Santa Claus is no longer welcome at a YMCA in New York City -- replaced with Frosty the Snowman and a penguin.
Santa had been a longtime tradition at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA's annual Christmas luncheon. Boys and girls were allowed to give Old Saint Nick their Christmas wish list -- but Frosty doesn't take gift requests -- and neither does the penguin.
The YMCA, which is in the middle of rebranding itself from the Young Men's Christian Association to "The Y," defended their decision.
"It wasn't replacing; it was transitioning," executive director John Rappaport told the New York Post. "We realized that change is sometimes good, and that Frosty is a great winter character who would appeal to a broader number of kids."
The decision was allegedly made on the local level and did not come from the Y's headquarters.
Outrage has been expressed from Christians and non-Christians.
"Christmas is not about Jack Frost; it's not about snowmen," said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. "We're not talking about some secular organization that has no religious roots. If they can't celebrate Christmas, then they should check out. What a bunch of cowards."
Ed Bobrow, who is Jewish, was also upset by the move. He told the New York Post, "He represents openness and an invitation for anyone and everyone to celebrate good will toward man."