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Ho Ho Ho!

Took Zoë to visit St. Nick yesterday.  We weren't sure how it was going to go, since last year she wanted nothing to do with the man.  This year, however, Grandma and Grandpa were there to help ease her into it, and the whole thing turned out very very nice. :)

First, some ponderings about our favorite man in red.  When I was a boy - Santas had overly white fake beards, probably made out of recycled garbage bags and were stuffed to the gills with pillows or other some such.  Nowadays - Mr. Claus sports a real beard (as every kid knows), and not as much padding (if any).  High quality suits, and environments magical and whimsical enough to befit the King of Yule.

While the Mall we took Z to to get her picture is not large or particularly upscale, the Santa picture taking bit was quite deluxe.  The people very friendly (must be a Canadian Santa thing ;) ) and Mr. S himself was top notch.  He noticed right away that Z was nervous, invited her to bring her Grandpa up with her, and started talking to her immediately about how she was, how old, etc.  Z was immediately made to feel safe and loved, and she sat there like a queen.  Once they started taking pictures, she was over whatever nervousness she had and was getting into the whole ritual with typical toddler fervor. :)

In the end, we got this ADORABLE picture. Yes, I'm her father, yes I'm biased.  And?  :)


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Nov. 28th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful picture! And she's so BIG! Beautiful, just beautiful! :)
Nov. 28th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
Aww! She looks so cute!
Nov. 28th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)

(WOW has she gotten big!)
Nov. 28th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, the sheer cuteness! Give her a hug for me, will you?
Nov. 28th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
So very very cute!!!! I just knew that we had a star in the making :)
I hope that you'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving :) We miss you!!!!
Nov. 29th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC)
Awww! Very cute.

...are you sure that's a real beard and mustache? While the hair looks real, most people with the patience to grow such a glorious beard and mustache don't allow it to get disarrayed like that....look how the mustache is. Thoughts?
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
Nope, it's the real thing. I think it's been curled, which is why is eskew.
Nov. 29th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
She's so cuuuute! And well-behaved for the camera! M is still frightened of Santa.
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
Proof yet again that you have a Perfect Child. She looks too good to be true! Okay, I'm a bit jealous; we've not yet gotten a decent picture of the boys with Santa. Maybe this year will be the one, since you've started the trend...
we miss you guys. :)
Nov. 29th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
As an aside, this is the Xmas outfit my mom ordered for Zoe when mom was in NYC. The sweater is cashmere and the courdoroy dress is made from silk and wool.

Who else but my mom would find that?

Nov. 29th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
LOVE this photo!
Nov. 29th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Wooohooo! There is a Santa!! And Zoe found him! :)
Nov. 30th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
*dies of cute*

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