Last Christmas, Santa was not a big success.
However, for some unbelievable reason, the Easter Bunny was. Explain that one to me.
The question of the year: How would J-man react to Santa this Christmas???
So we arrived at the Mall and worked our way to Santaland. As we rounded the corner, there He was. I had planned ahead, choosing a Tuesday morning on the hopes that it would be quiet at the Mall and have a minimal line to see Old Saint Nick. And I was right... the perfect situation to see Santa. No line. Same great Santa.
As we approached, J-man stopped in his tracks. I knelt down, pointed to Santa, and asked J-man, " Do you know who that is?"
J-man looked wide eyed and said "Ann-ta".
"Yeah,' I said approvingly, 'Do you want to go say "Hi" to Santa?"
J-man grasped my hand, pulled me in the opposite direction, and said emphatically, "Nooooooo!"
Okay. Message received. No Santa picture this year.
And then, J-man's preschool had a family Christmas party. And guess who showed up??
This is as close as J-man would get to Mr. Claus, but he was perfectly fine with him at a distance! And now we have a Santa picture this year. All is well with the world.