Santa photo contest First Place
When we published a picture of Santa and a screaming child last week, it resonated with nearly 240 readers who emailed their photographic Santa treasures. It was difficult, but five members of The Bee’s photography staff combed through all of them the top four. The winners get bragging rights for being published in the paper and on sacbee.com. The selected pictures had a good range of quality in storytelling to just pure laugh-out-loud reaction. And, thanks to you, we had a lot of laughs. Photo taken in November, 2014 by Sunrise Mall elves Kaylee's grandmother had prepared her by saying Santa is not scary, over and over. At the mall, she went up to the fence around Santa and walked in between two fence posts. Then she folded her arms and just stared at him as he tried to coax her to come closer.
Santa photo contest Second Place.
Emily just turned 2 years old. She would not get near Santa However, she spotted a plate full of cookies and got one and handed it to Santa, then she went back and got another one for herself. She ate 1/2 the cookie and noticed that Santa still was holding his whole cookie, so she went up to Santa handed him her 1/2 eaten cookie and took the whole cookie back and left him with the 1/2 eaten cookie. Emily was very serious...We all just howled. Absolutely priceless….Santa cracked up, I guess this has never happened to him before.
Santa photo contest Third Place. Bodhi, Age 10 months.
Santa photo contest Honorable Mention.
This photo was taken this year on December 6 by Katie Carroll. Santa is apparently quite terrifying to my 2.5 year old twin boys Jackson and Kyler. The Placer County Mothers of Multiples group puts this event on every year and this year I talked about going to see Santa for days so as to get the boys excited. As we walked up to the door both Jackson and Kyler were practicing saying "Merry Christmas Santa".....they were so excited and then the front door opened. They both stood in silence and just stared at Santa Claus. After a good 2 minutes they both at once got a huge smile and said "Hi Santa". Then we walked closer and it was all down hill from there. Another twin mom and myself at the same moment each put a boy on Santa's lap and the poor photographer could only snap one picture before the boys escaped!
My wife and I took our two year old daughter Adelheid to see Santa at the Bass Pro Shop in Manteca the Sunday after Thanksgiving. She was SO excited to see him that she was singing and dancing through the store. We then waited in line for over an hour until we finally reached the big man. She started towards him totally fine, but then froze about 2 feet short.
Our granddaughter, Colette , last year. This year she actually sat on Santa's lap for about 30 seconds!
Picture taken on December 6, 2014 at the Breakfast with Santa event in Elk Grove.
This photo (taken December 1953) comes out every Christmas in our home. My three daughters have always loved it. I am the baby with the intense stare. My brother sandwiches me in the middle.
This is my Great-granddaughter Emma age 10 months. This is her first visit to Santa on December 13th this year at the Doubletree in American Canyon. The event was a breakfast with Santa.
Dominic at Roseville Galleria 12/18/2014, trying to get Santa to get him more Pixar toys for Christmas... Seems like Dominic wasn't getting the answer he wanted.
One of my wife.
Here’s one of myself as a child.
This is my daughter Hannah, 20 months old, with the Santa at the Galleria.
This picture was taken in 1998 at Arden Fair Mall, and it has been our family favorite ever since. When our holiday boxes come out each year, it is the highlight to pull out our 12 years of framed Santa pictures from the box until we all find this one and begin to laugh! The contrast in the display of emotions between our two children is what makes it so funny. Damian, age 1 1/2, is terrified, crying and clenching his little Munchkin shoe. Alexa, age 4 1/2, is completely oblivious to the problems with her brother, just happy that she can sit there in Santa's lap.
Anabelle was very excited to see Santa that day! It was her first time! Because we have a Santa figuring sitting on our table at home, in Anabelle's mind Santa was only about a foot tall and much less intimidating than the "real thing." As I (her mom) approached Santa w/Anabelle she began clinging to me like a little monkey and her body stiffened in complete fear as I literally had to peel her tiny fingers from my sweater.
Right- Mikaela 11 months Left-Libby 17 months December 1992. My cousin and I at a holiday Christmas party at El Macero country club. We were propped on Santa's lap unwillingly, with hopes from our mothers that we would love Santa and take a nice Christmas picture to mark our first Christmas together. For the years to come after this photo, we have both grown to love Santa!
Jackson, December 2013 taken by Enchanted Images Every year we take our son, Jackson, to the Enchanted Images photo shoot benefiting Toys for Tots (one toy = free print photo w/Santa). He's always excited to see Santa, right up until the point where it's his turn to get on his lap.
Jackson, December 2013 taken by Enchanted Images Every year we take our son, Jackson, to the Enchanted Images photo shoot benefiting Toys for Tots (one toy = free print photo w/Santa). He's always excited to see Santa, right up until the point where it's his turn to get on his lap. The December 2013 photo, which is the one we'd like to submit for the contest, was taken a month after he turned 2. I've also included our 2014 photo so that you can see that it appears they've finally appeared to reach a level of trust and understanding.
This is a favorite family photo of Santa. Santa is Dr. Michael Boyce, a Sacramento dentist, who every year is Santa for the "Never Forget Our Fallen" charity in Roseville and other groups. The event is put on for the children of deployed and deceased military members every year.
This year is my son, Sebastian's first Christmas so we took him to Arden fair mall to get his first picture with Santa. He just turned 9 months old, and I was honestly surprised that he didn't get scared.
Here is my grandson Devin taken in 2012 by me. We were excited to take him to see Santa at the Elk's club, he wanted nothing to do with the big guy.
My nephew, Knox first Christmas. He's nearly 11 months old and clearly not a fan of the S man.
My Granddaughter is - Reagan who is 15 1/2 months old. The photo with Santa was taken at the California Welcome Center here in El Dorado Hills on Thurs, 12-18-14. Santa was okay from a distance, not so much up close!
This is my friend Daniel and his sister Lynn. It was taken at a department Store in Cleveland, Ohio. I love the look of wonder on his face. He's still wearing the Hawaiian shirts and I think he still believes...
Photo taken on December 15, 2014 at Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights. Santa was on dinner break and the babies were getting hungry and tired waiting for his return. Once Santa got back, he said to hand him the babies first. The first little guy (Nolan, age 13 months, on the right), took one look at the Bearded One and started bawling. His cousin (Jadon ,age 18 months, on the left) saw his buddy crying and joined in. Jadon's older siblings (Mikey age 6 years, on the far left, and Ashley age 8 tears, far right) were cracking up over the whole thing. Sent by their grandfather Mike.
This was my first and last picture taken with Santa. He literally scared the water out of me. The picture was taken in December 1953,of the department stores in downtown Sacramento at that time.
The little girl is Samantha Ann and the upset little boy is Jack Cruz .The picture was taken on 12-6-2014 by Sami and Jack's Mom.
My daughter Kelly and she is about 3 years old in the picture. The photo was taken at the old Emporium in San Francisco's Stonestown Mall in 1971. We thought this was the best Santa ever! Kelly was certainly intrigued with both Santa and his offerings!
This year I took Ava (4 yrs) and Emily (23 months) to the Roseville Galleria to meet Santa. I knew Emily wouldn't be a fan, but that tends to make an even greater picture. Little did I know how hilarious this picture would actually turn out. Ava sat so pretty on Santa's lap, oblivious to her sister, while Emily screamed "ho ho done!!!"
I took this picture is of my daughter Allison when she was 1. It was December 2000, and was taken at my husband's work party. She is the youngest of our three children, and our family always laughs when we look at this picture because we didn't realize she could unhinge her jaw like that! Santa was clearly so scared he had to hide behind her. She got coals in her stocking that year.
Our two children Chelsey-8 weeks new and Landon 2.5 years old are sitting on Santa's lap. Landon was so excited to see Santa. We were talking it up for the past week and he couldn't wait to go see him and tell him what he wanted for Christmas. When we walked into the studio of our photographer's house Santa was sitting on the chair. Landon instantly started crying/screaming and hid his head in dad's shoulder while whaling. Chelsey was fine so we took some pictures with her and Santa first so that brother would see that it was ok. Not a chance Landon was going to sit on Santa's lap. So we did the drop and move back to get at least one shot of him with Santa. Now even when we talk about Santa Landon doesn't like him but still wants gifts from him on Christmas morning.
Sandra Louise Cook. Christmas 1964 Miami FL. Taken by one of Santa's helpers. Had gotten engaged he was out of the country. I had this taken & mailed it to him. Think you know what I told Santa I wanted for Christmas that year. My wish was granted in March & we had many wonderful years together.
My husband, Gary and I took our grand girls Audrey (3) and Emma Teresi (5) to see Santa in 2005 at the Sacramento Downtown Mall in front of Macy's. The picture was taken by Santa's elf. As you can see Emma is all smiles, holding her little candy cane present she couldn't be happier, while Audrey wouldn't have anything to do with the Santa's little bribe and is ready to escape to a safer place.
Amy and Dirk put the two oldest (Sophie and Grant) on Santa's lap and both instantly broke into tears of protest. They hesitated to add the youngest, Grace, but Santa looked at them and said ÒÉjust give her to me - I'm used to thisÉÓ. And the iconic Santa photo was taken.
The second photo was taken right after the first. The kids were given candy canes which markedly improved their spirits and unbeknownst to the little ones, Santa snuck in behind the family for one last photo.
My son is 11 months old and his name is Eli He loved to take a picture in Santa's lap and he gave a hard time to Santa because he want to grab Santa's beard. That's why Santa is holding his hands :) The picture was taken 12/11/2014 at Arden Mall.
This is a photo of my granddaughter, Analise , age 3, My husband, David , and I had taken her to the Global Winter Wonderland for a fun Saturday evening, December 13, 2014. She was incredibly patient in line, reciting/whispering her wish list to me so it would be just right for Santa. In this photo - Analise has Santa's full attention as they discuss, in depth, the specifics of her extensive, yet reasonable, Christmas list.
This is a picture of our daughter, Madeline , not very happy to see Santa. This was taken December 2013 at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills. Santa was WONDERFUL!!! Madeline was 1 1/2 years old in this picture.
This picture was taken by the "Santa" photographer while shopping in a San Diego shopping Center in 1998. Santa and Jeff Coldwell. He was saying "I don't care...You put Marcia back on that nice list".
My sweet little girl was not thrilled to shirt on Santa's lap. She was reaching for and was screaming her sister's name.
This photo was taken last year of my grandson, who was one month short of his 2nd birthday. After an aborted previous attempt to sit on a Santa’s lap it was evident that my grandson wanted nothing to do with Santa. However in this case we managed to have him at least stand next to him. This particular photo took about one minute to take. During this time we implored him to smile, look at Santa, stand still, or anything to indicate he was happy to be there. No way. Meanwhile this poor Santa had to freeze his smile for the whole duration. This was the final result, a scared looking kid wanting to get outta there. Update: he’s ok with sitting on Santa’s lap now.
My son, Anthony ,is 19 months old and this year might not have been the best choice for Santa pictureJ We stood in line for almost 3 hours at the Galleria in Roseville, so.. whether he liked it or not, he WAS going to take a picture with Santa!
This is a photo of my daughter, Thomasina, then aged 1.75, with Santa at Downtown Plaza in 2011 (RIP, Downtown Plaza!) taken by whatever Elf was manning the camera that afternoon. And, confession, I knew she was at the age where she'd maybe not love meeting Mr. Kringle and I was hoping for a good crying photo because it seems like a rite of passage of sorts. But man, did she deliver. Pair her abject horror and outstretched arms seeking rescue with Santa's particularly pointed look (an expression that, to me, conveys a sentiment you wouldn't be able to print in the Bee) and this will remain a family classic foreverChristiana Dominguez Sacramento, CA
This is my little guy Preston last year with Santa. Preston loves Santa and was so curious about seeing him and talking to him. However after waiting in line the joy and excitement had worn off and turned to complete terror! I'm fairly certain I shouldn't find as much joy in this picture as I do!
My husband Rex and I took our kids to have their picture taken with Santa on November 15th by Libby Tolmon. Kennedy (3 1/2) and Grayson (19 months) started crying as soon as they saw Santa. The screaming started once we placed them on his lap. They sat there for a total of 20 seconds. Long enough to have 4 pictures taken screaming in every shot! They were so upset afterwards they didn't even want the candy cane. This picture is blown up in Grandma's living room.
My daughter-in-law, Melissa wanted the perfect Santa photo for their 2008 Christmas cards, but this is what she got instead. Fiona who was almost 1-1/2 years and her sister, Sofia, 3 months had other ideas. Fiona started crying right away when her mother put her on Santa's lap. Sofia was fine until Fiona started crying and then she started in. Melissa was so embarrassed but the people in line thought it was hilarious. And look at Santa's face. Priceless! You know what he is thinking, ÒNow what do I do?Ó We didn't get Christmas cards that year.
Every year we have started a tradition to take a photo with Santa, starting Christmas 2012. We make the trek to Arden Fair Mall, stand in line and get our picture with Santa. This photo was taken on December 16, 2014 at Arden Fair Mall by MyAlbumPics.com. Pictured are twins, Mark (left) and Paul (right-trying to escape). Enjoy!
Our three year old granddaughter, Jackie, tells the wonderful Santa at the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, that she would like a toy bug and toy bird for Christmas. This "best Santa ever" has been coming from the North Pole to the Empire Mine for many years. It's a magical place for children to see Santa.
We like to call this one ÒTwin TerrorÓ. Both of our girls (Katie and Chrissy) were 14 months old at the time and certainly did not appreciate Santa. We still used it in our Christmas card to family and friends that year. Everyone love it!
My name is Katrina and I live in Elk Grove. This photo is of our four children- left to right- Mikaela, Andrew, and Stephanie Falwell and Erika Falwell Ithurburn. This photo was taken in December of 1994. It was taken at one of our local malls- I believe it was Florin Mall. My favorite part is how hard the girls are trying to put on their best smiles despite their little brother's meltdown. This is something they became experts at over the years!
This photo was taken in the mid 1960's at a department store in San Jose. I'm the screamer Ð my sister (Diane) and brother (David) look like they'd rather be anywhere but there. Santa doesn't look too thrilled, either.
Last night, my husband and I took our daughter, Adelyn, to visit Santa. She is 18 months old and is very friendly with strangers. As we walked through the mall to reach Santa's house, she smiled, waved, and said "Hiiiii" to everybody we passed. Once we reached Santa's house, she was very interested in his decorations and I thought things were going really well. As soon as she spotted Santa, she instantly started shaking her head no and applied the death grip as I attempted to put her in his lap. As soon as Santa touched her, she lost it......
Meet Jack. Jack is the happiest kid you know. Everywhere we go he smiles and flirts, showing off his dimple and pearly whites. The grocery store is his favorite. He sits in the cart and waves like he is in a hometown parade as we walk the isles. Jack has never met a stranger he didn't like (which is admittedly awkward at times). 99% of the pictures I splash on my Facebook page are of Jack and his pretty famous happy self.
> Michael Jr. - 2yrs. old
As a family tradition, my wife and I took our two sons to get a picture of Santa at Florin Mall each year. In 1994, we decided to visit Santa's Village on Tuesday to avoid the long lines while getting a picture taken with Santa.
My daughter Kaylin Jis 14 1/2 months old. When she sees a Santa on TV or around the house she says "ho ho ho" loving him so much. However we knew that when the real Santa tried to hold her it would be a different story. Mary Gillespie Photography in Lodi, CA is where we decided we would see Santa. Mary knows how kids react to seeing Santa so at her studio Santa is behind a curtain until the little one is in place then he walks in for the picture "the before" then it's the meet and greet and another picture if the parents want one (as you can see Kaylin would have opted out) in "the after" photo.
My daughter Kaylin is 14 1/2 months old. When she sees a Santa on TV or around the house she says "ho ho ho" loving him so much. However we knew that when the real Santa tried to hold her it would be a different story. Mary Gillespie Photography in Lodi, CA is where we decided we would see Santa. Mary knows how kids react to seeing Santa so at her studio Santa is behind a curtain until the little one is in place then he walks in for the picture "the before" then it's the meet and greet and another picture if the parents want one (as you can see Kaylin would have opted out) in "the after" photo.Submitted by Melissa Fritz
My grandson, in the photo, absolutely adores Mr. Santa Claus!!!! My grandson's name is Hunter who just turn two years old last month (November 14th). The photo was taken on 11/22/14 at the Americana Mall in Glendale, Ca.
Rachel thanking Santa in advance for all of her Christmas gifts. Taken Dec. , 1988
Aurora, Mason and Ethan (grandchildren) on Santa's lap. Ethan not at all happy about being on Santa's lap. Taken 12/12/2014.
Santa and my 22 month old daughter, Ally Garramore. Rochelley from Once Upon a Time Photography took the photo on December 6, 2014. I wanted something special to give to Ally's Nammie for Christmas. I thought a nice photo of Ally and Santa would be the perfect gift for her Grandma. I booked the photo shoot and showed up to the location. We had booked a 5 minute session but only needed a few seconds because Ally lost it the second Santa touched her. End of story. Needless to say Ally's Nammie will be receiving a nice pair of Toms for Christmas.
Taken 12/14/14 for the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Homeless Animals annual Santa Photos fund raiser held at the Arden Animal Hospital in Sacramento. Veterinary students from UC Davis who work at the Mercer Clinic put the fund raiser together. Different students take pictures throughout the day. The furry ones in the photo are Sophia Rose (pekingnese) and Barkley (dashound). Barkley appeared at my home about 2 years ago as a stray. No collar or chip. We tried everything to find her owner and never even received one call. Needless to say, she moved right in and I couldn't imagine our home without her.
Kinsey and Sullyhad a hard day of Christmas shopping :-( Picture taken by mom, Kelly on Dec 17, 2014.
This photo was taken last weekend at the Governor's Mansion here in Sacramento. Our children Madeline (6) and Sullivan (4) are shown after telling Mrs. Claus what they would like for Christmas. She dutifully recorded their requests, a Samantha doll and a flashlight, on her long list. What I absolutely love about this photo, though, is a small detail that I did not even notice until my mother-in-law commented on it. My husband and I can be seen in the mirror above the fireplace smiling hugely as we take the photo.
Charlotte just turned 2 yesterday and Tripp is 9mo. This was taken exactly a week ago today (so 12-12-2014) Éand let's just say as much as she loves her Santa dolls, Talking Santa Advent Calendar and saying ÒHo Ho HoÓ- she didn't want to be left with the jolly guy!!
Lori Harmon (age 3) approximate date: December, 1963 Just another retro pic of a terrified little girl who could hardly wait to see Santa.....my mother was so mad that the photographer insisted that I sit on his lap. She said once it was all over, I insisted to go see another Santa. She took me the next day and it all went well.
This is a picture of my three kids - T.J., Rebecca and Angela (the one not screaming). The year is 1988. I have a picture every year since Angela was a baby and one of them was always crying. TJ served six years in the Navy and is now attending UCD. Rebecca is a kindergarten teacher in Stockton (lives in Elk Grove) and Angela is an RN at UCD Children's Hospital.
Meet the Murphy Boys, circa 1968. These are my four brothers getting their photo taken with Santa at Town & Country Village that Christmas. The photo was taken by one of Santa's helpers. It is a favorite of all the Murphy "kids" even though my sister, Theresa, and I are not in it! On the far left is Michael, with a distant look and a balloon dangling from his mouth. He would be about 6 years old. Then comes the baby of the family-- Brian. I think he was just shy of 2 years old. Needless to say, he was not thrilled about being on Santa's lap. On Brian's other side is the very content John, about 4 years old. Perhaps it is the candy cane he is holding that has brought on this impish grin. Finally, on the far right is Timothy, age 8. He seems mildly amused by the whole affair. Even Santa seems pleased with the motley crew on his lap.
My husband and I had never talked about taking our almost 4 month old daughter Kaitlyn to see Santa. We figured she was too young to care, but, when my in-law's brought up the topic, we got to thinking it would be a good idea to do all of the firsts. So, first Christmas, first Santa visit. We decided to get up early on Sunday 12/21 and head to the Roseville Galleria to get the photo taken. When we got to the area where Santa was and started winding our way through the aisle to our spot in line, my husband and I felt a little silly...Kaitlyn was so young and we knew she would have no idea what was going on. I was nervous that she would cry as soon as we handed her over. Soon enough it was our turn; we walked up, my husband handed Kaitlyn to Santa....and she didn't cry! Yes! We can do this! The photographers had a few props and Kaitlyn zeroed in on the yellow duck puppet. Between the puppet and Santa playing peek-a-boo with her hands, we got a priceless first Santa visit photo.
This is my niece Ashlyn's first picture with Santa she is 15 months old . My brother William had the photo made 12/12/14 at the mall near their home. Ashlyn is extremely personable with everyone, she just happens to not particularly like old people...but I think Santa will understand.
his is my son Tanner age 23 months. The photo was taken on 11/14/15 in Gridley, Ca by Libby Tolman.
After my husband and I got married eight years ago, we decided to do an annual Christmas card. Each one features my husband, Drew Houghton, as Santa in some context. This year we couldn't resist honoring the SF Giants. This is one of the pictures on our card. The photo was taken by me in November. My husband lost his mother this year, who was a huge Giants fan. We incorporated a picture of her on the reverse of our card!
Took my two girls Farley (2) and Fiona (7 months) to visit Santa last weekend, Saturday December 13, 2014. I was so worried we were going to end up with the classic "kids screaming on Santa's lap" photo. Instead we got two of the most serious faces I have ever seen!
This is our son Trevor . He is 22 months old. This picture was taken last week at his daycare, Lighthouse. They told us about half the kids reacted this way. Poor Santa! We think it's a hilarious picture that we can't wait to show him in 20 years.
Benjamin (with Santa), 11 months on December 18th, 2014. Benjamin is normally a very happy little guy, but once he saw the big guy with the beard and red suit, fear overcame him! It looks likeSanta is distraught as well!
I received this Christmas card from a friend in 2013. I understand the picture was taken in 2012 but did not make Christmas card status until the next season. The young man in the picture is Brody who I understand likes all things Christmas, with the obvious exception of Santa. It seems Santa was having pictures taken at an area mall in Southern California. This is such a classic ÒChristmas StoryÓ type photo and as even Santa was looking a little uncomfortable as well.
This photo was taken Dec. 20, 2014 in San Rafael, CA. Grandma and Grandpa (Eileen and Stan) were visiting 13 month old Jameson and his parents, Erin and Chuck . A normally friendly and exhuberant Jameson took us all by surprise when he got within 2 feet of Santa and had the first major melt down in his life. Santa was a good sport, inviting mom and dad to sit with them. That didn't work either. We think it's perfect just as it is.
Pic was taken week of 12/8/14 My granddaughter Alyvia is mortified of her sister Autumn's reaction to visiting with Santa Claus. My daughter Elise stands to the side laughing.
This is a photo of our twin daughters in December 2010- they were about 17 months (now 5 1/2). Leah on the left with the dog sweater, Kate on the right with the plaid dress. They obviously hated Santa, but were clinging hard to those candy canes. It was taken at Arden Fair Mall.
I just submitted the photo from 2010 of our twin daughters, Kate and Leah. This one is from the year before, 2009, when they were about 5 months old. Kate in purple on left, Leah in pink on right. I woke them from a nap to get to the Arden Fair Mall to meet a friend and do this picture, and I feared they would scream and hate it, but they loved Santa- serene and happy. He loved them, too. It was so beautiful. (Then the next year, we got the screaming one.)
Emily just turned 2 years old. She would not get near Santa However, she spotted a plate full of cookies and got one and handed it to Santa, then she went back and got another one for herself. She ate 1/2 the cookie and noticed that Santa still was holding his whole cookie, so she went up to Santa handed him her 1/2 eaten cookie and took the whole cookie back and left him with the 1/2 eaten cookie. Emily was very serious...We all just howled. Absolutely pricelessÉ.Santa cracked up, I guess this has never happened to him before.
This is my daughter Skyler's December 2014 Christmas photo, taken at the Westfield Galleria. She is two.
Malcolm , youngest grandchild of Gregory and Carolee who live here in Sacramento. Proud parents are Jordan and Ryan of Portland Oregon. Photo taken dec 7 2014
This is Chloe from Fair Oaks, CA. This picture was taken at Sunrise Mall this December, a few weeks before her first birthday (1/1/14). Chloe started crying as soon as she looked at Santa, the kind of crying where you open your mouth and no sound comes out.
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA.Here is this years photos with Santa! One of our favorite movies is The Christmas Story! Equipped with our very own leg lamp, we dressed like Ralphie's family! Our Christmas cards read " I triple dog-dare you" to have a wonderful Christmas, from the famous line in the movie. From left to right, holding the "Frag-ile" Leg Lamp is Chuck, then me as Mom, my 18 year old son (CJ) is in the bunny suit, and my 14 year old, Stephen, is wrapped in the snow attire. T Before volunteering at the schools, I would invite the neighbors into our home to join Santa and have a family photo taken. My family has never missed a Santa Photo and they have yet to complain about the stylish outfits and themes!
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA. Here is this years photos with Santa! One of our favorite movies is The Christmas Story! Equipped with our very own leg lamp, we dressed like Ralphie's family! Our Christmas cards read " I triple dog-dare you" to have a wonderful Christmas, from the famous line in the movie. my 1 son (CJ) is in the bunny suit, and my other son Stephen, is wrapped in the snow attire.
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA.. Here is this years photos with Santa! One of our favorite movies is The Christmas Story! Equipped with our very own leg lamp, we dressed like Ralphie's family! Our Christmas cards read " I triple dog-dare you" to have a wonderful Christmas, from the famous line in the movie Grandma, Ardella, who is visiting from Pennsylvania, telling Santa he is the naughty one!
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA. in 2009 my mischievous kids tied up Santa, pulled off his boot, stole presents, and hung a frog over his head, just because he put them on his naughty list. Pictured in the first photo is CJ, Stephen, and Dad who plays Santa. I step in the second photo to tell them to knock it off!
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA. This photo of my family with Santa was taken in 2011. We are so busy texting, on the phone, gaming, and working on the computer, who has time to put in a request with the jolly guy! Pictured from left to right is Stephen, CJ, Chuck, Cindy, an of course patient Santa!
The Knoble family from Folsom, CA. This was 2013, last years, Santa Photo with my family. Ugly sweaters are so in style! From left to right is Chuck, Stephen, CJ, Stephen, and of course Santa!
Back in 2009, I took my then 14-month old son, Naryan, to the Kids' Christmas party at Rio del Oro Racquet Club. Even though my son has been a Mama's boy since birth, I was hoping that things would go well with Santa. I mean, this guy looked like the quintessential Santa with his twinkling eyes, warm smile, and big, white beard. But unfortunately, things quickly went from bad to worse as soon as Naryan was placed on Santa's lap, and soon became inconsolable.
Laura Kozier of Sacramento with brothers Gary Warnock and Dan Warnock. Taken in 1954 at Photo Berger, 3367 Mission Street, San Francisco.
This is my daughter, Kellene Kozub, in 1977. She was thrilled to see Santa at a local grocery store where we lived in Rio Linda! I think Santa liked her enthusiasm.
Ty and Caleb ages 1 & 2 are not happy campers at a photo shoot at My Gym in Folsom. Date: 2009.
Monica Toohey- Krause.
Picture of my niece Julie with her daughter Jacqueline. Taken by her husband Paulon December 14, 2014. Jacqueline is 1 year old. Loved the look on Santa.
Photoed are Lourdes (pregnant with baby brother Andrew) and Emmy , December 1995, at Sun Valley Mall, Concord, CA. After waiting hours in a crowded mall, waiting to see Santa, talking about Santa, smiling at Santa it was Emmy's turn. Emmy was rather shy and I didn't want to force her into an uncomfortable situation so when she latched on to my leg I knew it would not be a good picture. Santa's elf said we could wait a bit until Emmy was ready. We talked about Santa again, we smiled at the other happy children sitting on his lap we approached Santa again and we had the tears, outstretched arms, and total fear. In steps Emmy's aunt, Clary, "bribery always works with children".
My 2-year-old grandson, Olan, visited Santa in Manhattan early this December and had a lot to consider when Santa asked what he wanted for Christmas. Olan lives with my son, daughter-in-law and his 8-year-old brother Aaron in Queens, NY.
My twins, Trent and Tyler when they were 21 months. The picture was taken at Arden Fair Mall in 2004. I didn't know they were going to be so upset seeing Santa. I still think their reaction was from watching the child before them freak out and scream. Anyway, I just remember telling the photographer to hurry and take the picture so I could rescue them!
The second photo is 38 years later, of our daughter (Lauren). This photo was taken by me in 1995 at the Country Club Plaza in Sacramento. Lauren was 28 months old and she clearly was not having any fun visiting with Santa. Santa's expression indicates that he was not having much fun either.
The first photo is of me (Carol Longoria) in 1957, at two years and 9 months of age. The photo was taken in a department store in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Based on my expression, I was a bit leery of the whole idea of Santa.
I've made a collage because we can't stop laughing at my son and his expressions with sants. My name is Kassie Lowe, my son Dexter Lowe is in the photos with santa. First is Dec 2012, second Dec 2013 and third is Dec 2014. We are from Bakersfield, Ca. Every year since he turned 1 we decided to go see santa. The first year he didn't even really know what to expect but clearly by his face he is scared out of his mind of the crazy fat man. The second year (Last year) he was super excited to see him and tell him what he wanted. When we got into his little workshop he was still excited but a little skeptical. As soon as I sat him on his lap though he completely freaked and wanted to get away as fast as possible. Poor santa was sweating by the time that photo was done. This year he knew what he was getting into & told me he wasn't seeing santa. I ,of course, bribed him with ice cream. When we got in to see santa I told him he didn't have to sit on his lap just stand by him for a picture. He looked at the man with the snarly look on his face and turned around & made the same face as too say get your dirty hands off my you fat man. I couldn't help but laugh as its an improvement from the last two years. I hope these photos bring you laughs like they did us the last 3 years. Kassie lowe
Brother and Sister ages 1 1/2 and six months. Robert Ljupient Placerville CA firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture #1 shows my brother, Frank, playing Santa in "Here's Love", a musical based on the movie "Miracle on 34th Street" in 1998 at Santa Rosa Junior College. Pictured with him is my daughter, Anna Madeira Gleghorn (mother of Lily) and my son, Peter Madeira. I took this picture. I think my brother is the most realistic looking Santa. Hair and beard are natural. Submitted by Donna Madeira Folsom
My brother, Frank Zwolinski of Santa Rosa, agreed to be Santa Claus for his two great-nieces at our family get together on December 13, 2014. Picture 17 and 15 show my granddaughter, Naomi Jo Madeira (of Ft. Dick, CA) with her reactions.
My brother, Frank Zwolinski of Santa Rosa, agreed to be Santa Claus for his two great-nieces at our family get together on December 13, 2014. Picture 20 shows Naomi, Santa, and my granddaughter Lily Lou Gleghorn of Carmichael. Pictures were taken by Lily's dad,
My brother, Frank Zwolinski of Santa Rosa, agreed to be Santa Claus for his two great-nieces at our family get together on December 13, 2014. Picture 17 and 15 show my granddaughter, Naomi Jo Madeira (of Ft. Dick, CA) with her reactions.
would like to submit the attached two photos to your Santa Photo contest. My name is Renay Bradley, and my daughter, Madison Bradley, is in both photos. We currently live in Sacramento. The photo with her age age 1 was taken in Sacramento at the Downtown Plaza in 2012. It is the classic photo with her totally freaking out since she has to sit on this stranger's lap. Luckily, now that she is 3, she understands that doing this equals a chance to get presents, so she manages much better.
Hello, I would like to submit the attached two photos to your Santa Photo contest. My name is Renay Bradley, and my daughter, Madison Bradley, is in both photos. We currently live in Sacramento. The photo with her age age 3 months was taken in Seattle, WA in the Macy's downtown in 2011 (by their resident Santa photographer). Madison had just turned 3 months when I took her for the photo. I think it is hilarious since she is so tiny and the Santa is so huge..she literally gets lost in his big red and white suite.
Rowan, 4 months old on Christmas, came decked out in his Santa suit to take his picture with Santa! This was taken Dec. 22nd.
Elizabeth Mallon Pleasant Hill, CA I took my son Reid to see Santa at Broadway Plaza shopping mall in Walnut Creek in December 2013. He was 2 yrs old and didn't want a thing to do with the jolly 'ol elf! Every time we sat him on Santa's lap, he would slide onto the floor and roll around, resulting in one of my favorite Santa photos of all time! It captures Reid's playful spirit and Santa's patience with crazy kids!
Laura Margraf Auburn, CA Date of Photo: 12/14/14 (last Sunday!) This is my grandson, Nico. My daughter, Jenny, had to use her best persuasive powers to convince Nico that she REALLY needed at least one photo of her child with Santa. Nico has always been afraid of Santa, and for years Jenny respected Nico's reluctance to engage with Santa face to face (he loved writing letters to him!). But now Nico is 8 (still a believer), and Jenny had not even one photo of him with Santa until last Sunday on a trip to the San Francisco Zoo. If you look carefully at Nico's body language, it is apparent he is still wary of Santa. In this photo (taken by Jenny's friend, Serge Jespers), Nico is saying earnestly to Santa,
Hi my name is Elizabeth Mariano. We live in Rocklin, CA. This is my son Liam, (age 2) who is clearly terrified to see Santa! He screamed the whole time! He was actually traumatized and would barely speak for about 30 minutes after! But it's a classic. :) This picture was taken on Monday December 15th at the Roseville Galleria Mall.
Sent by Kenneth Masterman of Cameron Park, grandfather of the screaming baby. Parents; Sean and Jennifer Thornton of Citrus Heights. Jonathan Kenneth Thornton, 15 mos. It's his first time on Santa’s lap, at Dads company Holiday party, Costal Pacific Food Distributors in Stockton.
Our son Tobias Matheson at Arden Fair Mall. Thank you for your consideration, Mike and Dottie Matheson
photo was taken: December 6th 2014 Theodore is 2 years old and recently started to develop stranger anxiety. We live in Chico, California and every year we go to an event in town called Breakfast with Santa. It's a great opportunity to meet Santa without the pressure of a large crowd and long lines. This year Theodore decided this strange man was not someone he wanted to spend his time with. I quickly snapped as many photos as I could before daddy rescued him. Santa wins this round...
Here is our classic photo from last year. My daughter, Audrey Mayo loves Santa, our Son Benjamin, not so much. We had this taken at the Roseville Galleria in Dec. of 2013, Benjamin had just turned 1, his Birthday is Dec. 3, 2012. He won't go near St. Nick this year, so I'm not sure we will get another one for a couple more year!!! Colleen Mayo COLLEEN HANNIGAN <email@example.com>
My Name: Tammy McCabe City: Folsom Photo Subjects: Stephen and Erica (age 16 mos), Nathan (age 3.5 years) and Santa Photo taken: December 2013 at Arden Fair Mall Story: I knew our 3 1/2 year old son, Nathan, would be fine with Santa. It was our 16 month old twins, Stephen and Erica, I was worried about. Santa was a pro. I let him know the twins would cry, so he instructed me to back them into his arms, one at a time, so they wouldn't see him till the last minute. He also told me to place them high up in his arms, so he could get a good grip. Nathan went first, standing in front of Santa, and he waited patiently. As I placed the first twin into Santa's strong, red-clad arm, the other twin caught sight and started to scream. Santa's elves, poised to take the photo, winced. I looked the photographer straight in the eye and said, "Just TAKE the photo - crying or not." Before the twins were fully situated with in Santa's arms, they were both protesting at the top of their lungs. Nathan tried to dutifully smile -- it ended up a little crooked. But Santa, having done this with thousands of screaming tykes, just smiled, and *snap* the photo was taken. The twins recovered....eventually. And, by the way, this year's photo looks much the same. The kids are just a bit bigger.
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email@example.com Sisters Nona Bokelman Morley (left) and Gail Bokelman Arnett (right) were taken by their parents in December 1947 to see Santa in a Sacramento department store. One can only imagine what my wife Nona was thinking. George Morley
The picture was taken in Boston, Mass., in December, 1960, by the Santa photographer. The two older girls, Nancy, 7, and Donna, 4, were "experts" with Santa, but their younger sister, Carin, 2, was not too happy to visit with this strange, bearded man. The picture is 54 years old. Parents are Frank and Adrienne Morrish, now living in Rocklin, California.
Cathy Morrison I am the child in this photo, taken at the Emporium department store in San Francisco in the early 1960's. I am two years old and every time I look at this photo I laugh. What prop did the photographer throw at me, or tickle me with, to get that facial expression and perfectly circular hand pose? I grew up in San Francisco where a visit to Santa at the Emporium was an annual tradition. Upon entering the store, there would be foot prints painted on the floor, leading to Santa's chair. The department store would have rides on the roof during the holidays. It was a tradition that was fully part of my family's Christmas holidays.
photo courtesy Evonne Morrissey
I am Sherri Needham (the one crying). This picture was taken in 1952 in downtown Sacramento. In the photo with me my older sister Bonnie Needham, love the look on her face. We lived at 23rd and H Street and spent alot of time downtown on K Street shopping at Hale's and Weinstocks.
itting with Santa is Wren, age 21 months old. Picture taken at Sunrise Mall inDecember 2012
This photo is from Christmas 1985. The little boy is my son, Bryan, 16 months, and the little girl is my daughter, Cynthia, age 6. While Bryan is going through his meltdown on Santa's lap, Cynthia seems to be thinking "Oh, this is not going well. He's gonna blow it with Santa and we're both gonna get coal". Santa, meanwhile, has lost his composure. Behind those eyes he pleads: "Pleeeeeeease let this be my last screaming kid for the day; the one day I forget to wear my ear plugs too".
This is a picture of my son, Tiberius. He is two and a half years old, and together we got to meet Santa for the first time on Friday, December 19th 2014. This picture was photographed by myself, his mother, Tanya. It is hard to tell who is more excited for Christmas. But rosie cheeks say it all! Christmas can not come soon enough, and Tiberius was very happy to be by Santa's side. A special thanks to the Natomas Fire Department for helping me capture this wonderful spirit of the season.
This photo was taken at Arden Fair Mall in December of 1998, Tessa , 4 years old, and Ella, 1 year old. Both of my girls were very afraid of Santa. It always touched me that in spite of her fear, Tessa managed to reach across Santa's lap to try to comfort her miserable little sister.
Photo of grandsons Carter (left) and Cooper was taken at the Roseville Galleria Mall on Dec 5, 2014. It was taken by the "Santa Helper" and we made a copy of the one we bought. Carter was 11 months and Cooper was 23 months when the photo was taken. Ralph Novak, Lincoln, CA.
This is my grandson Miles. The picture were taken early December of this year. He just turned one year old. My son took the picture at a fire station down the street from where they live in Atlanta. Miles loves Santa, according my daughter-in-law Miles and Santa are BFF!
This photo includes our children Brianna, Garrett, and Jaycee. Unfortunately for us this was the last Christmas photo ever taken with Santa, as you can see our youngest was not pleased about the bearded guy. We tried to make this a fun experience but the picture is self explanatory and showcases our kids exactly how they are. Our oldest always being perfect and following directions, our middle Garrett being the funny brother he is looking at his sister and laughing like she's nuts(not to much has changed), then Jaycee who has always been our child that is fearful and apprehensive of everything and everyone around her. But the best part is poor poor Santa's face... I can only imagine what he was thinking I'm sure he took a break after this. This photo comes out every year and is always a great conversation piece! I believe this photo was taken in 2004 at Oakridge Mall in San Jose.
This photograph was taken in December 2003 by staff at Natoma Station Elementary School in Folsom California. My youngest child, Grant, was three years old, and his older brother Connor was 7. Although both boys were excited at the prospect of talking to Santa, we sensed fear setting in with Grant as he approached the bearded man in the bright red suit Prior to releasing his tight grasp on my hand, I told Grant he didn't have to sit on Santa's lap and we told Connor to stand still and smile for the camera, no matter what. We quickly realized that when he was seated on Santa's lap, Grant had made up his mind. His desire to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas was completely overcome by his fear of being near this jolly old elf. Screams could be heard all the way to the North Pole! Connor, the brave and obedient child, did exactly as he was told! What a memorable shot!
Every year my grandparents took us to the Woolworth's employee's Christmas Party. My grandmother worked at the food counter. Every year we got another picture of us with Santa. This is the first one with little brother Danny, about 16 months (middle). Seems the boys didn't care for Santa, but I'm as serene as can be. In 1985, we recreated the picture as a Christmas present for our parents. The ÒSantaÓ is Mick Martin (local blues musician and friend), whom we cajoled into the Santa suit. The photographer was Dave Brooks. The two pictures are mounted in the same frame. Names are (L to R) Susan, Daniel and Michael
Every year my grandparents took us to the Woolworth’s employee’s Christmas Party. My grandmother worked at the food counter. Every year we got another picture of us with Santa. This is the first one with little brother Danny, about 16 months (middle). Seems the boys didn’t care for Santa, but I’m as serene as can be. In 1985, we recreated the picture as a Christmas present for our parents. That would make me 33, Danny 30 and Michael 32. The “Santa” is Mick Martin (local blues musician and friend), whom we cajoled into the Santa suit. The photographer was Dave Brooks. The two pictures are mounted in the same frame. Names are (L to R) Susan, Daniel and Michael Patterson Sadly, brothers Mike and Dan have passed away, and we just lost my dad in March.
ÔSanta Photo' was taken at the Susquehanna Valley Mall located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in December 2011. The photo includes my niece NinaÐ age 2 and my nephew TarelÐ age 3 (at the time the photo was taken). The photo was shot by my sister and sent as her family's annual Christmas card in 2011, as there was no doubt in any of our minds that the REAL Santa Claus was indeed visiting Selinsgrove, PA on that day when you see the glee in his eyes and proud smile on his face with two little angels in his armsÐ unfazed by the major meltdown underway
These are our childrens' 2013 and 2014 pictures with Santa. In both pictures Katelyn , is top left and her fraternal twin sister Emily is top right. Our son, Thomas is in the bottom middle in both pictures.
These are our childrens' 2013 and 2014 pictures with Santa. In both pictures Katelyn , is top left and her fraternal twin sister Emily is top right. Our son, Thomas is in the bottom middle in both pictures.
Marshall Peterson Roseville California...taken Wednesday night at Maidu park in Roseville...taken by my wife... I dress as Santa 3 weeks in December. I drive around town handing out candy canes...I bring smiles to children and adults as well...I light up my truck with LED lights...
This photo always makes me laugh! It was taken at my brothers house in Agoura, CA in about 1993 when my daughter (Hannah) was about 3 years old. The Santa was my brother-in-law Tom and I'm also in the photo. As you can see, Hannah was not a happy girl! My brother Glen took the photo. This gathering of my family (about 20 people) is often referred to as "The Christmas from hell". A bunch of people got sick including my daughter with a 105 degree fever and the plumbing in his house failed. Also, on the way back from taking us to the airport, my sister tried to cross the creek near my brothers house that she'd crossed a few hours before, however the creek had risen and my brothers Land Cruiser began floating down the creek--- fortunately everyone got out, but the vehicle was ruined. Now it all seems pretty funny!
Dana McKee took this picture of Karma giving Santa some love & kiss's in a pet shop.
Dec 2007 Preschool party Ryan 4 and Ella 5 months After an hour of waiting in line to see Santa and Ella crying she passed out cold right before this picture. And her brother just thought is was the funniest thing.
Cameron with Santa. I knew it wouldn't go over well as Cam hadn't napped all day! But I was determined to get his Santa photo. No one was at the mall that day so when we walked up to see Santa, he came right over & started talking to Cam, who began crying immediately. And then I made him sit on his lap! This was the result. My mother (Cam's grandma) was with us and she swears he won't remember this & that I haven't traumatized the poor boy!! We shall see about that
courtesy Kim Prock
Taken at Roseville Galleria Mall on December 17th, 2014. We were taking both kids to see Santa for the first time. As our turn approached, we showed our son, Dominick, Santa and he kept practicing saying "Cheese". Dominick loves the camera and having his picture taken, he is the ultimate ham. Just as we were about to take our photo, our daughter "exploded" from both ends. So we ran to change her and clean her up then came back for a second try. Our son still happily practiced his "Cheese" face and when we sat him down on Santa's lap it looked like he was going to smile for the camera, but then things suddenly turned and this is what happened!
My husband & I took our kids, Caden (4) and Reese (1) to the Polar Express train ride this year. Our son couldn't wait to see Santa, but our daughter wasn't so sure. She started screaming as soon as she saw him. Being the nice parents that we are, we decided that the picture would definitely be worth a minute of torture, so we put her on Santa's lap and stepped back. I don't know if it's the incredibly cheesy grin on my son's face, my daughter's terror, or Santa being distracted by Reese's pretzels that make this photo so amazing, but every time I look at it, I laugh. It will be proudly displayed in our home every Christmas for many years to come.
My son did great right before I sat him down.. He was smiling, giving Santa high-fives and then it all went down hill!!
Raul Dominguez, I play santa for schools in the area and I wanted a picture with my dog Shatzi. Dec. 2013
This is a photo of my bunny Scooter taken in 2005 at Rite Aid in Auburn, Scooter loved Santa...he also looks like a toy not a real live bunny.
The photo was taken in 1968 this is my daughter Linda Quinn with Santa taken at Rathbuns in North Hollywood, CA. Linda was not happy with Santa and was ready for some serious tears as you can see by her lower lip jutting out.
This is our first baby on his 1st Christmas, his name is Santiago and is 6 1/2 months old Photo was taken on Dec. 6, 2014 at the Roseville Westfield mall
Courtesy Patricia Reynoso
This was Drew and Audrey's first mall trip to see Santa. Drew hopped up on Santa's lap with enthusiasm and giddiness, Audrey had a death grip on my side as if I were teetering over the edge of a Volcano. Santa tried to disarm her emotionally, but no dice. In the end Santa said ÒJust hand her over, I got thisÓ I did as I was told knowing this picture would be epic - one way or another. The rest is sweet sweet photographic history.
1992 Daughters Alix (left) and Carla (right) posed with Santa before the photographer at the Girl Scout Holiday Fair adjusted the flash. Brownie Carla is proud of her new patch.
Every year we go to the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City and have our sons', Ethan (12), Emmett (8) and Ellis (5), picture taken with the Santa at the Nevada City Methodist Church. Dan from Ensemble Designs took this picture on December 17th of this year. Emmett, the one frowning, wasn't very thrilled to take the picture this year, and regardless of what Santa and the photographer said to him, he wouldn't engage at all. We weren't surprised because Emmett tends to make this exact face anytime we take a picture, which is hilarious. However, Ellis was so excited to see Santa he didn't care what his brother was doing.
This was taken in Dec. 2010. My son, Jack , was 5 and my daughter, Kate , was almost 1. She wanted to be anywhere else but on Santa's lap and Santa's face says it all! This was taken at the annual Santa breakfast sponsored by the Lakeside HOA and held at the clubhouse in the Lakeside community of Elk Grove.
Photo from the Arden Mall 2014. This is Eli (4) and Leo (22mo). As you can see, they weren't sure about this Santa. This photo captures the second photo taken after Leo screamed in Santa's lap. As we walked away from Santa, Eli whispered in my ear for me to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas. This photos ended up as our Christmas Card this year!
The photo of my son, Camden screaming with Santa was taken at Trader Joes when he was two years old, 2010. The staff loved it so much they hung it on the wall of Trader Joes all season! The next year, when he was four, we had our annual Caroling Party where Santa comes to our home and then carols around the neighborhood with us. we had 95 people in our small 1,000 square foot Land Park home and Camden hid in the basement the entire night. terrified Santa would come down the stairs and get him. Last year, we had 200 friends at our annual caroling party in our new, larger (thank goodness) home on 7th Ave. and once again, Camden was nowhere to be found when Santa arrived. Crossing fingers for this year!
The family picture is my husband, Christian , our daughter Phoebe and son Camden 2011. We thought he would have been more up to photo with Santa at three, but we were wrong. He was terrified even on Daddy's lap. The next year, when he was four, we had our annual Caroling Party where Santa comes to our home and then carols around the neighborhood with us. we had 95 people in our small 1,000 square foot Land Park home and Camden hid in the basement the entire night. terrified Santa would come down the stairs and get him. Last year, we had 200 friends at our annual caroling party in our new, larger (thank goodness) home on 7th Ave. and once again, Camden was nowhere to be found when Santa arrived. Crossing fingers for this year!
The one of my daughter, Phoebe in San Luis Obispo when she was two, 2007. She waited patiently in line for over an hour in her pretty coat and tights but the second she got on his lap it was pure terror.
Santa and Wade of Granite Bay taken at the mall in November, 2006. Wade was two weeks old and fell asleep while waiting in line for his first photo with Santa. He was out like a log and all attempts to wake him failed. Thanks to this wonderful Santa we got the perfect photo for our Christmas card that year. Submitted by Grandma
This photo was taken one year ago. Shadow was adopted from the SPCA two and 1/2 years ago. He had one eye and was deaf. Recently he has gone through surgery to remove a mass from his liver and six chemo treatments. He has less fur and looks different today. Hopefully next Christmas, he will have another picture with Santa with all
This photo was taken the week of December 19th, 2005. the Photo was taken at Arden Fair Mall by their contractor that year. Our boys (Joe 6, and John, 3) are in the photo. They were standing in line, John was apprehensive but his older brother told him that Santa was a "good guy" who was going to bring him toys and was fun. Joe dominated the Q and A with Santa and apparently made such an impression upon him that on his way off his lap, Santa felt compelled to stick his finger in Joe's ear. John was still a little apprehensive about the big man and not comfortable enough to look at the camera while Joe did all he could not to ruin the photo for mom. We love this photo and next year will be the 10th anniversary. We're telling the boys they are going to re-create the photo for us...attire and all.
my son's first visit with the Arden Fair Mall Santa Claus. I took this photo of my son Ryan and Santa at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, CA on December 15th, 2004. Ryan was only 9 months old, and after a long wait at the mall, it was finally Ryan's turn to sit on Santa's lap. I took several pictures that show the progression of his facial expressions, from the beginning (when he is fine) and finally to the end (when he is bawling).
This photo was taken in 1951. My dear momma was a 17 year old girl missing her beau who was out at sea. She had hoped that he was missing her too and had this picture taken at a market to send to him. They married 8 months later when he was on leave. It seems my dad was not the only one taken by her. Look at Santa's eyes! My mom is Vivian Ticer and is now a beautiful 80 years old. I am her favorite daughter Kathleen Short, Carmichael Ca.
The photo that I'm submitting was taken in 2014 on December 20th at sunrise mall. The two kids on Santa's lap, the girls name is Abby and the boys name is William. this was the second time William had his picture taken with Santa. the first time he slept through the whole thing because he was only 2 months old, this time he was 14 months old and he couldn't even stand the thought of looking at Santa without crying. Abby didn't mind the crying she was just really excited because she was going to have ice cream after seeing Santa. It made for an interesting picture.
Ameriah Danielle 2 yrs old from sacramento ca. This photo was taken at Sunrise Mall in 2012 this is Ameriah as well on her first visit to see Santa
Ameriah Danielle singh 2 yrs old from sacramento ca. This photo was taken at cal expos global light show on dec 13 Ameriah loves Santa and enjoys talking to him
This picture is of our twins, Keith & Casey, taken in 1982 at Country Club Plaza. They were 13 months old. My husband and I knew they would cry when they saw Santa, so we kept their backs to him, and I told Santa's helper that we needed to make it quick because they would cry. She said ok, and we walked up and placed them on his lap, she snapped the picture and we grabbed them up before they even knew what had happened. Perfect! Then Santa's helper turned to me and said "I'm so sorry - there was no film in the camera". So we had to do it again, and by the time she loaded the camera, they had seen Santa and were crying. But the picture is priceless - one of our favorite Christmas memories. And by the look on Santa's face, I'm sure he was glad that the camera had film the second time. To top the day off, after we got them calmed down (which took awhile) we took them to Chuck E. Cheese's for pizza. Everything was going well until the giant mouse walked up behind them. They turned around and saw him and started screaming again. So we called it a day and took our pizza and our frightened children home. Rose Slagerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This picture was taken 15 years ago, when my daughters, Emily and Sophie were 3 and 2, respectively. It had taken about an hour to get them dressed and in the car, and then we spent another hour in line at the mall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (The same one that was damaged in a tornado a few years ago.) The girls were so excited to see Santa, but once they were on his lap, and I backed away so they could take the photo, they both burst into tears. The Santa was such a champ! The photographer and I tried to get them to calm down, but it didn't work. Since they were so little, I only had a short window between naps and meals and such, and the line was so long, when the photographer asked if I wanted to come back a little later, I just said, ÒNo, go ahead and take the picture.Ó It's still our favorite picture!
Here is ANOTHER picture of my husband Mike Smith (age 5) in 1966 with his bother Chris Smith (age 13 months)fighting to get off of Santa's lap. I love his dapper hat and the bow tie makes the outfit!
This is a photo of my husband Mike sitting with Santa. The first one he is 15 months old and it is in Dec of 1962.
my husband again playing Santa at one of our church functions in 1999. The look on his face is priceless because he SO wants this day to end! The child on the left is our son Chad and the child on the right is Trent Kelln of Rancho Murietta.
In the next one he is 28 months old in 1963. We actually have two more years of him screaming like this but I could not find those pictures. I thought it was funny that his mom kept taking him year after year even though he was so terrified of Santa. As he grew up he grew into a big, jolly man and was always asked to be Santa for our church functions. He always agreed, but hated every minute of it but did it anyway! I love him for that. Submitted by his wife: Molly Smith of Elk Grove, CA
This is picture of my mother-in-law Sharon Kramer ( mother to Michael Smith) in 1950 sitting on Santa's lap. I was amazed that she would even sit on his lap considering how creepy he looks. The throne he's sitting on looks like it came straight off a set for a horror film. The doll's head peaking out is a nice touch too! This was taken in LA where she grew up.
"Santa taking a break" I took this photo 3 years ago at a local garden store. I took my grandchildren to see Santa. It was not busy when we arrived and Santa did not have any visitors. I thought it was so cute that he was napping. I like the empty glass in his hand. He was a great Santa with a real beard. He gave the kids a tour of the garden and really interacted with them.
My name is Sharen Standish from Sacramento CA. This is a photo of me on Santa's lap this year. It was taken on Dec 13, 2014 at the welcome center in El Dorado Hills. The photo was taken by Capital City Imaging. I took this picture because I am in the middle of chemotherapy treatments for cancer. I had been in hospital recently and this was one of the days I was feeling good. I wanted a way to enjoy the holiday season and not think about cancer. I love Christmas time and I felt it was a perfect way to celebrate my blessing of health and happiness, if only for a moment. Less than a week later I lost my hair and now I have a great picture to remember it.
Reagan in Dec 2011 at the Fashion Valley Mall (photo taken by Mall elves) in San Diego. She was 17 months old at the time.
photo is of Reagan's little brother Teddy in Dec 2013 at the same Fashion Valley Mall (photo taken by Mall elves). Teddy was 8 months old at the time.
Lucy Sky is 5.5mos old and had her first experience with Santa yesterday 12/21/14 at the Arden Fair Mall. By the look of the picture, you know she loved him! We were so excited to get such a great picture after waiting in a line that was longer than most Disneyland rides! I told my husband that we have many many more years of this to come. I know some years we won't be as lucky as we were this year but I am going to enjoy every second of it while we can. Right before this picture was taken she had a staring contest with Santa for a moment and then turned and smiled. It was amazing.
This photo was taken at Bullock's Department Store in about 1954. My father worked for Bullock's in downtown Los Angeles where this was taken. Santa looks great. I'm trying to look happy, but real more terrified. Elizabeth Rice Stevens
Finley Holland was less than pleased to meet Santa Claus at a Christmas party in Sacramento, California. The picture was taken in December of 2014 and Finley was then 15 months old. She is a really sweet, loving and very funny baby who laughs with glee when playing with her older sisters and family. Her mama Katie took this picture of Finley.
Photo, taken in 2003 at a local shopping mall, is of our grandchildren, Vincent (age 6), and his sisters Noelle (age 3) and Annie (age 1). Vincent was told by his parents that if he was a good boy, then Santa would surely bring him what he wanted for Christmas. His little sisters were obviously not convinced!
In photo: Logan and his friend, Joaquin I am a teacher and each year we have a Santa's breakfast at my school, so I took my boy. He was having a great time until I took him up to see Santa. He wanted nothing to do with the man in red! Despite tears and a tantrum, we got a quick picture and then left. The next day we went to ride the Santa train out in Rancho Cordova. He loves trains and his best friend, Joaquin, was there, so I was certain he would have a better time with this Santa . . . That was our second fail. I am not one to give up and I was hoping third time would be a charm and took him to the mall. The mall was an epic fail as well! As soon as I put him in Santa's lap, the tears started. Oh well, there's always next year! My name: Sarah Phenix In photo: Logan and his friend, Joaquin
In photo: Logan and his friend, Joaquin I am a teacher and each year we have a Santa's breakfast at my school, so I took my boy. He was having a great time until I took him up to see Santa. He wanted nothing to do with the man in red! Despite tears and a tantrum, we got a quick picture and then left. The next day we went to ride the Santa train out in Rancho Cordova. He loves trains and his best friend, Joaquin, was there, so I was certain he would have a better time with this Santa . . . That was our second fail. I am not one to give up and I was hoping third time would be a charm and took him to the mall. The mall was an epic fail as well! As soon as I put him in Santa's lap, the tears started. Oh well, there's always next year!
I am a teacher and each year we have a Santa's breakfast at my school, so I took my boy. He was having a great time until I took him up to see Santa. He wanted nothing to do with the man in red! Despite tears and a tantrum, we got a quick picture and then left. The next day we went to ride the Santa train out in Rancho Cordova. He loves trains and his best friend, Joaquin, was there, so I was certain he would have a better time with this Santa . . . That was our second fail. I am not one to give up and I was hoping third time would be a charm and took him to the mall. The mall was an epic fail as well! As soon as I put him in Santa's lap, the tears started. Oh well, there's always next year!
Tara not too happy - was taken December 1985 when our daughter was almost two. This was taken at one of the Santa greetings at a mall in Fremont, CA. Although we can tell Tara isn’t happy, the look on Santa’s face is priceless too. Tara, now at 30 years old and expecting her first baby next May, I just wonder what her baby will be like next December! J Those are my two favorites out of all the ones I’ve kept and framed and show them off each December. Lanette Stratton Lincoln, CA
photo – was taken December 1990. This is Tara, a bit older, our son Daniel and the dog Cody. This was taken at a pet store in Fremont, CA. What makes this one special is that Cody is smiling. He was a dog that would smile on command and this day was no different. Those are my two favorites out of all the ones I’ve kept and framed and show them off each December. Lanette Stratton Lincoln, CA
Photo taken December 18th 2014 at Sunrise Mall This was nine-month-old William's first time meeting Santa, and he didn't quite know what to expect. His look captures his expression of "who exactly is this?" and "what am I doing here?" at the same time.
. The picture is of my brother Nate in 1979 & his son Conner in 2014. The pictures are taken at the exact same place, The Old Auburn Hotel, which is now the Promenade in Auburn. The uncanny resemblance in this picture is hilarious to our family and friends. The apple obviously doesn't fall far from the tree. :)
Photo #1 - Baxter (Chihuahua, age 2 in photo) sits on Santa's lap at PetSmart in Sacramento in 2009.
Landon (age 2 in photo) meets Santa with great displeasure at the Enchanted Images Photography Studio in Roseville. Photo taken in 2012.
My name is Gil Tisnado. Attached is a photo of me portraying Santa at my daughter's Christmas dance recital in December 2013. The photographer's name is Bill Kizer. Sorry, the baby's name is unknown. Obviously, she was not a happy camper and left the premises as soon as possible.
My name is Treven Dunning, from Sacramento. My dog's name is Logan and he really didn't like having the Christmas hat on. This was taken Sunday, Dec. 14th at Arden Animal Hospital on Fulton Ave. This was a fund raiser for UC Davis' veterinary service for the pets of the homeless. Unfortunately I don't know who Santa is nor who the photographer was,
This photo was taken on December 11, 2014 before the Polar Express ride at the Railroad Museum in Old Sac. Noah is 3 1/2 and was too frightened last year to see Santa. The only photo I was able to get last year was him hiding behind my legs so I was kind of nervous walking to the theatre to see Santa before our train ride. I asked Noah if he wanted to see Santa and he hesitantly said yes. While crossing the street he said he changed his mind. I asked if we could go into the theatre just to look at Santa so imagine my surprise when we walked in and he not only ran to Santa, but gave him a big hug. This photo makes my heart happy.
Kaitlyn is on Santa's lap, and he had to hold her arms in because she wanted to reach toward us to take [rescue] her. Picture was taken December 18, 2007, when she was 2 years old.
Even a roll of candies for each hand doesn't bribe twins Ruth and Elizabeth Hobbs to like Santa Clause. Santa came to visit City Hall in a sleigh drawn by horses (the reindeer were resting for Christmas eve) during a snow storm, but by the time the picture was taken most of the snow had melted off the steps. Picture taken by unknown photographer for the Queen City Mail, local newspaper, in Spearfish South Dakota December, 1950. Coats and dresses hand made by Grandmother, Eva Quimby Fuller. The Quimby / Shars came to South Dakota via a wagon train to claim a land grant which later became part of Spearfish.
Carter , and Santa Claus. Carter is 20 months old and this is his 2nd time meeting Santa. As you can see, he was none too pleased to be sitting on Santa's lap. My wife Emily and I went to the Roseville mall on December 14th to have Carter's picture taken. We got to the mall at 8:45 am and the line was already 30 families long. After a 60 minute wait, we approached next in line. The line wraps around behind where Santa sits, so Carter did not see the other children go up to sit on his lap, so when we came around the corner and he laid eyes on Santa for the first time, he had no idea what was in store. He even gave Santa a high five when prompted and smiled all the way up until I dropped him into Santa's arms and the fearful look on his face appeared. As Carter clutched my arms to hold on to me, and then tried to get off of Santa's lap during the snapping of the pictures, Santa let me know that Carter is much stronger that I was at that age, and reminded me that I too cried and thrashed about during my second time on his lap all those years ago.
Dec. 2001 in a Cincinnati, Ohio department store. Daniel was one, Madison was three and Brianna was five.
Matthew and Sam were at Arden Fair mall Dec 1995 in Sacramento. This photo goes up every Christmas for sure!
These are my 19 month old twins Maddie and Hank visiting with Santa. Can you tell they LOVED IT! Hahahahaha. I got them all dressed up and they were having fun playing with Santa. They of course lost it when it came to sitting on his lap. Just love the classic kid screaming on Santa's lap and times 2 in our case!
This is Riley from Roseville, CA. This picture was taken November 17, 2014 at the Roseville Galleria. Riley has fairly severe stranger anxiety, as evidenced by the picture. I, her mother, was standing by the camera trying to calm her down to no avail. She was 10 months old in the picture. It took approximately 50 minutes to finally get her calmed down after this picture. My family considers these Santa pictures a "right of passage." Merry Christmas!
2 year old Addyson She's just starting to understand what Christmas entails; Christmas tree, reindeer, snowman, presents...& Santa. She was excited to see Santa, but only from afar.
My husband Matt (her father) & I decided to take Savannah for her first picture with Santa this year at almost 15 months old. We didn't take her last year when she was 3 months old, so this was somewhat of a milestone. We didn't know what to expect. This was taken on Sat Dec 6, 2014 a couple weeks ago at the Rocklin Tree Lighting event.
1 month old Taylor Quinn on her first visit with Santa. Santa shushes her to sleep. Picture taken with Santa on 12-8-2014
Jason and Lucas Little one Lucas can sleep anywhere - we have a whole album of him sleeping random places from laundry baskets to picnic benches when he's tired ... Nothing stops his nap !! Sunrise Mall Citrus Heights dec 2012
This picture was taken at the Sunrise Mall, December 6, 2014. Bradley and Nolan are wearing their matching Christmas pajamas. Neither of them are fans of santa, so we decided it would be best to get in line a few minutes before santa arrived. Both boys wore the saddest faces amongst all the cheerful children in line. My husband and I peeled both clinging boys off of us and put them on Santa's lap. As you can see, Santa had to use quite a grip to hold Bradley down. We will be saving this photo for the girlfriend file.