The last time my daughter took a picture (willingly) with Santa was when she was 6 months old and didn’t know what it was all about. On her second Christmas, she took one look at Santa and cried. She was petrified. There went our Christmas card that year. Every year since; we have talked her about Santa, we’ve written letters and left her notes from Santa for her to read on Christmas morning. Nothing. She loves the guy. She brings him presents. She talks about him. You would think she would just pose for a picture, right? Finally, this year Sofia is 4 ½ yrs old, and seems to understand what’s going on with Santa, the meaning of Christmas, and our Elf on the shelf.
This time around, I tried something new. The Portable North Pole (THANK YOU Jennifer), where one can create a personalized Santa video with your kid’s name, photo, what they want for Christmas… AMAZING. I created a video for Sofia and another one for Alex with their photos and wish list in less than ten minutes. THIS DID THE TRICK!
She was amazed that Santa really knew what she wanted and he also knew her life. The next day she told me she was ready to go see Santa (I had to see it to believe it.)
She sat next to Santa and had her picture taken. I should add that she sat in the same petrified pose (yet smiling) for 6 takes. She did not move. Meantime, Alex was telling Santa all about his rocket and silly socks he wants for Christmas.
After Santa they got to ride the train as a prize. Sofia rode about 3 times and Alex about 6 or 7 (I may have one ride left on the 10ride pass). He LOVES TRAINS.
I had also promised Alex a boy scarf and thank goodness the Gap had a green and blue one (he would not quit talking about his green and blue scarf he had to have because it’s cold). He rode on the train another five times while his sister and dad were at the Mac store (she LOVES those white computers).
I am happy my girl has finally gotten over her fear of Santa. I didn’t think it would happen…. but it did. She surprises me once again. Sofia, Mommy is very proud of you.