Evil, thy names are Santa... and mommy.
When the girl was barely a year old, we zipped her into a cozy festive sleeper and hauled her to the local drug store/candy store (yeah, I get the irony) where Santa makes a yearly pre-Christmas appearance.
|Festive, right? This is where I still appear to be a caring mother.|
I’m not proud of getting sucked into the holiday frenzy. I blame flashy Christmas lights. I think they hypnotize me. That, and the fact that I don't want my daughter to grow up and find herself searching for non-existent photos of "fun" family traditions, motivated me to stand in a line up, surrounded by farting children, greeting cards, Jelly Bellys and Tylenol PM - the latter of which I required many of later that night.She watched in fascination (or more likely fear) as one baby, toddler and preschooler after another sat on the red clad lap of a local marine biologist/bagpiper named Art.
|Still, so far, so good.|
For all other kids present that night, Santa was a rock star. They swarmed to him like tweens to Beiber. But not our girl.
The pictures tell the story and also beg the question, what the eff was wrong with me? Do you see me smiling like a freakshow? Am I the worst mother... ever?
|The "holy crap" look on her face should have been my first clue.|
|And yet, I sat down with her on his lap. Note: I am smiling!|
|This is what a traumatized toddler and a "hypnotized-by-Christmas-lights" mother look like. |
Also, this is what a marine biologist/bagpiper dressed up in a Santa suit looks like.
Last year, we were at the mall near Christmastime, when those damn lights got to me again. "Do you want to see Santa?" I asked my two year old. "Noooooooo mommy!"
Something made me listen to her. It might have been Geoff saying, "Quick Jan, you grab crazy mommy and I'll drag her back to the car."
But this year was different. For one thing - no pjs.
Also, this year, the daughter made a request that I promised to heed (and not only because Geoff and Jan made me), "I just want to see him mommy, I don't want to sit on him."
See him we did.
Once again we waited in line at the drug store/candy store, surrounded by the smells of scented candles, chocolates, pharmaceuticals and farts. Every few minutes, my girl asked to be hoisted up to catch a glimpse of Santa. Each time she spotted him, she squirmed and screeched with excitement. Forty-five minutes later, she got a close-up view.
|Curious but cautious and wearing pink boots because, "Santa likes pink mommy."|
|No caption requried.|
Later, in the car, she surprised us all by saying, "I love Santa". So there you have it. No harm, no foul and we have holiday photos to look back on and laugh (or maybe cry).