During the weeks leading up to Christmas, in every shopping mall in every town, parents line up with their fidgety kids for an adorable photo of them on Santa's lap. Only it doesn't always work out that way. And hundreds of readers of the Chicago Tribune submitted the photographic proof.
Two of the newspaper's editors, Denise Joyce and Nancy Watkins, collected and captioned 250 of the most astounding shots of Santa poses gone awry and published them in the recently released book Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland ($10).
To get you into the true spirit of the holidays, click here for a slideshow of our 15 absolute favorites, with condensed captions from the book. Ho, ho, ho—or rather, Ha, ha, ha!