A timeless tradition or a holiday hassle? The younger the baby, the less likely your photo session with Santa will end, well, merrily. But one Santa Claus embraced the challenge when a toddler fell asleep before getting the chance to ask for everything on his Christmas list.
Rather than the risk of sending the toddler into a post-naptime tantrum, the Evansville, Indiana Santa posed asleep for the photo too. The result? The sweetest photo shoot ever, depicting the pair dozing off after reading The Night Before Christmas.
“I can’t believe how adorable our son’s pictures with Santa came out. After falling asleep in line waiting, Santa asked us not to wake him and the outcome was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” says stay-at-home dad Donnie on his Facebook page, Donnie’s Daddy Daycare.
These eight Santa photos have since gone viral, garnering nearly 380,000 likes and 200,000 shares. And they’re providing important insight into Santa Claus: He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, and it looks like he knows when to let you stay asleep too.
How do your photos with Santa compare? Let us know in the comments below. And for more photos of kids with big man in red, check out the best #SantaFails of the season—they’re the gift that keeps on giving.