During every holiday season, your Facebook wall is likely littered with adorable photos of kids sitting on Santa's lap. Although getting the annual Santa photo is a dream come true for parents (and for some kids as well, since hey — it's great to have some face time with the big guy in red) there are plenty of other fun and creative Christmas card-worthy substitutes for a picture with Santa. Because you need a backup plan in case the experience leads your little one to tears.
Although photos of children crying with Santa have become pretty phenomenal traditions on their own, nobody likes to terrorize their kids. Nor do they want to wait in line, just to witness their child having a full-blown panic attack. Sometimes it's hard to predict a child's reaction, and what happens happens. But if you know that it'll be too much, then you'll definitely want an alternate photo to share with your family.
Another bad part about Santa photos is the cost. The holiday is expensive as-is, and a majority of mall Santa photo packages start around $20 — add-ons usually cost a little bit more. If you're looking for a few ways to save some pennies this holiday season, you can definitely snap your own photo for next to nothing.
Here are a few cute concepts, if you're looking for a little inspiration.