Iâ€™ll introduce this yearâ€™s post with last yearâ€™s thoughtsâ€¦
I really loved putting together the Sweet Santa Photo Contest post. Now more than ever, I so appreciated seeing all the sweet babes with their wonderful holiday smiles. That being saidâ€¦ there is something really, really funny about Scary Santa photos. Iâ€™m sure Scary Santa pics arenâ€™t everyoneâ€™s cup of tea, but itâ€™s kind of a childhood right of passage, isnâ€™t it? Trust me â€“ I have my own Scary Santa pictures, and the 1985-version of me looks pretty damn funny as I scream in (poor, poor) Santaâ€™s face.
Iâ€™m not sure why wee ones are so freaked out by Santa â€“ maybe itâ€™s the beard, maybe itâ€™s the red suit, maybe itâ€™s just the pressure of being â€˜onâ€™ in front of the camera. But man, oh man â€“ does Santa elicit some major freak outs. The Scary Santa photos were judged based on the following categories: the overall creepiness of Santa; Santaâ€™s own freaked out expression; and the oh-so-dramatic expression on the kiddoâ€™s face.
First upâ€¦ The Scary Honorable Mentions
Megan sent in this sweet AND scary Santa combo pic!
Regina wrote, â€œThis was Jackson’s first year meeting Santa. As soon as I put him down, he flipped out. He’s usually constantly hamming it up and to be honest, I love this picture so much more. Priceless.â€
Becky wrote, â€œWe had high hopes as we were on our way to meet Santa at Birkdale. Instead of a great big smile, we received this gem instead! Anderson just turned 17 months and is the most social kid. Apparently he wasn’t feeling Santa this year!â€
Becca wrote, â€œOur daughter Ouisie (said like Weezie) who is 3 was all talk after crying the past two years. When it was our turn, she freaked outâ€¦ and Santa wasn’t excited either!â€
Charity wrote, â€œAs you can see Santa was a huge hit this year! We even tried Mrs. Clause.. He clung onto my husband like we were feeding him to sharks! I can’t look at it without laughing!!â€
Megan sent in this picture of her daughter Ellie.
Heather said, â€œThe reindeer in the background of the Santa pic seem to be saying to one another, â€˜Looks like we have another set of screamersâ€¦â€™â€
Jen sent in a Scary Santa COLLAGE! She wrote, â€œMy son is 3.5 now and hates his picture being taken and Santa apparentlyâ€¦.one day we will get a smile ;). He even has his sister joining in.â€
Juliet sent in this photo of her screamer James.
Sara said, â€œLukas doesnâ€™t look too sure about this creepy Santaâ€¦â€
Whitney wrote, â€œLast year our daughter (then 5 months) was great for Santa! Not so much this year. I have titled, this work of art, "How could you do this to me?!" Luckily Santa kept it together!â€
Melissa said, â€œMy 11 month old daughter Molly meeting Santa for the first time!â€
J wrote, â€œThis is Sierraâ€™s second year visiting Santa and her second freak out. Santaâ€™s â€œShoot me nowâ€ face makes the picture.â€
Andrea sent in this one:
Lisa wrote, â€œThe 2 yrd old is my son "Jack", from Dartmouth NS. His big brother "Owen" and cousin "Gracie" are sitting on each side of him.â€
Brooke wrote, â€œThis is my daughter Sydney at 16 months. Santa is actually her daddy. He plays Santa every year for the foster kids in our county. We even pulled down his beard at one point to show her it was daddy but she was absolutely terrified of him!â€
Laurenâ€™s daughter Emma was a screamer for sure.
Stephani sent in this pic:
Kim wrote, â€œThis is the photo of my daughter Sadie meeting Santa for the first time. She was not thrilled to be put on his lap! I thought it was kind of hilarious, does that make me a bad mom? :)â€
Lekki wrote, â€œI felt for sure this year would be a sweet Santa, but… no….â€
Haley wrote, â€œMy son Asher with Santa at our neighborhood Christmas party. Maybe next year will go better.â€
Whitney wrote, â€œThis was Whitten’s second time to meet Santa and it did NOT go as smoothly as the first time!! He is officially scared to death of dear old Santa. We had to laugh because the poor man playing Santa looked so helpless with Whitten screaming bloody murder at him!â€
Christina wrote, â€œCouldn’t resist sending in a pic of our Arthur meeting Santa tonight. He is 23 months old. He was actually fine right before and afterwards gave Santa a high five!â€
Jillian wrote, â€œMy normally charming, people-loving 10-month-old was not fond of Santa.â€
Katie wrote, â€œTell us how you really feel, Oliviaâ€¦â€
Jenn sent in this picture!
Amanda wasnâ€™t sure if this should go in Sweet Santa or Scary Santa. Just for Santaâ€™s expression, I say â€“ SCARY!
Kristi says, â€œPure tortureâ€¦.â€
Brie sent in this Santa picture.
Rachel wrote, â€œMy 4 1/2 yr old daughter was super pumped to see Santa…until she actually *saw* Santa! Meanwhile my 22mo old son looks like he’s about to rip off Santa’s hat.â€
Tracy sent in this entry.
Amy wrote, â€œWe put her on Santa’s lap and witnessed a moment of shock and a second laterâ€¦ pure terror.â€
Alexa sent in this very Scary Santa.
Here are the finalists! Which is your favorite Scary Santa picture?
Scary Santa #1: Lori sent in this picture. I thoroughly liked the giant bow, cute matching shoes, and Santaâ€™s exasperated expression.
Scary Santa #2: Although not a screamer, I still love this one. Holly wrote, â€œI’m not entirely sure which category this fits into, perhaps "boyfriend repellent" for those teenage years?â€
Scary Santa #3: Hereâ€™s Mazlynâ€¦ Enough said!!!
Scary Santa #4: Stephanie sent in this gem.
Scary Santa #5: Victoria said, â€œHer shirt says Santa loves me. Her face says not so much.â€
Which Scary Santa photo is your favorite? Vote for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 in the comments section. On Christmas, Iâ€™ll compile all the votes and pick the winner, who will receive a fun prize.