In 1998, 13-year-old Chris Burd of Cottage Grove, Minnesota went to the mall and sat on Santa's lap.

He didn't want to, but he had a three-year-old sister . . . and big brothers have to do things like that.  And now, Chris is going to be haunted by that for the REST of his LIFE.

Chris married Liz Abbas back on September 1st, and earlier this year, his family was going through old photos and dug out the 1998 Santa picture.

Chris and Liz looked at the picture and realized that Santa . . . is his new father-in-law.  Liz's father Elmer has a long white beard and dressed as Santa for years . . . but 1998 was the ONLY time he ever worked as a mall Santa.

Liz also sat on her dad's lap at the mall that year . . . and the two Santa photos were on display at their wedding.