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Christmas in October: Santa making a stop in Midlothian prior to mall photo rushes

Special to the Waxahachie, Texas Daily Light | Posted: 09-28-2016, 1:05 PM CDT

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MIDLOTHIAN, TEXAS --- Christmas may still be just a few months away, but Santa Claus is already making his way to Dallas-Fort Worth. Now, you don't need to worry about taking your kids to a crowded shopping mall to visit with Jolly Old Saint Nick, because now your children can now meet up with Santa in a private, magical setting! This year, Ivey Photography is creating magical "Santa Experiences" at its studios in both Midlothian and Robertson.

Your children will have the opportunity to tell Santa what's on their Christmas wish lists; take a look around the Workshop; and finally, enjoy a full hour's visit with the Christmas icon. Rumors are circulating that Mrs. Claus is making the trip as well, and she just may join her husband, and even bring along warm chocolate chip cookies and milk!

These unique photo sessions make the magic of the holidays come alive, and and Ivey's experienced staff of professional photographers will be on hand to capture these special moments in priceless photos that families of all ages will want to cherish forever.

"There's no lines, no crowds, no generic Christmas set," promises Chris Smith, owner of Ivey Photography. ""We're not just putting together pictures of a day with Santa --- we want to create an authentic experience with Santa."

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Niceville Santa

Curious about what set they do use and the quality of the Santa. I don't know if I would be up for it in October. Just doesn't seem right. I remember when Santa would appear in malls around mid-November. He would always be in his workshop clothes  until Thanksgiving and then put on his suit. Where has those days gone? 

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Eileen Strom
6 hours ago, Niceville Santa said:

Curious about what set they do use and the quality of the Santa. I don't know if I would be up for it in October. Just doesn't seem right. I remember when Santa would appear in malls around mid-November. He would always be in his workshop clothes  until Thanksgiving and then put on his suit. Where has those days gone? 

Don't know about the other location, but if the Midlothian "set" is where I'm thinking it might be, the reindeer will be there as well. And Oct would be about the only time it could be done as the reindeer and the "elves" are way to busy in Nov. and Dec. making visits to all sorts of locations in the greater DFW area.

But even if it isn't at the Double R, There are some real nice looking Santas around that area (Chuck Lee comes to mind right off), so it should be great even if it is in a "studio" location.

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I booked some of these Santa Experience studio gigs for Thanksgiving week, this year in Savannah. I am looking forward to them.

I am not sure how well they will go over in October, though.  I have had terrible experiences with October appearances. My nightmare was a national promotional campaign and I would appear at different locations to announce an upcoming in season Christmas event. No formal posing-no formal visits! Candid shots were fine if people wanted to do that as they passed by, but there was no set. My purpose for being there was to demonstrate the 'look' of the Santa character they were promoting and to generate interest in advance of the event, while helpers handed out information and took reservations. You can't believe the number of people who came up to me and cursed me to my face... a few even spit on me. When they saw Santa, they just assumed that the chain was opening the typical Santa visit before Halloween, and were so offended that they didn't even bother to ask.

Definitely NOT an experience I want to relive.

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Niceville Santa
14 minutes ago, SCSanta said:

I booked some of these Santa Experience studio gigs for Thanksgiving week, this year in Savannah. I am looking forward to them.

I am not sure how well they will go over in October, though.  I have had terrible experiences with October appearances. My nightmare was a national promotional campaign and I would appear at different locations to announce an upcoming in season Christmas event. No formal posing-no formal visits! Candid shots were fine if people wanted to do that as they passed by, but there was no set. My purpose for being there was to demonstrate the 'look' of the Santa character they were promoting and to generate interest in advance of the event, while helpers handed out information and took reservations. You can't believe the number of people who came up to me and cursed me to my face... a few even spit on me. When they saw Santa, they just assumed that the chain was opening the typical Santa visit before Halloween, and were so offended that they didn't even bother to ask.

Definitely NOT an experience I want to relive.

Yes, it's a fine line. A closed set is one thing but to be in public is questionable. Ecclesiastes 3:3 To everything there is a season...

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Spat upon? Ummm be hard for me not to break character in that situation as I consider that assault!!

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3 hours ago, Santa Caras said:

Spat upon? Ummm be hard for me not to break character in that situation as I consider that assault!!

The shock kept me rooted to the spot...dumbfounded. The sad part was, they had many different paths they could have taken to avoid us. They went out of their way to approach us. (We were near the holiday section of the store) One person that was extremely vocal in their displeasure of seeing Santa in October had a cart full of Christmas decorations that had gone on sale early.

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21 hours ago, SCSanta said:

I booked some of these Santa Experience studio gigs for Thanksgiving week, this year in Savannah. I am looking forward to them.

I am not sure how well they will go over in October, though.  I have had terrible experiences with October appearances. My nightmare was a national promotional campaign and I would appear at different locations to announce an upcoming in season Christmas event. No formal posing-no formal visits! Candid shots were fine if people wanted to do that as they passed by, but there was no set. My purpose for being there was to demonstrate the 'look' of the Santa character they were promoting and to generate interest in advance of the event, while helpers handed out information and took reservations. You can't believe the number of people who came up to me and cursed me to my face... a few even spit on me. When they saw Santa, they just assumed that the chain was opening the typical Santa visit before Halloween, and were so offended that they didn't even bother to ask.

Definitely NOT an experience I want to relive.

 

10 hours ago, SCSanta said:

The shock kept me rooted to the spot...dumbfounded. The sad part was, they had many different paths they could have taken to avoid us. They went out of their way to approach us. (We were near the holiday section of the store) One person that was extremely vocal in their displeasure of seeing Santa in October had a cart full of Christmas decorations that had gone on sale early.

what has happened to us as a civilized people? I am so sorry this happened to you. you are by far one of the nicest people I know. Lets hope Karma truly exists.

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