Yesterday morning around 10:30 a.m., we dutifully stood in line with our two kids waiting for Santa (and his photographer colleagues) to arrive at the Pentagon City Mall. At 11 a.m., on the nose, he arrived, cheerful and ready to work. The line of well-dressed eager children erupted into laughter and excitement. He greeted each child (at least 20 or so), shook their hands and asked their names. He did this for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, no photographer, no cashier. Just Santa and his fans. Finally, around 11:15, he offered that he was ready to go to work and any parents who had cameras and didn’t mind taking their own pictures could go ahead. We, having waited a long time with squirmy kids, jumped at the opportunity. Santa got in his chair, extended his arms and engaged with our kids, asking them their wishes for Christmas. He took extra time to pose for as many shots as we wanted. It couldn’t have gone better! Then, he gave our kids their Christmas crowns and we were on our merry way, 20 or so pictures logged into our camera.
I write this only to express my thanks to the Pentagon City Santa for his good cheer, professionalism and prioritization around the kids over commercialism. As we left the mall around 11:30, it appeared the photographers still hadn’t arrived and Santa was working hard! If anyone knows a way we can communicate our appreciation to the mall/his company, please post here. Thanks!
That’s a great story. Thanks for sharing it and thanks to the generous and compassionate Santa.
I would call the information desk at the mall to get in contact with the santa or how to reach him
Simon manages the mall FYI. The website has a contact sheet but it’s not mall-specific, but I’m sure they’d love to hear about it.
I noticed a car parked right by the entrance to the food court with plates “SANTA.” Heh.
Yea I saw that too. It was a beat up Toyota Solara with a snowflake hood ornament. Awesome!
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