Two-year-old Linden Bartell sat on Santa's lap and spoke for us all.
"What you want for Christmas, huh?" asked St. Nick, who last Saturday visited Bering's hardware store in Houston.
Linden, seated on his knee, barely missed a beat. "I want to take a nap," she said, wiping her eye.
"Santa does, too," he replied. Santa pretended to snooze on his red throne. The little girl lay her head against his chest.
Allen Bartell, Linden's dad, said she was likely exhausted after a Thanksgiving weekend spent with family. The warm, 80-degree Texas weather didn't help, he said.
Linden she cried upon meeting Santa last year, so the family kept Christmas books out at the home all year to familiarize her with Christmas lore.
She likes Rudolph, her dad said, but doesn't quite grasp that Santa brings presents.
Linden eventually asked for a reindeer, Allen Bartell said. The nap never came.
“We get in the car and we have almost a two-hour drive home," he said. "She was awake the whole time. She slept good that night.”
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