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26 Kids who really hate Santa Claus

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Nothing says 'holiday cheer' like babies and toddlers screaming at Santa Claus.

It's OK, kids, I think Santa is a little frightening, too.

1. Escape attempt

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

She's so close to getting away.

Image: Unsafebet

2. Double the Santa hate

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

2009 Santa panic. Somehow it's timeless.

Image: Bekki Lyon

3. Guilty Santa

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Image: USAG Humphreys/Flickr

Is it just me or does Santa look like he feels bad for scaring this kid?

4. Terrified toddler

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

No, she isn't going to smile for the camera.

Image: Sky Croswell

5. Vintage Santa tantrum

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Image: Greis

Reaching for Mom in terror since 1980.

6. That does not tickle

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Image: Laura

She developed an irrational fear of white gloves after that.

7. Get. Me. Out. Of. Here.

"My tiny little fingers are reaching for you to save me, Mom."

8. The action shot

Creepy Old Man on 4th St? #awkwardsantaphoto #classic #santa #westberkeley #holiday2012 #christmas

A photo posted by Maynard (@mostsmartist) on

This kid is clearly doing the tuck and lunge to get away by falling to the ground. Much safer than the guy with the beard.

9. A moment of uncertainty

My nieces! #awkwardsantaphotos #merryChristmas

A photo posted by Dr. Dan Kehres (@drkehres) on

Kid on the right isn't sure what's happening. Don't worry, Mom, he will quickly take a cue from the kid on the left.

10. Santa is so excited, though!

At least the older kid looks relatively smug.

11. Now that's just sad

The quiet, quivering lips fill my heart with sadness.

12. Like a prayer

#tbt #throwback #weirdsanta

A photo posted by BadGalAmbie (@_amburrito1) on

This child is literally praying it will all be over soon.

13. I don't like baby Santa!

What a sad cutie.. #sadwithsanta #amomentsreflectionphotography #santapix

A photo posted by A Moments reflection (@amomentsreflectionphotography) on

She's crying because Santa is clearly a 13-year-old boy.

14. Pajama Santa is no fun

He wants away from Santa's ornament-themed camouflage pajama set.

15. Make it stop

"Get this kid off of me." — Santa

16. Happy Holi-no!

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Image: Colbalt123/Flickr

Dad had to intervene in this crisis situation.

17. They'll never know we're fake sleeping

#santafail #sorrysanta #notafan

A photo posted by kpedicone (@kpedicone) on

"Maybe if we pretend to pass out, our Mom will whisk us away from here. Far, far away."

18. Are you wearing a bow, Santa?

#santafail

A photo posted by kcfoshee (@kcfoshee) on

Old men should not wear bows, or anything that looks like a bow. That's downright frightening.

19. Santa looks spent

#naughtylist #santafail

A photo posted by Yuki Yang (@yukiyang806) on

The little half-smile tells us that Santa is about done with these kids.

20. A full-fledged panic attack

With the little shaking hands and everything. Ack.

21. Santa's real beard is just too much

Oh the torture. (She'll laugh with us one day. Haha) 🎅 #santafail

A photo posted by Jocelyn Brody (@jottieb) on

I'm with you, kid. I prefer when Santa sports a fake beard.

22. Double trouble

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Image: Peter Dutton/Flickr

Neither of these adorable little girls are having it.

23. Maybe she's just yawning?

Santa 1 ~ Olive 0 #santafail

A photo posted by Jen (@jstrib12) on

You know, with the camera blur, she might just be laughing or yawning. We'll go with that.

24. Don't you recognize him?

Haha Fletcher hates Santa even if it's granddaddy!!

A photo posted by Shanna (Tubb) Veilleux (@mrs.veilleux) on

Photo caption tells us that Santa is actually his granddad. Get in the game, child.

25. I see a family portrait

Santa Visit 2013 CharleyVivianKeller KinsleyLoganKeller #BaileyGraceKeller #SantaFail #HoHoHo #MerryChristmas

A photo posted by The Keller Family (@jessicacelestekeller) on

Maybe just Photoshop that kid in the middle, though.

26. What kind of Mom allows this to happen?

There's something so jolly about a terrified kid on Santa's lap

Photo Credit: Mary McCoy

Oh, wait. That's my kid. #MomOfTheYear

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