Here’s a picture of me with my sister and cousins at my grandparents’ house during Christmas of 1994. Here I am pictured between my cousins Frank and John while my sister Molly is seated near my cousins Kerry Ann and Josh. Thank God, my parents got rid of that big ugly couch.
Of course, my family gets a lot of photos from family and friends around this time of year. And I’m sure that Christmas is a time of year when people usually take pictures because they want to treasure the moment forever. These could range from pictures on a Christmas card to send to your relatives, pictures for the album, or others. However, while some pictures make nice keepsakes as well as great mementos you’d want to treasure forever, others make you want to scratch your head and ask, “What the hell were they thinking?” And while some tend to do pictures in the traditional style, others may opt for costume. Here are some photos from families who willing post these moments of Christmas awkwardness I found at a website called Awkward Family Photos. So without further adieu, I give you a treasury of family photographs that might depict moments more embarrassing than the ones your family has.
1. Nothing says Christmas than embarrassing your child in utero dressed up as a pregnant yuletide stripper.
I’m sure whenever this woman’s child sees this picture, he or she’s going blush in deep embarrassment and wonder what the hell she was thinking. Still, I don’t think these kinds of photos are a great idea. An expectant mother has a whole life ahead of her to embarrass her child.
2. Looks like Dad has had a little accident while putting up the lights.
Okay, now I understand why my dad doesn’t put up Christmas lights. Also, kids, can’t you just help your daddy and hold up the ladder? I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
3. “….a fairy princess Barbie, an Easy Bake Oven, a My Little Pony Stable set, and let’s see….”
Looks like Santa Claus has stopped listening to that girl a long time ago. I mean he’s basically dreaming of a white Christmas at this point.
4. Seems like Dad forgot to put on his pajamas for the Christmas morning photo.
“I didn’t wear the pajamas because I don’t sleep in pajamas. I sleep in my underwear like this.” Of course, who’d want to send this picture in a Christmas card? Seriously, I’m sure nobody wants to see the dad’s man boobs here.
5. I’m dreaming of a goth punk Christmas.
Santa Claus: “Great, now I have to pose in this photo with these metal fan kids and their kids. I need a vacation.” Love Santa’s expression in this.
6. Looks like somebody doesn’t want to smile for the camera.
Rebellious children, sometimes hating your parents gets started when they’re young. Of course, I’m surprised it isn’t the daughter in the kimono like dress that seems to be made from a shower curtain.
7. Hello, kiddies, and welcome to Santa Claus’ house of horrors.
Never has going to Santa land seem oh, so horrifying, but I’m sure the kid’s not scared. Still, what the hell is the Easter Bunny doing here? Also, what’s with the clown?
8. Greetings, and happy holidays from the future.
So I guess this is what the crew members from the Enterprise receive from their relatives around the Christmas season. I would think this one came from LaForge’s family but he’s black and probably not married. Then again, maybe he was adopted.
9. Smile for the camera, boys, I’m sure your friends won’t laugh at you being in Christmas themed garbage bags.
Now while Jake is certainly reveling in the Christmas spirit with a bow on his head, I’m sure Tony is trying to disguise his embarrassment and hope nobody at school finds out.
10. Merry Christmas from the pajama brigade.
Now I wonder who’s idea it was for everyone to be photographed wearing the same set of ugly pajamas. Not to mention, what the hell is the Timberland boots doing here?
11. Merry Christmas, from the Village of the Damned.
I’m sure the younger one is less than a year old but she seems to have murder on the mind. I’m not sure about the older boy though.
12. Merry Christmas from outer space.
This would be the perfect way to embarrass a NASA astronaut during the Christmas season. Also, what the hell do astronauts have to do with Christmas anyway? Then again, they probably thought it would be awesome but didn’t think it through.
13. Since they knew it was going to be Doris’ last Christmas, they decided to do the Last Supper.
Wait a minute, doesn’t the Last Supper pertain to the moment of Jesus celebrating Passover right before he’s about to be crucified? Seems more appropriate for Easter than Christmas.
14. This Christmas, we’ll do a live nativity scene.
Well, maybe not quite a family nativity scene but I’m sure they didn’t have safari hats or bright blue robes in Palestine during the Roman Empire.
15. Merry Christmas, from your nightmares.
I’m sure the dripping paint from “Merry Christmas” doesn’t seem to bring in the holiday cheer. Also, the mom seems to resemble Tim Curry’s character from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
16. Don’t have antlers? I’m sure bunny ears will do just fine.
Actually, maybe this family should’ve stuck with reindeer antlers. Bunny ears either reminds me too much of Easter or Playboy.
17. Dad was always known to give every one of us a lift.
Yet, I sure hope the “lift” part was in the figurative sense. Still, how did this guy ever get a hold of such machinery?
18. Now this photo is so adorable.
Soon little Nellie will have her revenge once the adults leave the premises. Julie will pay for what she did to Nellie’s poor baby doll. Oh, yes, she will.
19. “Sorry, Kitty, but these are my Christmas presents, not yours.”
Man, some kids just don’t know how to share the spotlight. Then again, other kids must not care as much. Still, sibling rivalries do start out young, do they?
20. Merry Christmas from the Philip Morrises.
Now I’m sure this family isn’t setting a great example. Of course, those kids will soon die young in the hospital with their lungs all full of tar.
21. Nothing says Christmas like a swimsuit portrait.
I especially feel bad for the boy who seems to have to wear a speedo. Man, I don’t know about you but swimsuits don’t seem to have anything to do with Christmas for me.
22. “A toilet seat, oh, you shouldn’t have.”
Nothing makes a grandfather feel old than getting a new toilet seat for Christmas. Still, pretty funny though.
23. “For this Festivus night, I challenge Carly for the Feats of Strength”
Boy, Carly is going to have a very hard time pinning her dad for this year’s Festivus. Also, I’m sure this picture was taken way before 1997.
24. “Well, I thought the photo was a good idea at the time.”
Looks like somebody really doesn’t want to get her picture taken. “Look away from the light, I tell you. Look away from the light.” Still, family doesn’t seem like an enthusiastic bunch.
25. You know you’re a redneck if you use a photo like this on your Christmas card.
Then again, I think many rednecks might find it very offensive if you really think about it. Still, you have to admire how this couple recycles beer packaging and cigarette cartons. Also, pregnancy is a great time to quit smoking, seriously.
26. For this years Christmas card photo, let’s dress up like a Christmas tree.
Seems like everyone here’s in the Christmas spirit save Leslie in the lower left corner who thought this photo op was a stupid idea from the get go.
27. Seems like Susie couldn’t hold her excitement or her bladder.
Maybe she shouldn’t have drank all that juice this morning. Now she has to change her blue jeans. Still, I wonder if anyone noticed the little accident.
28. Seems like Santa has taken Bobby hostage and tied him up with Christmas lights.
I don’t know why anyone would want to tie their kid up in Christmas lights for a photo. That’s really messed up.
29. For the hairy, porn stached man on your list, I’m sure very short swimming trunks will do nicely.
Now I’m very sure that’s from the 1970s because I think the chances of a man standing with pride in his short shorts nowadays would seem very unlikely today.
30. Little Sandy has her present while her daddy has lots of money.
In all fairness, this seems to be the kind of Christmas card you’d see from The Wire. Seriously, the man with the money seems to reflect a lot of negative African American stereotypes if you know what I mean.
31. Merry Christmas from the Old Navy family and buy these white shirts and jeans. They make great gifts.
For some reason, I can’t help but wonder whether this family picture is from a commercial. Yet, they do seem like they could all be related.
32. If Adam and Eve had a Christmas card, then it would probably look like this. However, to be fair, they didn’t celebrate the holiday.
Now this is one of those Christmas photos that makes me scratch my head and wonder, “What the hell were these parents on to think that this was a good idea?” Also, the parents look as if they’ve just stepped out from a tanning salon.
33. Always try to make your family’s first Christmas photo a memorable one.
However, it seems like the photographer’s focus in this picture isn’t so much the baby as it pertains to Mommy’s huge lactating milk sacks. Seriously, you have no idea that this is a family portrait until you see the baby’s face being obscured in the parents’ arms.
34. Merry Christmas from all of us.
I don’t know about you but if I saw people popping out of my presents, I’d freak out. I’m sure they either used photoshop or a very big box.
35. “C’mon, Scotty, tell Santa what you want for Christmas.”
I’m sure little Scotty is afraid of Santa Claus and his older brother Billy is reveling in it as we speak.
36. When taking a picture of kids wearing “Ho!, Ho!, Ho!” shirts, make sure they stand close together.
I’m sure these parents weren’t familiar with rap music to notice that the word, “ho” has another meaning. Still, seems that the youngest had other ideas.
37. Look, kids, seems like Santa crashed in at the Ferguson house for Christmas.
Okay, I think it’s really just a homeless guy in a fur coat carrying a sack, not Santa. I mean Santa wears a read suit. Then again, the beard is pretty clean.
38. For the Christmas portrait, seems like Mom decided to wear her old outfit during her work as a dancer from the Kit Kat Club.
Well, Mommy had to pay through college somehow back in the day. Amazing her outfit still fits all these years. Nevertheless, not something you’d wear for a family Christmas picture.
39. Looks like this family is about to get themselves a Christmas tree.
Then again, from how that girl looks in the picture she could be either getting ready to cut down a Christmas tree or kill her family. I mean she seems a bit eerily terrifying in this.
40. Merry Christmas, from the Blanchards of Cirque du Soleil.
Because what other family would you expect to stack up their kids to pose as a Christmas tree? Yet, they seem to be very happy about it though.
41. “No, sir, I haven’t seen Travis anywhere. Honest to God, I didn’t.”
Don’t look, now but I think something very bad went down in this room. Not to mention, there’s an arm coming out from the box.
42. “C’mon, kids, grandma and grandpa’s here.”
Seems like the Dos Equis guy is traveling the world so much that he doesn’t get to see his grandchildren very often. Also, I didn’t know he had a wife. Hope she puts up with his peccadilloes since he’s the Most Interesting Man in the World.
43. Merry Christmas from the jacuzzi.
Okay, so they may be on a Hawaiian vacation but still. I’m not sure if I think taking a Christmas card picture in a hot tub is a good idea.
44. “He’s a maniac, maniac, on the floor. And he’s dancing like he’s never dance before.”
Before Quentin Tarantino started directing very violent movies, he had wanted to become a dancer but his parents wouldn’t allow it.
45. Nothing says Christmas than wearing a shirt depicting Santa’s facial hair.
I wonder who thought having shirts like that was a testament to fashion sense. Probably someone on drugs at the time.
46. Nothing gets in the Christmas spirit than a Christmas tree decked with disembodied doll heads.
Of course, this tree was decorated in that if Tanya did anything naughty, the doll heads would haunt her in her dreams. Really creepy stuff.
47. Like they say, the family that goes together, stays together.
Of course, there are some things families shouldn’t do together like going to an outhouse. Still, pretty hysterical.
48. Sorry, kids, but looks like Santa’s been in a fight with his bookie.
I wonder if this mall ever does a background check on any prospective Santas. I’m not sure if this one belongs on the “Nice” list if you know what I mean.
49. “Mom, Dad, please no twerking in the photo! You’re embarrassing us!”
Now telling your kids not to twerk is one thing. Telling your parents not to twerk, well, there’s no way they’ll listen to you.
50. When it comes to taking pictures, placement is everything.
Now perhaps putting Dad near the gun display wasn’t a good idea. Seriously, seems like some invisible person is about to shoot him in the head.
51. Nothing says Christmas like dressing up as Christmas presents for the card.
Now I’m sure wearing those gift boxes can’t be comfortable. Also make them look pretty idiotic if you really think about it. Also, what’s with the Mickey Mouse Santa hats?
52. Happy Holidays from the cool people in the neighborhood.
Or from the family who thinks they’re too cool for the rest of the neighborhood with their fashion sense still stuck in the 1980s. I mean one of the boys in the back has a mullet.
53. Happy Holidays from the family with the world’s most embarrassing dad.
I bet that baby’s thinking, “Jesus Christ, Dad, why the hell did you have to dress up as the New Year’s baby? What are the kids in daycare going to think about this when they see this picture? I don’t want to dwell on it.”
54. “All right, light em’ up.”
Can anyone please explain to me how they thought dressing up as Christmas light bulbs was a good idea? Because they seem to be some kind of rendition of Fruit of the Loom characters.
55. Nothing says Christmas than a family photo in leopard print pajamas.
Now I’m sure the leopard print doesn’t come from real fur. But still, such a family photo op is bound to make PETA furious.
56. Merry Christmas from both of us.
Also, I’m sure those two aren’t wearing anything under the towel and that they’ll make love under it after the photo shoot is over.
57. It was only a matter of time before Fran could tell the kids she once worked at Willy Wonka’s factory.
Then again, a more plausible explanation for her orangeness probably has to do with being John Boehner’s sister. Yeah, that orange tan runs in the family. Must be a genetic disorder of some sort.
58. Nothing makes a great Christmas gift for your kids than an assault rifle.
Actually for the love of God, don’t ever give your children guns for Christmas, let alone assault rifles. Still, these children seem like they’re out to cause a neighborhood shooting spree.
59. This will be our first Christmas since Jimmy’s been released from the state penitentiary.
Now I’m sure he may be drug free now but boy do those tattoos tell you that he’s done the time. Nevertheless, I think concealer would be a great Christmas present for him.
60. Tommy got a scooter while Jenny got a stuffed alligator in a stroller.
What Jenny really wanted was an alligator purse, not an actual gator in the stroller. You can see why she’s very upset right now. Then again, the stuffed alligator might’ve been for one of the parents but it got mixed up.
61. Some people really don’t like to pose for Christmas cards.
I’m sure I sometimes feel that way, too when I have to stand for pictures, especially if they have to do another take.
62. I’m sure these old green table cloths would make great Christmas tree costumes.
I don’t know about you but they could also seem like they’re members of a cult in these outfits. Still, doesn’t seem very flattering.
63. Merry Christmas from the toy soldier family.
Face it, folks, it was either this or the sugar plum fairies. And Dad really didn’t want to dress as a sugar plum fairy.
64. Rudolph rejoiced when he finally got the corndog plant he’d been begging Santa for.
Now the Christmas lights expectant mother was one thing but this? How in the hell did anyone think it was a good idea? Hope that baby never sees this picture.
65. Let’s see, Dad has the pipe and hat, Mom’s got the coat, Ginny has her dolly, while Randy has a canteen and a snow brush.
Holy shit, that’s Stephen King with his family. Certainly explains a lot there. Nevertheless, hope he’s not writing The Shining at this point.
66. Oh, sure, that’s exactly what Grandma wanted.
I’m not sure if Grandma knows what Taebo is or if anyone at the high rise does either. Still, she probably never took it out of the packaging.
67. Looks like somebody didn’t get what she asked for this year.
Some girls just want to rub it in on Santa. Man, this girl must not like the new cleaning trolley Santa sent her this year. Then again, would anyone?
68. Sure Baby Bella’s about to celebrate her first Christmas, but she’s already sick with sitting for pictures already.
“Okay, so after you’re done taking pictures of me on the rocking horse, can we be done here? Also, I just pooped in my diaper.”
69. Merry Christmas to all from the Bob Evans family.
Sure their clothes may seem like they’re made from the table cloths you’d find at Bob Evans. Yet, they really don’t seem to be down on the farm so to speak.
70. “Hey, kids, can you leave for a second, cause Daddy needs a smoke.”
Let’ hope he doesn’t burn down the tree like Uncle Lewis did in Christmas Vacation, which led to that iconic squirrel scene.