It’s a time-honored tradition: Forcing young children to sit in a strange guy’s lap.
Cozy Christmas custom or not, I know that this little girl was less than pleased back in the mid-70s when her mom and grandmother wanted her to spend some quality time with an obvious Santa imposter (who could, in fact, have been a total pedophile whose primary qualification for this particular job was the ability to wear a red and white costume).
Despite once being thisclose to the the creepy Claus, fortunately, she recovered from her experience. In fact, this kid grew up to create a website featuring funny and funky photos, and would occasionally talk about herself in the third person.
And now during every Christmas season, she watches The Killers’ Don’t Shoot Me Santa video, and steers well clear of the malls.