You Can't Help but Laugh at These 19 Kids Who Are Absolutely Terrified of Santa Claus

For some children, meeting Santa Claus and telling him that they've been good (and would like a bicycle, please) is the highlight of their year — for other kiddos, well, not so much. If your child isn't a fan of the man in red, it's likely your holiday cards were sent out with the one photo taken before they started screaming, or you were forced to choose another photo altogether in order to really showcase your little babe's happy smile. However, some parents — we'll call them "heroes" — admit defeat completely and choose to send out their holiday cards featuring a photo of their child with a look of sheer terror on their face while sitting on Santa's lap.

Ahead, find 19 photos of children truly terrified of Santa Claus that are — whether you feel bad or not — comedy gold.

Flickr user Peter Dutton

At least one child wasn't crying?

Photography by Brandi Hill

Even Santa can't take the screams during this terrifying session.

Flickr user Toshimasa Ishibashi

He won't even go near the lap.

Flickr user William Prost

We know which kid has her eye on the holiday card prize, and which one just really needs his mom at this difficult time.

Instagram | missbrifox

Her terror is upsetting Saint Nick.

Flickr user Michael Daddino

One smile (ish) out of three ain't bad!

Getty | Frederic J. Brown

The only thing more terrifying than sitting on Santa's lap is realizing that Santa won't let you run away.

Flickr user Lane Fournerat

Honestly, Santa looks a bit more out of sorts than the kiddo here.

Instagram | ethan_mr_alvarez

This highly authentic Santa looks wonderful, on the upside.

Flickr user Joe Stump

You can almost hear the screams . . .

Flickr user Valerie

Like any good big brother, the tot on the left looks almost elated at his little brother's distress.

Instagram | celiav23

He doesn't want to look at the camera, and he doesn't want the candy you've bribed him with.

Photography by Brandi Hill

Smiling is prohibited.

Instagram | pariban31

She wants to be literally anywhere but this bearded man's lap.


Santa's calling for reinforcements.