So people ask me quite a lot if I pose him for the shots, and the answer for most of them is completely no (as in the next one that's coming, which I totally love), but sometimes -- yes and no. Here, I said, "Hey, do you wanna do something for a Christmas shot?" and he replied "Yeah! I wanna wrap the garland around me like a mustache, but over my whole face and over my head too! And I want to make the surprised eyes but not for too long so the light doesn't get them!"
So it's really more about letting him pose, and pouncing on the opportunity. Once in a while I'll go crazy and suggest something like "Hey! Let's get a shot of you happy in front of the tree! You're happy already!" He just rolls his eyes. We go with his ideas.
Merry Christmas and Happy Everything.