While I love the holidays and almost everything about them, I've never been a big fan of Santa. He always smelled musty and had terrible breath. Even as a child, I was keenly aware of it. He also just looked "off" and his beard was obviously fake. (Never underestimate the intellgience of a 7-year-old, they're more aware than they're given credit for.) Dear Parents, we're crying for a reason. We don't really like Santa Claus as much as you think. Sure, we like that he brings us presents, but we don't actually want contact with him (see above reasons). So spare us the agony, and consider ditching the mall Santa pics this year (but still let Santa know we want the new Red Ryder BB Gun). Thanks!