Parenting

36 Santa Photos That Did NOT Go As Planned

12/15/2014 11:29am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Year after year, parents tote their kids to their local malls or department stores to pose for festive holiday photos with Santa. And time after time, many families end up with hilarious photos of their children screaming, crying, running away, or just making a random silly face with good ole Kris Kringle.

We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to share photos of their kids' less than picture-perfect moments with Santa this year. The submissions show that sitting on the lap of a jolly white-bearded stranger is not a universally joyful experience. Go figure.

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Kathy John/Facebook
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Tracey Marie Saari/Facebook
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Kelly Kaufman/Facebook
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Bethany Silverman/Facebook
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Heady Pardew/Facebook
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Jenn Cenicola/Facebook
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Cathy Ghrist Walker/Facebook
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Jenille Powers/Facebook
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Jennifer Lyons/Facebook
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Ted Herrera Jr./Facebook
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Suz Anne/Facebook
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Erica Lell Snipes/Facebook
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Katrina Iles/Facebook
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Erin Burns/Facebook
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Nicole Quiett-May/Facebook
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Jessica Reedstrom/Facebook
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Leigh Anne Sanzotta/Facebook
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Jolene Romero- Early/Facebook
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Meghan Schoening/Facebook
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Jenica Joy Runkel/Facebook
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Lindsay Gaetz Panis/Facebook
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Anne Schmidt Flavin/Facebook
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Maggie Wiseman Rogula/Facebook
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Meg Brunson/Facebook
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Megan Busse Smeaton/Facebook
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Laura Bueno Garcia/Facebook
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Melinda Tafoya Dean/Facebook
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Jenny Lee/Facebook
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Bob Seifert/Facebook
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Jen Daley Herrera/Facebook
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Elizabeth Myller/Facebook
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Rachel Curtis/Facebook
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Laura Kolibal Brandt/Facebook
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Kristin Seifert-Spielberg/Facebook
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Jennifer Silva-Sadder/Facebook
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Felita Vizcarra/Facebook
Awkward Family Photos Holiday Edition