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Santa at the mall

December 26, 2007

We took our children to get their picture taken with Santa at the mall. Neither my husband nor I took charge of the situation. We walked up to the mall’s Santa without thinking of creative ways to control our children’s reactions. I had my arms full of winter coats. My husband was hanging back. My son was caught off guard when the photographer, unexpectedly and without permission, swept him up and sat him on Santa’s lap. Of course he cried and refused to be photographed. But he got the lollipop anyway and my daughter did sit on Santa’s lap without crying. She had been debriefed at home as to the plan, so although she was nervous, she smiled and tried to please us.

Here is a photo that we took in the aftermath of the Santa incident. Tears have been wiped and lollipops have been unwrapped. The fact that they charged $18.99 for the not-very-professional photo reminds me that “sucker” is a synonym of “lollipop.” Our photo is higher quality and better captures the joy in our children’s expressions. Lesson learned. Maybe many American parents make this same mistake. What is your Santa at the mall story?

Santa at the mall
  1. December 26, 2007 5:48 pm

    They are so precious!

  2. December 27, 2007 7:31 pm

    What little cuties you have. I don’t really have a santa at the mall story – I remember when I was a kid my parents dragged us down to the local VFW – so we could sit on our Uncle Bill’s lap and pretend we didn’t know it wasn’t Santa. He came with his own padding you see and the suit fit so he got the job. 😉

  3. December 30, 2007 12:16 pm

    I don’t have any stories either except memories from my childhood that I absolutely REFUSED to sit on Santa’s lap or go anywhere near him actually. Now, my dog has his pic with Santa every year and he seems to enoy it. Great blog by the way…

  4. December 31, 2007 9:01 am

    Good Morning Fighting Windmills, I love your website. It reminds me of all the fun and challenges of when my children were that age. I have a boy and a girl also; my daughter is the oldest too. Your children are very cute. I never took the children to santa; one look at him and my son just cried from a distance. But they had Archie a very tall ( 2 story) snowman that my daughter liked with glowing eyes, go figure. I took her to see him several times at the mall and she loved it. My son didn’t like any of it. Thanks for the Strappity-do-da shopping post. For you and all of your friends; use promo code GOMAG and you will receive a 15% off your purchase at our website.

  5. seaswell permalink
    December 31, 2007 2:27 pm

    at least you got a great picture after the santa trauma. and for free!

    you’ve got some cute kids on your hands.

  6. January 2, 2008 10:32 am

    The Santa that we saw was not even authentic. He looked about 28 years old. I think that in order to play the part of Santa you need to have grey eyebrows. But would that be age discrimination?

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