It was a cold blustery day when we took the kids to visit Santa. They were dressed in their Christmas best. As we approached the big guy in red, Davey started to yell, "No, no, no!" Dave and I looked at each other and decided we would try lunch first and then go back to meet the man in red.
Their tummies were full of chips and subs as we attempted to meet Saint Nick again. This time he was out to lunch.
We shopped for a while till Santa returned. Davey was still not very happy to meet Santa. We bribed him with a candy cane. He was easy to convince to sit on Santa's lap. The kids got their photos taken. The photo was ok. Nothing great but at least Davey didn't look terrified. We brought 4 5x7s, CD, and a gift card for photo services. As we walk away, Dave says, "I wonder what happens if the disc doesn't burn properly."
Do you see where this story is going? Yup, the disc did not burn properly. I returned to the mall the next day, hoping and praying the photo was saved to the hard drive and they could burn another copy. At last, the photo was gone. The photo elves did say I could bring the kids back and take another photo. They would also give us another photo package for free. I almost cried. The thought of going through all the trouble and tears again was too much.
I washed their outfits and returned to the mall 2 days later. It was a totally different experience. Davey seemed happy to see Santa. He waved to him as soon as he saw him. No one was crying, not even me. The kids sat on Santa's lap once more. The photo came out even better. Sometimes things work out for the best. Bribing the kids with ice cream seems to be more effective too.