BIL called dh last week and asked if we'd like to go with him & SIL -- and Older Nephew & his wife, and Little Great-Nephew -- to a local mall later this week (they have the day off work) -- to watch LGN get his photo taken with Santa!!
WOULD we??!! Of course we will!! I said to dh, "I'll probably cry -- but I wouldn't miss it!" lol
Asking us was Older Nephew's idea. :) Just to be included, that they thought to ask us, means so much!!
LGN had his photo taken with Santa when he was just a few weeks old, in December 2019 (mentioned in this post), but I'm not sure he's had one done since then (because, covid & pandemic restrictions...) -- although BIL dressed up as Santa for him & SIL's great-nephew last year on Christmas Eve. (LGN, then just turned 2, KNEW it was Nonno/Grandpa! lol -- he's way too smart!). Should be fun to see his reaction!
Of course, we never got to take Katie (or any other child) to have her photo taken with Santa. And we were never asked to go see the nephews get theirs taken either. I suppose it never occurred to their parents (or us either, probably) that we'd be interested (and anyway, we'd have our own kids to take someday...) -- and by the time we'd gotten through our grief over loss, infertility and permanent childlessness (when watching kids with Santa was a horribly painful thing for me -- albeit a form of self-torture I often inflicted on myself over the years -- as described in an early post on this blog, here) -- they were both well beyond the age of Santa.
For that matter -- neither dh nor I ever had OUR photos taken with Santa when we were kids. I'm not sure why dh never did (BIL -- who is five years younger -- did, with one of their cousins). I suspect photos with Santa were not on the radar (nor in the budget) of their immigrant parents when dh was small.
As for me, I grew up in small Prairie towns in the 1960s and early 1970s -- no department stores for miles around. Santa usually did visit at church &/or school Christmas concerts, special kiddie movie matinees, etc., and we would usually get a chance to tell him what we wanted for Christmas and perhaps get a small bag of candy -- but nobody was taking photos back then at these events, not even parents (handy cellphones, or even pocket cameras, still being some years away...!).
I said to dh, "It's never too late! -- you & I should get our photos taken too!" lol (We'll see...!).
Did you have your photo taken with Santa when you were a kid? (Would you do it now??)
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.