Kayden was so young last year so I know he didn't remember his real first meeting of the big jolly guy. I thought we'd be going to the pleasanton mall to get the photos done but thankfully our local mall DOES have Santa & my goodness he was is so so very nice! So a couple weeks ago we were wondering the mall & we noticed he was already there, Kayden was definitely not dressed to go see Santa nor was he in that great of a mood so we held off but we stopped just so Kayden could see him & say hi since there was no line. Kayden saw him & my oh so rambunctious boy stopped dead in his tracks, Santa waved hi, Santa smiled & tried to talk to him still nothing he didn't move an inch! Santa even noticed Kayden was stunned. We told Santa we'd be back in a couple weeks. This experience kind of prepared me in the visit that would come soon since not moving isn't really Kayden's nature I knew he'd be even less than thrilled to sit in his lap.
So Greg & I agreed before we went to Disneyland we'd take Kayden to take his Santa pictures. The week came & so did Monday night I got Kayden all dressed up, we watched Santa movies all weekend & Kayden loved them & even said Santa in his own words at one point. We loaded in the car once Greg got home & headed to the mall, Kayden yelled most of the way even with his snack in his hand & a full belly from dinner. We got to Santas seat picked our photo package & Greg placed Kayden on Santa's lap & he SCREAMED! & started to Shake I think even Santa got scared so I went to pick Kayden up we stepped to the side to let some dogs take their Santa photos Kayden of course loved & was thrilled to see the dogs with Santa he ran around the area for a bit then we tried again, He didn't scream but he did start to cry but thankfully the Lady snapped the photo before it got really bad.
I said to Santa maybe next year will be a little better since he'll understand it more & he said "don't count on it." Poor Santa such a nice guy that has kids crying on him all day... I hope he gets paid well 'Tis the Season.