Getting your Christmas photos taken on Santa’s lap is a wholesome tradition dating back many years, and it turns out that it’s not just for kids. These 2 guys were at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, WA, back in 2006 and decided to have a little fun with their Santa pictures. They posed a cheesy picture with the mall’s iconic, undoubtedly real Santa and a tradition was born, one that continues to this very day.

The photos get progressively more creative as the buddies clearly embrace their yearly Christmas photoshoot, bringing a little of each year’s pop culture highlights along with them. Santa gets right in on the Christmas spirit act too, playing along hilariously and probably seeing it as a little light relief from the usual snotty, demanding toddlers.

This year, the pair have a new addition to the Santa photos tradition. Dressed up as Avengers characters they are joined by a tiny, snoozing Spiderman. So while the guys have barely seemed to age throughout the entire process, now we get to see a whole new superhero grow up in the next few year’s cute photos!

Santa, 2006

Weird, 2007

Twilight, 2008

Justin Timberlake And Lonely Island, 2009

Party rock, 2010

Breaking bad, 2012

Adventure time, 2013

Star wars, 2015

Pokemon, 2016

Stranger things, 2017

Avangers, 2018

Here’s what people had to say about the wholesome tradition: