I know the day will come when Addie will beg me to go see Santa at the mall so she can eat a candy cane, sit on his lap, and tell him what she wants for Christmas. Sadly...that day was NOT today.
We were blessed with the kindest, sweetest, most patient Santa in the world and he STILL couldn't make this child sit and smile. She was freaked from the minute we approached his chair. He bribed her with everything from Candy Canes to stuffed penguins, which were both immediately chucked to the floor. She wanted out of there NOW. I told the camera lady to just snap anything she could get and Santa held on tight while Addie thrashed and kicked like a wild woman (which also caused her cute little jean skirt to ride up to her tummy). When Santa finally let her loose, I expected her to bolt. But instead, she took a few quick steps away from him...turned...and said "Bye Bye!" and waved. Santa just laughed and smiled, but I know he was crying inside, especially from the bruises she surely inflicted.
Poor Santa...I think I need to bring him a hot chocolate (spiked with booze) and a tin of cookies tomorrow :-( He deserves it!