I was quite determined to get a good photo with Henry and the jolly guy this year.
We met two Santas this year. And one was certainly jollier than the other. The winner …
Santa 1: Not jolly.
Free Santa photos at a local museum brought my friend Shelly and I to the event with our kiddos.
I thought it would be a good practice for Henry to meet Santa, since I knew we’d see him the following weekend at a work party. Well. Free photos attracted approximately 600 million people. But, we got there early and got in line. No biggie. After waiting about 20 minutes, Henry was ready for a napperooni. And Santa was already irritable. He didn’t even smile. Not a ho ho ho to be heard. And not a recipe for a great photo.
Also, should I note that there is clearly NOT enough lap for Henry (or any child) to sit upon? Santa needed a little lesson is Santa-ing. He was holding the kids like sacks of potatoes. Oh well, it was free. So, we cut our losses and ate our free cookies and milk. Which. were. delicious. So, it was still a win.
Santa 2: Jolly
My employer hosts a family Christmas party on a Friday night at our home office. It’s a really nice event and attracts about 250 people. My in-laws even came along to enjoy the festivities, including Santa and pizza and cookies. Okay, I think the little guy may have been the main attraction.
This event is the bomb-diggity because it is MADE for families. There are games and fun things for older kids, a big mail box to send your letters to Santa and food. Instead of waiting in line for Santa, your name is called with the next person on deck. And it’s in order of age, meaning that the youngest kiddos get to go first. It’s also super laid-back, meaning you don’t feel rushed to get a photo quickly and getoutrightnownextup.
It was pretty cool.
Henry did really well with Saint Nick. I may actually get to work with this particular Saint Nick at my day job. Yes. Even Santa has to pay the bills, people. It helped that he was quite friendly and even let out a ho or two. And every single kiddo got a wrapped, age-appropriate gift.
Henry got a set of Bright Start Shake and Spin Activity Balls, which he thinks are pretty rad.
Although the wrapping was the real winner.
So, that, my friends, is the tale of two Santas. And there was a clear winner. And now a pretty 5×7 of the best Santa and Henry graces the mantel. I think I’m going to love adding a photo with Santa every year.