“Santaphobia” is (apparently) the term for a persistent fear of Santa Claus usually caused by coming into close proximity (by no doubt sitting on his knee) at Christmastime. It’s not genetic, so one child in a family can have it while their brother or sister may not. Now, I like Santa, even the beardy-weirdy ones that look like they’ve escaped from the pages of a Stephen King novel, but do appreciate how unnerving some people may find jolly old Saint Nick. For example, take a look at these strangely compelling photos of young ones being traumatized by their encounter with Father Christmas. Perhaps it’s the beard, or the Halloween mask-like face, or just the thought that this weird old guy knows who’s been naughty and nice… and wants you to sit on his lap and tell him what you want?
Whatever you’ve been this year, naughty or nice, I hope Santa’s very good to you.
Via Viral Nova