My wife and I have been parents for just over 6 years but any parent knows that's enough to feel that joy of having little ones that can't be put into words. I never thought I would enjoy watching the movie CARS more than 50 times or SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS even more, and of course THE POLAR EXPRESS- There is a 21st century vibe about this movie, a beautiful message with warmth..it has it all. We've watched it as a family. I've watched it by myself...just with my oldest or with both boys....it's become a holiday staple. The other night we all piled onto Mommy and Daddy's bed with a giant bowl of popcorn and the boy's favorite candy and watched RUDOLPH-the original-my wife's favorite...and I have to admit, still cool to me (so is Gumby). The entire experience rocked.
I think I've set the stage-I hope. here's the thing. We recently took the boys, 3 and 6 to the Mall to see Santa. I won't mention the Mall....because I don't want to pick on Santa at Christmas-because somebody "hired" him. Santa, here's the deal. My 6 year old said you don't sound like Santa, the 3 year old wondered why you never said Ho Ho Ho, and I was wondering why you just sat there on your large body with your GREY BEARD-instead of white beard and did not interact with two of your BIGGEST fans?
SANTA, your Santa, please whiten the beard( see POLAR EXPRESS) learn how to Ho Ho Ho-(see RUDOLPH)drop the" how yall doin?"..and just generally be excited that we showed up and that people still believe and that you've got a gig. Smile, talk about Ruldoph and the gang...whatever. IT'S MORE THAN JUST A PICTURE WITH SANTA OR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS CARD- THESE KIDS ARE MEETING YOU...SOME OF THEM FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.
To the Mall managers, I think people would be less forgiving with your Christmas decorations going up in August/September if you went overboard on the SANTA budget.
It's once a year-isn't there a Santa union or something?
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