I Must Confess…real santa photos
The good old santa photo. The source of so much angst and waiting. I think most of us have been there, either as a child sitting on santa’s knee after an hour in line or as a parent, desperately hoping against hope that the kids will smile and stay put once they are in the presence of the great man.
Next weekend we are booked in to have our annual santa photo taken. We’ve been lucky enough to have been given an early slot with the lovely Santa at our local Westfield as part of their Sensitive Santa for Children with Disabilities initiative. I’m looking forward to not having to wait as long for a photo and getting in and out of the shopping centre long before most of the serious shoppers arrive for the day.
In the past we have done our time waiting. We have also had to be in some of the annual photos in order for our effort to be worth it (i.e. to placate scared and unhappy children!) And we have had photos where none of us are looking our best or entirely pleased to be there…
Here’s our last photo from 2012 where we all had to be in it but this time we are at least looking reasonably happy to be there (except for Delilah!)
It’s interesting that despite everything, year after year most of us still make the decision to brave the crowds, put the kids’ in their Sunday best and hope that this year will yield a great christmas photo.
Is it all about the chance to get a record of how the kids look year by year? The opportunity for a reasonable priced professional photo? Or to keep the magic of christmas alive?
I must confess, for us, it’s a little bit of everything. It’s great to have a record of how the kids grow and change every year (except for 2006 when we were quarantined at home with chicken pox and for 2013 where we just didn’t get our act together in time!) but for us it’s definitely more about keeping the magic of christmas alive. That’s why we’ve persisted most years and why we’re heading back again on Sunday.
So, do you “do” santa photos? Or do you have stories and/or photos to share as a child? Go on, be brave and share with the I Must Confess community!
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