Chris Burd, 27, was engaged to his fiancée when he and his relatives were looking through his old childhood photos. They noticed that one of them, taken when he was 13 years old, showed him sitting on the lap of a mall Santa Claus. That Santa Claus was his own future father-in-law:
“My mom was going through old photos and said she thinks one of my old Santa pictures was me sitting on my fiancé’s dad’s lap,” Chris told ABCNews.com. “And I just told her she’s nuts. So later in the week I went over to the house and saw it and decided it wasn’t him. But later on, I took a closer look and was like, ‘Oh my God. That’s Liz’s dad.”
Chris and Liz Burd had just gotten engaged last December, right around the same time Chris’s mother, Charlene Burd, was pulling out pictures from past Christmases to use for a holiday scrapbook gift.
“Right after we got engaged, my now-mother-in-law was looking through pictures and at first glance was like, ‘No, that cannot be,’” Liz said. “In the six years we had been together, this picture had never come up. She [Charlene] looked closely and thought, ‘Wow. That looks like Elmer.”