Cranberry wasn't the only festive sauce on offer at Selfridges as controversy erupted in Santa's grotto. Andrew Mondia was sacked after just three days in the fake beard amid suggestions he asked a woman shopper to sit on his lap.

Selfridges forbids such impromptu trips to lap-land, meaning a 'helper elf' was apparently forced to intervene. Mondia, however, says he was "just being friendly". The truth will out on Xmas Day, when the real Santa decides whether to leave Mondia more than just a P45 under his tree.