This photo came from an estate sale. I love the sepia tone and the way the child is bundled up to stay warm from the cold. But there is something just a little apprehensive about the look on the child's face. Is it, "What's under your beard Santa?, or maybe "Don't hit me, really I've been good this year!", or "Where's my mom and why did she leave me here?"
Santa is supposed to inspire wonder and hope in young children, but many of the images I see have the children looking just a bit freaked out or running scared. When my daughter was young I used to take her for the annual visit to Santa, but after a few times she really didn't want to go anymore. She was always that way with adults who were dressed up in silly character costumes at places like Disneyland, they scared her instead of making her laugh with glee. Perhaps costumes are best left to holidays like Halloween.