Man realizes his father-in-law was his childhood mall Santa


Chris Burd, 27, of Cottage Grove, has been learning a lot about his in-laws. But it took an old photograph for him to realize that he had sat on his father-in-law's lap 13 years earlier as a child visiting a shopping mall santa.

The image shows him at age 13 with his 3-year-old sister on Santa's lap at Maplewood Mall in Maplewood.

It was a bit "creepy," he says in this ABC News blog.

The father-in-law santa is having some fun with it.

"It was fun to tease my future son-in-law about sitting in his father-in-law's lap. And I think I probably made up a couple of stories about what he wanted for Christmas," Elmer Abbas said.

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