For over a month I have been looking forward to taking Ali to visit Santa Claus and getting a picture of them for her first Christmas. Now this is not just any Mall Santa but the REAL Santa at the Mall of America. (For anyone who dares disagree, think about it -- if you were the real Santa wouldn't you go to the biggest mall?) It's after Thanksgiving, he's there, we can go any time, but I am having second thoughts.
My excitement is waning as I look at Ali and know she is not the least bit excited about Santa and Christmas. It started when I was coming up with a plan to get a picture -- one of us was going to tell Santa and the photographer that we were going to place our daughter on Santa's lap and snap a picture before she realized who was holding her (because once she realizes, she will cry).
But in a way, isn't crying expected? In my family alone there are many pictures of small children crying on the big man's lap (some of them are quite funny). Even if we look back at the funny picture years from now, I still feel selfish and bad at the thought of putting Ali through all of this just for a picture. So I ask you -- am I a bad Mommy for taking my child to see Santa?