A picture with Santa

I’m 27 years old and I’m seriously considering getting my picture taken with Santa this year. I’ve never done it, and I kind of feel like it might be time. My mom is Jewish*, and while we always had a Christmas tree while I was growing up, and celebrated Christmas with gifts and a big dinner each year, she shunned outward signs of the holiday. We weren’t allowed to put lights on the outside of the house, because she was Jewish (even though you could see the tree through the front window) and she preferred it if we used the the neutral “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” The most ironic part about this is that for years my parents made their living selling instrumental Christmas music. There were never any trips to sit on Santa’s lap, whisper my secret toy desire and pose for a picture. That was too explicitly Christmas-y.

But Santa will be at Reading Terminal Market on December 9th and 16th posing with those who desire a picture, and I’m seriously tempted to walk over there next Saturday and fulfill this childhood wish. For those of you who similarly deprived as a child (or actually have children yourself), Santa will be in the space behind L. Halteman for the next two Saturdays from 12 noon until 2 pm to pose for pictures. Chances are, lines will be long, so it’s best to get there early.

*I do realize that this does make me Jewish as well, but I grew up going to Unitarian churches, so I expected to be Christmassed.

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