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Bad Santa photos

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Hilarious and aww-worthy

You’ve been waiting to take your children to see Santa Claus, so they can sit on his lap, talk about what they want for Christmas, and snap a perfect holiday picture. Unfortunately, reality isn’t always picture-perfect and the results can be less than spectacular. You may find that your own bad Santa photo becomes a treasured part of your holiday memories, like these families did.

AJ and McKaelen

AJ and McKaelen, children of Stephanie from Arizona

It was McKaelen's second time visiting Santa — she was about 18 months old and AJ was a little over 3 years old. She definitely did not want to be there. The camera lady kept trying to make McKaelen smile and I just said, "Just take the darn picture!" I didn't care if she smiled or not, and every Christmas season I take this picture out and laugh and laugh remembering that day. The kids are now 15 and 13 and their younger brother Luke is 11. We still sometimes go and sit on Santa's lap!

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