Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In Which Connor Does Not Like Santa

We attended a Christmas party a few days ago, and attempted to take our annual Christmas photos with Santa.

You will note I say attempted.

There were a number of children waiting in line behind us, so I was only able to snap these fantastic shots before we had to let someone else have a turn. Part of the problem was that the noise level was pretty high and so Connor was badly overstimulated. Then there was the problem that there was a very distracting Christmas tree he would rather have been looking at. Also Santa was wearing a hat. In Connor's world, hats are horrible torture devices and anyone willingly wearing one must be unbalanced at the very least.
The child holds a similar opinion about gloves. Since Santa was wearing both, no doubt he thought the man a dangerous lunatic. In the first picture here he is using his home sign for "Don't like." He was probably trying to warn the other kids off.
Last year our pictures with Santa were equally unsuccessful. This was because someone in the line had a laser pointer, which Connor was completely enthralled by, and then just before we set him in Santa's lap whoever was playing with it shut the thing off, causing him to throw an enormous pouty fit. Those were some quality pictures, let me tell you.

At any rate, we may or may not attempt pictures with a different Santa later. I think the only way we're going to get decent Santa photos is if we have a private photo session with him, and short of renting a Santa suit and donning it myself I don't think that's going to happen. Besides which, those would not be decent pictures. Those would be weird pictures. I would not make a good Santa.

So in the end we may just dress Connor up, plunk him outside in a park, pile some pine cones around him to draw attention to the festive season, snap some quick shots, and call it good.

~Jess













8 comments:

psychologizer said...

Santa looks like a deer in the headlights....

Anonymous said...

I seem to recall Jer tried to pull Santa's beard off when he was about that age ...

Kristin said...

Josh doesn't like Santa either. Last year and this year both, Josh screamed at Santa. Poor Santa had the same look on his face that your Santa had in the second picture! We were going to try a second time last Saturday. Apparently, Josh got wind of the plan and decided projectile vomiting would be a good way to keep himself far away from Santa. It worked.

therextras said...

Call it good.

You just reminded me that last year, my first to really be engrossed in blogging, there were Santa-photo-disaster posts all over the place. Yours is the first I've seen this year.

Just wondering - when in a noisy place where noise is over stimulating, would it help to turn-off his hearing aids temporarily?

Connor "don't like" is still very cute! Barbara

Terena said...

I think he's adorable with that pouty face. I like photos of kids being "real."

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

Even when he isn't happy - he is very cute! Your description cracks me up. Lunatic Santa might not be a good PR campaign, but it makes for great storytelling!

leah said...

Nolan heartily agrees with Connor- the strange dude in the bright red outfit, gloves, and freaky beard is beyond creepy. He wouldn't get near our Santa, so we have no pictures. I think a nice Christmas tree backdrop will have to do, lol!

I actually like Connor's pouty face on Santa's lap. It's real, and you can definitely see Connor's opinion on the matter, lol!

Katy said...

The only picture I have of Charlie with the Easter Bunny he's both trying to escape and also squeezing his eye shut for protection. we skipped Santa this year--life it too short.

 
Blog Directory