I went to the Dufferin Mall this afternoon to get some Christmas shopping done.
It was quite quiet, especially compared to the Eaton Centre yesterday. Awesome!
There were no kids lined up to see Santa as they were yesterday at the Eaton Centre ... probably because they all were downtown at the Santa Claus Parade.
When I took this picture, a couple of his elves were sitting yakking with him.
Another of his elves yelled at me (I'll call him Cranky) that I couldn't take pictures of Santa without his permission.
In the meantime, Santa and his elves were posing for me and flashing me peace signs. But I couldn't take the picture fast enough since Cranky was getting in my face. How's that for holiday spirit?!
November 25 update: I got an email this afternoon from the Santa Photo Manager there (he must have found me via Google or something). He said he is sorry that my "elf experience was less than expected" and thinks he knows "who's going to get a lump of coal in their stocking this Christmas!" Ha! Great sense of humor! He has invited me to come in for a complimentary photo with Santa so I can "experience how things should always be done at the castle". That's definitely holiday spirit!
December 1 update: Santa was busy and cheery today! What a happy guy!