Was she naughty or nice Little girl strikes unintentionally hilarious pose as she shows Father Christmas (and the camera) a cut on her middle finger
19:14 GMT, 26 December 2012
Could this be the naughtiest little girl ever to meet Santa Claus or is it just a case of a child with a cut finger
Regardless, the picture has become an internet sensation with some dubbing the young girl flipping the finger as the 'best Santa photo ever'.
The cringing reaction of her similarly dressed sister suggests that the stern-faced girl may be indeed be reacting badly to a suggestion from the photographer or Santa – adding to the picture's humor.
Little Girl Wins Christmas: A young girl appears to flip the bird while she and her sister sit on Santa's knee
Taken by a photographer at MWD Photography in Illinois on December 6th, it seems however, that the girl's innocence is preserved as the company's Facebook profile reveals she did indeed have a cut.
Showing off her 'ouchy' to her mom and dad, the little girl only inadvertently provided a magic Christmas moment sat on Santa's knee.
It was a boo boo: Not wishing to be left out the girls sister sticks out her tongue to the camera
To back this up, in a later photograph she turns to Father Christmas to show off her hurt finger, no doubt ensuring that she remains on the 'good' list.
'Do not judge she was showing me her ouchy,' said a post on Facebook from MWD Photography confirming the slightly disappointing fact that the girl indeed had a cut.