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Remember getting your photo taken with Santa at the mall when you were a kid?

Whether you went willingly or had to be dragged by your hair like yours truly, photos with Santa are a time-honored Christmas tradition… for human children.

But if your only babies are fur babies, you can still participate in this slightly awkward Yuletide ritual. And it won’t cost you a thing.

Santa Claus is coming to PetSmart, and he’ll pose with your pet for a free photo.

Head to PetSmart for a Photo With Santa Claus

If you want a Christmas keepsake photo of Fido or Sassy on Santa’s lap, it’s easy to participate. All you have to do is head to a participating PetSmart on Dec. 8-9 or Dec. 15-16 between noon and 4 p.m. local time.

Santa will gamely smile while holding your furry companion, but we’re still not sure whether he’s granting any wishes. He’d have to speak pet, after all.

Jamie Cattanach’s writing has been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder and plans to bring her naughty pets to see Santa this weekend. She updated this post for 2018.

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