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“My Favorite Santa”
December 26th, 2012

“My Favorite Santa”

Olivia’s first two Christmas Santa photos were with the greatest Santa we had ever seen at our nearest Mall, as Melissa even dubbed him a “Pretty Santa.” He looks like the Santa in old postcards, and were always dumbfounded when other parents would tell us they hated the Mall Santa because he looked “homeless!” Well, this year we got to the Mall right as it opened on the one day we could take Olivia for her photos, and we elated to see that there was no line! Usually even at the opening of the Mall a sizable Santa line has already formed and would get exponentially worse throughout the day. But then, to our horror, we discovered the “Old Mom’s Tale” to be true…for as we turned the corner, we came face to face with whom can only be referred to as the mythical “Homeless Santa.” We soon found out that there apparently are two Santas who work different shifts, and the past two years we were just lucky to get the “Pretty Santa”…and on this day he would not come in for another 7 hours. It was my sad deduction that the lines would be long again at 3pm, and suddenly felt like we were the victim of a prank that all the other parents in the area were in on but us (since they somehow all knew not to be there). Unable to wait, we took our Santa photo with the only hope left that maybe Olivia might cry and deliver her first terrified holiday snapshot (which is an important childhood photo to have in it’s own right). But alas, Olivia took a perfect picture sitting on the dusty knee of the man with the dirty beard and bad teeth pretending to be Santa…

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Thanks again, and see you Friday!

–Mike Gray
e-mail: mike@clumsylove.net
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