An imaginative Santa and a sleepy little boy are going viral for their adorable nap time photo together.
A long queue is expected when Santa comes to visit the local mall. 6-month-old little Ezekiel, or Zeke, wasn’t informed of this, however, and didn’t get the chance to stock up on energy beforehand resulting to nap time while waiting in line.
This happened last week in a mall in Indiana, U.S. and it was supposed to be Zeke’s first photo with Santa. Unfortunately, it looks like he wasn’t getting his photo after all. “My son just gave the biggest yawn and crashed his head on my shoulder,” his dad Donnie Walters told Buzzfeed.
The family was already deciding to exit the line and walk around the mall a bit until Zeke woke up when Santa himself told them he had another idea instead. “[Santa said,] ‘Don’t wake your child; we got the perfect shot,’” Walters said.
When it was Zeke’s turn in line, Santa reclined in his chair pretending to snooze. Still asleep, they lay the Zeke on Santa’s side. “He kind of woke up as she was doing the transfer, but as soon as he got on Santa’s side, he was fast asleep again,” Walters told Babble.
And lo and behold, the most adorable photos with Santa were made. The pair can be seen in the photos taking a quick break from the Christmas rush with a nap. Cute!
The photos went viral quickly after that. Dad Donnie set up a Facebook page for Zeke when he was born called Donnie's Daddy Daycare. Here he posted the sleeping photos of Zeke and Santa. They’ve now been shared nearly 200,000 times making them a viral hit.
The stay-at-home dad said he didn’t expect the photos to be such a hit. He said that the Facebook page has gone from 300 fans to now 9,000. With it, he hopes to be an inspiration for dads everywhere to be more involved with their kids.