Well, I bit the bullet and decided I would try and see how my two year old would do with Santa after all. I couldn’t get past the guilt of not trying, along with the guilt of knowing there would be a year with no photo (I am Italian so the guilt flows freely).
But 2013 is now officially the year without a Santa Claus (picture).
I tried to mix it up this year. Rather than trudge to the mall - which for me is about getting ahead of the crowd, getting there when it opens and then getting in and out - I decided maybe a local Santa closer to home would be the way to go. Less stress, less mileage, less worry. And I lucked out because today Santa was at Walgreens from 1 to 4 p.m.
At 1 p.m. I put on son’s coat, told him we were running an errand and stopping by to see Santa and he actually seemed all for it, even as we walked into the store.
Until he came face to face with Santa.
Then came the tears, the head shaking "no!" and the gripping to mommy for dear life. And every time he caught a glimpse of Santa sitting there, he would put his little mittened hands over his eyes as if to try to erase the image. (Talk about mom guilt).
With that the decision had been made, mommy tried, but no dice, no Santa photo this year.
And my son was happy with the decision.
So happy as we were leaving he turned around, waved with a big smile and gave a grand “bye bye” to the man in red.See you next year my friend, see you next year.