Parents

39 Santa Photos That Did NOT Go As Planned

These kids were not having it.

It’s a time-honored holiday tradition for children to go to the mall to meet Santa Claus, tell him what they want for Christmas and pose for a festive photo. It’s also a time-honored tradition for said photo opp to descend into chaos.

Indeed, many parents end up with photos of their kids screaming, crying, running away or just making a random, silly face with Santa. Sometimes, Santa even joins in on the fun.

We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share photos of their children’s less-than-picture-perfect moments with Santa. All we can say is these kids basically nailed it.

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Courtesy of Jennifer E. Moore
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Courtesy of Christina Sacco Shea
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Courtesy of Aimee Flinn Nechanicky
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Courtesy of Emily Soucy Benevage
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Courtesy of Robin Christmas
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Courtesy of Chikerdee Thompson
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Courtesy of Jennifer Shields May
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Courtesy of Erin Bennett Banks
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Courtesy of Jacqui Lacey Desrosiers
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Courtesy of Sara Nadile
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Courtesy of Rick Ruiz
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Courtesy of Melissa Corcoran
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Courtesy of Andrea Jackson
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Courtesy of Sheri Emmons White
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Courtesy of Jamie Burke
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Courtesy of Sara Almaraz
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Courtesy of Amanda Grace Powell
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Courtesy of Deana Graham
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Courtesy of Chelsey Martin
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Courtesy of Dominique Kirby
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Courtesy of Evelyn Santos
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Courtesy of Laura Frederick
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Courtesy of Liesl Bauer Judah
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Courtesy of Debi Hogan
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Courtesy of Bianca Garcia
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Courtesy of Lindsay Olsen
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Courtesy of Karla Benites Wilder
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Courtesy of Kasi Marshall
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Courtesy of Katie Hall
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Courtesy of Megan OConnor Lister
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Courtesy of Kelly Katz
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Courtesy of Kelly Kathleen
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Courtesy of Lauren Bondini
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Courtesy of Robin Christmas
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Courtesy of Kristin Marie Duarte
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Courtesy of Heather Parker Boggs
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Courtesy of Stephanie Rochelle Fetterer
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Courtesy of Sarina Bales
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Courtesy of Victoria Glenn