Dozens of wannabe Father Christmases converged on the Garry Weston Library at Southwark Cathedral on Monday for a crash course in how to be a good Santa Claus.
"Harrods opened a Christmas shop in the middle of Summer, for goodness' sake!"
The student Santas were briefed on current music trends and the latest toys and games. They were also given tips on dealing patiently with awkward customers and learnt how to send Christmas greetings in at least a dozen languages.
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