Just because your dad is Mark Wahlberg shouldn't mean you can't sit on Santa's lap. That's what Wahlberg's four kids — Ella, 8, Michael, 5, Brendan, 3, and Grace, almost 2 — must have been thinking before dad accompanied them Tuesday, along with wife Rhea Durham, 33, to see Old Saint Nick at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Wahlberg, 40, who has been filming Broken City with Catherine Zeta-Jones and stars in Contraband, due out in January, once said that because he comes from a big family he is comfortable with the idea of expanding it. “I’m the youngest of nine,” he told Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last year, “So the more the merrier.”

Seems pretty merry already.

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