To Visit Santa or Not Visit Santa? That is This Mom's Question

Last year's visit with Santa didn't go so well (and the memory is, of course, embedded in my mind and in photos). So I'm conflicted about whether or not to take my to see Santa this year.

My son is two-years-old now, so I can almost guarantee we will have a repeat of last year or worse.

Last year took a lot of coaxing and once he was on Santa's lap lots of tears and reaching out for Mommy as he sat there I'm sure wondering what the hell I was doing to him putting him on this stranger's lap and then standing next to the photographer holding up Elmo hoping to get him to smile.

But I digress, because I need some guidance from parents out there.

So local parents, what is your take on this? How have you handled Santa visits?

I feel guilty not taking him, but even more guilty subjecting him to something he's not going to like - which I fear will leave a lasting impression ...

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Colleen M. Sullivan December 06, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I took photos of children with SANTA for years at LORD's in Medfield (sadly they closed Feb 2013)....and some photos were not the "perfect" smile, and some, in fact, showed a screaming child reaching for Mom. I haven't heard of any long-lasting problems, and most kids and parents find the photo quite entertaining 10 years later!!! Enjoy the moment!
Ruth Ann Kotosky December 06, 2013 at 12:03 PM
I used to take my boys. However every time we went they got sick. Coincidence? Not sure. If the child doesn't want to sit there I wouldn't force it. Eventually they will want to sit with Santa and give him a very big list.
Remember When December 06, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Clowns & Santa sometimes creep out little kids (adults as well). It's OK to not want to get too close to strangers.
Marsha Smith December 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I agree with Colleen - they may not be perfect, but they will indeed be memories of the event - good, bad or ugly. Never pass up an opportunity to capture a memory - especially if you think you may regret it later. The opportunity to have his picture with Santa at age 2 is not going to happen next year.
Liz Taurasi (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Everything thank you so much for your comments and suggestions! Really appreciate the insight and guidance :-)
Rusty December 06, 2013 at 04:54 PM
The ladies prior to me are right on ... you will never get this chance again...you may want to bring your son and just watch Santa from the side for a few minutes so he can see how much fun (hopefully) the other kids are having....
Liz Taurasi (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Thanks Rusty!


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