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For Crying Out Loud... it's CHRISTMAS!



Well I thought this picture really captured the essence of the last few post I created. 

In light of my recent post on Tears, and then all the boo-hooing and belly aching I was doing this past week... this seemed the perfect transition into Christmas.

Oh and NO... they are NOT my children! In case you are wondering! (They actually are the children of one of my associate's friends here at Real Estaging.)

Happy Holidays to all!

Cry it forward...


PS: Check out Santa's expression!



Comment balloon 34 commentsCraig Schiller • December 22 2006 09:32AM


I think Santa is trying real hard not to look nonplussed.

Are you sure those aren't your kids?


Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (Novella Real Estate) almost 14 years ago

Morning Rich oops Craig, I like Santa's expression looks like he is smirking that the 2 kids are sreaming bloody murder. 

Merry Christmas, Jay 

Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 14 years ago
looks like he might have been drinking....and who can blame him? =)
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) almost 14 years ago

Kristal: NO not mine... but there is an odd resemblance. Something about them is so familiar.

Jay: Santa looks like he is ready to call it quits!

Leigh: Or a little constipation.

Posted by Craig Schiller almost 14 years ago

I know I couldn't blame him. Nothing worse than screaming kids.  LOL

Thanks Jay 

Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 14 years ago

That's a great pic Craig! Happy Birthday and Christmas!


Posted by Scott Gormley (Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing) almost 14 years ago
I am so glad that Madison did not act like those two when she met Santa... just look at how intrigued she was with his beard.
Posted by Jason Price (Mortgage Financial Group, Inc) almost 14 years ago
I don't blame them - that Santa has way too much forehead.  He is scary looking. And where is his Santa Jacket???   I think he is a phoney and those kids know it. 
Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) almost 14 years ago

Scott: Thanks but it's not my Birthday... its Richs.

Jason: Ya but Madison is a bit younger.... give her a year or 2.

Linda: YES LINDA... everyone one knows this is just a helper.

Posted by Craig Schiller almost 14 years ago
Craig I needed the laugh today! And that is the best photo of Rich Jacobson I have ever seen however did you get that :-)
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 14 years ago
I don't know Craig I think that is you trying to pass yourself off as Santa.  Those are smart kids, I would cry if someone made me sit on your lap......keep your hands in front of you Santa!!!
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 14 years ago
"Lucky" son Hunter is really waiting for got to have special skills to 'work' as santa... I don't have those Thank you Craig.
Posted by Eli Magen (New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company)) almost 14 years ago

OK—before anybody suggests it—that fat guy may have a beard and red suspenders—he is NOT me!

Posted by Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers (Noted Curmudgeons) almost 14 years ago


First of all, did you get that picture online?  Is it copyrighted?    Just Kidding!

There is only one thing missing from that cute little scene, and I'm afraid you're going to have to give it up...give each of those kids your red nose!  That should complete the adorable little scene!

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) almost 14 years ago

Santa looks like he's thinking he they didn't tell him about this part and he doesn't get paid enough.

What do I do noW?   Happy Holidays Craig

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 14 years ago
Poor Santa...wonder how much they get paid?
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 14 years ago
LMAO........ Santa's expression to me screams, "HURRY TAKE THE PICTURE and get these SCREAMING KIDS off my lap!"
Posted by Fran White, Kansas City North Real Estate, 816-682-3897 (North Kansas City Real Estate, Reece and Nichols Residential) almost 14 years ago

Craig, this would be a good photo for a "Best Caption" competition. 

Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) almost 14 years ago

First entry to a Best Caption competition:

As said through his teeth, "Merry $#@%^$ Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Nova Scotia, Canada!

Posted by Tina Parker almost 14 years ago
I wish I could find the picture of my 4 year old punching Santa(me). Lets just say she got more than a lump of coal.
Posted by John Rogers (Century 21 APD) almost 14 years ago

3C: Are you saying crying children make you laugh? Cold... how cold.

Curious George: Now that is a curious thought!

Eli: I think in this case Santa's "skill" is jussssst about at the end of it's rope.

Jay/Med: OH MY GOD.... I could have used this guys face as a substitute for yours in my WREATH!  DAMN!

Val: Where is the Rain Patrol when you need them?

Karen: Oh no... I am sure he does it for the same reason we have our Lottery.... he does it for the "sake of the children!"

Monika: I happen to know he gets a nice big bottle of RimpleMint wrapped in a brand new brown paper bag.  I think he is ready for his "compensation".

Fran: To me it looks like he is just starting to say a word that beging with the letter "F"................................................"Fruitcake!' Ya that's the word!

Jeff: I have a feeling the parents will be reading and enjoying all you are saying here.

Tina: First, I love Nova Scotia. Second, welcome to the Rain. Third, I think you need ONE more letter in that word...doesn't it end with a "G"?

John: When you REALLY think about it... Santa is kinda a scary dude. Remember what we teach our kids about strangers, then we go sit them on one's lap and tell them to smile!


Posted by Craig Schiller almost 14 years ago




Posted by Craig Schiller almost 14 years ago

We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year! Glad tidings we bring To you and your kin! Glad tidings for Christmas And a happy New Year!

Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife (pretend we are singing it works better like that) ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 14 years ago
Craig, let me second the Merry Christmas wish from Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife! Have a truly Merry, Merry Christmas!
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) almost 14 years ago

Great pic Craig.

All I know is that it is a good thing you can see his hands!  ;)

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 14 years ago

Craig - what a picture!! 

I wish you a very nice Christmas, and if you shed tears tomorrow, may they be tears of joy from wonderful memories.

Merry Christmas,

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 14 years ago
Craig, from my family to yours, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a truly amazing 2007... marti, Chantal, Yris & Anais
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( almost 14 years ago
 Yeah Santa looks like he could use a Valium. There's a job I wouldn't want. Craig, have a great holiday and I'll look forward to more of your off-beat humor in the new year.
Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) almost 14 years ago

Those are the pictures that this family will cherish one day, because the kids sitting on the lap acting happy let's face it, that's just not funny. The first year I took my grandson to see Santa, he screamed like that, we were laughing so hard (soory that sounds mean), the guy behind the booth said I guess you don't want that picture. I said, what are you kidding me, that's hysterical...Mean grammy. These kids are just toooo cute.

Merry Christmas

Phyllis Pafumi 


Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) almost 14 years ago
Craig, one last Merry Christmas to you before I fall off to sleep! Enjoy your day!
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) almost 14 years ago
Craig -   Looking forward to your sense of humor,  insights into the staging industry and your take on life in general in the new year.  You really are an inspiration!  Have a great Christmas.
Posted by Maureen Maureen almost 14 years ago
Craig - Hope you had a Merry Christmas.  From the look of the nose you had plenty of Christmas cheer! :-)
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) almost 14 years ago
Hey Craig, I think I sat on that Santa guy's lap the day before I gave up alcohol. Does he have a tattoo of a pirate on his thigh?
Posted by Geno Petro (GenoPetro.House) almost 14 years ago
My twins did the same thing when they were two-but what they did not know was their Father's lap they were crying on! Volunteer Santa at the Daycare. They will laugh about it one day!
Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) almost 14 years ago