Long lines at malls prove that many parents are comfortable letting their kids sit on Kris Kringle's lap! While most of us wouldn't hand our children over to a stranger, there's something about a bearded man decked out in a red suit posing for pictures that suddenly makes it OK. Like other moms and dads, I assume that the "powers that be" running the temporary Winter Wonderlands are doing background checks on these supposed St. Nick's, but I can't be positive that the occasional creeps don't slip through the cracks. Are parents too lax about tot safety when it comes to festive fun?
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