This One- Not Worth the Hassle

I don’t care how much the Santa at Fashion Island looks more like Santa than Santa.

How he has rosy cheeks and a shimmering beard of silver.

How he is perfectly and pleasingly round.

How he looks just like all the Santas in the Christmas books.

He is not worth the hour and a half I stood in line to have my son take pictures with him.

It may be testament to his being a good Santa who listens to the kids rattling off their lists.

But more likely it is from all the moms who had to brings carfuls of children and arrange them in as many different variations as humanly possible. All together. Boys with boys. Girls with girls. Babies with babies. Older kids with older kids, and ad infinitum.

I thought that waiting the week before Christmas would be a no-brainer. By then, all the other moms who had their acts together would have gotten the pictures out of the way the week after Thanksgiving.

Although it soothes me a bit to know I’m not the only one running behind, I think next time I will go somewhere else.

1 Comment so far

  1. dgm (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    I’m so glad my daughter thought of Santa as “that man wearing a disguise” whom she wanted nothing to do with.

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