Maybe you were kid-free in 2012, and last year your wee one was just a perfect angel when it came time to visit Santa Claus at the mall for that traditional photo opportunity. But if your kid freaked out at the sight of St. Nick or had a meltdown when faced with a costumed Frozen character, this year is gonna be yours.

For example, our very own Kate Cox wondered if her 15-month-old daughter and delight of the Consumerist team Miranda would face that bowl fully of jelly and cackle… or quail.

She quailed. Oh, did she quail.


“She liked Santa when he came through the line and said hi to the kids there. She just didn’t like his lap,” Kate says of…