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man, children will instead by asked to sign up with the Eaton Centre to attend a weekend storytime session and get a photo on Santa's knee if they choose.

The break with tradition is not sitting well with some parents.

A group of businesses stepped in to save the parade by sponsoring floats, a practice that continues today as thousands of people line the parade route for a chance to see Santa.

The flagship store got a makeover in the late 1970s when the Toronto Eaton Centre was built at Yonge and Dundas Streets. But Eaton's went out of business in 1999 and the downtown shopping centre is now owned by Cadillac Fairview.

Both are free, says marketing director Meredith Vlitas, who decided to shake things up this year and look for more innovative ways to showcase St. Nick.

"It's not just for children in the (Greater Toronto Area) but it gives children all across Canada the opportunity to have a one on one session with Santa through Skype."

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But changing times and fortunes, including those of the Eaton family who no longer own the shopping centre, mean Santa won't have such prime real estate this year.

"I think it's sad," said Heather Austin, whose plans to take her 20 month old daughter Emily to see Santa at the Eaton Centre were dashed Wednesday.

just after the turn of the century, Eaton's flagship store in the city's downtown has been the hotspot for kids to meet Santa and give him their Christmas wish lists.

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Jennifer Jasey said she and her son Zidane, who is nearly two, will have to find another place to visit St. Nick.

"You can't be all things to all people," said Vlitas, who believes the new ideas should please busy parents.

The story of Santa at the Eaton Centre is closely related to the story of the Eaton family itself. The popular retailer began as a Toronto dry goods store and haberdashery in 1869 before expanding to mail order catalogues and eventually opening Eaton's department stores across Canada.

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"The fact that Prada Wallet With Chain a kid can't get on a Santa's lap, have him put his arm around him, hear his real voice, cuddle up to him and have the whole experience is a real shame," she said.

The evening Skype sessions can be done from home at the family's convenience, she said.

photos instead of having to purchase a professional package. There's room for up to 100 children at each Sunday morning event.

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Eaton's sponsored Toronto's Santa Claus Parade from 1905 until 1982, when the department store dropped it due to rising costs.

At the storytime events, parents can relax in a lounge while the kids meet Santa, and they can take their own Burberry Iphone 5 Case Amazon

Parents anxious to have their kids line up the old fashioned way to sit on Santa's knee this Christmas will have other options besides the Eaton Centre.

The traditional lineup waiting for a chance to sit on Santa's knee could sometimes last up to three hours or longer, said Vlitas. The Eaton Centre wanted to create a new experience that would be more fun for both parents and kids, she said.

TORONTO A Canadian holiday tradition for more than 100 years is coming to an end this year no, Virginia, the little ones won't be lining up to see Santa Claus at the famed Toronto Eaton Centre.

Santa takes to Skype as Eaton Centre drops traditional mall Santa sessions

Santa is also now cool with cyberspace, so parents can register their kids for a 10 minute Skype session with him, also arranged through the shopping centre.

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