Her Bad Mother

Friday, December 15, 2006

Why I Will Be Receiving A Small Lump Of Coal On Xmas Morning

We interrupt this week's ongoing tidings of comfort and joy to bring you this moment of yuletide trauma:

Does she weep because her mother has abandoned her to the clutches of a fat, bearded old man in a stupid outfit, or because she is being forced to endure tacky white leather furniture in a Santa Castle that looks like the lobby of a Motel 6 in Vegas? You decide.


If you would prefer to have your spirits lifted and your heart tugged, you can find my sister's beautiful note of thanks to you all for having such big hearts HERE.


You still have all weekend to bid raffle tickets over at Her Bad Auction. You didn't know that spreading the love was such fun, did you? (And, again, do let me know if you have written a post about it or put up a button. I want to thank everyone properly.)

Her Bad Auction


Blogger Laural Dawn said...

I'm so glad you got the picture. That is hilarious. I'm not sure which is funnier - her screaming or the grimace on Santa's face.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Ha, you and Metrodad have some notes to compare. These are always the best photos anyway - smiling kid on santa's lap? Feh. Cliche.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

That is soooo cute! There's no vanilla about Wondergirl - no reading between the lines required.

So Wondergirl, what do you REALLY think about Santa????

8:30 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

That is soooo cute! There's no vanilla about Wondergirl - no reading between the lines required.

So Wondergirl, what do you REALLY think about Santa????

8:30 PM  
Blogger DD said...

Maybe Santa is jealous of her minx trimmed jeans in the very fashionable au natural color.

I agree: everyone enjoys these pictures (except the children when you are showing them to the new boyfriend when she's 16).

8:33 PM  
Blogger moplans said...

That's a classic. I have a similar shot from last year but this year K was totally into santa.
Better luck next year?

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwww every kid goes through it!

Next year will be better!

8:37 PM  
Blogger The Domesticator said...

Ooooohhhhhhh!!! Poor little darling! :)
At least she has some very stylin' jeans on! Wow, I want them for myself...sorry, I digress....

I have not one pic of any of my kids on Santa's lap. Why? Because they cried just at the SIGHT of the man, never mind getting close enough to touch him....

8:41 PM  
Blogger Mocha said...

I'd like an 8x10 glossy, please?

How many times do I have to pronounce my love for you? One hundred? I think I'm on my way.

I love you.


9:37 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Poor santa. He looks like a man whose hearing and/or feelings are far too sensitive for that job.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

No wonder I love Wonderbaby so much. Not only does she rock the hats, but she looks just like my Fric did when I took her for her first Santa visit.

And last Santa visit, I might add.

And while your Santa Castle might resemble Motel 6, my Santa looked like a pedophile off of America's Most Wanted.

These are memories I will cherish forever...

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the santa photo! So much more fun than the standard fare!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Love it! I promise, she will love it when she's old enough to know better.

That picture just sealed the deal. This weekend I am introducing Chicky to Santa, tears be damned.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it wrong that that picture makes me laugh hysterically?

11:16 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Oh, excellent. Love the expression and the pants.

We didn't even try to find Santa this year.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

But has she noticed her fabulous pants? No one who wears such awesome pants should ever be sad!

Actually, I constantly wonder how Santa, who scares the hell out of all children, remains in such demand...

12:36 AM  
Blogger Alex Elliot said...

We have one like that with my older son and the Easter Bunny! I have an auction button up on my blog. Best of luck!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Ha, that looks like our picture from last year. It's funny that some kids freak and others love it.

1:46 AM  
Blogger mo-wo said...

it IS the sofa/chair.. what is up with that!

2:12 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Vegas Santa?!? No wonder she cried. But she's still damn cute even in distress.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least your dad didn't decide he wanted to be in the picture with his grandbaby. And at least it wasn't the day that despite your protests he left the house wearing too tight sweatpants so that now you have a picture of your Dad's junk perfectly accentuated by his sweats in addition to your baby crying on Santa's lap.
Not that I'm bitter.

9:31 AM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I love this, how she looks so angry (despite her sassy fur-trimmed pants!) and Santa just looks like, "Oh, great, another one. It's been like this all freaking day and I need a drink."

And HBM? I was hoping those items would speak other people's language too so they can get lots of bidding action!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

We're going to attempt this on Monday, hopefully there won't be too much of a crowd. I'm thinking KayTar isn't going to care for it much, she'll probably be about as happy as WonderBaby. *lol*

Vegas Santa? The craziness!

1:23 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Love it!

You want to know something funny? The photo with Santa didn't even occur to me until I saw you and Metro Dad today. Judging from Peanut and WonderBaby, I better get the idea out of my mind.

2:07 PM  
Blogger urban-urchin said...

awesome! when my oldest was 2 we waited in line to see santa for an hour only to have her scream at the top of her lungs and run away. the next year she still wanted to see him, but not sit on his lap.. it wan't until 4 that she would sit on his lap again...

2:29 PM  
Blogger the mystic said...

Oh how I love these pictures! Every time I see them I'm filled with regret that I neglected to traumatize my own children in this way... what was I thinking????

4:34 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

Poor Wonderbaby! But such a hysterical picture for you to hang on to! heh heh

Poor Santa looks like he could use a strong drink. Or two. Can you even imagine doing this all day?

Oh, and love WB's pants. Very chic.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fantastic! you guys will get many laughs together with that picture over the years :) i havent braved the santa scene with BT yet ... i dont think there is an elf or santa alive thats ready for him to be honest!
im sorry i wasnt in time to contribute to the auction myself ...but i had a chance to do my post finally and please pass along big hugs and christmas wishes to all of your family and especially Tanner.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love it - what a memory!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I put up the link to HBA today. Sorry to be so late but perhaps you'll pick up a few more people.

Best wishes - Muscular Dystrophy runs through my sons' dad/s family. I know all too well what it can do.


6:27 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

That link doesn't work.

Trying Again

No matter - the important thing was to get in there - not the post itself.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

My oldest daughter sat on Santa's lap for the first time in her life this year. She's seven. I have many, many photos of her weeping and running away from Santa...

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the photo, but especially the fur-trimmed pants. Wondergirl is a fashion-forward little tot, isn't she. Love the droopy wreath thingie in the background, too. That just screams "Christmas" to me.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Scribbit said...

I can't decide if it's pathetic and heart-wrenching or just really funny and cute but I love the picture.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it wrong that I still think she's adorable even though she's crying so hard she's turning red? I only have one photo of Nathan on Santa's lap, taken the year he turned one. After that, he became terrified of anyone in any kind of costume (Chuck E. Cheese, the Mickey Mouse who we stood in line for two hours at Disney World to see, etc.) This year I'm hoping to get all three of them in a photo with Santa, with hopefully no crying.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Crunchy Carpets said...

Being that last year I had to sit with Caity...we haven't done the photos yet.

She wanted nothing to do with him at the breakfast either.

I am TRYING to bid on things at the Auction...but Paypal and I are having a bit of a war right now.

Fingers crossed.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Amy Jo said...

At least Wonder Baby has some kicky boots!

I have a button and post over at the Cheese Party, but you've been there already, so you probably know that!

I got my bids in yesterday!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that is priceless. I love it when parents get pictures like that -- it truly does capture the essence of parenting.

Our Christmas card last year was of Julia and Oliver infront of a festive holiday backdrop, cuddled into one another, screaming their bloody heads off.

3:32 PM  
Blogger liz said...

Oh. My. God. That picture is amazing. Truly priceless.

Someday, WonderBaby will either laugh very hard or cry even harder!

Henry was entirely perplexed by his meeting with Santa. Next year? I'm sure he'll wail. I'm considering myself warned.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

I know - it's totally incomprehensible how someone with such great pants could be sad. I tried to explain this to her, but she wasn't having it.

7:32 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

My girls have NEVER gone remotely close to santa. I love that shot. Sadly, WB does not,at this point see the humour, the complete irony of the moment. But we do, and we love her all the more for it.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol...We have a couple shots like that lurking around in some photo envelope. It's like a parenting rite of passage.

But seriously, where did you find this particular Santa and his interior design-challenged lair? Because it really does look like a Motel 6 lobby in Vegas...rofl

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOOK AT HIS BIG WHITE CLAWS!!! HE'S MAULING HER!!!!! Santa Claws aside, tee hee, this is the best Santa picture everrrr. Everrrrr.

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too cute!!!!

(from a new reader who bid what little she could in the auction!)

8:47 AM  
Blogger Elleoz said...

Love Love LOVE the picture. My fave pics of my kids are the ones that show them upset. Reminds me that the good times are that much sweeter.

I wanted to say that you are doing for your nephew is so amazing. I can't wait to see who won what.

Happy Click & Comment Monday!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Thanks Elleoz! But I can't take credit for the auction - it was the brainchild of Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored and Julie of Mothergoosemouse (helped out by all manner of awesome blogger firends, listed over at the auction site!)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Run ANC said...

Love it! The Boy looked just as unhappy last year. I didn't have the heart to do it again this year...

11:40 AM  
Blogger OhTheJoys said...

This photo is 4,000 times better than if she had smiled!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Crazy or not, I absolutely love the pictures of my girls screaming on Santa's lap. They're much more intersting than the one's where they show little or no emotion - that's for sure. You and WonderBaby will treasure this picture for years to come!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Love the picture! And it's just one more way Wonderbaby is exerting her world domination - I have a feeling that Santa may never be the same again. Judging by the look on his face, he may give up Santa entirely! :)

That will be a great picture to show her prom date someday.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Awww, cute little punkin. Looks like Wonderbaby's got some powerful lungs, though! But I really think it's because of the decor - I mean, who was the set designer for the Santa picture?

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is one evil-looking Santa. I think he needs a little TLC from Mrs. Claus to put a smile on his face again.

It hasn't gotten much better for us. Tacy and CJ sit there stone-faced, and every year I have to hold one or the other on my lap.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was not brave enought to take my little Isa to see Santa this year...maybe next year.

But Wonderbaby will sure have some laughs when she is older and sees this picture. Too cute.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

We'll get some letters headed out Tanner's way from upstate New York this week!

9:37 PM  
Blogger Domestic Slackstress said...

Weird. Your "Santa" looks exactly like my "Santa" from a recent holiday party in Long Beach, California. As recent as last Monday. Could "Santa" be real after all?

1:58 AM  
Blogger ms blue said...

I heard on the radio today that most Santa's make a hundred dollars an hour! He should be smiling bigger.

Hopefully WonderBaby doesn't have visions of Santa in her head or that will be many sleepless nights for you.

1:50 PM  
Blogger nonlineargirl said...

I'm confused. When did Santa start hanging out on a white leather couch? Doesn't he know that reindeer poop will never come off that thing?

1:14 AM  

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