Do you think it was irresponsible of the organizers and the parents to allow their children to go to the parade and meet Santa Claud?

Or do you think it's important to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer, regardless of the circumstances? Read on for more festive stories...