I really wasn't sure how our visit with Santa would go this year. Every time I'd mention meeting Santa to Mac, he'd get this look of fear and sadness in his eyes and his little lip would start quivering and my heart would break. While I love the crying baby photos SO MUCH, I certainly didn't want to traumatize my kid and make him so scared of Santa that it ruined Christmas for him. I'm not that mean. As the days approached, I talked to Mac quite a bit about Santa and he started to come around to the idea of being able to tell him what he wanted for Christmas and ask about Rudolph. That morning when we pulled out the "Visit Santa" activity from our advent calendar, he regressed and got scared and teary-eyed again. I told him how much Mim wanted to see Santa and promised him that he didn't have to do it if he didn't want to. He agreed he'd try, if I'd give him a sucker. Deal.
As we stood in line, Santa walked by us and gave the kids high fives. Mim loved it, of course. Mac was very apprehensive, but did surprisingly awesome. He watched the kids in line ahead of us and said "I'm a big boy, I can do that." He climbed right up on Santa's lap next to Mim and almost even smiled at one point. Mim lasted about a minute and then she was OVER IT. I was secretly (ok, not so secretly) pretty excited that at least one of them cried. But then when I saw the photo, I nearly died. I cannot get over Mac's look of annoyance at his baby sister for nearly messing up his opportunity to tell Santa that he wanted medical tools and a new garbage truck. I cannot stop laughing.
And just for comparison - here's the last three years with the same Santa.
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