Our reporter finds Santa's not always a big hit with her own children

'Scoops up' crying kids from Santa's lap at Stoneridge Mall

A visit with Santa can go a couple of different ways: either with a happy ending with candy cane in hand, or a young mother scooping up her crying kids from Santa's arms.

My two daughters, Ava, 2, and Emma, 1, recently visited Santa at Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.

At first glance, they were friendly toward Santa. An early Christmas present--bell bracelets to help them remember Santa--were a nice try and kept the girls preoccupied and cordial.

But once it was time to sit on his lap, they weren't having it, and this photo shows!

As classic as these photos come during the holiday season, you will see that Santa is often a favorite until young children actually meet him up close and it gets personal.

If you have a photo that is as classic as this one, please send it to so our fellow readers can have a few "awww's" or "oh no's!!!"

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Posted by Just Me
a resident of Dublin
on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:46 am

Ha Ha. I was just like that. I was a scaredy cat with Santa, as well - always was. Didn't like clowns, either. Thanks for sharing this hilarious iconic photo. *smile* Oh, those childhood memories bring smiles to a grownup.

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Posted by JR
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Darling photo...thanks so much for sharing.

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