It all started when...
My son was two years old. I knew I wanted Santa pictures but the only place to get them taken was at the Meadowood Mall in Reno, NV.
So my husband and I got him dressed in his Christmas best and loaded up the car to make the 60 minute car ride to Reno.
We waited in the horrendous mall line for another hour and finally got our turn to get pictures with Santa. The picture was over in under two minutes and he never even got a chance to talk to Santa.
All this kid wanted to do was tell Santa about the toy car he had been dreaming about for Christmas. Instead he was told to sit still and look at the camera.
As soon as he did what was asked of him, he was quickly removed from Santa's lap and shuffled to the next station so mommy and daddy could order his awkward picture.
Now, I guess I should have realized that's what the mall Santa experience was like.
But I didn't.
I thought he would have a moment to tell Santa what he had wanted most for Christmas.
I thought he would be able to sit for a moment and take in the magic of it all.
I thought, at the very least he would a candy cane.
Well, nothing about that experience was what I had expected. Not even the candy cane part. And I can't even imagine how my son felt.
That is when I knew there had to be a better way.
A better way to get amazing photos of your kid/s with Santa.
A better way to experience the magic of it all.
A better way to interact with Santa Claus and spend a few moments to actually enjoy the experience.
And a more convient alternative than driving and hour to Reno and waiting in line forever with a toddler.
And that is how The Santa Experience started.