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Kids scared of Santa: 15 photos of hilarious ho-ho-horror

They're going to grow up to love Santa, of course. But for now, the strange man in a red suit doesn't suit these babies and toddlers at all.

So they're not having it and they're letting the world know! Santa’s reaction is often priceless, too. So are the efforts of parents to calm, soothe and plead with their children to pose for that perfect Christmas photo.

We asked you to submit your favorite "scared of Santa" photos on the TODAY Parents Facebook page and the response was huge. 

Just to repeat the disclaimer: This isn't about frightening young kids in order to get a funny or cute photo, but sometimes the child who has been begging to see Santa suddenly decides that the big guy is actually terrifying in person. You just have to roll with it.

Here are 15 of our favorite photos:

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"At least we now know his teeth are looking good!" Erin 'Wichman' Mohwinkle writes.
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Notice the older child's perfect ear-plugging technique.
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"After I put the baby in Santa's lap, Santa looked at me and said, 'Your other one's making a run for it!!' I chased down my toddler, put him on Santa's lap, and said, 'Just take the picture!'" Katelyn Sooter Parks writes.
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A grown up providing a buffer zone seems to be helping a little.
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The "Home Alone" face.
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"This is my 14-month-old son Zane throwing a tantrum in the floor because he didn't like Santa," Mary Hibbets writes.
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Other kids seemed to be impressed by the floor technique.
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Now Santa is crying, too.
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Trying to wrangle triplets for a picture with Santa isn't easy! "Poor Santa...my son elbowed him right in the jingle bells!! The elves gave us the picture for free. Said it was the best laugh they ever had!" Denise Neal writes.
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Another trio not thrilled to be there.
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Smile, pretty please?
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They're having a blue Christmas...
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Ho-ho-horror.
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"Not a fan of the big guy. Just turned 1 so maybe next year will be better," Meagan Maus Tiffany writes.
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One child out of four is enjoying this experience.
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    Http://www.creepysantaphotos.com

    Children Scared of Santa

    In 2009 Matt Kane launched a creepy Santa website which hosts different Santa themed photos, which are submitted to him from the people photographed, friends, or family members

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    In the lap of the bearded one

    In 2009 Matt Kane launched a creepy Santa website after he was laid off from a web development job.
    Different Santa themed photos are submitted to him from the people photographed, friends, or family members. Then they are distrubuted throughout the website in different categories such as "Scared of Santa" to "Lady's Man".
    "One of my lifelong hobbies has been collecting old family photographs, and when I started noticing a creepy Santa trend, I realized families all over the world were sharing this bizarre experience," Kane said. "The reason I continue to dedicate myself to the site each December is the joy of transforming one child's moment of terror to at least a chuckle for the rest of us."

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    Ho Ho Horror

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    Shock and awwwww

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    Whiskers and wails

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    Season's bleatings

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    Double trouble

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    Socks, stripes and strife

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    'Who are you and what have you done with Santa?'

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    Seasonal embrace

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    Stoic St. Nick

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    In the claws of Claus

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    Tots, tartan, tears and terror

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