See, they've always been told that they get OUT of the picture when they have a new baby to sit on Santa's lap and start their own little tradition. But this year, Hannah is married, and with their baby not coming until March - - who should be in the picture???
There were those who felt that Hannah's husband Andrew should not be subjected to the humiliation of the Santa picture, and then those who felt that hey, joining this family means all kinds of humiliation, and he might as well get used to it. I don't think Andrew really cared one way or the other - - at least he didn't vocalize it if he did.
As we discussed this Very Important Family Business, my mind started projecting outward several years - - and I could come up with Santa picture situations even MORE awkward than the current one. And really, if you decide not to get married young for whatever reason, should you be required by your mother to show up at age 25 (30? 35? 50?) to sit with Santa for a picture?
With a little (a lot of) sadness, we decided this tradition had run its course, and as Mimi's last year at home, this would be the Year of the Final Santa Picture.
And so with a little *sniff*, I give you- the very first (polaroid), and the very last (digital) Santa Pictures: