Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about Baby getting a picture with Santa.
We passed a mall Santa just this past weekend. Santa was taking a break, but I got a chance to peek at the prices. Hello, money maker! Wanna make a load of cash this holiday season? Dress up as Santa and take pictures with kids on your lap. Guaranteed to make a fortune, I promise. Anyway, the prices were ridiculous and they wouldn't let you take pictures with your own camera. We moved on.
But what if the prices were cheaper? Would I plop an unsuspecting Baby on the lap of some guy dressed in red? Who has already had dozens of other germ-infested children in that same location, breathing their spittle onto his beard? (I wonder if mall Santas get really sick after Christmas) I mean, think of the germs! Baby already gets sick plenty of times on her own. I don't think I'm too overprotective, but I am pretty diligent at keeping her away from other sickos, yet she still manages to pick up the germs. I don't know if I'd want her exposed to all that on Santa's lap.
Okay, so what if Santa was in a antibacterial suit, and I could take my own pictures? Would I then place Baby on the knee of an older gentleman? It's kind of weird when you think about it. Handing Baby off to a stranger that she doesn't know. I don't hand her off to friends and family until I know she is comfortable with them. Why would I change my rules to have her sit on someone else's lap?
I know some people enjoy and laugh over the pictures of the crying kids on Santa's lap. I don't think I can handle that. The poor child! If Baby looked at me with pitiful eyes and burst into tears on Santa's lap, I might burst into tears too.
I think the Santa pictures will just have to wait until she is asking to go sit on Santa's lap. Until then, we can watch all the other