Twins Jack and Lola Cotaya, 13 months, are obviously not happy. 'Santa just told them that they are getting a little brother or sister next year,' says dad Matthew Cotaya of the 2017 shot. So that explains it.
Two-year-old Emmie Claire Hess admits it. 'I don’t like Santa! I mean he’s a nice guy and all … I just don’t like him!' she told her grandmother, Beverly Hess, of Baton Rouge, just the other day. We believe you Emmie Claire.
Payton Marie Arbour certainly has her pout on. At only 11 months old in 2005, she was giving Santa some attitude in this photo sent in by her grandparents Dee 'Priss' and Jerry 'Paps' Arbour, of Baton Rouge.
'This is our 2½-year-old granddaughter, Katie Rose Kaster, telling Santa what's on her gift list,' says grandmother Pam Kaster of the 2010 photo taken at their Zachary home. 'Unknown to Katie Rose,' her grandmother adds, 'she is actually talking to her grandfather.'
When 1-year-old Trista Manning visited Santa for the first time in 2017 at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center in Baton Rouge, let's just say she wasn't thrilled. Her parents are Latrice Richard and Tommy Manning III.
Savannah Grace Touchet was only 32 days old when this photo was snapped in 2005. Reports grandmother Kathy 'Nana' Touchet: 'Her grandfather Don 'Papa' Touchet made sure we got a picture of her first visit with Santa so, by himself, he got her up, dressed her and took her to get this picture. When they got to Cortana Mall (Baton Rouge) she was asleep, so Santa decided to take a nap with her!'
Amelia Grace Eubanks was 2½ in 2011 when this photo was snapped at Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge. 'The mall was rather empty so Santa had plenty of time to spend talking to Amelia. She was and still is quite a character, very outspoken and had Santa quite amused by her stories. She was telling Santa about some of the things she had done and wanted to make sure she was getting lots of presents even if she had not been on her 'best behavior all year. … Santa's face was priceless!' say grandparents Susie and Tommy Eubanks.
In all of her 98 years, Lillian Bouchereau, of Donaldsonville, had never sat on Santa's lap — until 2016, says daughter Myrna Bouchereau, who sent in this photo, adding, 'Guess it just goes to prove, you are never too old to enjoy Santa!'
Well somebody is not happy. Actually, neither Palmer Sealy Falgoust, left, 2½, or her sister, Sawyer Rose, 1, were very happy when their parents, Joey and Jodi Falgoust, took them to meet Santa in 2017. 'Palmer screamed so loud, she hit decibels I'd never heard before,' says grandmother Martha 'Lolli' Sealy. 'This was the best shot we could capture.'
Never a shy child, 2-year-old Emma Claire Gremillion was having a good laugh with Santa when she got her photo taken in 2017 at Lil' Bambino's in Gonzales, says mom Natasha Gremillion. 'They shared a private joke and she got the giggles!'
Joan Stone, of Lafayette, sent this photo taken when she was 3 or 4 years old in the late 1940s when her family lived in Richmond, California. At her Santa visit, Joan asked for a stuffed, plush Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. 'Rudy would be my teddy bear for many years. He eventually was retired because all his plush was worn away, his sawdust stuffing was coming out, the wires in his legs were poking out his feet and he had lost one of his eyes. That was a sad day, when Rudolph went to live in a box. I always included 'God bless Rudolph' in my prayers.' Awww.
At 18 months old in 2014, Vivienne Ann Leblanc knows what she likes, and, on this day, it wasn't Santa, says grandmother Janice Leblanc of the photo taken a Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe.
'Lincoln was fearless with the big guy,' says mom Tarsha Donatto Lee of this 2017 shot of 1-year-old Lincoln Alexander Lee taken at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center in Baton Rouge. 'When his turn was up he tried several times to jump into another pic with Santa.'
'Anyone who has lived in Baton Rouge forever, like me, remembers the Santa at Goudchaux’s on Main Street,' says Beverly Michael Hess. 'Obviously this was a terrifying visit for my brother and I. We look like a deer in headlights!' Beverly was 3 in the 1956 photo and brother Herbert Paul Michael Jr. was 2. 'This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. I display it every year!'
'This is my daughter, Susu Blanchard Rivere, when she was 2 years old. The photo was taken in 1968,' says mom Carol Blanchard. 'The Santa was her father, Joe Blanchard, who would dress up every Christmas Eve and walk around the neighborhood to the delight of the neighborhood children. In this picture, she knows it’s her Daddy, but at the same time, he looks like Santa. So confusing …'
Macy Cambre shared this photo of her grandmother, Debbie Owen Bergeron, taken with Santa in 1954 when Bergeron was 4 years old. 'The picture was taken in Nuremberg, Germany, while her father, Officer James 'Cub' Owen of the U.S. Army, was stationed there during World War II,' Cambre says.
Alexis Ancona was only 5 months old when this photo was snapped at Metairie's Lakeside Mall in 1998, says mom Celeste Schmitt, '… She was sleeping so the sweet girl in the mall just sat her on his lap and he closed his eyes and this was the photo that we got. It is my absolute favorite photo of her with Santa.'
'Santa certainly had a noisy visit when my family stopped by the Esplanade Mall (in Kenner) for our 1989 Christmas photo,' writes Tricia Stella Lincoln. 'My nephew, Mitchell Stella, left, 21 months old, woke up from a nap to find himself on Santa's lap. My daughter, Treva Lincoln, middle, 19 months, just did not want to be there, and my older daughter, Alana Lincoln Chester, 5, was obviously excited about her visit, and not bothered by the crying. I have many, many perfectly posed Christmas photos, but this is one of my all-time favorites and I display it every year.'
A text of the times. 'The kids thought this would be a funny take on the traditional Christmas photo,' says C. Maheu of this shot of Connor Maheu, 17; Catie Maheu, 9; Amanda Giordano, 16, and Christopher Maheu. 'We even got Santa in on it.' It was taken in 2014 at Lakeside Mall in Metairie.
Denise Germer sent this photo of Advocate photographer Sophia Germer taken in New Orleans' City Park in 1993 when she was 1 year old. 'Santa was our neighbor, Victor Vest, a guy who Sophia adored when he was not in costume,' mom says.
Ava Santos, 14 months, refused to sit on Santa's lap, says Brooke Broussard, Ava's godmother of the 2017 shot. 'She didn't cry, but she would not let him come near her, so they sat her on the chair and Santa had to sneak up behind her to get this picture. She kept her serious face on the whole time.'
Joseph Haynie, 2, didn't want anything to do with the man in the red suit and wouldn't stop crying or struggling to get away during the picture taking, says grandfather David Couvillon of the 2017 Santa session at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. 'Yet, at the end, when Santa asked for a hug, Joseph gladly obliged.'
Dr. Chet Coles sent this photo of his daughter and her family taken at the Thika Road Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The Magruders, from Baton Rouge, are missionaries in Africa, he says. Posing in Santa's Gotto at the Thika Road Mall in Nairobi are the Magruders, from left, Lillian, 13, mom Ashley Coles Magruder, Santa, Ella Jade, 12, dad MacGregor Magruder and Duncan, 11.
'We were late for school. Santa saw us and waited for Bryant to walk over to him. Best Christmas picture ever!' says Valerie Rosemond of son Bryant 'Brothee' Rosemond's 1993 photo taken at Lafon Nursery School in New Orleans.
To say Donald Landaiche's great grandchildren, Braylie Rouillier and Owen Ourso, both 1, are unhappy is an understatement. This 2012 picture was taken at Bass Pro, says Landaiche, who lives in Donaldsonville. 'This was their second Christmas and old enough to be scared of Santa Claus.' The kids live in St. Amant.
'The photo is from 1955 with the Santa Claus at the Maison Blanche department store on Canal Street,' writes Jimmy Anselmo. 'I'm with my sister, Corliss Anselmo. I was 11 years old and my sister was 6 years old. As you can tell, at this age I didn't believe in Santa Claus, but my sister did, and my mom wanted this photo.'
It was 1969 when Jane Hobson took her girls, Laura, 5, and Ellie, 3, to Lakeside Mall in Metairie. 'It took a while for Ellie to warm up to Santa. I had to make funny faces and act ridiculous to get her to smile. The moms waiting in line were not happy with me to say the least,' says the mom who got the cute picture.
Melinda Gayle Robert, nearly 4, took such a super cute photo with Santa that it made The Morning Advocate in 1977 in this shot snapped by newspaper photographer Art Kleiner, says mom Elynda Robert, of Gonzales.
'Some Christmas dresses never go out of style,' says Cat Foy, who sent in these photos of, left, daughters Jessica Reibe Toben and Jamie Reibe Lewis, taken in 1988, and, right, Catherine Lewis (Jamie’s daughter) and Emilia Toben (Jessica’s daughter) wearing the same dresses in 2015.
Paris Baker Cocke was only 4 months old in 1994. 'The first and last picture of her actually smiling with Santa,' says mom Cindy Cocke. 'Although he was always beloved by her, she became terrified of getting too close to the man who brought her such joy.'
One-year-old Claire Palermo wasn't thrilled with the whole Santa thing, but big sister Kate, 3, was all smiles in this 2017 shot at St. George Catholic Church's Pancake Breakfast with Santa in Baton Rouge. Grandmother Catherine Palermo sent in the picture.
All we can say is that it was meant to be. Looking through some old photos, Jan Burtt, right, found this one taken with Santa at the Baton Rouge Goudchaux's in 1950. So, she asked her mother-in-law for pictures of husband Dick with Santa. 'After closer examination, we found the picture to be incredibly familiar. Yep, it was the same Santa and same year as my picture. Maybe we were asking Santa for the same thing!' says Jan Burtt. And, by the way, both were 2 years old at the time.
'I made my dad (Paul Broussard) Skinny Santa Claus because due to lung cancer he has lost a lot of weight,' says daughter Cassandra Broussard. 'We decorated a Christmas scene in his house, and I invited a few people to come and take pictures with Skinny Santa! Just something to lift his spirits! Everyone enjoyed the little event! … Cancer is a beast, but I have to keep him going!'
Ingrid Rose Bordelon, 2, is all smiles in this photo snapped in 2017 at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. But, says mom Melissa Bordelon, 'literally 2 minutes before this picture, she had a complete meltdown and was throwing a fit on the floor of the mall. She stopped fussing when Santa came and waved to her. Then, we waited in line and she got to meet him, and needless to say, she was absolutely thrilled!'
That's some mega-watt smiles from 9-year-old Chrystian W. Lowe, 4-year-old Caitlyn L. Lowe and 9-year-old Charles D. Lowe II in this Santa photo taken in 2011 at Metairie's Esplanade Mall and sent in by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Lowe, of New Orleans.
Emma Grace Triche, 7 months, is 'no tears just all smiles!' sitting on Santa's lap in 2017 at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, reports grandmother, Melena Berry, better known as Lana to Emma Grace.
'This hilarious picture was her very first time meeting Santa,' says mom Lucy Mercer Foval of 14-month-old Olive Jean Foval's visit in 2017 at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. 'She was waving to him and saying Santa while we were in line. She went to him from me no problem. The second I walked away and the camera started clicking this is what we got. It’s a memory for the books for sure!'
Both Santa and Clare Friel 'seemed filled with pure joy,' says mom Allison Friel of this shot taken in 2015 just a few days before Claire's third birthday. 'It is still my all-time favorite photo of her.'
Bridget Mayo sent this photo of her husband, John T. Mayo, then 3, snapped in 1949 at a department store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was born. 'This would be his last U.S. Christmas for 11 years as they moved to Cuba in 1950 so his father could return home and work as an engineer at Central Cuba Sugar Mill.'
Bridget Mayo sent this photo of son John F. Mayo from 2015, when he was 44 years old. 'John has Down syndrome and despite being 44, still BELIEVES! During this time his dad was undergoing radiation treatments at Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Center. John was thrilled when not only Sherlock, a therapy dog, but Santa visited! Although having treatments was hard, especially during the holidays, the staff and volunteers at MBP Radiation Center made Christmas a special time for our family and the other patients.'
It was 1990 and Brittany Mohr, then 10 months old, was not a Santa fan. However, brother Michael, 3, seemed perfectly fine with sitting on the big man's lap. But mom Lisa Mohr, of course, love it. 'I display it each Christmas along with the Santa photos of myself and my husband, Jeff, as children,' she says.
This photo of, from left, then 8-year-old Madeline, then 3-year-old Priscilla Rutledge and then 6-year-old Becker Rutledge was taken at New Orleans' D.H. Holmes in 1957, says mom Barbara Bailey, 'and is displayed every Christmas. Happy memories!'
In 2013, grandson Henry Thompson, then 2, 'absolutely refused to sit on the strange gentlemen’s lap, so a compromise was reached whereby he stood a safe distance away, an arrangement that seemed to suit both parties,' wrote grandparents Paul and Mary Thompson.
From Pam Rice comes this photo of her stepchildren, Stephen, then 4, and Amy Rice, 2, taken in 1978 at Goudchaux's in Baton Rouge. The photos, she explains, were paid for at the time they were taken. 'As each child sat on Santa's lap, Santa's elf was to change the miles on the sign. The miles was the number that was going to appear on the packet of the finished photos, so no names were put on the packets.' Pam Rice actually later worked in Goudchaux's personnel department, where the photos were distributed. The problem? 'Santa's elf didn't always remember to change the mileage sign and so more than one packet of photos, sometimes 10, had the same number!'
'Love, love, love Santa’s expression!' says mom Stephanie Labarre of this shot of 1-year-old Elizabeth and 2-year-old Riley taken in 1997 at Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge. 'It was one of those put her in his lap and hurry up and take the picture!'
In 1981, sisters 4-year-old Jennifer, left, and Stacie Maillet, 1, met Santa at Lakeside Mall in Metairie, as seen in this photo sent in by mom Sharon Maillet. Let's just say one of them was less than thrilled.
Brothers 3-year-old Randall, and 1-year-old Rodney Heine don't look like they're having all that much fun with Santa in 1963 at the old Goudchaux's on Baton Rouge's Main Street in this photo sent in by Rodney Heine.
'Macy was always eager to take her picture with Santa and talk to him about her wish for a farm. Blake on the other hand, wasn't as enthusiastic,' sayss grandmother Debbie Bergeron of this 1995 photo taken when Macy Cambre was 4 years old and brother Blake was 2.
Luke Joseph, 1, and sister Allie Elizabeth Landry, 7, visit with Santa at the West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau during the Reflections of the Season in 2016. 'Luke definitely wasn’t happy to be sitting on Santa’s lap, but Allie was very happy to tell Santa her wishes for gifts for Christmas,' says Maw Maw, Cindy Landry.
This circa 1997 photo of Christopher and Robert Riess was taken at their godfather's Christmas party, says mom Donna Riess. We are sure Christopher, now 25, and Robert, now 28 and living in New Orleans, are going to be ecstatic mom shared this party pic.
"When Santa asked Clara 'What do you want for Christmas?,' Clara Kemp, 6, said, 'A chapter book 'Heidi' by the same series as 'Jane Eyre,'" report grandparents Jon Kemp and John Reed of this photo taken at a tea with dolls at Beauregard-Keyes House in New Orleans in 2017.
Anaiah Graham, 10, and Kaila Graham, 4, visit with Santa in the sweet photos sent in by great-grandparents Francis P. 'Buddy' and Patsy Olivier Clesi. The photo was snapped at the Chateau County Golf Club in Kenner in 2017.
'This picture was taken in 1955 at the Sears Department Store in New Orleans. My brother, Tommy Hogg, now deceased, was 5 years old. I am Judy Hogg Mills, the 2-year-old redhead in the lavender dress sitting on Santa’s lap,' says Mills, who sent in the photo at the request of her 96-year-old dad T Med Hogg and 86-year-old mother Mae Hogg. 'I would never have known the color of my dress until my mother told me last night, as she told me to send this into the paper. My daddy said I was a little unsure of this old man with a beard, while my brother couldn’t wait to ask him for a toy rifle for Christmas.'
'I have 13 photos of our boys with Santa, but this is by far my favorite. It makes me smile every Christmas when I unpack it and display it with all the others,' says mom Kim Fox of this 2006 photo taken in Slidell at North Shore Square Mall of crying Talon, then 3, and 7-year-old brother Zachary Schmidt.
Joel d'Aquin Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge, sent in this photo of her 8-year-old self taken with Santa in 1959 at Goudchaux's on Main Street in Baton Rouge. 'Note that these were FREE photos, compliments of Goudchaux's. Also note that there is a box of candy lollipops behind me that Santa gave to the children.'
It all started with Michael and Ginger Chance's first grandchild, Brady Michael Brown, who was 18 months when this photo was snapped at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge in 2008. ' We thought the first grandchild was so cute crying, then came the other three! We have them framed on our kitchen mantle to cheer us each day while getting our morning coffee.' Four grandkids and not a happy face in the bunch.
Husband Louis C. Passauer sent in this 1952 picture of his wife, Sylvia Herbert Passauer, when she was 6 and visiting with Santa at Maison Blanche on Canal Street in New Orleans. 'She is now 71 years young, and we have been married for 48 years,' Louis added.
Heartley Sarah Elizabeth Ferrara, 9 months, takes her first Santa photo at Kenner's Esplanade Mall in 1988. Mom Margie Ferrara sent in four pictures of Heartley, noting that Mr. Bingle is in all of the photos, either on her outfit or in her arms. 'Being a long time fan of that infamous snowman and never being able to own one, I made sure my daughter had one every year,' Margie says. 'I was even able to buy the 4-foot Mr. Bingle doll that hung from the ceiling of the Canal Street Maison Blanche Store the year before it closed.'
Harper Rosemary Hall, 2½, was shopping with mom Melissa B. Hall in 2017 at a children's store in Metairie when she spotted Santa 'and walked right up to him. She was all smiles, no hesitation or fear! It was a completely unplanned visit and I couldn't imagine it any more perfect,' says mom.
From their collection Santa photos is this 1976 photo of Bill Grass, sent in by his parents, Arlene & Henry Grass, of Plaquemine. One-year-old Bill's photo was taken at Goudchaux's on Main Street in Baton Rouge.
From Arlene & Henry Grass, of Plaquemine, comes this photo of daughter Tanya Grass snapped in 1967 at Goudchaux's on Main Street in Baton Rouge, where the family went for many years to have Santa photos taken.
First cousins Camille Aimee DiBenedetto, 3 months, and Hunter Lee Bates Doucet, 3, shared Santa's lap in the 2017 photo taken in Livonia. "Camille was just a content lil angel, and Hunter was 'I'm not so sure about this Santa, Camille. We need to check him out!'" says proud grandfather Jerome Doucet.
Barbara Bush sent in several shots of her three boys, Albert Peyton Bush IV, Harlan Thomas Bush and Curtis Anderson Bush, all taken at JC Penney's in the Carrollton Shopping Center in New Orleans. In this one taken in 1978 we can see that Harlan, 18 months, is terrified; Peyton, 3, is cool and baby Curtis, 2 months, seems a little shocked, but OK with it.
Kathy Stoudt, of New Orleans, sent in this photo of her sons was taken in 1990 at St. Dominic School in Lakeview. 'Twins Patrick and William, front, were 2 years old at the time. Evan, on the rear left, was 3 1/2, and Christopher, rear right, was 6 and a kindergartener at St. Dominic.'
Gloria Bryant Banks sent in this photo of sons Jay H. Banks, then 5, and Gralen Bryant Banks, then 4, taken in 1965 at Maison Blanche with NOLA's own Christmas icon, Mr. Bingle, upper left corner. Jay was just elected to the New Orleans City Council.
'This photo of me and my 5-year old twin sister with Santa at his home in Minerva, Ohio, that first appeared in our hometown paper in 1953,' says Mary Ann Kauchak, of New Orleans. 'It was reproduced and printed in a 2003 Christmas edition.'