People from all over Virginia and Maryland drive to Vienna and wait up to four hours in line to see the Santa at the Merrifield Garden Center. At noon, he gives a long spiel about love and peace and faith, then he recites The Night Before Christmas, then he tells the parents he absolutely will not go any faster and admonishes them to cherish this time having young kids. Then he has everyone sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Finally, he sits down and suffers the children to come unto him.
This elf gives each child time and attention going through every item on the Christmas list they have filled out in line. He also gives them various directives which his helpers write down and give to the parents. This year he told Fluffy he wanted her mom to make some brownies and leave them out for Mrs. Claus. Yay, more work for me! He also wanted us to tie ugly yellow plastic ribbon onto our tree. The ribbon magically disappeared from our kitchen.
This year we only waited 2.5 hours. Well, I only waited the first hour and then took the babies home while Kent stuck out the rest of the line with Fluffy.
I kind of hate this Santa. Part of it is that he’s so bossy. Everything is his way or the highway. The last thing I need during the Christmas season is to get into a power struggle with a guy wearing fake eyebrows. Although he is in walking distance from our house, we shall not be visiting him next year.
At least I thought far ahead enough to bring lunch and snacks for the line this year.