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#1 jobo77

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

Am I the only one who doesn't get overly excited about getting santa photos done? I feel a bit guilty and will probably end up doing one but for some reason it just doesnt seem to make me all excited like most of my other friends with kids get (not to mention the people who take their pets down for photos).
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE santa and I am super excited about xmas this year because my DD who is 3 is finally old enough to understand it and I can't wait to see her face on xmas morning when she realises santa has come but the photos...blergh.
Anyway, I will most likely do them but was wondering if others feel the same way or perhaps don't ever do them?

#2 Unatheowl

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:58 PM

I certainly don't get excited about them.  I do them for my parents but meh.  I don't actually know if any of my friends bother with them though.

#3 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

I don't either, actually the pics with some random old guy really don't do it for me but this year I have decided I am going to make the effort to get them done, I don't want the kids to get older and ask why we never had them.

I do love some other xmas pics though, the family ones that people often do with all the kids in red and white and use as a christmas card  etc are nice.

#4 Fr0g

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

No, I don't care about Santa pics. I think 1 photo with a toddler on Santa's knee is completely satisfactory.



#5 opethmum

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

My kids will not be getting santa photos done. ever. I am happy to do photos beside the Christmas tree, Nativity scene but for me I find Santa photos tacky and nms.

#6 Milamum09

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:14 PM

My kids always manage to make it an epic fail but I continue to live in hope....

#7 Feral_Pooks

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

Yes you are totally weird, I was SOOOoOoOooooo excited about it (they are already done!) and therefore everyone else should be too biggrin.gif

#8 citylife

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

I don't get excited over Santa photos. I got one done when both kids had their first Christmas which was more a keepsake for me, will do another one together if not this yr the next yr. Will not be going specifically to have one done.

#9 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:23 PM

I hate that they are horribly overpriced. I don't mind the idea of Santa photos, but my kids generally don't cooperate with having them done, so it's a big fat waste of money for me.

#10 Baggy

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

I love Santa photos!

Every year I take both DDs to see him, but I have only managed two photos, one of DD1 as a newborn, and one of DD1 when she was 2 (only because she distracted herself with chocolate and didn't see him sitting behind her laughing2.gif )

This year they saw Santa and said hello, too scared to get too close though. I'm going to take them again when we go to Myer windows and see how we go.

I'd love to have a photo every year. It'll never happen though.

#11 JaneDoe2010

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

Never done them with our kids. Not interested.

#12 .Jerry.

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

We've done one or two photos.  I can take them or leave them.  

I really don't understand having a tiny baby's photo done though...

Molly is terrified this year though.  And that is from a child who has been told Santa isn't real.

#13 Propaganda

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

I do one each year. If nothing else, it'll show her growth at around the same point of each year of her life. It would be cool to line them all up side-by-side to note the differences, since the pose is pretty much the same (on Santa's lap and smiling).

She's never been forced into it (except as a baby, when she didn't care either way). Even when she has been a little timid, she has been very certain that she didn't want to leave the line, and that she wanted to meet him and have the photo taken. I am hoping that this year she doesn't spend her time in line being nervous and trying to decide whether she really wants to or not. It's up to her though. I don't really mind if she doesn't feel happy doing it.

#14 Awesome101

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

I take my mids to see santa but have never bought the photos. A few places have let me take a pic on my phone so thats enough for me

#15 Jekaho

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:53 PM

We've not done a Santa photo as yet. Not sure if we ever will.

#16 50ftqueenie

Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:57 PM

Many years ago when I was a child, we would go and see Santa but there weren't any photos?  We would sit on his lap, tell him our name and he would ask what we would like for Christmas and that was it. This doesn't seem to be possible anymore. If your child wants to "meet" Santa you have to get a photo.

Gosh this makes me sound like a tightwad!

#17 LynnyP

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:00 PM

I started both mine at around 2 or 3, obviously I only have them done for the younger one now.  I like seeing the growth each year.  I've never made them have them taken but they have never been upset.

Yesterday was the school fete and a student photographer took Santa photos for 5 dollars with one of the teachers dressed up as Santa and the Principal dressed as Mrs Claus (in her doctoral gown which is red and green!).  Good fun.

#18 whitelights

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

I still have memories of being forced to sit on Santa's lap for a photo when I was about 5 or 6 and completely terrified and mum was furious I was in tears and 'ruined' the photos so swore I'd never put my kids through that. It is the smallest thing, but I still remember how horrible it was, all these years later.

I just dress them up in their 'Christmas' outfit and a take a picture in front of the tree, although not sure how much longer that will last, as DS is starting to hit that age where he learned Santa isn't real this year and is too 'cool' for a Christmas outfit. He was pretty unenthusiastic when we went shopping yesterday, so I think this might be the last year we get the pic.

(Or we will get a couple more if we do what DH said and tell him that if he takes a few pictures without complaint and doesn't 'ruin' Santa for his sisters, he will still get the full load of Santa presents.)

The grandparents have always been pretty content with that, we've never been asked for a Santa pic by either set of parents and the kids have never asked for one. If they ever did, we'd probably get one, but they seem happy enough to just wave at him when they walk past in Myer and send their letters off.

Edited by whitelights, 25 November 2012 - 06:27 PM.


#19 harryboy

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

For those annoyed at the cost, Harvey Norman does a free photo or you can buy packs starting from $10, so a lot cheaper than the dept stores. I don't get "excited" by it but I've gotten one every year for a keepsake. DS is now 8 and this is probably the last year he will agree to it!.

#20 Baggy

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

QUOTE (50ftqueenie @ 25/11/2012, 06:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Many years ago when I was a child, we would go and see Santa but there weren't any photos?  We would sit on his lap, tell him our name and he would ask what we would like for Christmas and that was it. This doesn't seem to be possible anymore. If your child wants to "meet" Santa you have to get a photo.

Gosh this makes me sound like a tightwad!


I've never had to get a photo if I didn't want one?

There have been many times that we have gone and lined up to see Santa,  just to say hello and for DD1 to tell him what she would like for Christmas. The other day we went to see Santa, but they only wanted to talk to him (from a distance laughing2.gif), and they still got a little gift even though we didn't get a photo.

#21 Expelliarmus

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

What, no BINGO yet? Tounge1.gif

#22 LynnyP

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

I think we achieved bingo a couple of days ago.

#23 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

My DS was always terrified of Santa as a baby/toddler, so I never made him have a photo with Santa.  

It's only been since he was 5 that he's actually requested to do it.  I don't have a problem if it's something he would like, but I wouldn't try to talk him into it.

#24 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

We go to DJs in the city...it's a rort but DS likes the winter wonderland thing they have going there....there is this talking tree thing which - as far as I can tell- is actually a real person inside (an out of work actor I assume!) ...DS drives them bonkers with inane questions while we queue .....last years photo was so bad it was comical, DS is at the stage where he doesn't do nice natural smiles anymore, they are these forced grimaces and the Santa was....odd....anyway, no doubt we will be going in to do it all again!

#25 miinii

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

I LOVE Santa photos and so do my kids.

They love picking out what they are going to wear and then enjoy showing family and friends who come to our house near christmas.

I would never force my kids to have them done though




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