Sunday, December 02, 2007

Hidden Camera

video

Santa's work day pretty much started like every other work day this time of year. He entered the Willow Grove Mall through the Bloomingdale's second floor entrance and walked down towards the center of the mall. He passed the book store, the sports collectible store and waved to a few children as he headed towards the elevator. One of the kids waving back was Maxfield. Max was excited.

Santa descended the elevator and made his way to the oversized chair under the 30 foot Christmas Tree. The first few visitors to sit on his lap were all well behaved. They were quiet and shy and they were polite. Then my children took their turn.

Around 10:20 am on Saturday 12/1/07 Santa's day started to go downhill.

I am pretty sure Max kicked him in the nuts.

There was sign posted that read "please do not use you own photography equipment". So I used a hidden camera to record the video.

30 comments:

Maddy said...

Ooo dear. I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for, Max or Santa!
Cheers

Anonymous said...

Chestnuts kicked near an open fire.

Anonymous said...

The boys are upset at the sweaters they are wearing.. not at Santa.

Anonymous said...

Ohdear. I've never laughed so hard at terrified children. The camera work definitely adds to the horror movie atmosphere. Poor kids. Poor Santa.
And a related rant: what's up with not wanting you to use your own camera? Last I checked, here the Santas let you do that freely. You could buy their pix, or take your own. It sucks when even Santa gets greedy.

Susie F.

Katrina said...

Not enough money in the world to make me be a mall Santa...but I'm a girl so there's that too.

Poor widdle Max...hope my Max doesn't try to eat Santa's beard.

Steve said...

Santa needs to be paid more money.

Seriously, that was hysterical and worth any legal charges you could have incurred.

Ali said...

I think your blatant disregard for Santa's rules puts you on the naughty list.

eclectic said...

Eeeeeeep! I don't know what kind of background check they put those "mall Santas" through, but if my kids had that much instinctive discomfort with him, I think I'd yank them off his lap before he could say "Kris Kringle." (On the other hand, it was pretty funny...)

iheartchocolate said...

OMG poor, poor Santa.

Great idea to record it secretly though. They will surely enjoy that footage for many years to come!

Sandy said...

oh wow. poor boys!

Circus Kelli said...

Oh no... maybe you shoulda kept that beard a little while longer... ;)

Our two girls were never really afraid of Santa. Buddy, however, isn't too sure about him.

Oh, The Joys said...

Classic!

(And MY what an ACCENT you have!!)

Woman Undone said...

Poor, Poor, Santa. I hope a cup came with the uniform!!!!

Lil Sass said...

William, I am so sorry that my post on Santa Torture was misinterpreted. I put this into the "etherworld" so as to have a discussion about why we do a lot of the holiday traditions that we do! When I said, "until their parents take them to McDonalds" I didn't for ONE SECOND mean you and your wife. I swear to G-O-D! I was trying to convey a message about the Santa lap-trip to the mall in general terms as in "this is what people do". I made NO JUDGMENT about your parenting skills (er, at least that was not my intention). I mean c'mon, I visit your site daily and think you and your family are fabulous. (Am I groveling enough for a sufficient apology?) I will post a formal apology on my blog, promise. Can we make up now?

And by the way, Chik-fil-A was a MUCH better choice ;-)

Tonia said...

I love those pictures of kids screaming with Santa :) I had to laugh!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

Oh no. Talk about lifelong trauma! My kids are 5 and nearly 7 and have yet to sit on Santa's lap. That's because I never tried. We go to the mall and walk by outside the guard rails and wave, that's good enough for them.

Stella said...

Priceless.

I love it.

BOSSY said...

Yup. Bossy can't say it enough: Santa makes little kids cry.

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Yeah, it looks like Max may have jiggled Santa's bells a little.

kalki said...

You do not know the welling of love I have for you for posting this. Seriously hilarious. Rob and I love standing on the second floor balcony-walkway of the mall and watching the Santa area from above. There is no better entertainment than that....(and also not too loud from up there).

Jamie said...

That is too funny! Nice stealth camera work, by the way.

Anonymous said...

This should have been titled the Blair Mill Witch Santa.

www.amazinglygrace.com said...

I will babysit for you anytime.

Qtpies7 said...

Poor little guys! It is a funny video, and I got a laugh out of it. But I don't understand what it is with the need to get pics of kids on Santa's lap. If the kids are scared, what is the point of doing it? I used to do that, I have a screaming with Santa photo, too. I don't do it at all anymore.
Poor kids, "here sit on Santa's lap, you know that man that stealthily sneaks into your home while you are asleep and watches everything you do and knows if you are bad or good or asleep or awake." Nothing like freaking a kid out!

Mainline Mom said...

HA!!!!! THAT IS PRICELESS! Seriously, that's AFV material.

Anonymous said...

LMAO! That's exactly what my oldest daughter did every year. One year, she got so annoyed, she smacked him in the chest! That was the last year she ever had to see Santa. lol

Laura, Vsea

Anonymous said...

here you go, send it to cnn.com

http://www.cnn.com/exchange/ireports/topics/forms/2007/12/santa.lookalikes.html

Golightly said...

Okay, it's a month later and I came back for a visit and found this post. I laughed more than I should to admit. True story.
Unlike anonymous #2 though, I see nothing wrong with those sweaters as displayed here: http://piercebabyproject.blogspot.com/2007/12/another-saturday-and-i-aint-got-no-blog.html
But it would be the best picture as the others presented a look of terror. I was just saying to the Guy I Dig, why do we, as parents, torture our children with Santa's lap? After all, mine loves Santa - from a nice, comfortable, let's-wave-at-him distance.
I'll do it again next year...

Hidden Camera said...

That was really fun! I's do it again. It was really awesome. Anyway let me just share a thought, You can protect yourself from hidden camera sex by making sure of a few things before you engage in the activity.

Fernando Severns said...

I feel sorry for Santa. HAHA. I wonder why the kid was so upset about seeing the Christmas Man. =))