THE SANTA CLAUSES did not have to be made. The storyline could have ended with the third installment of this franchise. After all, Tim Allen himself admitted in an interview that “they overshot the runway” with SANTA CLAUSE 3. So, my question is…why create the 4th? 

I was a fan of Tim Allen initially, but it seemed like the entire ensemble was trying too hard to make a “not funny” script enjoyable. The whole point of being Santa Claus is believing in the concept and magic of this special time. People must suspend their “disbelief” that anything can happen and does at the North Pole. I could not “buy” into this one. The plot tore apart every happy thought I previously cherished about Santa Claus and his family of elves. Drones just did not “cut it.”  It all seemed “lifeless,” and everyone was phoning in their performance to pick up their paycheck. 

I did like learning the reason behind choosing a “human” Santa Claus and seeing Bernard again (even though his back storyline lacked luster and imagination). Believe me. It wasn’t enough to sit through six episodes. Most people are way too busy this time of year, and the writers at Disney know and can do better. 

THE SANTA CLAUSES is a series that should just be forgotten and put away quickly. “Leaving well enough alone” is a lesson still to be learned. You are welcome, viewers. I just saved you six more hours for shopping, baking, and family time this holiday season. 

THE SANTA CLAUSES can be streamed on DISNEY+ if you don’t believe me. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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