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Local Santa photo goes VIRAL

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 AM

Have you seen this picture yet? It's everywhere! This was taken at the Boise Towne Square Mall last holiday season, but it's going viral this year. This baby boy's Mom posted it on Facebook, and it has gone gangbusters! Millions of people have seen it, and LIKED it, or commented on it. 

Here's the story behind it from Sarah Pasley of Meridian:

My mother and I had braved the mall (on a Saturday in December of all days) in hopes of capturing a picture of my 8 month old son, Kiptyn "meeting" Santa. We stood in line for over 30 minutes waiting for our turn. Of course, 5 mins before our turn to meet Santa, Kiptyn fell asleep!! Part of me thought we should just get out of line & avoid wasting anyone else's time that busy Saturday, but as we went to leave Santa gestured us over. I handed Kiptyn to my Mom & grabbed my camera. I was escorted outside of the fenced area in order to snap my own shots.

What happened next will be one of my all time favorite memories of Christmas... Santa grabbed his book & slowly laid back into his oversized chair. He then silently motioned for my Mom to lay Kiptyn on his stomach. Kiptyn stirred for a moment and I thought he'd wake for sure. Santa hushed him & Kiptyn's little arms fell into such a peaceful position. After we finished taking pictures we heard a round of applause from the crowd that had gathered around below & above in the rotunda.

I just wish this jolly ol' man could know how truly special he is. I can honestly say that I believe in Santa and the magic of the holiday season again. I'd just like for everyone to see how special the Santa at the Boise Towne Square mall really is. Happy Holidays to all!

This very special Santa is still taking visits from little boys and girls at the Boise Towne Square Mall from now until Christmas!

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