Have you ever seen such a terrible sight…

“I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.”
Sophocles


(The very unhappy Mayor and Sheriff with a wary poor Santa)

Have you ever seen such a terrible sight…
…as two miserable Christmas tykes?
(think three blind mice tune)

Given that this year is 2020…
and since we’ve now all learned the hard way, all too often, that if it can go wrong, it will…
my daughter in law got on the ball early and found a most wonderful photographer,
along with his trusty sidekick Santa, for both the Mayor and Sherrif to visit.

And given that none of us really know what visiting Santa will look like this year,
she went ahead and booked a time slot a few weeks back.

I think this Santa / photographer duo was smart in getting a jump start on the season…
what with a global pandemic and the perils of social distancing and, Heavens forbid,
a “shut down” of Santa—and so for our small clan, it was full-on HO HO HO time!

It was time to throw caution to the wind…
Forget Halloween.
Forget Thanksgiving.
Forget Black Friday (yes, please forget Black Friday oh ye consumer-driven)
Heck, forget Labor day…

Santa Claus is coming to town…or so we hope!

Yet despite all the best-laid plans…
The Mayor and Sheriff just weren’t having it.
And Santa was feeling the pain.

However, like many of us this year, I think they each finally resigned themselves that
this too shall pass…or so we hope!

Kudos to both this Santa and photographer…
I heard there had been a set of infant triplets just before our
‘oh so happy’ duo that were absolutely horrified over the whole prospect of visiting Santa!

Yep, this too shall pass

For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.

Isaiah 65:17

**(all photos copyrighted)

30 comments on “Have you ever seen such a terrible sight…

  1. hatrack4 says:

    At first, I thought the top picture was a Norman Rockwell painting, until I realized that I recognized the kids in the picture. Priceless!

    • I’m telling you, this guy’s set up and his processing of the pictures are great— and Santa goes with the flow being equally as animated as the kids so it’s really good even when things go seemingly bad

  2. bcparkison says:

    Oh my…Bless their hearts…all three of them.

  3. Sue Cass says:

    We teach our kids to not go to strangers and then make them sit on a strangers lap. No wonder all three look terrified. LOL Poor Santa.

  4. atimetoshare.me says:

    These are such precious moments and we need all we can get right now. I remember taking my granddaughter to the Mall of America at the age of four or so. We were going to choose her American Girl doll. When we got there, after many are we there yets, the store was closed for a private party. We then went to find a special place to eat. The one we intended to visit was no longer there. When we we arrived at Santa’s workshop, his elf was putting up the closed sign. As a grandma who tries to keep her promises, I went into ferocious mode. I claimed that Santa was still in his chair and there was no one else around, so he could see one more kid. He did.

  5. David says:

    Brilliant Julie. Made us both laugh! Hope Santa wasn’t too traumatised by the experience.

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  7. Bahahaha! Those are really fabulous photos. I just love it. They really do remind me of a Norman Rockwell painting.

  8. Lynda Clayton says:

    The family will treasure these photos in years to come. They are great to put in a video show at a wedding reception! But who knows what technology will be around in 20 or more years. These are precious times with little ones. Enjoy!!

  9. Citizen Tom says:

    I am still laughing.

  10. Salvageable says:

    I can still remember standing in line to see Santa at Marshall Fields, downtown Chicago, when I was the age and size of Mayor and Sheriff. I felt the same way they clearly feel. In fact, the experience was perfectly captured in “A Christmas Story” so I guess Mayor and Sheriff and I are not alone. J.

  11. oneta hayes says:

    Oh, I am soooo on the side of the Mayor and the Sheriff. I do not want to sit on Santa’s lap. And it wouldn’t make Santa happy either. 😀

  12. Tricia says:

    Ha ha I just saw this post! Awesome Julie!

  13. Dawn Marie says:

    Your post brightened my day! I’ve been so sad my own grands will probably not have the pleasure of sitting with Santa this year. I’m so glad your grands were able to do so – and while they may not have felt the same – their photos helped to spread some nostalgic cheer!! 😊😘

    • I’m just glad Abby found this group (over near Decatur I think, so tell you fam in ATL)
      and could get in–despite it being being anything close to feeling like Christmas out!
      Our son keeps insisting on the visit to the mall, of which I’ve told him ain’t happening!!! for all sorts of reasons…Covid, exponentially explosive crime now at Atlanta’s malls…yada, yada—so Ho Ho through the tears 🙂

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