These photos of kids freaked out by Santa, either crying or just all-around sad, are proof that the Christmas icon isn’t as beloved as one might imagine.
Why so sad, guys? Many line up for the long haul to meet Santa, only to have their little one completely scared to death by the stranger in the red suit.
Of course, it’s all captured in these bad Santa photos, and while a lot of the expressions are hilarious, some of the kids’ reactions are beyond terrified.
I can’t say I blame the kids, really. Some of these mall Santas would make a grown man cry.
My kids were never particularly interested in waiting to see Santa or wanted to sit on his lap. They sat with a co-worker of mine who was dressed like Santa at a couple of holiday kid parties that my employer had, but we never endured the wait to see Santa or had the all out freak out that some of these kids experienced.
For more kid photo fail fun, check out these Awkward School Pictures!