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‘Glee’ Actor Wanted His Son to Give Him a Screaming Santa Pic. Turns out It’s Not so Funny After All

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“Glee” actor Matthew Morrison learned an important parenting lesson when he tried to capture a moment with his family.

Morrison brought his wife Renee Puente and his son, Revel James Makai, to a Brooks Brothers and St. Jude holiday party in New York City on Tuesday.

However, when the family met up with Santa Claus for a picture, the 40-year-old quickly discovered creating a special bond with his boy means learning to back-off at times.

The Broadway star said he wanted his son to give him a screaming Santa photo, but when Revel actually freaked out, it wasn’t as funny as he thought it would be.

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Ok, couple of thoughts about this photo… 1. It was exactly what I wanted!! I was hoping Revel would freak out and we would capture that priceless “screaming at Santa” moment. 2. My joy was suddenly reduced to panic as my son was doing the “silent scream”. No sound was coming from him. He was shaking in pure terror. 3. This was a good parenting lesson for me. Sometimes what YOU want is not what THEY want. And to laugh at my child’s distress was so inconsiderate. I don’t want to do anything to break the trust I’ve worked so hard to build. I love being a parent and constantly learning! Thank you to @brooksbrothers and @stjude for putting on such a festive event for children and their families. I’m sure Revel will greet Santa with a big hug in years to come!!

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Morrison found the pic hilarious at first, then he realized his tiny child probably felt tortured by fear.

Opposed to laughing, the dad now admits he should have intervened to help his son. The actor wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption explaining the incident:

Ok, couple of thoughts about this photo…

1. It was exactly what I wanted!! I was hoping Revel would freak out and we would capture that priceless “screaming at Santa” moment.

2. My joy was suddenly reduced to panic as my son was doing the “silent scream”. No sound was coming from him. He was shaking in pure terror.

Revel isn’t the only child too frightened to sit with St. Nick:

He continued:

This was a good parenting lesson for me. Sometimes what YOU want is not what THEY want. And to laugh at my child’s distress was so inconsiderate. I don’t want to do anything to break the trust I’ve worked so hard to build …

According to Parents, for children with a natural fear of strangers, or for those who are really sensitive and think Santa is scary, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on taking a holiday photo with the man in red.

And while a picture of a screaming baby sitting on Santa’s lap may have been comedy gold, Morrison admitted he ended up feeling really bad for Revel.

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