Mayhem was so excited to meet a new friend in the neighborhood last week. Finally … a girl her age! We found out her family lives just around the block from us and we exchanged contact information with her parents.
Mayhem has been itching to have a play date and would gladly jump out of a plane if this new friend invited her to go skydiving. Or better yet, run across hot coals, a la firewalk! So when Keith mentioned that the new friend’s dad emailed about getting together this weekend, Mayhem nearly came unglued.
Until Keith explained the invitation.
Brunch with Santa!
Mayhem raised her eyebrows and threw some serious side-eye his way.
Interpretation: Ummm … that’s gonna be a hard pass.
I laughed. Because we’ve turned down approximately ten invitations to events this year (some of them very cool events) due to Mayhem’s aversion to Santa Claus. Brunch with Santa, Tea with Santa, Breakfast with Santa, Swanky hotel visit where Santa visits your room to tuck you in (<— that one actually is really creepy), and the list goes on and on.
Mayhem is legitimately creeped out by Santa Claus. She likes the idea of Santa, and she doesn’t mind seeing him in movies or in books, or even the the collection of Santas that we’ve been gifted over the past several years. But IRL (in real life) Santa … ?
Completely terrifying to her.
She happily reminded us about last year. Because last year Keith and I finally convinced her to meet a mall Santa. She had never done it (she’s ALWAYS had this aversion) and we really thought it might be a good experience for her to chat with Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. We did NOT however, make her sit on his lap. Because she didn’t want to. And I’m good with my kid not wanting to sit on strangers’ laps. So she stood next to him (with Keith right beside her for support) and talked to him. And as we left, she declared that she’d never do that again. Because, “That was creepy!”
It’s all good. We’ll find another time to meet up with the new friend. And to be perfectly honest, I’m glad to see that she’s not giving into the peer pressure 😉