When the BossLady and I were growing up, there was no Santa Claus.
Being children of immigrants, we both grew up believing that Santa was this great urban myth created by white people (like yetis, the Easter Bunny, alligators in the sewers, and affordable child care.) I think my parents even told me that Santa only visited the white kids. And it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if I ever learned that BossLady's parents had taught her that Santa was a pagan devil!
Now I ain't complaining but, needless to say, when BossLady and I were children, there were no trips to the mall to tell Santa what we wanted. We never visited any indoor Winter carnivals. We never went to Sears for a family holiday portrait. We never had Christmas trees, egg nog, or colorful fir wreaths adorning our front doors.
Anyone know how to say "bah humbug" in Korean?
Anyway, it's only natural now that my beautiful wife and I, being second-generation citizens of this great country, would like to assimilate our daughter into some of the more traditional American aspects of Christmas. And whereas I have chosen to pursue this goal by hauling giant Christmas trees into my apartment and elaborately decorating them with tinsel, my wife has selected a far different way to celebrate Christmas with our daughter.
She just wants a photo of the Peanut sitting on Santa's lap.
That's it. She couldn't care less about any other aspect related to Christmas. In fact, she believes that there's too much materialism involved with Christmas as it is. But for some reason, she's insistent that, every year for the rest of our lives, the ONE thing that we absolutely MUST do to celebrate the holidays is get a photo of Peanut and Santa together. In my wife's mind, capturing that photo represents all that a normal American Christmas should be.
So on Saturday morning, we're waking up early in order to head down to the World Financial Center, where (in true NY fashion) they're having a joint Chanukah, Kwanzaa, & Christmas festival for the kids. I love my wife immensely so I'm just going along for the ride and to provide some moral support.
But, man, I sure hope it goes better than last year...
Full report (and hopefully photos) to follow later.