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10 Creepy Santas Whose Laps We Want Nothing To Do With

Ransom Riggs
Albert Tanquero
Albert Tanquero / Albert Tanquero
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Legions of Santas are currently perched in malls all over the country, waiting for your children to climb atop their laps and whisper to them their most secret desires. The Mall Santa thing has to be one of the creepiest traditions we have, and yet it seems like it will never die -- and as a result, a lot of people out there in internetland have embarrassing pictures of themselves as kids posed with Santa, and sites like sketchysantas are there to redistribute the most humiliating of those memories for the rest of us to enjoy.

This first creepy Santa is a vintage found photograph owned by collector Albert Tanquero, who has an amazing array of vernacular/found photos on his Flickr page. It's easily the scariest picture of Santa I've ever seen, if not one of the creepiest photos I've ever come across, right down to the taxidermied donkey.

The following Santas were found in the voluminous archives of sketchysantas:

Chris_santa
Chris_santa /
Brian
Brian /
Flannery_santa
Flannery_santa /
Pam
Pam /
heywood_santa
heywood_santa /
kristi_santa
kristi_santa /
sketchy1
sketchy1 /
tommy
tommy /
Rachel
Rachel /

Merry Christmas, people!

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