The true Christmas idea has been forgotten this year by the British department store Harrods: only children with rich parents are allowed to visit Santa Claus in his cave inlaid with diamonds.

Parents who spend a minimum of 2,000 pounds (around 2,320 euros) in Harrods can send their children into the cave for a visit to Santa Claus. Britons are furious, so the department store came up with a solution: this year 160 families with lower incomes are allowed to descend into the diamond cave.

The luxury department store, owned by the royal family of Qatar, gives these families 4,400 10-minute moments with Santa from 15 November. Rich families therefore receive 96.4 percent of the Christmas time in the diamond cave.

Visitors to the department store complain to the British newspaper The Guardian: Harrods behaves like the Grinch and steals Christmas, and has been tempted to commercialize Christmas, they say.

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Tickets for a visit to Santa Claus cost £ 20, € 23 per child. Harrods earns at least 98,314 euros for operating the cave in the five and a half weeks until Christmas Eve. Photos for Santa Claus also have to be paid separately.

A Harrods spokeswoman says they are doing everything they can to make the experience in the cave as magical as possible. "Every year we are overwhelmed by the demand for this special experience, and tickets are extremely limited. Unfortunately, we simply cannot meet that demand."