I know you all think I am a big Christmas bah-humbug given that I don’t participate in the whole Santa thing and do honestly believe the whole tradition of it is a little odd. I have shared with you some of the popular traditions I won’t be doing with my kids this year and one of them is getting their picture taken with Santa.
At the beginning of the holiday season, one of the big traditions I see so many taking part in is taking the kids to visit Santa at the mall. Parents wait in line to put their child on the lap of some person they’ve never met in a suit and tell their kid to share their name to a stranger and who knows what other information.
All to get a photo of a kid which often times the child is screaming and yelling and asking to be let go. It’s common and what I am really wondering, why do so many people find those photos so funny? So funny that they hope their kid cries and screams just to get that “funny picture”.
To me, it just seems so backwards to what we teach our kids every other day of the year. We want our kids to feel safe, we don’t want them to talk to strangers and while I get that the mall-Santa is not really putting our kids in danger, but for those kids who are terrified, it sends them quite the mixed message.
Kids have instincts. They don’t trust strange people in costume (and yes, they can tell) and while kids won’t likely be forever traumatized by the experience, I just don’t understand the humor is making your child do something (that’s honestly not important) for the sake of a funny photo and a “tradition” .
It’s all kind of creepy if you ask me, so I am honestly wondering — what’s so funny about it?
Photo credit: adapted from iStockPhoto
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