September 13th, 2011

Checkmates - Christmas

And then they proceeded to eat Christmas dinner on top of themselves.

(submitted by Chris)

88 Responses to “Checkmates”

  1. Kimberley says:

    I guess dad drew the line at the tie. “I am NOT wearing a leisure suit coat made out of that. No.”

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I think I know this family

  3. graphicartist2k5 says:

    looks like mom got her hands on a whole lot of tablecloth material, and went hog wild with the sewing machine!

  4. jacquie says:

    I want to see the table cloth and nana and poppa!

  5. Huge says:

    Promotional poster for Benny Hill performing Sound of Music at the Pizza Hut.
    Aaaaaaah, dum dum diddle-diddle, dum diddy diddle-diddle, dum diddle-diddle diddy die!

  6. Andy says:

    This is my brother’s family! I’m the one who scanned the picture and my son submitted it. Oh, are WE in trouble.

  7. Rosie Posie says:


  8. Lisa says:

    I think my mom had that same jumpsuit pattern! She made one for my best friend and me. One orange, one green.

  9. tmansbamaw says:

    The look on the dad’s face is one of RELIEF!

  10. chelle says:

    Let me guess… Mom took “Stretch & Sew” classes. My sister and I were plagued (most happily at the time) with matchy-match clothes — including swimsuits.

  11. Tree says:

    No one should look more festive than their Christmas tree.

  12. Alan says:

    Warning! Staring for extended periods of time may cause migraines!

  13. Chelle says:

    She NEVER missed a good sale at the Yarn Barn!!!

  14. 70's child says:

    Mom had some mad sewing skills. The checks match across the zippers in the front. It’s a wonder more people aren’t in therapy.

    • Rachel of Cyberia says:

      Our plaid polyester pantsuits were green. I’m not sure they qualify as abusive, but my therapist had to buy a new couch because hers was giving me flashbacks.

  15. TGIF says:

    All that’s needed is a bunch of ants!

  16. Sam Maloney says:

    The Christmas table cloth gave it’s life in a good cause…

    • BytchEPoo says:

      *its. I was thinking Mom used the summer picnic tablecloth. “Eh, screw it, I don’t feel like storing this thing again. I KNOW! I’ll make horrible jumpsuits to laugh about when the kids are adults!!”

  17. MaryI says:

    Good grief! She spent so much moiney on fabric (or table cloths) She couldn’t afford decorations for the tree!

  18. Penny says:

    Man, the dad sure got off easy on this one. Hardly seems fair.

  19. senora_jennifer says:

    I am so disappointed in Marney not decorating the tree to regulation specifications. On second thought, maybe this is Amy Misto who never measures up and can’t even dress her husband to match properly.

  20. Rattrap007 says:

    They can never escape their checkered past…

  21. ian says:

    Gomez Addams’ first family, before he found the dark side.

  22. Joyce says:

    Oh cute, the one girl has little ruffles at the shoulders. So actually, each outfit is just a little bit different from the others (the boy is wearing a vest/pants ensemble)!

  23. Barbara says:

    ok i looked at this pic for some time, and is MOM dressed like the son? why not dressed like the girls?? i say Hummmmmmmmmm …cute though

  24. Joyce says:

    I always enjoy getting the annual Christmas photo card from the Tablecloth family.

    • CarrieM says:

      I was thinking the same thing! The checks on dad’s tie are a little bigger. I’m thinking there’s a tablecloth somewhere with a strip missing.

  25. Ajax says:

    Why must the festively tesselated family kneel in front of the under-decorated Christmas tree? Could they not have stood up for the picture? I don’t understand!

  26. patti says:

    I had bell bottom pants in that same print!! Felt like a table cloth!

  27. Lee says:

    “Tree ready?”
    “Presents wrapped?”
    “Decorations up?”
    “Anyone got any ideas of what we can wear for the Christmas Family photo?”

  28. Jade says:

    OMG lol!!! Phew!!! I feel like I dodged a huge ‘plaid’ bullet not being around in the ’70s.

  29. Shylo says:

    This is absolutely adorable- how terrific is the mom (I think its American) whipping up all them onesies? Not awkward at all. Gotta love the ’70s.

  30. Alan says:

    Mom mail ordered the fabric,& when it failed to arrive ,she rang the supplier,who said “The checks in the mail”

  31. Hans Moleman says:

    The rash of tablecloth thefts that occured back in the 70’s in their town have now been solved…

  32. Never ever lift the tablecloths from Shakey’s…

  33. Loral says:

    I guess we know Mom got a new sewing machine!

  34. Pat says:

    I think it’s funny how they over-the-top decorated themselves, but the tree is almost bare. You’d think that after all that sewing, she’d have some fabric scraps left over to make some tree decorations with. C’mon, at LEAST some bows!

    • BytchEPoo says:

      Back in the 70’s, my mom bought this fabric that had prints on it where you cut them out, sewed the fronts to the backs and then stuffed them for Christmas tree decorations. OMG they were horrible!!

    • Jim says:

      Back then people didn’t decorate until Christmas Eve. Anyone remember that?

  35. buffy says:

    The caption made me do an honest-to-goodness spit-take.

  36. Cheryl says:

    Next year lets do polka dots!

  37. john says:

    Looks like they went all out on the hristmas tree decorating…

  38. Lily says:

    That sparsely-decorated Xmas tree looks awkward

  39. Linda Lou says:

    i love it! i think it’s quaint, and how often do i get to use that word?

  40. ween says:

    that poor family.

  41. K says:

    Tell me he does NOT look like Tom Tucker from “Family Guy”!!! LOL

  42. Tracy says:

    Awesome caption!

  43. Mike says:

    how did any of us EVER survive 70’s fashion??

  44. Lisa says:

    The tagline is hysterical!

  45. mrswildthing says:

    I think it’s rather sweet. Fashion has changed but it’s a lovely family pic.

  46. Kate says:

    WOW!! Mom liked to sew huh! Now all you needed was Dad in a red jacket and it would have totally made the ensemble. Guess he wore the tie as a concession to keep wifey happy

  47. One of these is not like the others…

  48. amber day says:

    This is a lovely picture…nothing ackward at all…

    • tanyaya says:

      i think the fact that the red in dad’s tie clashes with the red in everything else is awkward?

      • rw says:

        Yes, the tie is not the same checker print as the rest. I’m wondering if dad got the tie first and then mom got it in her head that the whole family needed to wear matching checked pantsuits.

        I do agree that they’re a lovely family. But those are not lovely fashion choices and the time period is not an excuse. It’s “when bad ideas happen to good people.”

    • cocamojoe says:

      Good Lord, Amber, how is this not awkward? Even the dad has a matching, plaid tie, for crying out loud! There’s no reason it can’t be both cute and awkward!

    • VZG says:

      Over-matching is always awkward. Always.

      It may be sweet that mom may have sewn the outfits herself, but it’s only more awkward to be the child and not be able to tell her you don’t REALLY like plaid matching onesies. (Or are there people out there who really do like onesies?)

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