Well, it looks like, if this is the truth, I’m going to have to swallow my rage at the removal of the words “ho ho ho” from Australian Santas’ repertoire. It appears that wasn’t even close to the truth, or so the folks who trainSantas in Australia claim. They say they only told them to use “ha ha ha” if the kid was spooked by ho ho ho and it had nothing to do with slang terms for prostitutes.
Hopefully I’m not wrong again, but this one came from snopes, who seem to do their ho ho homework. I can see both scenarios, and I really don’t know which one is the truth. I’ll just put this version up, and only time will tell.