I have only been a parent a short time and have two small children ages almost-three and just-turned-one. For me, the Santa photos are worth it. We go and see the same Santa every year (this was our third year), and we always time it so that we have yet to stand in any sort of line. If you don't go at prime times, there won't be a line. This year we went on a Tuesday evening. It's nice to be able to compare photos, as this is our first year with two children in it - last year, the youngest was much too young. I love my photos, but I'm not handing my tiny infant to a stranger, so even though my youngest was around last year, he's not pictured. The $$ is a little steep, but my husband and I consider this part of my Christmas gift. I think for my older son, the Santa concept is sinking in a little now, and so to have the continuity of this same Santa every year makes it a happy experience for him. He enjoys it. And hey, this is a pretty darn convincing Santa. Real beard, lots of flowing dark red and white and green. It's not a tacky bright red fake beard Santa...so I'll take it. Point being, it'snot something I carry on for any other reason than that I enjoy it, and my son enjoys it, and I loved it as a child. And when my children have outgrown it, I will respect that, but in the meantime...it's just one more photo op for my kids. In my opinion, I can never have too many photos of my beautiful little boys. :)
Pictures with Santa: A Worthwhile Tradition?
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