See Hilary Duff, Snooki and More Celebs' Kids Meet Santa Claus!

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Merry Christmas!

It's that time of year when children around the world get to hit the malls and meet Santa Claus. 

It's pretty much a right of passage, and some of the photos are just pure cuteness -- and others are nothing but crying babies and absolute fear.

Michael Phelps' brood was in the happy camp. All three of his sons rocked matching green-and-white striped pajamas to meet Kris Kringle. His oldest two -- Boomer, 3, and Beckett, 1 -- were beaming as they sat next to Mr. Claus, who was holding 3-month-old Maverick in his arms.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's trio -- sons Lorenzo, 7, and Angelo, 6 months, and daughter Giovanna, 5 -- were also very excited about meeting Santa, and mom even jumped in the photo with them in her matching Christmas sweater.

Then there were kids like Hilary Duff's 1-year-old daughter, Banks, who was so terrified of Ol' Saint Nick that her big brother, Luca, 7, had to attempt to hold his sister up and keep her calm.

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Honestly, Luca deserves a gold medal

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Regardless of the tots' reactions, all of the photos came out looking very sweet.

Check out even more pics with Santa Claus in the gallery below.

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