16 Hilariously Awkward Photos With Santa Claus

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'Tis the season for dressing up the kids and paying Santa a visit. But for a lot of little ones, sitting on Mr. Claus's lap and sharing that all-important wish list is NOT the most wonderful time of the year. What is it about St. Nick that's so wonderful in theory and yet so frightening in person? While it's hard to be the parent of the screamer on Santa's lap, it's definitely not uncommon. As the years pass and we have a chance to look back on those photos, they can actually be the source of hours of laughter. 

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If one asks any children above the age of 5 what Christmas means to them, they will absolutely say something to the effect of "Santa bringing us presents!" Children below 5? "Please don't make me see that big, scary guy at the mall!" Maybe it's because Santa is a stranger; maybe it's because the kids haven't caught on that this is the guy who brings them gifts. But sometimes little kids have the most hilarious reactions to visiting Santa for the first time. The screaming, the tears, the general sense of dread ... horrible at the time, hilarious many years later. We found a collection of photos that show just hilariously awkward the whole thing can be. 

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