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Two Sides of Dad

“This is the photo my Grandmother sent out as her X-mas card in the early 70s. She didn’t like my Dad’s not-smiling face so she cut out one from a different picture, pasted it in place and sent it to the printers. Note the glue on my Dad’s face where Grandma had attempted to affix the smiling face before it shifted during printing. Still one of the funniest things ever sent to more than 200 friends and family.”

(submitted by Karrie)

Nightmare Before Christmas

“This was our family Christmas card. Trust me there are many more gems like this one. As we finished Thanksgiving dinner, we all dreaded the coming family photo, to embarrass us for many more generations. The things that some mothers do to their children border on child abuse.”

(submitted by Andrew)

Bottomless Christmas

“This is my family’s Christmas photo in 2005. I’m not sure why my dad and brother would not put on pants.”

(submitted by Molly)

Worst Gift Ever

“In 1988 I thought I was going to get a computer from mum and dad for Christmas, but instead I got a giant framed picture of myself as the page boy at my sister’s wedding.”

(submitted by Jerry in Australia)

Trading Places

“My husband couldn’t make it to the family portrait photo shoot. Rather than cancel, I brought a “replacement”. This is what went in all our Christmas cards. My husband’s family was not amused and he wouldn’t talk to me for days.”

(submitted by Loretta)

Eyes Up Here

“My sisters and I thought it would be a nice Christmas present for our parents if we had a professional portrait taken of all our families. But the children were too young, and there were too many of them to get them all to look at the camera (much less smile) at the same time. The adults turned out good though.”

(submitted by Kerri)


“When I was seven, my Mom had us take Christmas card pictures. My sisters wouldn’t stop fighting, so I did what older brothers do best.”

(via source)

My Whole Life Is A Lie

“The year my sister told me Santa isn’t real.”

(via source)

The Holiday Eyeroll

“Our daughter was super excited to take family photos this year.”

(submitted by Heather)

Sunshine And Rain

We drove through a snow storm to get holiday portraits for the second year in a row. My son was wearing clothes that were one size too small and hand-me-downs, and my daughter was wearing a Christmas tree costume that I bought on clearance at Halloween time.”

(submitted by Jessica)