Santa's little yelpers: Hilarious pictures of children screaming and crying during trips to Christmas grottoesOnline snaps show children utterly dismayed by a festive visit to SantaParents posting images of unruly, crying youngsters
20:09 GMT, 4 December 2012
Christmas is normally a happy time when families enjoy spending the festive season together, while children impatiently await a visit from Santa Claus and the presents he brings.
But these online pictures show that not all children share a love of jolly old St Nick.
In fact, some are actively terrified of him, as demonstrated by these funny snaps posted by parents, presumably seeking to share their pain and get a modicum of revenge on their miserable offspring.
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Humbug: These brothers cannot find a sliver of Christmas cheer, even with bribes of candy cane
Double trouble: Even jolly old St Nick struggles to contain his hangdog expression as these children burst into screaming floods of tears
Hat's off: Santa gamely grins for the camera despite the utterly miserable pair's vocal protestations
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Santa's grottoes around the world are springing up and most children are happy to sit on Santa's knee and let him know if they've been naughty or nice and what presents they want under their Christmas tree.
But not these sobbing youngsters, who were driven to rivers of tears, clenched fists and ear-splitting screeching as they meet the kindly old Father Christmas.
In most of the pictures Santa gamely smiles for the camera despite the squirming, scared youngster, but in many the viewer will see a resigned hint of the Christmas blues behind the fake beard and grandfatherly specs.
Hopefully their unfounded fears about
Santa Claus will have disappeared by Christmas Eve and they will
remember to leave him a nice mince pie and a glass of milk.
Santa's little yelpers: Even holding hands with Father Christmas can't placate these scared little boys
The Grinch: These smiling Santas cannot cheer a girl smartly dressed for the season and a wailing little boy
Brighten up: This little one's mood is a stark contrast to his colourful jumper. Parents have shared their hilarious Christmas photos online