Samuel Spencer: Baby on Santa's Lap Signs 'Help'

Carla Harmon
December 13, 2017

Some children love it, some get scared.

Kerry Spencer shared an old photo of her son when he was just one-year-old sitting on Santa's knee.

Not only does the baby's face give away his discontent, his mother, Kerry Spencer, says her son was actually calling for help in sign language.

Spencer, a professor at Stevenson University who now lives in Parkton, Maryland, explained that in the photo, Samuel's sign is somewhat "mispronounced" - "strictly speaking, his thumb should be up, not sideways", she said. That's why we can't seem to blame this child for discreetly wanting help from his mother when he was told to pose with Santa Claus himself.

The post has gone viral - with more than 7,000 retweets and 28,000 "likes".

Some viewers of the photo have pointed out that the signing of "help" wasn't technically correct.

Instead of trying to share cheer with a humorous photo of her son, Spencer ran into some critics online. This year, at the request of a friend, she tweeted it as well.

Santa may come bearing gifts every year, but for some children, sitting on a unusual old man's lap is just plain scary. "So we didn't try to get him to go much after that", said Spencer.

But she told "Today" that "it is the sign he always made when he needed help".

"We taught both our kids baby sign because they can sign before they talk and it is so very useful to be able to communicate with your baby". "Posting it to Facebook is one of our favorite family traditions".

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