By Erin Behan
The tradition of sitting on Santa’s lap is so engrained in American culture that we hardly even question it: What adults don’t cherish that embarrassing childhood photo of themselves making an awkward face in a Christmas sweater on an ample Kris Kringle?
Well, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York has turned the tables on ye olde tradition — and it’s about time. Their Santa will sit on your lap, an endeavor Ripley’s is calling “Reverse Santa.” The family holiday portrait may never be the same. Take home a photo of the blessed event, whether as a print, on a key chain or on a magnet, and don’t forget one for Grandma.
Thrill-seekers can get sat on by Santa at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Times Square on Saturdays from Dec. 3 to Dec. 24, as well as Dec. 26 and 29, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for entry to the attraction are available online at a 20 percent discount.
Of course, once you’re there, you might as well see some of the more famous items on display at the Odditorium, from the six-legged cow to the miniature matchstick Spanish Armada fleet to the pickled tourist heads (yes, they do have a rather active sense of humor here).
And, from Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, anyone can submit an embarrassing Santa’s lap photo on Facebook for a chance to win tickets into Ripley’s, prizes and more. See the New York Ripley’s Facebook page for details.
Erin Behan is a freelance writer and editor out of Brooklyn, N.Y., who counts good food, intoxicating drink and adventurous travel among her favorite things.