If you live in Nairobi and you celebrate Christmas, tis the season for photos of your kids with Santa Claus… We took Claire for photos with Santa when she was about 6 months old, before she was old enough to understand what was going on. The result was a pretty cute shot:
Then we took her again last year, when she was 1 1/2 years old. Then she was old enough to know who Santa was, and – sadly – to be afraid of him. The result was a hysterical keepsake that we’ll put out on the mantlepiece year after year:
The first year we were in Nairobi, I really didn’t know where to find Santa for photos, but we lived very close to the Junction shopping mall, and I knew that Santa was there for photos on the weekends. We went on the last possible day to get photos before Christmas, and we were disappointed to find a white Santa. WHAT?!?! We’re living in Kenya, and I want an authentic Kenyan Santa! So last year I did my research, and discovered that Yaya Centre has a Kenyan Santa, and that is where we’ll go from now on.
The Kenyan Santa is pretty funny actually. He’s a tall, skinny guy, wearing a gigantic, baggy santa suit with no padding. He had a mobile phone strapped to his wrist with a rubber band. And his beard was basically cotton balls, yet it managed to cover almost his entire face, including his eyes. The photos really speak for themselves….
If you’d like to take your kids to visit Santa this year, Junction’s Santa is available from 2:30 – 4:30 PM every Saturday and Sunday in December, plus Christmas Eve. The Yaya Centre Santa is available DAILY from 10 AM to 6PM from December 6th until Christmas Eve.
Enjoy, and happy holidays!