The song says “you better not cry, you better not pout,” but let’s be honest – those reactions can be somewhat common when it comes to taking a child’s photo with Santa.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this weekend, Dec. 6-7, and next weekend, Dec. 13-14, you can bring your kids to visit jolly St. Nick at several Walmart stores. Our photo department associates will be there to take pictures, and you can pick up your free 5x7 copy after you’re done with your shopping.
So, how can you ensure your child’s moment with Mr. Claus is frame-worthy? Click here to find a participating store, and then consider these tips to get ready beforehand.
- Prepare. Talk to your kids at least a day before the visit. Show them photos of their friends or relatives with Santa, and talk about how much fun it will be to share their Christmas wishes in person. Choose your words carefully: Making comments such as “don’t be scared” may have the opposite effect!
- Dress for the occasion. When you think about using the photo for your Christmas cards, or even just having it around as a memory for years to come, it makes sense to be selective about clothing (for example, avoid T-shirts with logos).
- Be flexible. Try not to show up with great expectations of how perfect your photo will be. Candid moments sometimes make the best pictures.
- Don’t forget your wish list. When your kids bring in their written letter or wish list to hand to Santa, it’s a moment that helps break the ice and allows for a natural interaction between the two.
- Bring supplies. Have snacks, toys or even a favorite teddy bear handy to help ease fears and make a timid child more comfortable.
- Be ready to distract. If there were ever a time to act silly behind the camera, it’s now. Once you drop your child off on Santa’s lap, do what you can to ensure you’re still visible so your child feels secure.
- Have fun! Remember – they are kids, after all, and this shouldn’t be stressful. Keep a positive and upbeat attitude, and you’re even more likely to have great results.