santaphotosUS (12/7/2013) — The holiday season means it's time once again for parents to take their youngsters to visit Santa Claus. Pictures with little boys and girls lining up in their dress clothes with Santa are a holiday tradition, and youngsters are often anxious for their chances to share their Christmas gift wishes with the jolly man in red.

But as integral as such photo sessions are to the holiday season, parents know they are one crying fit or meltdown away from having this tradition turn into trouble. After waiting in long lines to see Santa, it's understandable when everyone's patience starts to wear thin. The combination of antsy children and aggravated adults could set off a chain reaction that culminates in tear-stained cheeks and a sullied holiday memory. Pictures with Santa can go much more smoothly when you employ the following tips.

* Prep children. While kids may love the idea of Santa, youngsters face to face with a man in a red suit and a big, white beard may be nervous. Begin talking up Santa a few months before Christmas, mentioning how nice and friendly he is. Gauge how kids act around costumed performers at fairs, circuses and birthday parties and help them grow accustomed to people in costumes. If costumes elicit screams of horror, wait another year before seeing Santa.

* Visit during off-peak hours. Weekends and evenings are the busiest times to visit Santa. This means long lines and longer wait times. Instead of dealing with the masses, try to get to the mall when the doors first open. Otherwise, let the children skip a day of school and visit during the week when the lines are shorter.

* Consider another venue. Many different places of business host events where kids can meet Santa. Families may be able to share a meal with Santa at a restaurant or visit him at a nursery while selecting Christmas trees. A different environment may be less intimidating to children and take the pressure off waiting in line in a busy mall.

* Go well-fed. There's little worse than waiting in line and doing so hungry. Hunger pangs can turn even the most placid child into a menace. Pack snacks to enjoy while waiting. Opt for items that will not stain lips and teeth or drip onto clothing.

* Make it a family photo. Sometimes the only way to entice a little one to take a picture with Santa is to provide some added security. Dress your best and be prepared to have to step in and cozy up to Santa to ensure your child is all smiles.

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 18,232.02
-53.72 (-0.29%)    
2 S&P 2,126.06
-4.76 (-0.22%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,089.36
0.00 (0.00%)    

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 6912

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 6554

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 6226

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 4064

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3469

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10647

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7475

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 25, 2015 2861

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 1631

UPDATE - MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 24, 2015 1334

MCC's Felicia Johnson Receives State KCTCS Award

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 1133

'Cooking for the Cure' Fundraiser Brings Out…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1090

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News
May 24, 2015 771

Reading Solutions Offers Students a Hand in…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 749

Damascus Road House Leads Young People to Christ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 682

Seniors Celebrate with Cook-out, Games, Fellowship

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 24, 2015 674

Caldwell County Native Helping Unwrap Secrets of…

by Whitney Harder
May 24, 2015 561

Prosecutors from Kentucky, Tennessee to Attend…

by Leland Hulbert