2009 Battle of the Santas

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It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized not all Santas are equal.  Some look more “realistic”, some are friendlier, and some Santas are set in better locations.

This year, my son and I visited two Santas, and have two pictures to prove it.  He is not yet two, so he hasn’t noticed that small inconsistencies between the plethora of Santas floating around this time of year.  Different colored red suits, or real versus fake beards.  And, why do some Santas where glasses, and some don’t?  Does Santa have contacts that he pops in some mornings?

I came up with a rating system, or “rubric”.  Being a teacher the big professional buzzword is rubric, its basically a scoring system with set guidelines.  Here is a simplified version.

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Points Possible 5 5 5 5 5 5 30
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 Below are my ratings:

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Country Club Plaza 4 5 5 5 5 5 29
Comments Beard was fake, but tummy seemed real! Awesome!

My son loved him.

Even had candy canes and sang songs. We spend two and a half hours warming up to Santa They were very patient (for two and a half hours) $30 got me a picture on a CD and a $20 credit at Shutterfly  

 

Santa’s Location “realistic” appearance

(minus points for fake beard or stuffed belly)

Friendliness of Santa Santa’s ability to stay in character (must use phrases such as “ho, ho, ho” and “have you been good this year?” Time Santa spends with child (including Santa’s patience as child tries to remember what he wants for Christmas) Helpfulness of Santa’s Elves (patience and help getting the perfect child on Santa’s lap pic) Value of Picture Package (cost of pictures and quality of shot, bonus point if they will email the pic to you) Overall Score
Midtown Santa (Santa’s Toy Shoppe) 5 5 5 4 4 4 27
Comments 100% genuine This Santa even has storytime! A little different from the typical character, but still good A little rushed The staff are not professional Elves and struggled a little $15 for one picture with Santa (they said they would email it, but I am still waiting 2 weeks later)  
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