Toddler sends secret message to show he’s ‘terrified’ while sat on Santa’s lap

There's nothing more special than the moment where Father Christmas comes and visits your children for the first time.

A mum who thought her baby enjoyed meeting Santa discovered he was actually signalling for help.

Kerry Spencer had taught her kids to baby sign before they could speak so they were able to communicate as infants.

But she never thought her one-year-old son Samuel would use his skill to send out an SOS while sitting on Santa's lap.

The terrified toddler used his baby version of ASL to sign "help" to his mum while the photographer snapped a photo.

Speaking about the meet, Kerry, from Utah, US, told TODAY parents: "I was standing to the side when the pic was taken.

"I actually didn't see that he was signing for help until I saw the photo."

She added: "Poor buddy didn't love Santa very much, ever really. So we didn't try to get him to go much after that."

Now for several years, Kerry posts the hilarious photo of her toddle on Facebook.

The mum said: "We all laugh at the photo now. Posting it is one of our favourite family traditions."

Kerry explained how Samuel's sign was "mispronounced".

She continued: "Strictly speaking, his thumb should be up, not sideways.

"Babies learning to sign often mispronounce words, but it is the sign he always made when he needed help."

Given his distress at the time, that was Samuel's last ever interaction with Mall Santa.

Now as a teenager, he and his youngster sister Lily aren't fans of Father Christmas.

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