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Being thankful for not having to sit on psycho Santa’s lap

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Ryan Pardey Cover Shoot | Greenspun Media Group Studio | November 12, 2015

Flashback to the first 10 years of my life, December to be exact. My parents dressed up my sister and me to get our photo taken with Mr. Claus at the mall. Like the hordes of other children waiting to sit in a stranger’s lap and ask for an abundance of gifts, I always played the part. Fear and joy overloaded my system until I got the free mini candy cane and bolted, dodging crazed grandmas bickering over knit socks. My reaction was similar when I walked into the studio and saw Ryan Pardey in a psycho Santa suit. But I didn’t have to sit on his lap, and after, I bought a whole pack of candy canes to enjoy while looking back through the years of photos my family made me take.

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