"Mom, I really don't want to talk to him!"
"Sure you do. Look excited!"
"I'm really nervous, but I really want a present!"
"Everyone is staring at me. Why is Mom making me do this?!"
Cali told Santa she didn't want to sit on his lap, but he insisted.
The kids were much more comfortable in a group setting. After all, they had the numbers: 3 to 1. Santa didn't have a chance!
Did you ever notice how adults contradict themselves?!
During the Spring, Summer, Fall, and most of the Winter:
"Kids. Go straight to school. Don't talk to strangers. Don't even smile at them. If anyone you don't know tries to give you candy or tries to talk to you or asks you to get in the car with them, run away as fast as you can. We can't be too careful these days!! There are lots of wackos out there."
"Hey, Kids! Guess what you get to do tonight. You get to sit on a strange man's lap, tell him all of your secret hopes and dreams about Christmas morning, take candy from him, eat the candy he gives you, give him a hug, and have a photo taken with him that will soon be posted on the Internet. Make sure you smile or else you won't get any presents!"
"But, Mom. I don't want to sit on his lap or talk to him. He's strange. He has a fake beard, he coughs, and he smells funny. Plus, I don't want one of those old candy canes."
"Sit on his lap, or else!!"