EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — When Donnie Walters took son Zeke to have his picture taken with Santa Claus, the 6-month-old boy couldn’t stay awake while they waited in line.

So Santa obliged Walters and posed asleep with the snoozing child resting on his belly.

Walters posted the photos of the sleeping pair on Facebook. The photos taken Nov. 25 at Evansville’s Eastland Mall and posted the following day have been liked 371,000 times and shared more than 195,000.

Walters tells USA Today that “everyone has been very kind.” He says most comments referred to how much the pictures have brightened people’s day.

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Santa is was doing anything but snoozing last year on a local billboard. He was arm with a weapon.

“And you know, ’tis the season, so we thought it would be a good idea,” said Steve Dyke, co-owner of Down Range Indoor Training Center. Dyke says like it or not, the Santa ad is staying up.

It was a side of Santa you don’t normally see. But there he was, loaded up. On the side of Highway 99, it’s a billboard that was bound to raise some eyebrows. Steve says it’s all in good fun.

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