When Chris Burd of Minnesota sat on Santa's lap in 1998, he never thought he'd see that white-bearded man again. But 13 years later, Burd realized that that same Santa had become his father-in-law.

Chris' mother, Charlene Burd, made the discovery last year while sifting through old photos. Chris had just gotten engaged to Liz Abbas, whose father, Elmer Abbas, had been dressing up as Santa for 20 years. Charlene realized that the Santa Chris and his three-year-old sister were sitting with in one photo looked exactly like Elmer (Chris was 13 at the time and posing with Santa for his sister's sake).

"I just told her she's nuts. So later in the week I went over to the house and saw [the photo] and decided it wasn't him," Chris told ABCNews.com. "But later on, I took a closer look and was like, 'Oh my God. That's Liz's dad."

Liz and Chris displayed the photo, along with Liz's 1998 Santa photo with Elmer, at their wedding in September. Chris said it was "creepy" to realize he had met his father-in-law 13 years earlier, but he and Elmer have enjoyed joking about the coincidence.

"It was fun to tease my future son-in-law about sitting in his father-in-law's lap. And I think I probably made up a couple of stories about what he wanted for Christmas," Elmer said.

Check out the cutest (and funniest) Santa photos in the slideshow below.

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  • Santa's Miracle!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kate_Gallagher_Leong"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/513079848/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kate_Gallagher_Leong">Kate Gallagher Leong</a>:<br />This is our son, Gavin, five years ago. His first outing after coming home from the NICU where he spent the first month of his life. Gavin has special needs and inspires everyone he meets. You can visit us at www.kateleong.com to learn more about him and our family! He is our superhero!!

  • Santa 2012

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/codychrome"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4117085.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/codychrome">codychrome</a>:<br />

  • Bored santa, grumpy baby.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lindsay_Doak"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/801825654/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lindsay_Doak">Lindsay Doak</a>:<br />merry freaking christmas!

  • Samantha Is Smitten With Santa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenn_Booraem_Ramme"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1599605737/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jenn_Booraem_Ramme">Jenn Booraem Ramme</a>:<br />I was thrilled that the camera elf listened to me and hit the shutter button when I said "Now!" - my boys were being cute enough, but my daughter was enthralled by the Jolly Elf and we got it on film!

  • Santa better hold on tight!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pemberley"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pemberley">pemberley</a>:<br />My toddler's 2nd year trying to wiggle out of Santa's grip.

  • Scary santa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klaufman"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klaufman">klaufman</a>:<br />

  • Le Tigre

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/OkState3rdGenAlum"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/OkState3rdGenAlum">OkState3rdGenAlum</a>:<br />It's a lot softer, more of a catalog look

  • Santa Pic

    Note the abundance of holiday cheer!

  • Coal for christmas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lindsay1234"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1667478374/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lindsay1234">Lindsay1234</a>:<br />

  • Annie and Madeleine with Santa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rwellsokc"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/4289550.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/rwellsokc">rwellsokc</a>:<br />telling Santa their wish list

  • Connor Bailey Age 2

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Cathy_Traylor_Bennett"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/769004030/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Cathy_Traylor_Bennett">Cathy Traylor Bennett</a>:<br />Same pose, different year! Apparently his opinion hasn't changed.

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