The smell of mulled wine, mince pies and pine needles infuses your home. The fire is crackling, the tree is decorated and the family is winding down for the year.
All that’s left is the annual trip to visit Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. That is, if you can maintain a sense of decorum and not descend into a sweaty mess of fear and anger like these terrified children do.
We’ve rounded up the 50 greatest moments when children met Santa and a little piece of them died inside.
1. The “He Knows What I’m Thinking” Santa
Christmas is a serious business for this Santa. Santa doesn’t suffer fools lightly.
2. The “I Don’t Get Paid Enough For This” Santa
Meeting Santa is the worst thing that has ever happened to this girl.
3. The “Your Parents Can’t Help You Now” Santa
4. The “Lounge Lizard” Santa
As a child reaches out for his parents behind the camera, a dream of Christmas dies.
5. This Santa
Parenting Attachment Theory 101.
6. The “Mistletoe” Santa
Two children, each more petrified of Santa than the last.
7. The “Uncle” Santa
Slowly, a child learns a valuable lesson about trust.
8. The “Sleepy” Santa
Never before (or since) have children been this terrified by anything.
9. The “Mall” Santa
Clawing at the wall, a child descends into madness.
10. The “Velvet Underground” Santa
Leopard-print bow or not, this child cries real tears on Santa’s lap.
11. The “Ransom” Santa
Santa doesn’t know who you are. Santa doesn’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, Santa can tell you, he doesn’t have money. But what he does have are a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people like you. If you let his daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. He will not look for you, he will not pursue you. But if you don’t, he will look for you, he will find you, and he will kill you.
12. The “Off-Duty” Santa
13. The “Creepy” Santa
Does not want.
14. The “Middle Management” Santa
Attachment parenting fail.
50. The Bonus “BA Baracus” Santa
BA Baracus dresses up as Santa and meets first lady, Nancy Reagan, in 1983.