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AIBU that visiting Santa is a total mission these days!

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thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 10:59:03

Had a festive day out booked for 4 year old DS for a few weeks - sitting smug thinking it was all sorted. Read between the lines when checking recently and realised there is no meeting with Santa (despite it being £54 for 90 minutes confused! Aghhh! Cue panicky trying to find a Santa 'late' in the day. Have booked a fab one but will be taking DS out of school for a day as all weekends are booked up (breaking up super late here this year) I am so stressed! If you don't book in October you don't stand a chance! Tell me it wasn't always thus!

Pibplob Fri 17-Nov-17 11:02:05

I haven't booked anything yet either but won't be taking kids out of school for it! I'm sure we will find something and if we don't, we don't.

Swirlingasong Fri 17-Nov-17 11:03:54

Where on earth are you? We just go to the local shopping centre or the school fair. It doesn't take much planning.

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 11:05:11

No guilt about taking him out - he is stupid smart and massively treading water. Will give the others a chance to catch up and it's only one day! Santa matters! It's just the hassle! Timed tickets and two hour ques! Can't it be simpler!? Even our local garden centre was booked up!

MyDcAreMarvel Fri 17-Nov-17 11:05:53

Yes I know what you mean, we booked ours in September. It's Dobbies tea with Santa though , so very popular. The grotto on its own sells out too.

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 11:06:12

Maybe it's my Santa standards then blush.

ImAMarshmellow Fri 17-Nov-17 11:29:29

People book for Santa confused. What have you booked for £54?

PandasRock Fri 17-Nov-17 11:42:49

I book for Father Christmas, just to try to cut down the queuing time (3 dc, all have ASD)

I cannot imagine just turning up and taking pot luck with eg shopping centre one (he shopping centre we usually go to I think you have to book anyway) - I’d lose the will to live waiting!

SolemnlySwear2010 Fri 17-Nov-17 11:50:18

We booked our Santa Visit in August!! There are only a limited amount of tickets for the weekend and they always sell out within the first few days.

We are going for a late lunch with Santa and then get to go sledging etc on the indoor ski/snowboarding slopes.

Readermumof3 Fri 17-Nov-17 11:56:15

What a stress! I’m sitting here trying to recall if I have ever taken any of my 3dcs to see Santa hmm. If we did it clearly wasn’t memorable grin. I’ll ask the teens when they come home later if they remember.

Tringley Fri 17-Nov-17 11:56:51

I have very high Santa standards after having the first two Santas I took ds to get all handsy with me. Nothing spoils a Christmas memory more than knowing Santa is a perv!

Thankfully I have a great Santa booked for early December and I've just seen that a lovely cafe near me is repeating it breakfast with Santa on my birthday so I'm booking that as my gift to myself. Both Santas look like Richard Attenborough in Miracle on 34th st, so are just perfect! And a local historical site has a huge Christmas experience that only costs a few euro to attend if you don't meet Santa. So that will be lovely some evening nearer Christmas. smile

NotCitrus Fri 17-Nov-17 11:59:07

Go to a local primary school's winter fair. About 3 quid, a Santa and a present that's almost certainly a book. Job done. If your school doesn't do it another will.

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea Fri 17-Nov-17 12:00:15

No. we just go to the school fair. It's only a big deal if you are determined to make it one.

(leave some !! for everyone else)

hotbutteredcrumpetsandtea Fri 17-Nov-17 12:00:25

No. we just go to the school fair. It's only a big deal if you are determined to make it one.

(leave some !! for everyone else)

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:05:30

Sorry - am aware that excessive use of ! Is a sign of an unbalanced mind. Have now calmed down. I work in a school so definitely wouldn't do a school. A Santa has to be convincing and enthusiastic not some poor male relative coerced into dressing in a cheap suit to awkwardly interact with children.

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:05:55

School fair, even.

Wiggypudding Fri 17-Nov-17 12:08:08

Will give the others a chance to catch up


aintnothinbutagstring Fri 17-Nov-17 12:14:25

Unbalanced mind indeed, do you think one day will be enough for all the other children to catch up? hmm

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:15:55

Probably not grin

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:19:00

Not a Terry Pratchett fan then, aintnothinbutagstring?

WhyamIBoredathome Fri 17-Nov-17 12:27:06

I am mystified by this santa industry that has sprung up involving fighting to book months ahead and spending a hundred quid. Defo school fair for us.

MissFlashpants Fri 17-Nov-17 12:30:41

You work in a school, but you're taking your son out of school for the day to see Santa? hmm

Give the other kids a chance to catch up, FFS. Listen to yourself!

thegreenlight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:36:31

It was said in a tongue in cheek way, though a child that can read and count in 2s, 5s and 10s etc in reception is surely treading water. On maternity currently so won't have the chance to take DS out again. I don't make the rules so hardly a hypocrite. Maybe if I was education minister hmm

RedSkyAtNight Fri 17-Nov-17 12:44:43

Won't Santa be coming to school though? At Christmas party? Or Christmas fair?
I can't conceive of paying more than a couple of quid and thinking about it further in advance than the previous day.
Sounds like you're contributing to the "industry" you're complaining out OP!

sirfredfredgeorge Fri 17-Nov-17 12:50:47

If he's not figured out that even the most convincing santa, is just someones dad in an expensive suit, then he really needs to be in school.

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