My kids met Santa. I annoyed an elf.


Santa paid a visit to the Big Red Barn on Saturday. The kids were psyched to see him. They waited in line patiently and watched Santa grab goodies out of his sack for the kids in line ahead of them. I watched their excitement build as the line slowly moved.

As my husband approached Santa with the kids their eyes grew wider and their mouths started to open. Shock! It’s Santa! It was adorable but fairly anti-climatic. Neither child freaked out and presented me with one of those hilariously awful miserable kid on Santa’s lap photos. I don’t want to torture them. I wouldn’t have forced them to chill with Santa. I’m just saying I would’ve taken a photo as my husband ushered the children away screaming. Good times. That’s what cameras are for right? There were no smiles for me either. Instead they both stood there amazed that the big guy was in their presence. It was a sweet moment.

It was my first outing with my new camera. The photos aren’t too hot technically. There was a huge crowd of kids and parents hovering over Santa. I was facing Santa and so were the kids so most of my shots were of Santa’s face and the back of their heads. No big deal. We’ll see Santa again and I’ll close down my aperture so Santa and my kids are in focus.

We had a fabulous time but I’m pretty sure one of Santa’s elves hates me. As we patiently waited in line a few kids raced ahead of us to bum rush Santa. They crashed another family’s photos. You know how I feel about people who allow their kids to run wild in public without regard for others. I loathe it. So I gave the mom the death glare as she stood around giggling while her child messed up another mom’s photo-op.

Without thinking I not so loudly exclaimed through gritted teeth “No one better even think of ruining my Santa picture!“. Crazy mom alert. Santa’s elf’s head whipped in my direction and she looked at me like I set a Christmas tree on fire. My B son. I’m not standing in this line getting coughed on by a bunch of strangers to have my kid’s picture ruined by some gingerbread wielding big-headed toddler.

Keep it moving. You’re blocking my light.


I didn’t mean to say anything out loud but it happened. I’m that crazy mom. Oh well. Santa’s elf hates me but I got some cute photos of my kids.

I win.

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  1. Good of you Veronica!! That’s the way how to handle 😉 haha. And what a beautiful picture you’ve taken…Love it ♥ ♥!! This will be for ever a memory full of joy of santa and his elves!

  2. “Keep it moving you’re blocking my light????” HILLARIOUS! Only you Veronica!

  3. I LOVE this shot! Who cares if Santa is out of focus? This shot has so much emotion in it, the anticipation, the wonderment. I love it so freaking much!

    Also, nothing wrong with being the crazy mom. Other folks kids are not all that cute, especially if they’re messing stuff up for you and yours.
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    • Thank you! No – this one I love. The rest of them the kids and my husband are all out of focus and Santa is clear and looking amazing lol. Which is fine! But I remember standing there like f 2.0?!?! No way and then I though I closed down but didn’t ;-/

      You are so right. Thanks for the permission to dislike other people’s kids. Sometimes :) Not yours. They’re beautiful. I’m shallow like that.
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  4. Keep it moving? You’re blocking my light? Veronica, you kill me! lol I would’ve felt the same way, though. No one messes up my kids’ Christmas pics. No one. Also? I’m not buying those cheesy, horribly composed and exposed “professional” pics they sell at the mall. I’lltakemyownthankyouverymuch.
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  5. DEAD! lol I’m laughing so hard Good for you! I agree some moms just let their kids go crazy especially at special functions like this their excuse “I pick my battles” I do too but I also teach my kids manners when we are in public! The Elf needs to check back into reality They witness far more crazy then you probably sounded!
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  6. Lol! I would’ve said the same thing. Lovely picture!

  7. LOL! This post was hilarious! I’m THAT crazy mom as well.

    And I think the photo actually came out wonderful. It’s nice to see this perspective/side of things. (:
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