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25 Hilarious Photos of Santa Claus with Crying or Otherwise Unhappy and Traumatized Children

By Meredith Carroll |

Bad Santa

Bad, bad Santa

It just wouldn’t be Christmas if a child on Santa’s lap didn’t start weeping or screaming out of terror or some kind of long-lasting trauma. Or if Santa didn’t look utterly bored, drunk and otherwise mildly inappropriate.

This Christmastime is no exception.

We asked Babble readers to share photos of their unhappy children with Santa Claus, and, boy, did they ever deliver. Here are some of our favorites. Merry Christmas:

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It Wouldn't be Christmas if a Child Wasn't Scared of Santa

Double the trauma.

Photo of Nora and Hadry submitted by Stephanie Duesing

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About Meredith Carroll


Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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