JIM SHARPE

Funny Santa pics during a not-so-fun holiday season

Nov 25, 2020, 10:43 AM | Updated: 10:45 am
(Jim Sharpe Photos)...
(Jim Sharpe Photos)
(Jim Sharpe Photos)

Maybe your family has one or two of them lying around — and maybe you find them as funny as we do: hilarious pictures of kids sitting on Santa‘s lap.

Not hilarious because they tugged on Santa’s beard or because of a quizzical look he gets on his face when a kid asks for a piece of tech he hadn’t heard of.

No, the gut-busting funny pics are the ones featuring a screaming not-quite-2-year-old who’s freaked out by Santa.

I know some people will find this mean, but does it make it seem less mean that the very same kids in the pictures now find them hilarious too?

As our little ones have grown, the Santa pictures have become different — and terror-free.

Then, this year’s Santa picture got really different and we saw a return of fear.

Not in the form of screaming children on Santa’s knee — but because of the unavailability of said jolly old elf’s knee.

I appreciate the innovation, but can I just say that I hope the “socially distanced Santa” picture will only exist this year?

Please?

It’s a nice optical illusion. My wife, my daughters and I appear to be hanging over the front — and Santa appears to be sitting way in in the back — of what looks like a 20-foot-long sleigh.

Very different.

But that doesn’t mean everything about the most different holidays ever has to be different.

With only four people around our Thanksgiving table, I still have plenty to be thankful for — especially when I think about a couple of topics we discussed on Arizona’s Morning News on Wednesday.

One being the massive number of potential evictions and foreclosures that the Phoenix area could see before the end of the year. The other being a report on how poorly students are doing with online-only learning.

My wife and I are fully employed (which means food) and we have a house (which means we have a place to put that smaller Thanksgiving table).

And while our kids aren’t doing all that great with online learning, we have resources to make that experience the best it can be.

But while I’m being thankful, I need to remember that my thankfulness shouldn’t end with Thanksgiving. My thanks needs to be manifested through giving — so others can get a little closer to the great life I have.

And I need to give with the same kind of vigor that I would need to muster if I found out Santa wasn’t just socially distancing — he’s quarantining over Christmas.

Jim Sharpe

(YouTube Screenshot/Mark Brnovich for Senate)...
Jim Sharpe

Arizona AG Brnovich hedges bet on vaccine mandates for businesses

Some Republicans' lack of trust in COVID-19 vaccines is reason for Arizona Attorney General and U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Brnovich's burying of a decision that says private businesses can require the shots, writes KTAR News host Jim Sharpe.
2 months ago
(Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images)...
Jim Sharpe

President Biden, don’t just TELL us you heart us on Valentine’s Week

President Joe Biden's kind words about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey were sweet, but more vaccine doses would show true commitment, says KTAR News host Jim Sharpe.
8 months ago
(AP Photo)...
Jim Sharpe

GOP needs ‘restraining order’ on bad boyfriend Donald Trump

For the sake of the GOP's future, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe says that Senate Republicans need to do their part and vote to impeach Donald Trump.
9 months ago
(AP Photo)...
Jim Sharpe

After 4 years, Trump’s legacy boils down to last two months

After his latest attempt to make America his own image failed Wednesday, KTAR News host Jim Sharpe says Donald Trump's lasting legacy will be his conduct since he lost the November election.
9 months ago
Jim Sharpe

Politicians: Put me in the Christmas spirit by following your own advice

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe is heeding officials' advice about avoiding holiday gatherings and travel, so why can't they?
10 months ago
(Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)...
Jim Sharpe

The ‘Fauci Effect’ vs. the ‘Cardinals Effect’

KTAR News host Jim Sharpe says that Dr. Anthony Fauci has done the impossible during the pandemic -- prioritized public health while keeping President Trump mostly happy.
10 months ago

Sponsored Articles

...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
Funny Santa pics during a not-so-fun holiday season