With Christmas a little over a month away, there is only one thing that can dampen the spirits of Santa impersonators-- the swine flu.
The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas (AORBS) is lobbying Congress to put Santas in the "high risk" category and at the top of the list for the H1N1 vaccine.
They want to protect themselves and the hundreds of kids they see each day.
"They're little petri dishes that are sitting on our laps, and you have to protect them as well as yourself," said Robert Flemming, Santa Claus impersonator.
Nicholas Trolli, president of AORBS, said the Santas are at a real risk.
"I have heard across the country numerous Santas who have actually had the swine flu," he said. "But I have not heard reports back of any of our Santas being able to get the swine flu shot as of yet."
Santas are taking other precautions like offering hand sanitizer in line and dry cleaning their suits at the end of each day. The costumed men also take vitamins to boost their immune systems.
"We're asking parents not to bring the children to Santa when they're sick," Trolli added. "In fact, AORBS has said that if you contact AORBS, we will do our best to get a Santa to come to your home so you won't be exposing other children."