Why have some people tell me that many kids would be more excited to see or visit with Buddy the Elf than Santa?

I play Santa at a Christmas and love doing it, but people always tell me I should be Buddy the Elf instead, and kids would be happier to see him than Santa. I don’t really buy that since not all kids know who Buddy is. Is it because Santa is old and fat, but Buddy is young and energetic?
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