Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Visit With Santa


I finally took my daughter to see Santa Claus last week. For the past month or so, she's been asking for a "big girl bicycle," so this was her chance to discuss it with the big man himself.

My not-typically-shy child got very quiet when she saw him. I suppose he is a rather imposing figure when you meet him in person. Thankfully, there weren't many people waiting in line on a Wednesday morning, so Santa was able to take some time to talk to her and make her feel comfortable. In fact, they shared some sort of secret whisper-talk, and I have no idea what actually transpired. But she seemed happy, and finally got to ask for her "big girl bicycle."

Santa has sent her a couple of messages via video, so she knows that in order to qualify for the bicycle, she needs to be a good girl and eat all of her food (my daughter barely eats enough to keep a small bird alive). It's a tough assignment, but she's working on it.

It helps to have a little push from Santa.

I'm pretty sure that a big girl bicycle will be waiting for her under the tree on Christmas morning.

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Photo by whoever the photo people are at the mall, December 15, 2010.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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12 comments:

Kristin said...

i used to eat like that. i got over it. i know she will enjoy her bike!

Lori said...

Oh Elizabeth, what a lovely photograph and a beautiful post. This will be a precious memory for her. Please post a picture of her with her gift from Santa.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

@Kristin, I used to eat like that, and I still do!

@Lori, I'll do that. If she gets a big girl bicycle, that is. ;-)

Janice Tracy said...

Precious photo, Elizabeth! She is so beautiful. I will watch for that after Christmas photo with the big girl bicycle. And by the way, I always enjoy your posts! Thank you for reading mine.

dee-burris said...

Oh what a lovely little girl!

I bet she tries real hard to clean her plate for the next few days...

Greta Koehl said...

Santa has helped us negotiate quite a few behavior issues. She is so beautiful in that picture, and you can tell Santa is really getting a kick out of it, too. The best memories....

by Teresa said...

Hi Elizabeth, your daughter is adorable! Neat Santa too. I guess you need to start training your husband to go buy you some surprises! :-)

My granddaughters won't try ANYTHING new to eat and will hardly eat anything. It's a bummer for me to see them eat frozen chicken tenders every meal. ::sigh::

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Michelle Goodrum said...

That's an adorable picture with Santa. I'm sure she will work hard to earn her big girl bicycle! Would love to see the expression on her face on Christmas morning!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks for your kind words, everyone. Unfortunately, we're all sick here (probably something we picked up in the ER last week when my husband was treated for food poisoning), so preparations for Santa are not going very well. Thankfully, my daughter seems to be feeling better than any of us, and is EATING her food! Looks like the big girl bicycle might be on it's way after all! :-)

Heather Rojo said...

I love your photo! Tucked amongst our Christmas things I found a folder with six photos of our daughter with Santa. They ranged from "too young to remember" to "too old to really believe anymore". I think the best ones were the ones taken just about your daughter's age when a visit to Santa was full of magic and wonder.

Janice said...

Elizabeth,

What a lovely Christmas photo. My parents never took one of me sitting or even standing with Santa. And to be honest I don't remember ever sitting on Santa's lap.

Merry Christmas, and be happy the picture didn't turn out like one of these!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SPMMod66XA

Janice

Barbara Poole said...

I loved the photos Elizabeth. And as I write this, I do know she received her "Big Girl Bike," so I know Santa was listening. I sure hope you had an enjoyable Christmas, and may you have a fabulous 2011 (and to attend all the DAR and genealogy related conferences your little heart desires)!