For many young kids, meeting Santa can be a daunting and emotional experience. Sometimes it can simply be too much and you just need to get out of there.
One incredible child used sign language to express his need to get away from Father Christmas and quickly went viral.
Just as most adults might subtly text a message of 'help' under the table to a friend or whisper an SOS to a colleague at a Christmas party, this one-year-old quietly signed 'help' next to a cheery, oblivious Santa Claus.
Mum Kerry Spencer tweeted the picture - and it soon went viral.
We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for "help." You're welcome. https://t.co/i6NkxBf4KP
Spencer taught both her children sign language, as some young ones can learn to sign before they expand their spoken vocabulary.
Some people on Twitter pointed out that it doesn't look like he's using the correct sign for 'help'. However, Spencer said that he is using ASL baby sign language, and is slightly 'mispronouncing' the word.
She told indy100:
Some people have criticized his sign.
And he is slightly mispronouncing the word--his thumb should be up, not sideways--but that is to be expected when a baby is signing!
They are still very capable of communicating and fear of "doing it wrong" should certainly not keep anyone from learning to sign!
Here's the correct sign:
@erinlindseyt Here's the actual sign. So no one is confused. 😂 https://t.co/np2tOkWgqY