The dress isn’t supposed to wear you.
(submitted by Zara)
At first I just saw the top half. I thought a hole was cut in the chair, and the kid was poking his face through the hole in the chair, from the other side.
I think that way sometimes.
Wow, to be honest, the comments in this thread are more awkward than the photo itself. That said…it’s still an awkward photo due to the positioning of the baby in large christening gown ON TOP OF a large white blanket. Intentionally or not, the baby is almost lost in all that white fluffiness, and its cute expression almost seems to say, “I would rather be anywhere but HERE.” Awkward photo, but cute all the same. 🙂
Some of you seem to think that everyone knows what a christening gown is. Uh, not everyone is a Christian, and not even all Christians use these. My brother and I were baptized in the 80’s, and neither of us ever wore anything like this. So get off your high horse and STOP TAKING ALL THE FUN OUT OF THIS SITE.
I’m with you Katie…this site seems to have the funniest comments without the mean snarky feeling that I see on lots of others. Stop the hating folks.
I have my brother’s christening gown from the 50s. Not as long as this one but still as ornate. Personally, I love to hear about the traditions of other people, that’s what makes this site fun. I’m not the only one with funky photos of me in school or on vacation.
NannaLee, I’m assuming by your defensive comments about the decor that this is your home. Love the baby, but the wallpaper and the sofa has got to go!
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It’s the Ghost of Christening Past!
My mom took a pic of all four of us plus my two nieces like this. Apparently it is some sort of tradition of sorts. When I first saw the pic I thought it was one of us. But the background is unfamiliar.
The afghan is eating the baby. Poor baby.
JESUS wright ?? what have i won ??
Yup, not awkward at all, and a nice way to show off a handmade blanket, too. My son wore a delicate, very long gown for his christening, and we’re in Tennessee. I think it’s a beautiful tradition.
The blanket is wonderful as well — it looks like a somewhat complicated crochet pattern.
When white crochet attacks!
Christening gowns are supposed to look like that. I agree with the other comment, the chair or carpet or whatever the baby is on is horrible!
Wow…people…the pic is about the baby on a special day…stop with the decor behind the baby already….
I think people who are familiar with the tradition of Christening gowns are just trying to figure out what’s so awkward; the upholstery on the furniture and the patter on the wallpaper is pretty bad, so that’s why they’re pointing it out.
Right. I have no issue with baptismal gowns, but there’s something about the composition that makes it look as if the crocheted throw is about to take wing and carry the baby off to its eyrie.
Still, they could have found a better background, sheesh!
in Soviet Russia, dress wears you!!!
Ok people the awkward part is the baby on a doily, the couch and wallpaper…not the gown
Looks like a regulation sized christening gown to me.
the wallpaper and the couch are awkward…the baby and the christening gown are beautiful!
Isn’t this kind of standard for a Christening outfit? I’ve never been to one, but from what I’ve seen on tv and read about them, it’s a lot about the outfit. They even save the outfits, right?
I’m picturing this baby sashaying down the staircase at Tara and it just fits
what happens if you have to change the babys poopy diaper? What do you do w/ all that fabric? That’s just way too much! The funny thing would have been if the baby had explosive diaper out the back end!
Instead of buying a gown the parents decided to go the thrifty route and wrapped their baby in great-gramdma’s tablecloth.
There had been concern for awhile about Grandma’s sight. Everyone knew it was starting to…well not be what it once was. This became evident shortly after this photo, when the proud parents turned their back (for just a second) and found Grandma placing her fine china out on baby Monica’s tablecloth…I mean gown.
What ever happened to baby Jane?
I own an antique baptismal gown passed down through my mother’s side of the family. It’s designed so the skirt drapes all the way to the floor when the baby is being held.
Thanks goodness pinky toes, giant craniums, and four foot baby stick legs are disappearing thorough evolution.
When I first saw this, I thought it was a baby’s face in a spider web
this looks like the christening dress from the big lebowsky. well, if they HAD a christening dress.
I may be old fashioned, but this kid seems a little young to be getting married.
How on earth could this ever be considered awkward? I see a lovely gown, a pretty blanket and an absolutely adorable baby!
The baby has obviously been threatened not to spit up, or else.
Halloween? Dressed as a fried egg??
Where’s that baby? I put her right there…now I can’t…oh!
I don’t get it…it’s a traditional baptismal gown. What’s awkward about this picture?
When I first saw this picture on facebook, it looked like a diaper with a poop stain!
Tabitha was quite put off that her parents dressed her in white after Labor Day.
Too funny 🙂
It is if it’s a Christening dress
beautiful dress,,,beautiful baby
or the couch…or the wallpaper…
That bothered me more than the outfit
I don’t know where to start… the dress, the bonnet, the crochet thing behind the poor scary baby! The sofa… the wallpaper! Is this a victorian ghost baby? Poor child looks horrified by it all..
Wow…that’s a whole lot of ….nothing
Well NannaLee, thank you for coming forward so vigorously to defend a dress. Regardless of your own personal viewpoints, you have forgotten the most obvious one: this photo was “awkward” enough to be the picture of the day on a website called “Awkward Family Photos”. That means that more than one person found this photo awkward, and this is the place they go to comment about it. You’re fighting the losing fight, it’s like you’re yelling at all the salmon trying to swim upstream by arguing with them how natural and sensible swimming downstream is, which makes a lot of sense to you, but clearly they aren’t buying it. Go swim downstream already.
I don’t see what’s so awkward about this.
Hum, that’s kind of ..well…awkward.
Aren’t Christening gowns normally that long? Most of the ones I’ve seen have been.
There’s a baby in there somewhere….
What a beautiful baby! I don’t think this is awkward at all!
That’s a whole lotta dress for one little baby…but a very sweet picture!
Clearly someone crocheted a christening outfit for this poor infant. But this is just wrong — about a hundred different ways.
Oh, yeah? name 50 !! I think it’s beautiful!
I can name several ways but it’s a waste of time, you wouldn’t get it anyway.
Well for starters…. It’s ostentatious. It looks like it’s more about the dress than it is the baby. The blanket and the dress at first appear to be all one piece, like a baby just happened to get stuck in a giant white thing. It’s a little weird and lonely to see a baby by itself on a couch. The getup is huge; the baby looks lost in it. Some of us don’t see a lot of traditional Christening gowns, and if you approach this photo with no knowledge of what Christening gowns are supposed to look at, it’s a little absurd.
Oh relax. For goodness sakes, it’s a cultural thing. My family is Spanish and most of us were Christened in very large fancy white outfits.
How rude to call it absurd and weird.
In Russia, the dress wears you!
Yes, Carrie, how rude. It’s Awkward Family Photos, how dare you find a photo weird.
All I see is a face!
What planet are people from if they have never seen a christening gown??? Just saying…..
ummm… people who aren’t christian, nannalee. that’s who
Um, Renee…. not all Christians do the christening thing. You should get out more.
LOL Renee…so you DO know what type of gown it is…Is this the first time you have seen one? Welcome to earth…just saying…Christian or not…not that rare of a thing to see in the USA
Ted, explore a bit…look at old pictures, these dresses have been around for 100’s of years…earthling
NannaLee..relax tootz, I have more important things to do in life then research the history of the modern christening gown. Good grief.
This looks more like a doll than a baby.
Very traditional Christening outfit. Not really awkward.
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