Thursday, December 21, 2017

Santa Trauma

    As you can tell from the reactions of my one-year-old grandchildren, Santa doesn't automatically instill smiles in the youngest.  And Gwen should share some kinship with the guy in the red and white suit, having been born Christmas day last year herself.  Owen is usually all smiles.  Not in his Santa photo though.

     I remember trying to coax my first grandson Grant into visiting with the mall Santa one day when I was babysitting him.  I believe he was about three-years-old at the time.

     "Don't you like Santa?" I asked.

     "I do," he responded emphatically.

     "Then don't you want to go say 'hi' to him?"

     "I don't," he said just as emphatically. 

      This past week while shopping in a mall, I witnessed what appeared to be a mother and grandfather trying to coax a boy about four-years-old to visit Santa Claus who was on a raised platform overlooking the center of the mall.

     "Don't you want to come say 'hi'? Santa called out to the little guy.

     "No, thank you," the boy said politely.

     But the mom and Santa must have been persistent because after I had visited a shop at the other end of the mall and returned, the boy was up there on Santa's lap.  It must have taken some time and effort, but he was finally persuaded to enter Santa's realm.

     Just briefly, however.  Something on stage spooked the little guy and he took off running, down the ramp past a menagerie of stuffed animals out into the mall.  He sailed past his grandpa who stood watching him go down the wide aisle not looking back for anything.

     "He won't stop running," his mom advised Santa's crew as she broke off into a trot herself after the boy who had disappeared into a nearby department store, still at full gallop.  One of Santa's helpers took off in pursuit as well.

     Eventually they re-appeared with the little guy who had been told that "Santa has a present for you."  That was apparently enough to secure his return to Santa's lap.

    If only that was enough for all the little girls and boys who visit with Santa each Christmas season.


Blogger Lee said...

Hahahahaha! Kids are wonderful. One cam never guarantee what their reactions are going to be at any given time! That's the joy of it all, I guess! :) great it all is.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, Dave. And thanks for visiting my blog. :)

4:07 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LEE--Best wishes for a great holiday season. Yes, kids are funny to watch on an ordinary day. Throw someone dressed as Santa in there and you never know what to expect.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Carine Nadel said...

sounds all too familiar! When Dyl was about 2 Sarah was w/ my sister and they tried to get him to sit on the Easter Bunnys lap. Sarah said she'd sit with him. We have a picture of 13 yr. old Sarah holding her cousin on the EB and Dyl wailing away!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--I guess the trauma of being seated on the lap of a giant bunny was too much. I don't recall having our own children sit with the Easter bunny for a photo, but then again I'm not sure they did that way back when.

6:36 AM  

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