SANTA Claus usually spreads Christmas cheer, but for some children the holiday tradition of posing for a photo with the big hairy man in red is a recurring annual nightmare.
Suzie Grecia, husband Brett and daughters Eloise, 3, and Abigail, 11 months, were one of the many families who queued to see Santa at Westfield Chermside, in Brisbane’s north, yesterday.
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“It was Abigail’s first time visiting Santa and we knew we’d have trouble because she gets upset whenever anyone other than her father and I hold her,” Mrs Grecia said.
“She was as happy as Larry in her stroller while we were waiting and everyone kept saying we were going to get a great photo, but we knew better.”
“She was fine once she was back in my arms, but was very wary of Santa after that,” she said.
“I went over to thank him after Eloise had a couple of photos by herself and Abigail gave me this look that seemed to say ‘please don’t give me back to him’.
“Eloise was fine – she got to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas.”
Brendan and Rebecca Cronin had tried their best to prepare daughters Penelope, 2, and Ivy, seven months, for their Santa visit – but it was to no avail.
“During the past few weeks, whenever we went to the shopping centre we’d take them closer and closer to Santa, bit by bit,” Mr Cronin said.
Nikki Kinnear said she was a little unsure how her 11-week-old son Cameron would fair in his debut on Santa’s lap.
“He’s so young and isn’t normally around strangers but once he had his dummy, we were able to get some good photos,” she said.