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!

child afraid of Santa Claus The outfit, the setting ... it was all just too much. (Photo: Jim David/Shutterstock)

unhappy baby with santa Baby doesn't really like Santa. (Photo: Doug Waldron [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

santa tantrum This Santa visit did not go well. (Photo: daveynin [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

santa sibling crying Some kids like Santa; some kids don't. (Photo: Valerie [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

5 priceless photos of kids crying on Santa's lap
In the minds of some cautious young children, Santa's lap might as well be called the "Christmas Throne of Despair."