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I wasn’t super stoked to get up early and photograph Santa arriving on a train this morning. (I love Christmas time but there is only so much photographing of Santa you can take.) But when I arrived at the assignment a bit before Santa was to arrive, I knew instantly there was potential for some good shots. Children were already lined up next to the railroad track, decked out in their winter gear. I was in the small town of Sparta. I’ve noticed kids in small towns play differently than kids from the city. They were all about to break their arms sliding on this huge sheet of ice, and their parents didn’t care. All this really has nothing to do with my favorite photo from the day, so sorry for the rant. I was wandering around the railroad track and saw this man, Dale Patterson, with the longest Santa hat I’ve ever seen. As I was admiring it and wishing I could wear a hat like that at work, out of nowhere two-year-old Jameson Meendering waddled over and started to pull on the hat in curiosity. I fired off just a couple frames and he waddled away.