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    Default santa photos ....

    Was walking past santa photos at our local shopping centre with both my young kids. I pointed to santa and my 3yr old waved to him but then asked me "why is that baby sad?"......

    I saw the most distraught (Maybe 1 year old?) little boy screaming, red face and arms out towards his mum....... His mum was standing there making silly noises trying to make him smile. For christ sake, give it up.

    Why so "some" parents put their kids through this? absolutely traumatize their kid by shoving it on "santas" lap and ignoring the fact theat they dont even want to be there!
    What is there to enjoy about the (stupidly overpriced) photo as an end result of all that?

    So i told my 3yr old, "the baby is sad because he doesnt want to do that and that's ok, his mummy will cuddle him soon". ......right after the stupid photo.

    We stood there to watch santa but i felt really uncomfortable seing this baby so upset so we moved on quickly.

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    Yeah I don't get it at all. I've been talking up how exciting Santa is to my two year old all week in preparation for attempting a Santa pic this year. I'm hoping to get one, but I'm not going to force the issue! He was excited to see Santa at a Christmas concert last night, but who knows what he will do when I ask him to sit on his lap for a pic lol!

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    I dont like seeing it either. I have a few santa photos with just my oldest because DS2 has been terrified...this year he happily sat on santas lap for a pic.

    I would never ever force my child or take a screaming photo. It makes me feel awful when my friends post pics like that on FB.

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    My DD cried. Meh. They took the photo and I took her off his lap, and then I laughed at the picture. I mean there's no point trying to get them to be happy, and i agree it's not fair to leave them there wailing for ages, but leaving them there 2 more seconds isn't going to kill them. I'm a mean mummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    My DD cried. Meh. They took the photo and I took her off his lap, and then I laughed at the picture. I mean there's no point trying to get them to be happy, and i agree it's not fair to leave them there wailing for ages, but leaving them there 2 more seconds isn't going to kill them. I'm a mean mummy
    I'm with you on this one FearlessLeader. My constantly smiling child had a bad 10 seconds when I put him on Santa's lap...and we have a screaming photo to show for it. It was at Harvey Norman so they gave us our free print of it. I couldn't have known that he was going to burst into tears. But when he did, I realized quick smart that no amount of clicking and cooing was going to make him smile, so off Santa's lap and into my arms he went, and he was happy as anything, waved and blew a kiss to Santa.

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    For us I sat in the photo with DS1 when he was uncomfortable with sitting on Santa's lap. Last year he begged to go and as soon as he got close he was upset so we left. This year he happily sat on Santa's lap and smiled but he wanted a photo with his brother too. DS2 didn't cry but I could see he didn't want to be there so I got them done quickly and he was happy again as soon as I picked him up so no harm done.

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    Some people think the screaming on santa's lap photo is a tradition. *shrug*

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    FL.. yep. I'm with you. My dd cried for a a bit. Maybe 30 seconds?? Don't know. I got a crying photo. I thought it was funny. There was no queue so we attempted one in which she was fine and not crying.

    Honestly. . in some ways is the same thing as a friend or family member holding a baby and the baby crying but we still try. Screaming hysterically for a long time is different.

    As for the expense. .meh..I used to work in a photo lab. ..I know it's a total rip off but I love the memory and can't wait to collect a year by year photo and marvel at the changes.

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    I just personally know that my DS2 would be terrified and I wouldnt want to force it on him. I have friends who force their petrified 2 & 3 year olds onto santa's lap even though they are screaming at the top of their lungs, I just know my DS would be so scared and I wouldn't want to put him through that for the sake of a photo.

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    As much as I love a santa photo I won't force my child to sit on anyone or kiss anyone especially a stranger. I think it sends the wrong message.

    I like to slowly introduce the idea over a few weeks and go at a quiet time so they had time to relax etc...
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