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A Ticklish Situation
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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
December 5, 2019
Loving parents become downright cruel at Christmas time. We take our children and plop them in the lap of some weirdly dressed stranger and then expect them to smile for a photo.
Generation after generation, we take our babies and scare them with this big bearded guy. Lacie wasn't any happier to meet Santa than Jeri was years before.
The first time I saw David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries I loved this part, which I wrote about in my review: We get a tour of Santa's Village, including "vomit corner," and learn about high tech parents who force their kids to sit on Santa's lap to be photographed, even if they're screaming in fright. "It's not about the child or Santa or Christmas or anything but the parents' idea of a world they cannot make work for them."
I laughed at "vomit corner" because I don't remember actually vomiting, but remember being nervous enough, knowing Santa was ahead, to want to vomit!
When I was young, Santaland was on the top floor of Macy*s in San Francisco. And once you confided all your wishes to the big man, you went out the back door to the famous "roof rides," which we looked forward to each year. Best of the roof rides was the big ferris wheel which wasn't particularly big itself, but when you got to the top and looked down, you weren't looking at the roof, but at the street, three or four floors below.
Taking the kids to visit Santa gets easier when the kids get older, because you don't have to lie and tell them about "Santa's helpers" and why there are Santas everywhere. They know the truth and enjoy the fun of just sitting on Santa's lap. Char and I took our kids to visit Santa together.
Of course, the easiest Santa is a home-grown one that the kids understand is not scary.
I can't remember why Walt was dressed as Santa in 1971. Later, in Davis, he dressed as Santa in 2009 to have photos taken with dogs at Petco. Even dogs are nervous around Santa!
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