They all sang so enthusiastically, and their performance was rewarded with cookies and punch afterward.
So, the dramatic conclusion to our Santa Story 2010:
Lydia: That was great, but somehow this cookie looks and tastes like a bribe.
Seth: I'll be signing autographs outside.
Lydia: OK, the cookie was a bribe. Seriously? Mom, were you there at the last visit with Santa?
Seth: I'm getting a pep talk from my teacher, Mrs. Richards.
Lydia: Sure you're a nice lady, but not even you can get me to do it.
Seth: Deep breath, deep breath. I'm next.
Lydia: OK not so bad now. I'm back with Mom, and they gave me a candy cane. I'm over it.
Seth: I'm not sitting on his lap, but Mrs. Richards talked me into telling Santa I want a remote control rocketship for Christmas (Good luck with that one, Santa.). He's not so bad.
Lydia and Seth: Yay we did it! Well, sort of. Merry Christmas!