Well, yes ... but some children don't quite realize it yet.
As many parents and grandparents can attest, children too young to understand the story of Santa or the role he plays in Christmas sometimes react rather badly to the poor fellow. Sometimes, in fact, they're scared of the hairy, red-suited stranger onto whose lap they've suddenly been placed.
The silver lining is that when the worst happens, there's usually someone standing nearby with a camera.
The Times-Gazette will hold its second annual "Scared of Santa" photo contest beginning this weekend. Do you have a touching and funny photo of a youngster who isn't the least bit jolly about meeting Old Saint Nick? If so, you could win one of two beautiful grand prizes from Lowery Jewelers.
Contest entries can be from the past or the present. You may submit a photo of yourself as a child, or one of your own children or grandchildren.
Contest entries must be submitted online. (If you have an old print, scan it into a digital format or get a friend -- or a local photo counter -- to do it for you.)
Submissions will open Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Times-Gazette web site, t-g.com. Look for the "Scared of Santa" logo. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 20, although the earlier you make your submission, the more opportunity web site visitors will have to vote for you.
Online voting will begin Dec. 8, also at t-g.com, and will also continue through Dec. 20. The entry receiving the most votes will be the winner.
The submitter of the first place photo will receive a diamond Kiss pendant, designed to resemble the beloved foil-wrapped chocolate candy, valued at $200. The second place winner will receive a sterling silver heart necklace valued at $100.
Only one vote will be accepted per user account per day.
See complete rules online.
A photo of Corbin Riley, son of Kacy and Nathan Riley, was the winner of the 2011 contest. Tanna Warren, who runs the day care Corbin attended, submitted the photo and won the prize.
In addition to the Times-Gazette and Lowery Jewelers, contest sponsors include Cuddles & Crayons Preschool and DSC Sanitation.