Santa is scary November 30, 2011

Were your kids good all year, only to be added to the naughty list after making a scene trying to take a picture at the mall?

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hannahss 6 years, 5 months ago

Why does anyone think this is funny or even think they should post pictures of frightened children? Ugh!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

There doesn't seem to be a psychiatric term that describes exactly why someone would think it is funny or enjoyable to look at pictures of frightened children. The closest term I could find, and it is hardly exact, is Schadenfreude.

But, maybe Sadism would be more accurate.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

If it actually was a serious psychiatric syndrome, I'm sure there would be a term for it. But there isn't!

funkdog1 6 years, 5 months ago

Oh for goodness sake. Little kids can cry like this when you hand them to grandma. As consumer1 says, it's just stranger fear. And I've never seen a parent "laugh their kiesters off" when their kid cries. You grab them and hug them and let them know they're safe.

Personally, I never took my kid to see "Santa" because that in and of itself is just weird.

Rae Hudspeth 6 years, 5 months ago

Santa is weird. You tell kids not to take candy from strangers, and beware of bad people, then you send them off to sit on a strange man's lap and whisper what they want in his ear. Creepy... no wonder they scream bloody murder.

Halloween too.. don't take candy from.. oh never mind.

jehovah_bob 6 years, 5 months ago

I think it's odd that we teach our kids not to lie, but then we feed them Santa, the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny, because we need someone to take the blame off of ourselves when they don't get everything they want for "insert consumerist holiday here".

Instead we should be giving them a nice dose of reality about greed, disappointment, and lowering their expectations.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 5 months ago

Hmmm, red suit, monitors your naughty activities, thinly veiled anagram of a name, could it be...(assumes Church Lady voice)...Satan?

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