What began with one friend’s photo of a child terrified of Santa Claus has burgeoned into the final gallery of 24 photos submitted by you, our game Consumerist readers. Whether you had one child or two, tears or outright hissy fits, we’d like to thank you for bringing a dash of humor to the whole situation and for being willing to contribute to our bit of holiday fun. Better luck next year perhaps?
Scroll down to see all 24 photos, captions for each child are below the images. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Chevawn’s stoy is especially great as she and her sister Devon actually knew Santa very well: “The best part of this picture is that my dad is the Santa in the picture. It was the only year he ever did that as a side job and the only year we were inconsolable visiting Santa. He even said our names, hoping we’d recognize his voice. No dice. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough!”
Jonathan writes: “Here’s Ben and Jack, 20-month old twin brothers. I don’t think Ben & Jack knew what was coming, because they were definitely not pleased to be handed over to Santa. We had a hard time choosing just one picture, because there were several in a row taken of crying faces and arms outstretched. This is the one we decided on, and it’s definitely a classic. The best part was when we picked them up, they immediately stopped crying, smiled, and then waved and said ‘bye bye’ to Santa.”
Mark writes: “Our kids Patrick, Sean and Collin had no interest in playing along with this Santa and quite honestly, this Santa was a real d&$#, so I don’t blame them. He kept yelling at the girl to hurry up and take the picture.”
Paul writes: “The photo was taken last year at my church. My oldest, Anthony, tried his best to contain his laughter at the sheer terror that Alex was experiencing. Needless to say, it seems that the experience was traumatic as this year, Alex is creeped out by our Santa figures in the house.”
Kevin and Nicole write: “This is our son Finnegan (20 months) and daughter Penelope (5 weeks) with the Santa Claus at our real estate office holiday shindig they do every year. Finnegan saw the same Santa last year and him, just peacefully gazing up at him for a lovely holiday picture. Then this year, with his new status as toddler-who-fears-all-things, the following ensued.”
Erica writes: “Dean, age 1.5, at Bass Pro last year. His older brother Kent (4.5) was perfectly happy to be there, but Dean started crying as soon as we went near Santa. He only managed to calm down a little bit when I put some distance between him and the Big Guy by holding him instead… but check out his huge lip.”
Mickie writes: “This is my 21-month-old son, Connor. Connor started screaming the second he laid eyes on St. Nick at our real estate office. The kindly elf lady offered to hold him for a picture, since he was bucking like a bronco trying to escape. My son beat the crap out of that poor elf trying to escape. Now we call him Elf Slayer.”