The mall Santa photo... 2016 edition January 15, 2017 00:00

Screaming-baby-with-santa-Oh-Snap!-Photography-by-David-Bean

Every year around the holidays parents and children stream to local malls to get their photo taken with Santa. This tradition has been around as long as I can remember. With kids dressed in their designer duds and parents on-the-go, sweating in heavy coats, stress creasing their foreheads as they try to endure the proceedings. Usually the outcome is a slightly grainy, overly cerise looking image of a mildly entertained kid, to be stored away for years to come.

This year I noticed something new. This year there seemed to be a HUGE number of people who proudly shared photos of their kids in great distress with Santa. As it continued I started to get curious. Were people doing it on purpose? Was it the Christmas 2016 meme to have your kid screaming their head off with Santa uncomfortably hovering to the side?

While at the mall I tried to scope it out. It seemed that at least 30% of the parents were incredibly entertained by their screaming child, and another 30% were simply out of ideas to fix it. So I welcome your thoughts and insights... What drove this trend (if in fact that's what it was)? I can't deny that I saw a couple hilarious shots of angry babies, but did parents truly embrace this trend or was it simply a case of holiday exhaustion being turned into comedy? Either way, hopefully you used an eco-friendly / green mindset when shopping this holiday season!

(A special thanks to Oh Snap! Photography by David Bean for the photo).