So we enter the door with the sign saying grotto. Behind other parents holding hands of other infants thinking they’re all on death row.

And so we wait, and to me for what seems like an eternity, so to a child, bloody hell it must seem like an eternity plus an extra twenty minutes.

Trying to waste time by stroking artificial, vibrating reindeer; powered from the socket on the wall by a lead, coming out of its arse and munching chocolates off a female elf, proving there’s no sexual discrimination in Santa’s workshop.

Eventually, it’s his turn to enter Santa’s den, or by the look on his face, hell!  He latches onto me refusing to look at the beast’s face let alone make eye contact.

Upon hearing the beast talk, even say his name we’re allowed to leave and go to another room for my son to choose a gift.

He probably thinks it’s a reward for surviving the beast.  As he picks up a Thomas, the Tank Engine book he smiles and happily wanders off on his way.
I guess Christmas is all about the kids!

What is GetConnectDAD?


@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can focus on 52 unique traits; however, we hope that parents are able to think about each of these ‘traits’ as they are introduced and consider what they are doing to introduce components to their kids.