Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When it comes to Santa, the 3rd time isn't the charm

Little Elvis is NOT a fan of Santa this year. We've tried on three separate occasions, and each has ended in tears.

Our first attempt was out our mall. They had this huge event to welcome Santa. There was a 10 foot tall man, two dancing elves, a DJ and a train.

He cried between every song, but we kind of expected that.

Then, Santa made his appearance on a little train. It seemed so magical, with the music playing, the kids ringing jingle bells and the tall man and elves marching out in front. I got teary just imagining how cool this would be for a child. Then...

... I heard my child crying. I think all of the pomp and circumstance was too much for him. We hadn't planned on visiting the mall Santa, anyway.

We just knew he would do better in a smaller setting. A local kids' store had Santa and parents could take their own pics. We almost missed the jolly old elf, because of Little Elvis' nap.
"Why didn't I take a longer nap?"
"Don't make me look at him!""Why are my parents so mean? Stop smiling Daddy!" (Wouldn't this be a great Christmas card?)

Never ones to admit defeat easily, we tried once more. This time, we took Little Elvis to get the Santa pictures at Sam's. We did this last year, and it was a pleasant experience.

Not so much this time. I honestly thought I could put my little boy on Santa's lap. What was I thinking?
He clung to me like a monkey. We got him a cup of Ginger Ale and were fine with that big Sam's cup being in the picture.
No dice. Bob gave him the Rubik's cube that had been entertaining him all morning.

No such luck. Bob gave him a fruit snack. He happily took the fruit snack and then went right back to fighting to stay in my arms.

Finally, I sat down by Santa and managed to squeeze a not-too-happy boy in between us.
Then.... somehow we didn't realize we were supposed to pre-pay before picking up the pictures the next day, and they got erased, and blah blah. I don't think we were meant to take a picture with Santa this year.

12 Comments:

Blogger MIP said...

I was totally expecting our kiddo to cry at Santa, fortunately he just gave us a bland look. He only started to cry when we pulled him away from Santa's surround display of trees and gingerbread men.

9:50 PM  
OpenID zerbert said...

Oh man, hope you have better luck next year! It's one of those times you really wish you could see what your child is thinking!

12:24 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Same thing happening over here...I swear, we should get these kids together - they were made for each other!!!!

5:39 AM  
Blogger mpotter said...

i hope he warms up to santa for christmas at least. maybe next year will be better.

quick story this reminded me of:
when one of my nieces was 3, i wanted to spend xmas eve w/ them so i can see the thrill of xmas in her....
my sis even had a real santa come to her house that morning.

well, not only did WE have to wake HER up in the morning, once she saw santa at the foot of the stairs, she refused to come down!!!

not quite the thrill i was expecting.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Ah yes, the Santa phobia. We experienced it here last year and this year, and I contemplated making this my Christmas card photo last year:
http://interruptedwanderlust.blogspot.com/2007/12/ho-ho-horrified.html

2:51 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

your kid & my kid are smart: an old man wants you to sit on his lap & offers to bring you toys? somethin' just ain't right 'bout that!

Gage won't have anything to do with Santa either...

1:38 AM  
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