Black Christmas

September 2nd, 2011

Black Christmas - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

Santa didn’t even need to look at his list.

(submitted by Sarah)

95 Responses to “Black Christmas”

  1. California says:

    And this was the last anyone saw the two little ones in the front.

  2. graphicartist2k5 says:

    nothing says “holiday cheer” like death warming over!

  3. JackRaven44 says:

    Nightmare Before Christmas?

  4. n says:

    The one in the bottom right looks like drew Barrymore

  5. Nannie says:

    I LoVe this photo!

  6. Julie says:

    I’m still trying to figure out which ones are the parents

  7. Broski says:

    A family that cuts together, bleeds together.

  8. Sara Mac says:

    I LOVE IT! this is so cool (and love the back story as well, wish my friends and I thought of this.) But I get the biggest kick out the the guy in the left back… I think he’s over dressed. πŸ™‚

  9. Ruby says:

    Aaaah…my dream family. There’s nothing awkward about these beautiful people! More power to you!!

  10. Meitar says:

    So everyone here either participated in this photo/ knows the people who participated in this photo.

  11. Paco says:

    Hey, Santa is Harrisond Ford!!!

  12. Megannno says:

    Looks like everyone is super stoked about Christmas this year!!

  13. A says:

    That little girl is my now 18 year old daughter. She was getting her photo taken with her arm around her friend (the little boy- who usually wore that expression), her parents, and a group of adults she loved- so it’s pretty understandable why she’s smiling. She was also stoked to have her photo taken with Santa.

    She remarked recently how much she misses these photo opportunities now that we live far from some of the other folk in that photo. I agree with her wholeheartedly.

    • Janelle says:

      Well your daughter made for an adorable little girl. I think it a great photo and I hope she is as open minded as I would think she was being raised by an individual like yourself. It’s a great photo, looks like me and my friends in the 90’s! Thanks for sharing this photo, it made me happy.

      • A says:

        Janelle, what an absolutely lovely thing to say! She is indeed a marvelous girl.

        I didn’t share the photo- I was just surfing this site and saw my unfortunate lipstick choice smirking back at me. That will knock you for a loop. πŸ˜€

  14. Justin Gifford says:

    This is the holiday sequel to ‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’

  15. shewhomustnotbenamed says:


  16. Meowpuppy says:

    Be afraid Santa, be very afraid.

  17. Margo says:

    Raising ’em right!

  18. Modine says:

    I think Santa was the weird uncle the rest of the family was always embarrassed by. They wanted him to stand in the back, but nooooo, always the attention seeker!

  19. Krissa says:

    Here’s the story…
    One year (1992 I think) I thought it would be a great idea to get a group of friends together and have our picture taken with Santa. It became a yearly tradition for about 7 years. This was the third or fourth year. One year we even tied up Santa and stole his toys. I love these pictures and the memories that go with them. Santa was such a good sport.

  20. Dave says:

    Merry F’in X-mas from the Goth family!

  21. jaklumen says:

    I dunno… I’d say the way Santa has his beard and moustache fashioned here fits right in with the whole goth/post-punk look the kids are rockin’ here. If he had more of a Victorian Santa look and a more crimson robe, it’d be near perfect.

  22. kathague says:

    santa and his elves!

  23. Mark Upshaw says:

    Looks like Santa is just a tad uncomfortable with his awkward feelings.

  24. Momof3Girls says:

    I don’t see the awkward?

    It’s a beautiful photo. They all look lovely, and quite comfortable as a group together.

    What am I missing?

    • It's me! Dee!!! says:

      Ha! You are so funny! Love the subtle facetiousness.

      Oh? You are serious?!?
      *rolls eyes in a typical gen X way*

      Awkward is the classic disillusional generation X-er expressions they are sporting. Even the little kids look pretty peed off and would so rather be somewhere else. Not so awkward by itself and the attitudes displayed is pretty standard of the times. But, combine it with a group photo with Santa, it takes awkward to a whole new level. Santa doesn’t really match the theme happening there, now does it?
      I think this is definitely one of the best Awkward Family Photos of late.

      • Momof3Girls says:

        No, I really was serious. They look like a great group of kids (to someone my age, they’re all kids!).

        The sitting is nicely arranged. Everyone has gone out of their way to have a polished look; not my look, but well done for that particular look. I get the feeling the people all like each other.

        It’s a very sweet photo. If my kids were in it, I’d happily have it framed on my wall.

      • jersygrl says:

        Hate to be a party pooper, but Gen-Xers (like myself) grew up in the 70s-80s. These are Goth-type teens from the mid-90s. By that time Gen-Xers were all grown up.

        • Denise says:

          I beg to differ Jersygrl… I graduated high school in 1992 and I am firmly in Gen X. I suppose you could say I was “grown up” at 18, but not really, and some of the people in this photo look to be about 19-20. The original commenter has it right I think, the look is pure late Gen X (anti-big hair)

    • susie says:

      I agree. In the sense that other photos on this site are “awkward,” this doesn’t fit. True, the people are dressed in a punk/goth style, which wouldn’t typically be thought of as Christmas-y, but that doesn’t make it awkward like the naked people, or be-mulleted people, or whatever. It’s a sweet pic!

  25. Mike says:

    Yep. This was a tradition and it was awesome.

  26. It's me! Dee!!! says:

    Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.

  27. Jica says:

    I love the smirk on the kid next to smiling girl.

  28. usagizero says:

    I know these people, and am in one from a previous year. Very good times. πŸ™‚

  29. Carolyn says:


  30. Hans Moleman says:

    I love this picture! Very 90’s goth look -I wonder if they asked Santa for the “new” cure CD??

  31. CT says:

    Initiation time santa!

  32. js says:

    Who the heck told that little girl in the front that she could smile for the photo? WHO DID IT!

  33. deusdiabolus says:

    “I’m bored. Hey, you guys, you know what would be really funny?”

  34. Dallasmom says:

    Santa looks scared.

  35. Marie says:

    They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They’re altogether ooky,
    The Addams Family.

    Their house is a museum.
    When people come to see ’em
    They really are a screa-um.
    The Addams Family.




    So get a witch’s shawl on.
    A broomstick you can crawl on.
    We’re gonna pay a call on
    The Addams Family.

  36. Suki says:

    looks like it could be from a 90s sitcom.

  37. Susie says:

    This is fantastic. Please, please give a backstory! Santa’s face is priceless.

  38. Chilly Dogg says:

    I must know the story behind this photo!

  39. Maureen says:

    Best post ever! This is epicly awesome in its total awkwardness! Love it! LMAO

  40. Elaine says:

    The two little ones seem so out of place. So, so very out of place….

  41. Erin says:

    I love this picture so much.

  42. Maureen says:

    That little girl at the bottom is smiling. She’s going to be the rebel of that family.

  43. Anne says:

    Santa looks scared..

  44. Steve says:

    Merry Christmas from the Art Club!

  45. Laura says:

    aaaah, the 90s grunge look…how we’ve missed thee (in a ‘not really’ kind of way)

  46. l007 says:


  47. Marcia says:

    The little girl in the front got coal! She smiled!!

  48. sk says:

    This photo was a tradition – the group changed a little bit from year to year, but was a staple of the holiday season. I never knew such a nice bunch of people!

  49. Kelly says:

    Goth Glee Club? Awkward indeed.

  50. mrs5180 says:

    awesome caption!!! HAHAHA

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