For many children, meeting Santa Claus is a joyous opportunity to share their holiday hopes and dreams. For others, Kris Kringle's lap might as well be named the "Christmas Throne of Despair." We've gathered a few of our favorites to honor one of the great traditions of the holidays: crying children. Enjoy!

Unhappy child on Santa's lap

Photo: David Fulmer/Flickr


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Jolly Santa with a not-so-jolly child

Photo: Glenn E. Malone/Flickr

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Young girl screaming on Santa's lap

Photo: Ashley Spotkill

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Crying children on Santa's lap

Photo: Jason Vance/Flickr

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Little girl crying on Santa's lap

Photo: Taylor library/Flickr

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Frightened young boy on Santa's lap

Photo: Melanie_in_Texas/Flickr

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Screaming baby with Santa Claus

Photo: Doug Waldron/Flickr

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A very stern santa and a crying child

Photo: Rachel Gardner/Flickr

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Red-faced child having a tantrum on Santa's lap

Photo: David Fulmer/Flickr

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Little boy crying on Santa's lap

Photo: silent (e)/Flickr

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Child scared of Santa Claus

Photo: Valocity Studios/Flickr

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.