Season's screamings: Tots show signs of terror when meeting the man in redFARGO - Apparently some kids didn’t get the memo: “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout.”
By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
FARGO - Apparently some kids didn’t get the memo: “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout.”
Among the ones who’re more than happy to rattle off their lengthy wish lists to Santa are the criers and screamers who don’t want to go anywhere near the man in red.
Tricia Wehrle is in her first year running Santa Village for the Fargo Park District, and she’s already seen her fair share.
“The majority do very well, but there’s always a good handful every night that just do not like it,” she says.
Last weekend, she spent a good 10 minutes trying to coax a little girl toward Santa.
“It was like, two steps, pause, two more steps, pause,” she says.
Santa, who’s in the middle of a stint at Rheault Farm, is puzzled. He doesn’t know why some kids are afraid of him. Is it the glasses? The beard? The laugh?
No matter the reason, don’t think Jolly Old Saint Nick’s feelings don’t get hurt.
“It really takes the wind out of my sail,” he says.
But, he rolls with it and offers a high-five, knuckles or a “Merry Christmas” instead.
’Cuz that’s how a guy who makes toys and eats cookies for a living handles it. Then he’s back to making jokes about Furbies and John Deere tractors.
Santa’s even taken some physical abuse from his little visitors over the years.
“I’ve been kicked in the stomach, my glasses have flown off,” all in the name of a keepsake photo, he says.
So why is it so important to parents to immortalize the Santa visit?
Wehrle says it’s in the name of tradition. If nothing else, it makes for a good laugh.
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