We are the parents that did this to our kids last week. Dressed them up for a photo shoot with a strange man they don't know and asked them to smile like they are having the time of their lives. Maybe it is a little bit silly, but I love seeing the picture year after year and displaying the latest one each Christmas.
It is a tradition, and traditions don't always make sense, we just do them! Right? Tripp completely freaked out like I knew he would and Mia was just a little star struck.
As far as if he is going to come down our chimney every year...I think I will let the kids decide. Mia has a great imagination and lives in make believe world a lot of the time. Just this week, so though Periwinkle (Tinkerbelle Twin) had been to our house to add frost to the grass. So, if she thinks that Santa came down the chimney to bring her presents, I won't correct her. I will share in her amazement just as I did over the frost fairy. :).