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Behind The Awkwardness

The Rennies

This photo was taken in 2007 or 2008. I am the young girl in this my parents made me go to this renaissance fair when I was sick. This day was hot, and my parents made me wear all this old looking heavier clothing. That was not pleasant. My mom is not dressed appropriate for a family picture. My brother is starring away and my dad his smile on his face. What kind of smile is that? And he is wearing sunglasses… I don’t think they had those prescription sunglasses back in the day, Dad.”

(submitted by Payton Marie)

Married With Children

“My mom and dad were going to a Halloween party and cross-dressed as Peg and Al Bundy from ‘Married with Children.’ My mom was Al and my dad was Peg. My dad was in his late eighties when this picture was taken. This is my favorite picture of all time.”

(submitted by Julie)

Hangtime

“My older sister, Tina, would play with our dolls and hang them from the banister. I don’t think she meant to be morbid with them, she thought she was giving them a ride!”

(submitted by Rachel)

Trading Places

“On this Xmas eve, me and my dad dressed up as each other (as a part of my art project 365 Masquerades where I’m masquerading every day during 2014).”

(submitted by Alexis in Sweden)

Scotch Tape

“A photo, circa 1983, of my mother’s family.  Note the pajamas and natural, first-thing-in-the-morning hairstyles.”

(submitted by Elaine)

Christmas Chicken

“My parents took my brother and I to a Christmas Party in a fancy hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Instead of having a Santa Clause, they had a Christmas Chicken instead. We don’t seem too pleased.”

(submitted by Shane)

Crash

“This Christmas picture is one of my favorites..1999. Our son is in his terrible twos here. We were all posed for the annual picture, had the timer set on the camera and our son falls off the stool. His hand is in his sister’s face. Susie and I are trying to catch him and Susie is screaming something….I’ll let you fill in that blank.”

(submitted by Randy)

NOel

“My parents were married just after New Years in 1983. The Christmas decorations were still up and the NOEL letters were on the fireplace. My dad doesn’t smile for pictures and you can see my mom trying to get him to at least show some teeth. The best part is that all you can see of NOEL is NO. Pretty fitting for the groom’s expression!”

(submitted by Kelsie)

Centerpiece

“Every year, we made a family Christmas card that involved us acting out a particular theme that we selected for that year. This particular year, we chose to pull from the story of The Grinch.”

(submitted by Martha)

Take Two

“These two photos are from circa ’85. Though my parents had divorced several years earlier, my father came over to my mom’s house so we could take our Christmas Card pictures. One photo for Dad to send to his friends and family, and a different photo for Mom to send to hers. Dad thought it would be a great idea for me to stick my hand out of frame so as to imply that Mom, or in the other photo, Dad, was standing just outside the shot. I also really like how the background was meticulously chosen over, say, a shrub or maybe a grill. Here we are, um, in our backyard.”

(submitted by Lyzz)