I may be having a break from all the Christmas craziness this year to self-indulge in The Big Caravan Adventure but that doesn’t mean I can’t still torture the children with the annual Santa photo.
And whilst I draw the line at placing animal parts on my children's heads for Christmas cards, I do like indulging in a good Santa photo. It becomes the source of great embarrassment and laughs down the track.
I found some old Santa photos a way back and downloaded them onto my iPhoto. What I've noticed is that Santa has come a long way since I first had the pleasure of sitting on his knee in the 1970’s. And I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane (and embarrass myself in the process) by showing you are few shots.
1. The Santa of the 70’s was generally someone’s uncle or dad roped into doing the gig by their wife who worked in the lingerie department of David Jones. He sat on a cane chair. No white gloves. There was only 1 shot at capturing the memorable moment. Santa was often there under duress and not very costume saavy. Here you have the Santa who ate his moustache instead of wearing it. No wonder I look a bit frightened!
2. A couple of years later, still no white gloves but the cane chair has been given a makeover with some tinsel. His eyebrows are a dead giveaway that he’s not the real deal and he still hasn’t mastered the art of looking calm and ignoring the screaming baby on his knee. Clearly the Santa of the 70's had no idea that he would be gracing the mantlepiece of these children's homes in the future.
3. Fast forward 30 years and there have been many changes. Here we have the BEST Santa I have ever come across. A real beard and the jolliest smile I have ever seen. He is quite famous and he has been in this gig for a VERY long time. He has white gloves and a throne to sit on. Screaming children, tantrums and psycho mothers who need to sit with the children do not faze this new Santa. I have actually sat with this Santa 6 years in a row as there was always one of the children who was a bit suspicious of the white beard. I’m always happy to humiliate myself for the greater good and I'm very much looking forward to seeing this Santa again next year.
4. Finally, here we are this year in Alice Springs where they do things a little bit differently. I like it. There are no nauseating lines. You bring your own camera for a photo. It is FREE!!! I know, after maxing out the credit card at David Jones in Sydney last year for the Santa photo it is almost worth flying here for the freebie. Santa comes out of his sleigh to welcome the children, gives them gifts and then poses for a photo wherever you want him to. There’s no “come up here and sit on the lap of a strange and scary red man with white beard kids!”. All in all a calm experience and for the very first time I didn’t have to sit on Santa’s knee.
The Kangaroos pulling the sleigh were a bit odd though.
So tell me, have you all done Santa photos this year? Was it a happy or tearful experience and did anyone still sit on Santa’s knee and embarrass themselves like myself? And can anyone tell my 5 year old if the squirrels pull the sleigh in North America?
Hope everyone is enjoying the festive season!