Like many parents around the country, my husband and I have spent the last couple of weekends filling up our calendar with holiday-themed activities like decorating, goofy ugly sweater parties, and yes, even taking the quintessential photos of the kids on Santa’s lap at the mall. But this last activity is the most tricky, because as anyone who has ever tried to take a photo of a child knows, the second you tell a kiddo to say “cheese,” things can go hilariously wrong.
One mom who knows exactly what I am talking about is Kerry Spencer, who recently lit up the Internet with her hysterically funny picture of her son, Samuel, sitting with Santa — and let’s just say that when you see it, you will definitely LOL.
In the image, we can see a rather unimpressed toddler sitting in Santa’s lap. But if you don’t know sign language, then you may miss what is so funny about this picture, which is why the description really drives the punchline home.
Spencer wrote in the tweet, “We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for “help.” You’re welcome.”
See it now? ISN’T THAT SO ADORABLE AND HILARIOUS?
“That picture is one of my most favorite things. It was an accident, and it was so funny,” Spencer told Babble.
The picture has been retweeted 3.8K times and is quickly picking up more steam, as parents everywhere who are bewildered by the holiday chaos seem to need a dose of funny.
Spencer explained to Babble that she taught her babies American Sign Language because young children can learn to sign before they can learn to speak, which makes things much easier on everyone.
“Samuel — my son — didn’t have a huge sign vocabulary, and, like a lot of babies who learn baby sign, was prone to ‘mispronouncing’ words (you can see in the picture his hand is thumb sideways when, strictly speaking, in ASL it’s supposed to be thumbs up) … but he knew enough words to be able to tell me the bulk of what I needed to know — whether he was hungry, thirsty, sad, excited to see a kitty cat, needed help, wanted to be picked up, etc.,” she shared.
Since Samuel, who is now 13, was the first grandchild on both sides of the family, everyone, especially the grandparents, wanted to see lots of photos of the delightfully sweet baby experiencing his first Christmas.
“He was one year old in the picture. It was the first time we were supposed to try to go see Santa,” Spencer shared. “He did not like Santa.”
Spencer told Babble that Samuel, who is a generally well-behaved and polite baby, didn’t squirm or cry while sitting on Santa’s lap. In fact, she didn’t even notice any red flags that Samuel was having anything other than a pleasant experience, saying, “I didn’t actually realize he had been signing for help until I saw the pictures. And, omg I died.”
The original photo is actually a few years old, and the family has made somewhat of a tradition to repost it on Facebook every year.
Being funny seems to run the family — even Samuel’s younger sister has some great punchlines on the topic of Santa. Spencer shared that Lily, age 11, once said, “He is so sketch, he stalks you. He kisses your mother. And don’t get me started on the whole grandma situation.”