Ho Ho Ho…Who wouldn’t go?

Me: We are going to visit Santa! Yeah, won’t that be fun?
Ad: Yeah! Santa! Is Santa coming tonight?
Em: NO, Addie, we are going to see a Santa. But he isn’t the real Santa, just a guy helping Santa. Santa is very busy. Right, Mom?
Me: Mmm hmmm. (You have no idea, kid!)
Em: Mom? I think I am just going to give Santa my list, I don’t think I really want to sit on his lap. Is that okay?
Me: That is fine. I think Santa would like to visit with you, but if you don’t want to sit on his lap, that is fine.

I was totally expecting this. We are not usually a fan of Santa, well I am – but Em typically just likes to look at him from afar. She talks a big game, but when it comes down to it, usually it is “no dice.”

Addie didn’t seem to mind Santa her first year. She also thought Papa was Santa, and loved him, too. (Well, she still loves him, but she now knows that he is just a jolly ol’ man, who sometimes happens to wear red. She is smart like that.) Last year, she was a little unsure of St. Nick, and she wouldn’t sit on his lap, or even look at him.

Nevertheless, I got them all bundled up (well, we had to wear sweatshirts and hats – it was a chilly 50 degrees or so) and we trekked over to The Grove, which is an outdoor mall – and apparently the only place to shop in town. It was definitely the place to visit Santa. Who, by the way, had to take a break to feed the reindeer from 7-7:30. Don’t you think that Santa and his elves could have timed the feeding a little better? We are talking prime Santa knee-sitting time. But I digress.

While we were waiting for Santa to come back from his “break” we shopped a bit, watched the snow fall (fake, piped-in snow, it was kinda cool – no cold, no mess!), I saw Molly Shannon shopping with her little girl at PBK, and visited the American Girl Doll store.

And then all of a sudden, it was VERY important for Em to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him that she really wanted an AG doll. She was raring to go. Here they are still waiting…


It is finally our turn. I put Addie up on Santa’s one knee and J. put Em on the other, and we practically tripped over ourselves trying to get out of the way so we could get one decent shot before they started crying.

This is the shot the elves got –


Not too bad! They look a little bewildered and a little unsure, but no tantrums or hilarious making of those scary Santa photos that you see.

And a shot that J. got when Addie is telling Santa what she wants for Christmas. (A kitty.)


Mommy would like Santa to bring Addie better listening skills so she’ll stop falling off of things and hurting herself. Her Rudolph nose pictured here is courtesy of a jump off of the sofa. I watched the whole thing happen as I was in the middle of saying “Addie, stop jumping on the sofa!” for the 4,976 time that day. Yeah, I usually keep count til about 5,000 or so, and then, really, why bother?

So anyhow, I think the Santa trip was a success. For the first year ever there were no tears (from the girls or Mommy), we have photographic proof that they actually met the big man, and they each even got a cookie. A very messy cookie that Mommy found pieces of in her hair, later that night.


Oh, and when Santa asked Em what she wanted for Christmas, she got so nervous she forgot all about the AG doll and went back to her old stand-by, “a puppy alarm clock.”

Thank goodness Santa had already been reminded 4,999 times that that was what she wanted for Christmas. He has one tucked away, especially for her.


12 Responses to “Ho Ho Ho…Who wouldn’t go?”

  1. 1 Maggie December 20, 2007 at 3:43 am

    AWESOME pictures with Santa! Those are great!!

  2. 2 msscatter December 20, 2007 at 5:00 am

    that is an awesome Santa! I’m glad both the girls sat on his lap this year.

    Psssst…..is she getting the AG doll?

  3. 3 Papa (or Dad) December 20, 2007 at 5:23 am

    This is absolutely one of your best ever!!!

    The pictures are great, the asides are hilarious, the story is interesting, and it even mentions me!

    We love having this method to keep up on a daily basis, it is one of best things (among many) that you do for us.

  4. 4 Elisa December 20, 2007 at 8:42 am

    So which is tucked away for her, the AG doll or the puppy alarm clock? : )

    We LOVE AG dolls at our house. Such a fun, sweet, innocent thing!!!

  5. 5 Aunt Vicki December 20, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Was there EVER a bad picture of those two?! I sure am glad that I don’t have to choose one picture out of any of them that you forward. I would never be able to do it. I am SO happy that Emma is getting excited about AG dolls. I was so hoping that she would. I have been dying to buy AG stuff for somebody for years.
    Love to all 4 of you,

    Aunt Vicki

  6. 6 Stacy December 20, 2007 at 9:43 am

    LOL! Great story and pictures. 😀 Anya didn’t want anything to do with the big man, so Addie was quite the brave girl.

  7. 7 MommyBrain December 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Funny story and sweet photos. Santa has an odd expression on but he really looks like a Santa. And are you following me when I go clothes shopping? My girls wore the same pattern hats last winter…. You have excellent taste. 😉

  8. 8 Colleen December 20, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    So adorable. Zoe wouldn’t even go near Santa this year. Guess we’ll try again next year!

  9. 9 Jenn December 20, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    WOW – I can sit and view your site all day – your pictures, incredible – man do I want a better camera, after viewing these wonderful shots my point and shooter is not good enough. Thank you, thank you for the wonderful pictures – your children are just BEAUTIFUL!!!

  10. 10 Christina December 20, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    YAY for a successful Santa trip! You tell such a great story, it’s all brought to life before my eyes! Too funny that Em ended up not asking for and AG doll after all – but good for you…err, I mean, Santa, since the puppy dog clock is all ready to go!

  11. 11 Kim December 21, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, good job Em and Ad! So proud of those girls for sitting and chatting with Santa. Love the pictures.

  12. 12 arizaphale December 22, 2007 at 4:51 am

    Great Santa photo!! The girls look beautiful and quite composed 🙂 Not sure about Santa, he looks a bit dodgy don’t you think? Great shot of you with the cookie heading for your hair. he he he. And Jenn is right, you DO tell a great story.

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