For many Americans, meeting Santa at the mall has been a staple of the holiday season for decades. But not every Santa snapshot is full of smiling kids... or even any kids.
For example: Of course Santa speaks marsupial. He speaks every language!
Mom put on a happy face
This baby's face, quite literally, screams, "Get me outta here!"
Who is this guy?
This little boy is highly skeptical of Santa's aesthetic.
Kids are exhausting
Here's a rare photo of a mall Santa in the wild. He's making his coffee just right, before hopping back in the chair for another round of photos.
Santa, please bring grasshoppers
This reptile is surely on Santa's nice list.
Santa is 0-2
All they want for Christmas is to do something else.
I saw girlfriend kissing Santa Clause
The big guy DOES appear to have mistletoe on his hat.
Making it rain-deer
At least Santa's smiling.
What's his problem?
Big brother does not understand what all the fuss is about.
He has "nice" tattooed on the other arm. True story.
Is that a beard or a ski mask?
Santa is being a really good sport.
20 going on 2
Hey, Christmas spirit is for all ages.
Maybe if Santa were smiling, she wouldn't be so upset.
In the dog house
If we're judging by Santa's face, this doggie (named Bela) is smelly.
If you can't see me, I'm not here
According to mom, the kiddo wouldn't uncover her eyes so Santa decided to do the same.
Planting one on Santa
"Basketball Wives" star Bonnie-Jill Laflin plants a kiss on an unsuspecting Santa in Los Angeles in December 2017.
Scared of Santa?
What is it about Santa that does this to kids?
Five out of five snowflakes
This guy actually reviews mall Santas.
Holding on for dear life
Santa would smile, but ...
Mom, who is this man? And why is big brother making that face?
Their mom's Instagram handle is "the moody girls." Wonder how she came up with that.
One happy Santa
Santa, tone it down. Seriously.
If she gets to sleep, Santa gets to sleep.
I'll never let him go
See, some kids do like Santa.
Some things never change
And big brother is even HAPPIER this year.
Maybe his bowtie's too tight
But hopefully it'll go better next year.
Kid, you shoulda brought your list.
Mall Santa's used to scaring babies, but he's probably not used to being scared.
Not her idea of fun
Santa's trying to keep it together.
For all the effort these moms put into it, you'd think Santa would at least crack a smile.
Maybe 2018 will go better.
He looks thrilled
Forget cookies. This Santa needs some coffee.
The Bucky Waters Bluegrass band
These guys are two members of the Bucky Waters Bluegrass band. They seem to be making Santa a little nervous.
She wants off of that stranger's lap.
Santa could probably use a break
You can practically hear this kid.
Go big ...
If you're not going to do Christmas right, why do it at all?
Or go home
Seriously, don't even show up if you're not going to dress up.
Give him the keys
Yeah, that clearly calmed him down.
Christmas card material
Mom swooped in to rescue her distraught child.
At least someone is smiling
Good thing that beard is covering Santa's mouth, because he's likely not smiling.
Apparently not much changes in a year.
Santa's been doing this all week. What do you expect for him to look like on Saturday?
Verge of tears
Santa knows it's coming.
Mom, his hand is bigger than my stomach
You'd be scared too.
The best of the bunch
At least she's not still crying in this one.
That is the look of absolute terror.
Not one smile
Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy. Apparently not today.
About to bail
We can't see Santa's face, but we can imagine it.
Can we leave her home next year?
Big sis is trying hard to keep it together here.
Santa looks calmer than he should.
Santa seems miffed. But at least the Mrs. looks chipper.
In or out?
Is this mother taking her daughter away from Santa, or putting her into his lap? Either way, this interaction with Mr. Claus at the Westchester Mall caused these kids to cry.
Trying to get away
This tiny child at a Jakarta, Indonesia mall appears to be trying to escape the clutches of Santa Claus.
Santa's celebrity moment
Comedian Kathy Griffin sat on Santa's lap at the Westfield Culver City mall in 2011.
These dogs have no idea what is going on. Meanwhile this particular Montclair Plaza shopping mall Santa in Montclair, California is smiling so wide he must be a dog person.
Thumbs up for Christmas
This little boy looks pretty apprehensive to be meeting Santa, who offers him a thumbs up, at the Alexa mall in Berlin, Germany.
On the naughty list
It probably takes a lot of fussing to get Santa to make this kind of face, but this little girl was able to do it.
Too many kids, not enough Santa's lap
Triplets proved to be a crowd for this nattily-dressed Golf Mill mall Santa Clause in Niles, Illinois.
Not feeling it
Neither of these children look like they are in the spirit things with this Fair Oaks mall Santa in Fairfax, Virginia.
Say "ah" for Santa Claus
Is this little girl visiting Santa or the dentist? Maybe she's asking him for a loose tooth.