The Awkward Holiday Photo Contest
Presented by Parental Guidance

After an extremely close race, we would like to congratulate our winner Heather, who is finally being rewarded for all those trips to Grandma’s house with signed copies of the AFP books and the official Awkward Family Photos board game.

Special recognition to Rachelle and her daughter Eloise who, upon second thought, can have as many cupcakes as she wants :)

Thanks to all of our nominees and the whole community for submitting so many great pictures (see them all here) and we wish you all a safe and awkward holiday!

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Grandmother’s House

“I am the girl in the front with the awful face! I strongly disliked Christmas at Grandma’s house. Hence the face.”

 22302 Votes

Submitted by Heather • December 10th, 2012 • 2 Comments »

Gingerbread Girl

“This is my 2-year-old daughter Eloise after I caught her eating cupcakes that she was not supposed to have. Doesn’t she look remorseful?”

 18544 Votes

Submitted by Rachelle • December 18th, 2012 • 4 Comments »

Nightmare Before Christmas

“This was taken back in 1971 when I was about 18 months old. My grandmother had one of our cousins dress up as Santa to surprise me and my aunt (who is holding me). I’m not sure what happened to Santa on the way over…..looks like he was run over by one of his reindeer. I think this is where I got my early love of all things scary :)”

 14247 Votes

Submitted by Heather • December 10th, 2012 • 13 Comments »


“This is the photo my Grandmother sent out as her Xmas 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 completely unintentionally. Still one of the funniest things ever (still) sent to more than 200 friends and family.”

 1133 Votes

Submitted by Karrie • December 12th, 2012 • 7 Comments »

Seeing Red

“My mother always dressed my brothers and I alike, but one Christmas, she made everyone do it. This is the result. I’m the one who is not smiling because I’m pretty sure I just received a “talking to” for my objection to the madness.”

 639 Votes

Submitted by Greg • December 12th, 2012 • 1 Comment »
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