2006: Fits in the palm of Santa's hand:
2007: Deer in the headlights:
2008: Abject terror and she leaps from Santa's lap (scaring the bejesus out of Santa):
2009: Starting to think this isn't so bad, but certainly not talking to Santa:
2010: Quite thrilled with the old guy and even chatted it up with Santa:
And an added bonus for 2010, the Richter Cousins in their Ugly Sweaters:
2011: The dynamic changed.
Eliza realized that Santa was the key to getting a Wii, and World Peace.
She was very big on World Peace and repeatedly pointed out to Santa that this was an excellent gift, because she loves everyone and everyone should love each other, right?
Luckily for us there was NO ONE at Santaland (I am not revealing our secret since next year the whole world will be there). So Eliza had a bit of time to chat things up with Santa, explain what a Wii was, give him a hug, point out that she was wearing Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer antlers (surely another reason for Santa to bring her a Wii), and even give him a few kisses. Eliza also decided to give him a thumbs up (over and over again). Anyone who is familiar with Sonic the Hedgehog, knows that this is a classic Sonic move. Clearly Eliza was reinforcing the idea that a Wii with a Sonic game would be the best Christmas present ever.
The Richter Family photo expanded this year to include Peter, Dana, Matthew and Adriana. A good Santa crew!
We splurged and paid the extra $10 for the family photo in front of the trees. The elves get very testy when you try to take your own photo in front of the special Santa trees.
We capped the evening off with a pedicab ride.... but that is a whole other saga for another post.