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What It's Like Taking Kids to Visit a Mall Santa

The 18 Soul-Crushing Stages of Taking Your Kids to Visit the Mall Santa

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If one of your family's Christmas traditions is paying a visit to Santa Claus, then you have our deepest sympathies. There's plenty of creative holiday activities you could certainly be doing instead (99 percent of which don't take place in a crowded mall), but for whatever reason – admit it, you really want to plaster that adorable photo all over Facebook – you've committed to this one. Whether you're a "Santa's Workshop" newbie or a seasoned veteran, there are plenty of psychological land mines between the start of the line and the big guy's lap. Here's a cautious look at 18 of them.

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