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02/11/2013 at 08:33
Our local shopping centre has a Grotto. It is a fiver, with a gift or a photo with Santa. The local paper runs a voucher, for a free photo with Santa, so I usually take my boys there. Although, C didn't go last year, as he was "9, and seeing Santa is so not cool Mum". Last year, I knew the elf , so got a free photo upgrade, it's lovely to look back on, and I am really looking forward to taking J again this year. It's all part of getting ready, and excited for Christmas.
One of my friends doesn't take his boys. He doesn't believe in lying to your kids about Santa, so even his 2 year old is told "there's no such thing as Santa", which I think is a tad sad TBH.
Do you take your kids, do you enjoy it?
When I took C one year, Santa asked what he wanted for Christmas, he replied "A light sabre please, and Mummy would like some wine" CRINGE.
Here's j last year
02/11/2013 at 08:58
I take mine to see Father Christmas at Beamish. It's cost of entry to park and then £3.50. It is a really wonderful experience. The guys that play him are so kind and gentle and it just feels so right
02/11/2013 at 09:00
Aw lovely. We are going for breakfast with Santa at a garden centre. We have breakfast and then Santa comes, he is so good, he sits with each child and talks to them, he has a real beard and everything. He's a fab Santa.
What is wrong with your friend telling a two year old there's no Santa :-(
02/11/2013 at 09:05
Yes, we take them. Around 1 ish L was terrified but since then he's loved it.
Hope I don't offend but I think your friend is really mean, if you can't believe in Santa as a 2 year old when the hell can you, I totally don't think its lying at all! So that poor child won't experience anything magical in his childhood, she may as well sit him in front if the news and he can see the world how it really is :-(
02/11/2013 at 09:28
Doesn't offend CP, I have told him that Believing in Santa, is a childs right... It's part of the magic of Christmas when you are young.
We actually had quite a big debate about it. He has Aspergers, which I think has something to do with how he is about it.
02/11/2013 at 09:31
Yes, I've taken C just about every year - he loved it last year, although was a little bit unsure of a bearded stranger in a red suit before that.
I agree with cp, you friend is quite mean taking away that magical time you have when you're younger and get to believe in these things.
02/11/2013 at 10:37
I was going to say that's really miserable of your friend, if he has asperger's though they see things in a different way. Still it's a shame for the child not experiencing any magic :-(
We've taken Nicky to see Santa every year, not sure where it will be this year as they don't tend to do that kind of thing here. We took him to the Harrod's one last year and my god is it overrated. They get a book which is ok but not a particularly fun book and a badge. They have to sit next to Santa and not on his knee! And it was all a bit awkward, the Santa wasn't overly jolly or chatty so it was just weird...and he was skinny. Santa's need to be fat
02/11/2013 at 11:40
I take them but it always makes me nervous incase they are rubbish. P is 6 so I know our magical years are limited now. I do love doing it, and love the pictures to look back on, we went to an expensive one about 2/3 years ago and the Santa looked amazing. He was awful though, H had to usher P out as Santa was asking where we lived then talking about how he used to live/work round there and talking about his normal life.
02/11/2013 at 12:16
The best one C has been to, was in Lapland (although at £1500 for 3 days, that won't be happening again). When he saw a local grotto santa after that, he said "dude, you're not the real santa. Are you his brother?" I nearly peed myself laughing. I think he gave C a crappy gift on purpose too... Haha.
QS, that Santa sounds like a right odd ball.
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