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Old 10-27-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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Re: Santa pictures help!

I go and hang out in the area first and let them watch the other kids seeing Santa for a little while. We talk about how nice it is to tell Santa a couple of things you might want for Christmas and that he will give you a coloring book or whatever it is.

Two of my kids were scared of Santa for a year or two. We have taken them all every year and always bought the picture. I get the other kids who are not scared to take their turn and then, when I am ready to do the picture of them all together with Santa, I get everyone in place and pop the scared one in at the last minute. I tell the photographer and Santa, they may cry, so let's work fast and as long as my other kids are smiling and looking at the camera, snap it. I figure it marks that period in time, they were a little scared of Santa or perhaps any stranger holding them at that time. It is a brief moment and I am right there where they can see me. My 8 y/o loves seeing the picture of him and his older brother with Santa where he was crying. He thinks it is hilarious.

Good luck.
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