Nate and I make a quick stop at the mall this morning and I circled around so we could walk by Santa Claus. I wanted to see how he would respond after crying with Santa just last night. His reaction -- none; he didn't look Santa's way. But I'm glad I did because I got to see the cutest group of 10 4-year olds get their picture taken with St. Nick. They had walked across the street with their 3 teachers from the Burbank YMCA Daycare and they took the sweetest group picture you've ever seen. Central casting couldn't have picked a better looking group of kids -- they were such a colorful mix of nationalities that it made me think "God Bless America." And then they all waved goodbye to Santa as they left and Mr. Claus yelled out "I love you" and at that moment, seriously, I almost cried.
In case you're wondering (because an elf practically assaulted me before I could walk away) what it costs these days to sit on Santa's lap for a photo, the lowest priced "Santa and Me" package is $17 for 2 3x5s (includes a $10 giftcard to Shutterfly) and the highest priced package is $49 (whoa) that includes 4 5x7s, 4 3x5s, 8 wallets, a photo on a Flash Drive, a plush toy, and a $20 giftcard to Shutterfly. Really, that's a pretty good deal...if your kid doesn't cry or jump off Santa's lap like mine does.