The Big Chill

December 22nd, 2009

Has anyone seen Kris Kringle?

(submitted by Brigid)

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73 Responses to “The Big Chill”

  1. JeffM says:

    How to get the most bang out of your buck having a family Christmas picture taken…

  2. awkward_duck says:

    i love the fact that the little girl in front is the only one in the entire picture actually looking at the camera that took this picture.

  3. Minerva says:

    A cornucopia of awkwardness.

  4. eXo says:

    to quote mitch hedburg:

    “My sister Wendy has a husband and two children, and they have a family photo on top of the VCR, where they’re all looking slightly to the left. As though something is going on over there! I guess something happened over to the left that made everybody happy!”

  5. Cousins Forever says:

    That’s a sweet photo, Mina, Jan & Brigid!! I’m amazed you got one with “only” two crying babies. If I ever did a photo with all of my cousins, including the once/twice/three times removed, we’d have to use the bleachers in a school gymnasium!

  6. Sophie says:

    I love the mother with the two crying kids. They are the only ones crying.

  7. Tim says:

    Santa was partially paralyzed from the lap down for the next three months thanks to this picture…

  8. Jill says:

    One of these things is not like the others.
    One of these things just doesn’t belong…

  9. broken doll says:

    The glasses on those women are the bomb…sure wish they’d come back in style!

  10. Megan says:

    This photo inspires me. I want to have a go at my wedding album. Photo-shop ex-husband out; photo-shop Santa in!!!

  11. Mina says:

    And carpoolmom-we are all just various representations of the 1980s.

  12. Mina says:

    Hey MC, I am in this photo, and we did this every year for YEARS at Fredrick and Nelson in Seattle. I am the one on the upper left with the really attractive blue eye shadow. The local news even covered it one year. There are no parents in the photo, all are cousins. It was taken in the mid 80s.
    So, I guess it must have been a Christmas miracle that Santa is lit differently.

  13. bonnie says:

    Oh shut the eff up MC you’re annoying everyone. The light source is clearly coming from the top right over the three men AND santa. Big whoop you’ve been doing PH for years; Who Hasn’t? So what? Who cares? Go home have a glass of pinot grigrio.

  14. M C says:

    The lighting is completely different on Santa. Definitely PS. And I’m not a teenager, I’ve been doing PS for years.

    • Jan says:

      omg, the comments in here.. haven’t laffed so much in months.. thanks, i needed that.
      oh… uh, no photoshop… they are all my cousins.. well, first cousins once removed.

  15. Karen says:

    I don’t see what the big deal is. They could’ve fit at least 2-3 more people on the upper left part of the picture! LOL

  16. jnmcnally says:

    “OK, now everybody pretend that not everybody is happy – big smiles now!”

  17. Brigid says:

    Hey, i submitted this, and it was not Photoshopped. We twenty or so cousins did this every year. To cry Photoshopped! is to loose sight of the deep and true awkwardness.

    Happy Viewing!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I think its entirely likely that all these people are related and the picture is legit. However, Santa looks like a statue or a mannequin.

  19. John III says:

    I think it’s real. They are all looking at teh same thing, except one girl is looking right into the camera. Also the light reflections on the top row guys foreheads are the same. And the white lights in the womens’ glasses.

  20. John III says:

    Can’t…. feel my lap….God! The pain……

  21. Gabe says:

    I am mezmorized at Santas perfectly well groomed beard. It sooo shiny. I wonder if he used a little “Mane and Tail” product on that…

  22. Don says:

    Realizing he had seriously overbooked the final Santa shoot for the local Olan Mills in Cleveland, Stanley Jackson allowed this free-for-all to occur. He was fired the day after Christmas. There is a happy ending though. American Airlines was so impressed with this picture they reached out and hired him within days. He now overbooks all flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth.

  23. CarpoolMom says:

    I’m not going to scream “PHOTOSHOPPED!”, however all the people look like a popourri of early 80s to modern 21st century. Looks a little wierd to me.

  24. Bucky says:

    While I realize that every 16-year-old out there with access to the Internet yells “Photoshop!” at every single picture they see, I have to acknowledge that this one is indeed of PS disaster. Or masterpiece, depending upon how you look at it.

    In any case, it brings tons of Holiday Joy, and therefore it’s pretty awesome.

    Case closed, shut up kids, and Happy Holidays.

  25. JimInBR says:

    I really don’t think this one is photoshopped. If it is, it’s done so brilliantly badly that it looks real again. Either way, it’s a winner.

  26. Tamara says:

    My mom, dad, sister, and I are all freaking out a little bit. That baby front and center looks EXACTLY like I did as a baby.

    • carol says:

      That’s funny! Maybe these people borrowed you for awhile when no one was looking. Or maybe part of this photo is really photo shopped and your baby photo is out there somewhere and was used to paste into this photo. OR you have a twin!

    • Cee says:

      Perhaps these are actually aliens who abducted people simply for a group photo with Santa? I’m sure you have no memory. Aliens are careful that way. ;-)

  27. Chris says:

    Where’s Wally?

  28. bmj2k says:

    Someone needs to be more selective because except for a couple of crying kids, this isn’t awkward.

  29. Annie says:

    There is no more room in this inn!

  30. DaddysSister says:

    Now THIS one looks like a massively photoshopped horror.

  31. Han says:

    If only they’d let Marney organize the photo shoot. Or maybe they did.

  32. SockMonkey says:

    I feel bad for the lady with the Kanye West glasses and the two screaming toddlers.

  33. john in co says:

    This photo is like the clown car of AFP photos….I kept scrolling down and down and down and more and more just seem to keep appering.

  34. Rochelle says:

    He’s photoshopped in.

  35. Fanboy Wife says:

    Exactly how big is Santa’s lap?

  36. JohnnyDollar says:

    The woman on the left is great – care-free smile, yet at the same time you can see her fist of iron holding the screaming kid’s arm.

  37. John says:

    That is totally photoshopped!

    • Robin says:

      …and there we have it. Thanks, John.

    • Ken says:

      John’s lame

    • yeah , just check out the lighting, Santa is practically glowing when he should be
      completely shadowed.

      • Cee says:

        but he’s Santa! Isn’t there always a light shining from Heaven on him?

      • Samuel says:

        Um well they must have photoshopped the guy right above santy… check out the glow on his face!… or it could be the fact that santas the only one wearing a bright/shiny costume that reflects what? light! tada… anyone who screams “photoshop” should first ask the question “Why?” why would someone photoshop that photo? it’s not like they’re trying to make a baby look like it’s flying, if they were trying to cover another family member, perhaps that family member was the only one looking at the camera and smiling, completelly out of touch with this sweet “family bonding” moment . Nay, I think a more logical theory stems out the recesses of the minds of certain aunts or grandma’s everywhere (not naming any name, ahem my own aunt)… I can just here her voice now “I know what we should do now that the whole family is together, we should go get a family picture done!” “but mom there are so many of us, I don’t know if they’ll..” “pish posh, They’re are professionals dear…” and a little later “Ok now everyone watch duck…” “Wait I have another Idea!” “yes, ma’am” “Could we have a picture taken with santa?” “Well I had planned on doing one of just the kids…” “But they won’t sit still with him by themselves, I think it would be cute to have santa with our family…” and the rest, is awkward…

  38. Robin says:

    Wait for it…

  39. meri says:

    check out the death grip mother dearest has on the toddler second from the left. Yeeeouch!

  40. D'OH says:

    Is Aunt Telcia in there too???

  41. Eric says:

    I’m pretty sure the guy in the red suit isn’t related to the others.

  42. Nancy says:

    OK I don’t get it.

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