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25 Times Kids Really Didn't Enjoy Their Holly Jolly Photo-Op With Santa

Every year, parents bring their kids to the mall to get their picture taken with Santa. They get the chance to finally ask for what they really want, and maybe justify some of those days where they didn't exactly make the nice list.

The problem is that kids don't seem to always love being handed to a stranger and being told to smile. I guess having a bearded man laugh a jolly "ho, ho, ho" in your face doesn't seem to make everyone happy. Luckily, Santa is a pro and never seems to take it personally. You know what, it can be overwhelming to meet a celebrity, can you really blame these kids?

1. They might try to run and hide

Ashton-Michael Kirkham

2. Sometimes one gets upset and the other just doesn't get what all the fuss is about

Julee Wilson

3. The face of pure joy

Kimberly Cardoza

4. It looks as though Santa just told her she didn't make the "Nice" list

Peggy Smith

5. Listen, he's doing his best, but sometimes even Santa breaks down

Bridget Waldman Sheeran

6. "Mom, please, I swear I'll eat the carrots if you save me!"

Amy Klebart

7. "He said a pony wouldn't fit down the chimney!"

Julie Simms

8. Even presents couldn't save him...

Jocelynn Lauren

These aren't the only kids having a rough Christmas...

9. Mrs. Claus isn't much better with the kids

Charlene Connors

10. Sometimes a healthy dose of curiosity is smart, I mean he is a stranger

Gloria Inukjuark Pameolik

11. When Santa says he doesn't have a favorite but you know he does...

12. Escape at all costs

Celeste Sue-Ann Collins

13. They've mastered the slither escape

Lindsay Menchenton

14. "Please, just give me the present and let me leave! Fine, I don't even need the present!"

Chantal Parsons

15. When your brother does nothing to save you from this terror

Roxanne Veldman

16. The full spectrum of reactions, from terror to defeat

Michelle Quinlan

17. "I HATE THIS BOOK!"

Liz Perez Gillenwater

Santa has had a bad day, but it just keeps getting worse...

18. "Mom, I thought you loved me!"

Kelly Slovak

19. When you simply cannot handle the stress anymore

Christine Kelly

20. Three out of three sisters agree, this wasn't worth it

Jennifer Silvers Baird

21. Santa seems to know how to go with the flow, even when it oozes onto the floor

Amy Raffety

22. "Mom, I'm so over this, she's being unreasonable."

Stephanie Russell Patterson

23. "I'll never forgive you for this!"

Joy Harper Reddy

24. The one girl on the top right knows that this means she gets all the presents

Francesca Tatoy Claudy

25. "He said I was getting clothes for Christmas"

Jackie Crump Earley

Maybe this is why Santa hides out for 90% of the year...

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com