A visit with Santa can go a couple of different ways: either with a happy ending with candy cane in hand, or a young mother scooping up her crying kids from Santa's arms.
My two daughters, Ava, 2, and Emma, 1, recently visited Santa at Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.
At first glance, they were friendly toward Santa. An early Christmas present--bell bracelets to help them remember Santa--were a nice try and kept the girls preoccupied and cordial.
But once it was time to sit on his lap, they weren't having it, and this photo shows!
As classic as these photos come during the holiday season, you will see that Santa is often a favorite until young children actually meet him up close and it gets personal.
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