Bon Voyage

February 23rd, 2011

Bon Voyage - Christmas

After sorting through all of the candidates for the holiday card, the Oxenfeldts knew this was the one.

(submitted by Evan)

87 Responses to “Bon Voyage”

  1. jacquie says:

    I can’t stop laughing! Kudos to all the people that send these in!

  2. Alli says:

    The MS paint border is the best part.

  3. jeanine says:

    this pic is from the 80’s, I had the exact same coat as the girl, and I lived in the pacific NW. couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it, haven’t seen that coat in 30 yrs!

  4. joey says:

    They could have spruced up this shot by wearing Blue Hawaiian Shirts!

  5. Jimbo says:

    Found Waldo!!!!……..and one of the Gatlin Brothers!!!

  6. Dibba says:

    Evan – I love this! Can you please ad me to next years’ Christmas card list?

  7. Rianne says:

    I was a recipient of this card this year! It made me laugh out loud! 🙂

  8. Evan says:

    Believe it or not, this was, our actual Christmas’ card; this year. Photo is from the late 80’s, – Bro

    • A. says:

      Oh, the punctuation madness on the card makes SO MUCH MORE sense now.

      • nancy says:

        obviously he used incorrect punctuation in the message on purpose to drive home the point that most posters seem to have focused on…duh!

    • Modine says:

      This card was really and truly sent out??? To people you like???? The mind twitches.

      • nancy says:

        Where is everyone’s sense of humor??? the picture was taken in the 80’s when people dressed like that (believe it or not)….the card was sent this year when the photo looks hilarious!!!!

  9. Petal says:

    And to think, this family thought the photo was awkward. Who would have thought it was the grammar?!

  10. LM says:

    Hey, as long as the parents look good!

  11. Robin says:

    You’re all caught up in grammar, but did you happen to notice the actual subject of the photo? Could they buy sis a jacket in her own size? I can’t even think of a comment for bro’s hideous jacket and where did he come from, anyway? Did they just borrow him for the pic? Please don’t judge my grammar. I don’t pretend to be an expert!

  12. Emily says:

    That kid looks like he stepped straight out of a Far Side panel. Absolutely precious.

  13. JerseyPam says:

    Those Oxenfeldt males are sooo rude. They never wave.

  14. Hclark says:

    The girl in the picture looks like she’s ready to get sick from looking at the color of the font and ivy edging.

  15. Sarah says:

    As if their last name isn’t awkward enough…

  16. zipper says:

    Can you say Color Block late ’80’s?

  17. Ian says:

    You can tell that whichever one of them picked out their son’s clothes that day also chose the colour scheme for the “christmas postcard”.

  18. EN says:

    I totally dig mom’s sunglasses.

  19. Mitch says:

    The mom likes the picture because she thinks SHE looks good! Great picture!

  20. Nomes says:

    Bonus points for awkward comma usage!

  21. Caivan says:

    in the interest of being correct, should the card instead read “Holiday Greetings from SOME of the Oxenfeltds”???

  22. Ellie says:

    Am I the only one who feels this is fake? The picture itself is truly horrid and deserves to be on the site but I’m not buying that this was actually sent as a Christmas card. I think that part was jazzed up by the submitter to ensure its place on Awkward Family Photos.

    • armchair hero says:

      This photo needed no jazz to be awkward.

    • Harry says:

      I must agree. No one I know would send a card like this. It’s just too awful.

      The garland/ivy around the border defies description.

      • Cindy says:

        It might have been someone playing with a new (old) greeting card software program or training the new guy at the kiosk how to make the cards. It probably wasn’r sent out. Or maybe it was sent- when the technology/custom was new maybe they thought the novelty of it all trumped the bad picture.

      • justme says:

        Well nobody I knew in the 80’s dressed like this, but that didn’t mean they didn’t exist.

    • Rianne says:

      I got this card! 🙂 Xmas 2010. It’s awesome and hilarious, no lies at all!

  23. MikeHunt says:

    That’s some seriously Awesome Ivy around the border.

  24. Erin says:

    There. Are. No. Words. Except those four.

  25. rita says:

    I love the sincerity of the computer-generated holly.

  26. Laura says:

    Was he mid-sneeze?

  27. CamdensGramps says:

    Looks like the Woodsy Owl family.

  28. Sus says:

    This is exactly why people should not design their own holiday cards!

  29. justme says:

    Now now, let’s not pick on the Oxenfeldts (or the Oxenfeldt’s for that matter). They drove all the way from Chicago, the guy at the dealership gave them the wrong station wagon, cousin Eddie borrowed a huge chunk of spending money off them, poor old Aunt Edna croaked on the way there and that was after that whole “dog tied to the bumper” incident…..then they got to Wally World and the dang place was closed!

    It was a rough year for them, I tell you!

  30. Apostrophe's for me's says:

    What’s up doc?

  31. Sandra says:

    Where’s Waldo? Oh, there he is!

  32. bethksp says:

    This world would be so perfect if everyone learned the difference between plurals and possessives.

  33. Pat Cummings says:

    Looks like we found Waldo before he even got out of the box..

  34. jacki says:

    Egads. Hate to see what the losing pics look like. My eyes are burning.

    • Bex says:

      I guessing that the family looks fine in the majority of the photos, but this is the one that Mom looks the best in. “I’m the one who’s ordering, signing, addressing, and mailing these sum******…we’re using the one where my hair looks like Farrahs!”

  35. Elaine says:

    Why is it that so many people incorrectly use apostrophe s for plural?

    • Amy says:

      I’m not sure why it is so common now, but it drives me crazy!

      • ephercat says:

        That and the mis-use of quotation marks!

        • Kelly says:

          I have to admit I’m a stickler for that stuff too, and I have to bite my tongue every time my husband gives me a card – not only does he put my name in quotation marks on the envelope, he repeats the offense in the card itself.

          I know he means well, but it’s almost as if he’s mocking me. And for me to correct him would mean I’d get no more cards!
          LOL 🙂

      • QueenBee says:

        The Oxenfeldt’s what…? And the T in the should not be capitalized. Just sayin’

    • Cathy says:

      Ack! I hate that! It makes me think badly of people who send me Christmas cards like this:(

      • Cindy says:

        AMEN! A friend of mine went to get one of those wooden signs from a kiosk in the mall. He had to BEG them not to put that %$#@ apostrophe in our name!

    • L says:

      Who know’s why?

    • ScoutC says:

      This would have driven my dad nuts! When I was little, he used to challenge me to a game whenever we were in a grocery store –“The Mad Apostrophizer.” (And yes, a “the” as the first word of a title takes a capitol T.) Whoever found more misplaced apostrophes won. Of course, he would let me win. This started when I was in first grade and we played it whenever we were out to the day he died. It was a fun way to practice when I was little and just silly fun as I grew older. To this day, I feel the urge to take out my red “teacher pen” and correct signs, newspaper ads, protest posters, etc., when I see such errors. Let’s not forget misplaced capitol letters!

      • MomofBoys says:

        Sounds like a neat tradition you and your dad created!

        Now, while we are in editor mode; “capitol” is a primary government city, as in “Washington D.C. is the capitol of The United States.” When we are talking about uppercase letters, the spelling is capitAl.

        • Chad says:

          Sorry, MomofBoys, but you’re wrong. Capitol refers to the building itself; DC. is the capital of the United States.

        • ScoutC says:

          Forgive me… I have “capitol” on the brain. From WI and have been at our capitol many an evening after school and on the weekends these last several days. Mea culpa.

      • Jenny says:

        I can really identify with your red teacher’s pen, and I’m also big on spelling errors. “Capitol” is the building where the legislature meets; a sentence begins with a capital letter. I’m queen of the red pen!

    • Manda says:

      And while we’re being picky, the comma is totally superfluous.

    • Danny says:

      I’m glad my English lit prof. is a bit more forgiving than this group!

      • Terry says:

        Well, he or she shouldn’t be; after all, if anyone shouldn’t be forgiving of such elementary grammatical errors, it’s an English lit prof!

        • Angie says:

          Amen! My degree is in English Lit and I never had a prof that was “forgiving” about things we should’ve learned by 4th grade.

    • Lori says:

      Has no one considered the possibility that this particular holiday greeting came from the family’s exclamation point. Although in my family, that was usually the responsibility of our asterisk.

    • Jackson says:

      I noticed this before the picture. HILARIOUS use of the apostrophe!

    • Renee says:

      They were a little punctuation crazy with the apostrophe and comma. Those things are annoying and make it awkward to those of us that care about grammar; however, I think the real awkwardness is quite clear…… 😉

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