25 of The Saddest Santa Pictures Ever

The smell of pine filling the house. Matching pajamas on Christmas morning. Ornaments passed down from generation to generation.


The biggest thing I miss out on as a non-Christmas celebrating mother isn’t any of those things. It’s screaming Santa pictures, of course. I just can’t get enough of the jolly old man pathetically holding a child screaming bloody murder. That’s just the kind of mother I am.

Since I won’t be sharing my own Santa pictures with you, I present you with some of my favorite’s from the Scary Mommy Facebook page…

terror with santa

Funny Santa

crying with santa

I hate you, Santa!

screaming with santa

screams with santa

screaming boy with santa

crying babies with santa

scared kids with santa

crying girl with santa

Funny Santa Picture

scared girl with santa


scared kids with santa

crying girl with santa

crying girl with santa

Sad Santa
Screaming Santa
Screaming at Santa
Crying Santa
I hate Santa!
Crying with Santa
Scary Santa
Crying with Santa

Sad baby

Christmas tears
There were too many hilarious photos to post, so check them out on my page. And keep posting them! I love living vicariously through you.

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


The Mean Mama 2 years ago

never realized what a sadist Santa is!

tothemoondandback 3 years ago

I laughed way too hard at these..

Liv 3 years ago

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Lynn Kellan 3 years ago

All of those poor kids look like I do whenever my husband asks, “What’s for dinner?”

Shanna @ Motherhood on the Rocks 3 years ago

We’re going to visit Santa for the first time this year. It’ll be interesting to see if she ends up like one of these!

Lees 3 years ago

After the third kid, I’m just pretty relieved that we can still get them all in one shot so I only have to pay for one picture.

Roxy 3 years ago

I laughed the entire time…OMG they all look scared to death!

Kristen Brakeman 3 years ago

Frankly I always wondered who were these kids that actually wanted to sit on Santa’s lap? Mine have all refused.
Most of these would make great Christmas cards!

Mercy 3 years ago

These are both cute and sad. Why make your kid take the pic if they are scared of sitting on a strangers lap?

Kiran 3 years ago

Ok – I love these pictures. I feel for the babies. Boo hoo. But really I feel bad for the Santas. How much would you want a goddamn drink after a gig like that? And they have to keep smiling through it all while some kid is kicking their shins and wiping their boogers on their suits.

I feel for Santa much differently now.

Gigi 3 years ago

Oh, poor Santa! Now we all know why he loves the eggnog so much!

Debbie McCormick 3 years ago

…and…Santa keeps on smiling through it all. Bless him. I would hate that job.

Shell 3 years ago

These are so funny! Sometimes my boys refused to go sit with Santa- so we don’t have any screaming pics- even as little ones, mine wouldn’t stay with Santa long enough to take the screaming pic if they didn’t want to be there! Now I’m bummed about it b/c that would have make for some great pics! 😉

Alissa 3 years ago

The first one is my favorite by far!

Audrey 3 years ago

I just embarrassed myself because I randomly burst into hysterical laughter at work when I should be, well, working. Thanks for this! I can’t wait to see how DS16 mo. reacts to Santa this year!

June O’Hara 3 years ago

I can’t decide who I feel worse for, the Santas or the kids.

VaL! 3 years ago

Number 6, “crying babies with santa”. That face from the baby on the right side, in red. The best. You should make a contest for “Best crying face”

OMG, I laughed!

Tracy Larson 3 years ago

Too funny! I think we’ve been to all those Santas. :)

Karen 3 years ago

I have a Santa picture with my daughter screaming her head off. It’s my favorite of any of them. I remember I had to tell the people to take the photo. You put them in the lap and you get what you get, right? These pictures are all so funny.

Heidi Bryan 3 years ago

Totally excited that we made the cut :) Thanks for picking my sweet babies. I still can’t believe they were horrified when I not only wanted to order pics of this pose, but I wanted the digital rights to the photo. Who doesn’t love a screaming Santa picture??

Jenny From the Blog 3 years ago

Show me one picture of Santa crying with a kid who’s smiling. Nothing would make me happier this holiday season!

RobsJenna 3 years ago

Santa’s expression in the second picture. “You’ve got to be effing joking.”

    MissMamaMarina 3 years ago

    That baby’s mine. :) Santa was not having it. I was laughing, taking the picture and apologizing profusely all at the same time.

Jennifer 3 years ago

I don’t know if I feel more sad for the kids or for the Santa that has to hold screaming kids all day. I guess the happy kids make up for the sad ones.

Lori Z. 3 years ago

I revel in how much my son hates Santa. Santa waves at him at the mall and I have to loudly shout “no, thanks” and run him away…such great preservation instincts!

Beth Tek 3 years ago

You need to make a slide show of these and set it to music. I vote for Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Lollie ~ The Fortuitous Housewife 3 years ago

Sitting in my little home office, or as I call it “The Cell”, laughing my a** off.

I particularly love the juxtaposition of the holiday-best ensembles some of these poor tikes were forced to wear — makes me wonder if it’s Santa they’re crying about or the outfit.

Aaren 3 years ago

The 3rd to last pictures Santa is scary as hell Id be crying to

    Aaren 3 years ago

    Its actually the 4th to last my bad, looks likes he’s on something

Annie 3 years ago

Thanks for the laugh. I’ve got a couple of those shots myself. My kids were terrorized by Santa.

Myndee 3 years ago

Hilarious! I plan on torturing mine this evening.

Amber 3 years ago

I real have to give props to the santas!

Julie Warwick 3 years ago

The funniest ones are when one kid is sitting there and happy and smiling and the other one is screaming bloody murder!

Erika 3 years ago

I don’t know why you wouldn’t take your kids. I take my Jewish kids every year to see Santa. It pisses my husband off, and makes it even more hilarious. Start a new tradition this year!

    Erin 3 years ago

    That. Is. Awesome. I was one of those Jewish kids growing up – technically still am – and my father used to BE Santa at Christmas parties. Lasting impressions on both of us for sure.

Rebecca 3 years ago

Poor Santa – it’s a thankless (but hilarious) job!

S. Pinneo / Julia’s Child 3 years ago

LOL! I was that kid.

Keely 3 years ago

I love the long-suffering expressions on some of the Santas’ faces! I mean, talk about crappy jobs…

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 3 years ago

One word : Hilarious! I just adore the sixth one! Both kids, so nicely dressed and so very very angry…
The one with the dog is great too.

michelle 3 years ago

#10 santa is kinda creepy lol. Also I love the ones with siblings. One is smiling because they are so happy to be with santa then the other just freaks out.

Leanne Shirtliffe (Ironic Mom) 3 years ago

I. Love. These. Way better than happy Santa photos.

For the record, I’m still scared of Santa. And don’t even get me started about clowns.

sara 3 years ago

the 3rd to last one is just creepy… that santas face give me chills.

Natasha 3 years ago

ahahaha these are awesome.

Jessica 3 years ago

And I thought out freak out last week was bad…

Alison 3 years ago

OMG too funny! I mean, poor kids.

Kelly @ In the Mom Light 3 years ago

Ok seriously, who are these people that want to dress up like Santa and make kids cry all “holiday” season??? Seem like you’d have to be kind of a weirdo to do that job!

    Jenelle W. 3 years ago

    The Santa’s I have known or have talked to don’t do it to make kids scream. They do it to help the magic of Santa live on. It’s a thankless job with screaming kids, getting peed on, and being bored our of your skull – but they do it for the kids that love it.

Stephanie 3 years ago

Dude! The third one! These poor kids…

    Ali 3 years ago

    Ha Ha, the third one is mine…lol. Thank goodness they take the pictures fast but whoa, she was so mad at us.

Life with Kaishon 3 years ago

You always pull through : ) These are fantastic!


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