My employer, Metroland North Media, has just launched a Scary Santa Memories photo contest for Simcoe County residents. They want people to send in their funny ‘sitting on Santa’s lap’ pictures where the kids are crying in terror.
It got me to thinking about what will happen when I take my son to get his Santa picture this year. Do you want to bet that he cries? I’m convinced it’ll happen.
Last year’s picture was pretty good. I went in November, when he was only five months old and he didn’t really care too much about whose lap he was sitting on.
I carefully picked out his outfit. Even with his fine hair standing up, he still looked spiffy. It’s now been scrapbooked, to be enjoyed for years to come.
But, while we’re on the topic of Santa pictures, there’s actually a funny family story that goes along with last year’s picture.
My sister-in-law told me to get it done at the Kozlov Centre because it’s where both Santa and Mrs. Claus pose for a picture.
So I did, as did she.
The trouble came when my nephew saw Nolan’s picture, and was confused.
“That’s not Mrs. Santa,” he said with authority. “Mommy, who is that?”
I didn’t have a quick answer, but like a pro and without hesitation, my sister-in-law said matter-of-factly, “that’s Santa’s mom.”
I felt so sorry for the poor woman who volunteered her time to pose with children. She’s now been aged a few decades just to please my nephew.
I should be thankful that it was the same Santa posing that day.
Hopefully, I get just as lucky this year – and I’ll let you know if I win my own bet.