I told D that for that price the toothbrush would be a "gift" and he could add it to his birthday list or he'd have to ask Santa for it. "Alright," he said, warding off a tantrum, "I'll ask Santa."
Well, several hours later just D and I were at the mall. Now, I love the mall Santa. We've seen him several times this year and for the Jolly Man he runs a bit to the dry, sarcastic side- a feature I love in my Santa. :)
We march past the signs advertising their photo packages that start at 15 Big Ones. D proceeds to the sit-on-my-knee-stage of the whole Santa Shtick. He mentions the toothbrush (after all, this was just an amendment to The List, so why bother with behaviour small talk) and Santa looks at me. The following conversation ensues:
Santa: A Star Wars toothbrush. That sounds interesting.
Me: Santa, it is a very cool toothbrush, but it is $7.58.
Santa: Well, dental hygiene is very important.
Me: Yes, it is, Santa, but $7.58?
Santa: The Mrs. Clause and I have had extensive dental work done and good dental hygiene is important.
Me: Dental hygiene is important. Last year you left the boys $4 toothbrushes in their stockings and I thought those were rather generous.
Santa: (pauses and nods) Can I give him a sucker?
Me: Why, yes you can because we are going to go home and brush our teeth with our $1 toothbrushes!!
The pic is really bad, isn't it? You can't see D's face and this isn't the cool mall Santa... just adds a bit of Christmas to the post. :)