Adventures

I’m Glad We’re Not the Only Parents in Our Child’s Santa Photo

It’s a trend I have been seeing more of: Parents in their children’s Santa photos. Anything to calm them down, right?

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Back in the 1980s, the child was forced to stay on Santa’s lap regardless of the epic meltdown that ensued. Hence some pretty stellar photos of us red-eyed, snotty-nosed 1980s kiddos, bowl-bobbed haircut and all.

In 2015, we parents have gone soft. We would rather have a photo of our child at least half-way smiling with Santa, even if it means hopping into the photo ourselves.

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And even if it means being photographed in less-than-photo-worthy clothes and hair because we didn’t think we were going to be in any photos that day.

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Look at it this way, we kids of the 1980s get another chance, now in our late twenties and early thirties, to be photographed with a Santa we no longer fear. In fact, my husband and I made small talk with Santa while we waited for our photos to print.

That’s when Santa said of himself: “When you think about it, Santa Claus really is pretty scary.” What a wise old elf.

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Portable North Pole: Greetings from Santa

My sister-in-law told me about portablenorthpole.com, a web site that allows users to create personalized messages from Santa for their littles ones.

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You can create a free video that features your child’s name, age, interests, and more.┬áMy 17-month-old daughter was glued to the screen watching her message.

For $4.99 or $9.99, you can purchase premium videos and a portion of the purchase price will be donated to children’s hospitals around the world.

Merry Christmas!