Knitted sweaters, questionable Santas, and a sock-full of mandarins. Ah, Christmas. The only thing missing now is a photo that captures all of the chaos.

Awkward Family Photos is a friendly place online where everyone can come together and share their uncomfortable family moments. Mike Bender and Doug Chernack started the project by posting a few childhood photos of their own, and the site quickly took off and became an Internet sensation.

Bored Panda covered Awkward Family Photos some time ago but since the holiday season is just around the corner, let's not forget what matters at this time of year—laughing at yourself and your loved ones. Oh, and cherishing the memories you shared, of course.

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#1

My Uncle, Comforting My Father After Breaking A Toy On Christmas Morning, 1969. That’s Brotherly Love

My Uncle, Comforting My Father After Breaking A Toy On Christmas Morning, 1969. That’s Brotherly Love

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Ember
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6 months ago

Beautiful picture

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Bender said that holidays really do mean more awkward shots. "Families are more likely to get together and take photos," he told Bored Panda. "Plus, a lot of families have holiday traditions like dressing up in matching outfits which always leads to [even more] awkwardness."

But Bender said there are other occasions that produce these pictures too. Like birthdays. Someone will undoubtedly capture the kids in their most (you guessed it) awkward stages of life. And weddings. "You are bringing together not just one awkward family but two and generally, people are intoxicated and I don't think I have to explain how that can get weird," he pointed out. Lastly, he mentioned hospital delivery photos. The mothers never seem as enthusiastic about taking pictures as the dads!

#2

We Were Taking Our Family Christmas Photo, And Let’s Just Say The Dogs Weren’t In A Holly Jolly Mood. This Photo Was The Worst Of The Batch, But Now It’s A Conversation Starter. We Keep It Right By The Entrance Of Our Home Here In St. Louis

We Were Taking Our Family Christmas Photo, And Let’s Just Say The Dogs Weren’t In A Holly Jolly Mood. This Photo Was The Worst Of The Batch, But Now It’s A Conversation Starter. We Keep It Right By The Entrance Of Our Home Here In St. Louis

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

All I can think of is an old horror movie called "Hounds of Hell".

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"The pandemic has brought all families closer together. We're spending more time with each other and so we're also taking more photos. Also, we truly can't get away from our family when we're in quarantine so that ensures lots of awkward moments. As far as Christmas, we like to say it's the most awkward time of the year and the gift that keeps on giving."

#3

The Only Baby Picture I Have. Why?

The Only Baby Picture I Have. Why?

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Titas Burinskas
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6 months ago

The only baby picture you need

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#4

Being In A Family With Five Children, You Hardly Ever Get A Great Photo With All The Kids. 27 Years Later My Sister Decided We Should Reenact This Photo On The One Day A Year We All Get Together

Being In A Family With Five Children, You Hardly Ever Get A Great Photo With All The Kids. 27 Years Later My Sister Decided We Should Reenact This Photo On The One Day A Year We All Get Together

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Caged Beer
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6 months ago

You sure got the look.

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#5

Christmas 2009. We Went To The Mall To Take A Picture With Santa And Seemingly Nothing Went Wrong… My Son Didn’t Cry, The Line Was Manageable But Santa’s Attention Was Focused Elsewhere

Christmas 2009. We Went To The Mall To Take A Picture With Santa And Seemingly Nothing Went Wrong… My Son Didn’t Cry, The Line Was Manageable But Santa’s Attention Was Focused Elsewhere

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago (edited)

DANG THE ONE YEAR THE FAMILY DOES NOTHING WRONG

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#6

My Boss, Who Has 6 Kids, Captured Every Sibling Dynamic Possible In One Photo

My Boss, Who Has 6 Kids, Captured Every Sibling Dynamic Possible In One Photo

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

One kid smiling

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#7

The Infamous Christmas Photo Shoot Of 1984. Dad’s Short-Shorts And High Socks Highlighted His Fashion-Forward Attitude And Athleticism; My Sister’s Cheerleading Perfection Revealed Her Vow To Never Look Bad In Any Photo- Ever, And My Single Jazz Hand Stance Complete This Awkward Family Christmas Card From Over 30 Years Ago

The Infamous Christmas Photo Shoot Of 1984. Dad’s Short-Shorts And High Socks Highlighted His Fashion-Forward Attitude And Athleticism; My Sister’s Cheerleading Perfection Revealed Her Vow To Never Look Bad In Any Photo- Ever, And My Single Jazz Hand Stance Complete This Awkward Family Christmas Card From Over 30 Years Ago

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Melanie Gallegos
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6 months ago

This may be the most awkward photo winner! Lol

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#8

This Was The Picture That My Family Sent Out As Our Family Christmas Card Back In '91

This Was The Picture That My Family Sent Out As Our Family Christmas Card Back In '91

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Hans
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6 months ago

Disturbing on many levels. Yet hillarious.

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#9

This Is The Photo My Grandmother Sent Out As Her X-Mas Card In The Early 70s

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

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Scratch
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6 months ago

Gran was Photoshopping before it was a thing.

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#10

Merry Christmas From Your Friendly, Neighborhood Mall Goths, 2005

Merry Christmas From Your Friendly, Neighborhood Mall Goths, 2005

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Andraya Begley
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6 months ago

Santa is being a good sport!

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#11

Our Aunt Helen Made These For The Three Of Us And While I Know She Worked Very Hard On Them, I Was Mortified. That’s Me On The Left. I’m Smiling But My Eyes Are Red From Crying Because I Didn’t Want To Wear It. The Compromise Was That I Didn’t Have To Wear The Bonnet. I Don’t Have Much Of A Fashion Sense But Even Then, At A Tender Young Age, I Knew This Was Wrong, Very Wrong

Our Aunt Helen Made These For The Three Of Us And While I Know She Worked Very Hard On Them, I Was Mortified. That’s Me On The Left. I’m Smiling But My Eyes Are Red From Crying Because I Didn’t Want To Wear It. The Compromise Was That I Didn’t Have To Wear The Bonnet. I Don’t Have Much Of A Fashion Sense But Even Then, At A Tender Young Age, I Knew This Was Wrong, Very Wrong

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tuzdayschild
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6 months ago

Ralphie's bunny outfit doesn't seem so bad now.

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#12

My Dad On Christmas Morning

My Dad On Christmas Morning

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Your dad reminds me of a younger Jack Nicholson.

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#13

My Memories Of Meeting Santa Are Fond Ones. I Came Across This Pic, However, And Was Startled By The Look On This Particular Santa’s Face. He Looks A Little Less Interested In What I Want For Christmas, And A Little More Interested In How I’d Taste In A Stew

My Memories Of Meeting Santa Are Fond Ones. I Came Across This Pic, However, And Was Startled By The Look On This Particular Santa’s Face. He Looks A Little Less Interested In What I Want For Christmas, And A Little More Interested In How I’d Taste In A Stew

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

HAH THE CAPTION

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#14

Christmas Was Scary In Yugoslavia

Christmas Was Scary In Yugoslavia

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tuzdayschild
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6 months ago (edited)

Soooooo many nopes

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#15

My Dad Built This To Protect The Tree From The Cat

My Dad Built This To Protect The Tree From The Cat

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Gary
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6 months ago

I'm sorry but Christmas is now in quarantine.

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#16

We Took The Kids To Take Pictures With Santa. Needless To Say We Were Shocked As We Scrolled Through The Photos And Saw Our Daughter’s Middle Finger Up With Her Head Turned And Smiling

We Took The Kids To Take Pictures With Santa. Needless To Say We Were Shocked As We Scrolled Through The Photos And Saw Our Daughter’s Middle Finger Up With Her Head Turned And Smiling

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Is that why santa is gone?

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#17

We Were Trying To Create A Winter Wonderland Scene And Save Money By Shooting Our Own Picture. We Ended Up With Almost 90 Photos That All Looked Like This, So We Just Went With It And This Year I Got Actual Requests To Post This Card

We Were Trying To Create A Winter Wonderland Scene And Save Money By Shooting Our Own Picture. We Ended Up With Almost 90 Photos That All Looked Like This, So We Just Went With It And This Year I Got Actual Requests To Post This Card

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Jitka Svobodová
Community Member
6 months ago

Get up bro! The reindeer is coming! IT'S COMING!!

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#18

Our Photographer Sent Us All The Images From Our Holiday Photo Session Including This One And I Love It

Our Photographer Sent Us All The Images From Our Holiday Photo Session Including This One And I Love It

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Who? Me?
Community Member
6 months ago

The holly jolly spirit ❄❄

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#19

Mom, There’s A Reason There Wasn’t A Line To See This Santa…

Mom, There’s A Reason There Wasn’t A Line To See This Santa…

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Ms.M.
Community Member
6 months ago

So... it Seems Santa's been Smoking Some Sh!t

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#20

The Moment My Mom Realized I Was Going To Be A Handful

The Moment My Mom Realized I Was Going To Be A Handful

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Who? Me?
Community Member
6 months ago

This could be a movie poster

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#21

I Tried To Get Some Christmas Card Photos With My Boys This Year. My 5 Year Old Was Not Having It And Refused To Cooperate (Look Under The Sign). But This One Took The Cake For Me Since The Baby Is Puking As Well

I Tried To Get Some Christmas Card Photos With My Boys This Year. My 5 Year Old Was Not Having It And Refused To Cooperate (Look Under The Sign). But This One Took The Cake For Me Since The Baby Is Puking As Well

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Gary
Community Member
6 months ago

That would actually be a pretty good Christmas card, I would love to get one like that.

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#22

This Is The 2006 Christmas Card Photo That We Sent Out, With Our 6-Year-Old English Bulldog, Joan

This Is The 2006 Christmas Card Photo That We Sent Out, With Our 6-Year-Old English Bulldog, Joan

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Ms.M.
Community Member
6 months ago

Joan is feeling quite festive

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#23

This Is A Picture Of Me And My Dad At Christmas Time. Dad Was Smoking A Cigarette And Reading

This Is A Picture Of Me And My Dad At Christmas Time. Dad Was Smoking A Cigarette And Reading

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Jitka Svobodová
Community Member
6 months ago

Well he bought it for the articles!

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#24

This Is A Picture Of My Dad And Uncles Sitting With Santa. My Uncle Tex Is The Youngest Who Was Clearly A Bit Nervous

This Is A Picture Of My Dad And Uncles Sitting With Santa. My Uncle Tex Is The Youngest Who Was Clearly A Bit Nervous

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
6 months ago

Uncle Tex must be really happy that this photo made it to the internet :/

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#25

The Year My Father Got My Mother A Hoover For Christmas, 1984

The Year My Father Got My Mother A Hoover For Christmas, 1984

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StormWolf
Community Member
6 months ago

The appropriate reaction to your romantic partner gifting you a household appliance for XMAS lol. And yet I'm not opposed to receiving useful gifts (I'm now at an age where the thought of receiving a snazzy new Hoover genuinely excites me!) but maybe not at christmas...

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#26

Every Romanian Child's Christmas Summed Up In One Picture

Every Romanian Child's Christmas Summed Up In One Picture

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tuzdayschild
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6 months ago

I can't think of many things on earth scarier than this Santa.

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My Sister And I Thought It Might Be A Good Idea To Have Our Kids’ Photos Taken As A Christmas Present For My Mom. With Two Hungry, Tired Newborn Babies And A Bored 3 Year Old, It Was Quite Possibly The Worst Day Of Our Lives. This Was The Best Pic We Could Get Of All Three Of Them

My Sister And I Thought It Might Be A Good Idea To Have Our Kids’ Photos Taken As A Christmas Present For My Mom. With Two Hungry, Tired Newborn Babies And A Bored 3 Year Old, It Was Quite Possibly The Worst Day Of Our Lives. This Was The Best Pic We Could Get Of All Three Of Them

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Caged Beer
Community Member
6 months ago

That baby on the right has a very knowing look.

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#28

Just A Good Old Holiday Pic With An Innocent Little 4-Year-Old, A Creepy Santa And A Scantily Dressed Miss Piggy! Even More Disturbing, Why Does The Costume Even Have Those Body Parts Sewn On?!

Just A Good Old Holiday Pic With An Innocent Little 4-Year-Old, A Creepy Santa And A Scantily Dressed Miss Piggy! Even More Disturbing, Why Does The Costume Even Have Those Body Parts Sewn On?!

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Caged Beer
Community Member
6 months ago

Words fail!

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#29

This Is A Picture Of Me Around Age 3 Or 4, Meeting St. Nicolas Himself In Poland. This Would Explain My Fear Of Clowns

This Is A Picture Of Me Around Age 3 Or 4, Meeting St. Nicolas Himself In Poland. This Would Explain My Fear Of Clowns

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like a white reaper here to take you to hell

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#30

This Was Supposed To Be Our Christmas Card. It Turns Out She Just Hated That Sweater

This Was Supposed To Be Our Christmas Card. It Turns Out She Just Hated That Sweater

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Tears of joy...

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#31

My Boyfriend When He Was 3. The Ussr Was A Strange Time

My Boyfriend When He Was 3. The Ussr Was A Strange Time

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

there is a Russian Winnie the Pooh as well called Vinni Pukh vinni_pukh...d6bb08.jpg vinni_pukh-5fd9ec9d6bb08.jpg

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#32

Most Awkward Pajama Pics!

Most Awkward Pajama Pics!

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Le man boobs

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#33

Our Awkward Family Swim Team Christmas Photo

Our Awkward Family Swim Team Christmas Photo

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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6 months ago

I just noticed that they decorated the tree with all of their racing ribbons.

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#34

Me And My Parents, December 1992

Me And My Parents, December 1992

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Dan Buczynski
Community Member
6 months ago

So much is right in this pic

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#35

Christmas In Frankfurt, Germany, 1998. My Grandma Knitted Sweaters For My Granddad, Cousin, Brother And Me

Christmas In Frankfurt, Germany, 1998. My Grandma Knitted Sweaters For My Granddad, Cousin, Brother And Me

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Jitka Svobodová
Community Member
6 months ago

She didn't want to waste yarn on dad thou

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#36

The Holidays Are The Cringiest Time Of The Year!

The Holidays Are The Cringiest Time Of The Year!

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Who? Me?
Community Member
6 months ago

Santa melted

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One Year Old Me, Santa In Furry Slippers And The Most Disturbing And Scary Befana Ever. Italy, 1996 (In Italy The Befana Is Supposed To Be An Old, Kind Woman Who Deliver Gifts To Kids On Epiphany Eve

One Year Old Me, Santa In Furry Slippers And The Most Disturbing And Scary Befana Ever. Italy, 1996 (In Italy The Befana Is Supposed To Be An Old, Kind Woman Who Deliver Gifts To Kids On Epiphany Eve

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

I've had an epiphany- get the hell out of there!

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#38

This Photo Is From Azerbaijan Which Is Old Ussr Country. I Was 6 Years Old In This Last Day Of 1999. It Is Nice To See How East And West Meld In One Photograph

This Photo Is From Azerbaijan Which Is Old Ussr Country. I Was 6 Years Old In This Last Day Of 1999. It Is Nice To See How East And West Meld In One Photograph

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Call Me Mars
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6 months ago

I live in Azerbaijan as an expat currently!

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#39

Christmas Sometime In The Early/Mid 90s And This Is Me And My Two Sisters. My Neighbor Worked For Marlboro Cigarettes And My Mother Decided That Since Their Company Sweatshirts Were Red, We Should All Wear Them For Our Christmas Pictures

Christmas Sometime In The Early/Mid 90s And This Is Me And My Two Sisters. My Neighbor Worked For Marlboro Cigarettes And My Mother Decided That Since Their Company Sweatshirts Were Red, We Should All Wear Them For Our Christmas Pictures

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, Christmas promoting lung cancer.

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So Many Amazing Things About This Picture. I Am The Beauty With The Middle Part Bangs Accompanied By My Life Size Barbie. My Mom Is Clearly Feeling What Every Mother On Christmas Feels While My Dad Is 90’s Fabulous

So Many Amazing Things About This Picture. I Am The Beauty With The Middle Part Bangs Accompanied By My Life Size Barbie. My Mom Is Clearly Feeling What Every Mother On Christmas Feels While My Dad Is 90’s Fabulous

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Mum knows she is cleaning ALL the wrapping paper😂

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When I Was A Kid, My Mom, Who Is A Seamstress, Would Make Funky Gifts Every Year For Christmas. Sometime In The Late 80s, She Got Her Hands On Some Giant Men’s Underwear And Made Sports Bra’s Out Of Them. Hence, My Two Aunts And Grandma Modeling Them On Christmas Eve

When I Was A Kid, My Mom, Who Is A Seamstress, Would Make Funky Gifts Every Year For Christmas. Sometime In The Late 80s, She Got Her Hands On Some Giant Men’s Underwear And Made Sports Bra’s Out Of Them. Hence, My Two Aunts And Grandma Modeling Them On Christmas Eve

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rabbitsrabbit
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6 months ago

who knew they invented 5 minute crafts clothing hack edn?

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#42

My Husband's Coworker When She Was A Kid

My Husband's Coworker When She Was A Kid

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Caged Beer
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6 months ago

Step away from the child!

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#43

Christmas Morning, And Everybody Except Young Tim (Middle) Gets A New Bike. We As Parents Should Have Anticipated The Reaction

Christmas Morning, And Everybody Except Young Tim (Middle) Gets A New Bike. We As Parents Should Have Anticipated The Reaction

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Thats mean tho...

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#44

The Santa Display Was Sad, And Santa Looks Even Sadder. I Found This Pic Of Me With Santa And Couldn’t Help But Notice The Surroundings And His Miserable Look

The Santa Display Was Sad, And Santa Looks Even Sadder. I Found This Pic Of Me With Santa And Couldn’t Help But Notice The Surroundings And His Miserable Look

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E Menendez
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like a pharmacy... I some how do not feel this was a legit Santa but some dude in Walgreens or CVS trying to get kids to sit on his lap...

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#45

I Refused To Sit On Its Lap

I Refused To Sit On Its Lap

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Who? Me?
Community Member
6 months ago

Has Santa got flu ?

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#46

Me And Another Small Town Goth Going Dancing At A Winter Formal

Me And Another Small Town Goth Going Dancing At A Winter Formal

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Melanie Gallegos
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6 months ago

He looks soo creepy! And she looks super tiny!

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#47

My Brother And Me, Circa 1977, With The Credit Union Santa And His Creepy Bear Sidekick

My Brother And Me, Circa 1977, With The Credit Union Santa And His Creepy Bear Sidekick

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Artoonist Corine
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6 months ago

I had a coat like that!

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#48

This Picture Was Taken In About 1952. The Boy Sitting On The Lap Of ‘Santa’ Is My Husband’s Cousin, Teddy. ‘Santa’ Is ‘Uncle Bob’ Who Apparently Didn’t Notice That His Mask Was Melting Off. My Husband Thankfully Doesn’t Remember Any Of This. No Word If Little Teddy Ever Recovered From The Trauma

This Picture Was Taken In About 1952. The Boy Sitting On The Lap Of ‘Santa’ Is My Husband’s Cousin, Teddy. ‘Santa’ Is ‘Uncle Bob’ Who Apparently Didn’t Notice That His Mask Was Melting Off. My Husband Thankfully Doesn’t Remember Any Of This. No Word If Little Teddy Ever Recovered From The Trauma

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Ms.M.
Community Member
6 months ago

that moustache.... ???

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#49

Christmas 1998. I'm The One Crying

Christmas 1998. I'm The One Crying

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John E. Bedder
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6 months ago

The Santa of the Opera.

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My Mom Took My Brother, Sister And I To The Mall To Get A “Nice” Santa Photo Taken. When She Picked Up The Photo, She Was Outraged

My Mom Took My Brother, Sister And I To The Mall To Get A “Nice” Santa Photo Taken. When She Picked Up The Photo, She Was Outraged

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

A bit awkward but no reason to be outraged.

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Note: this post originally had 61 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

By the way, if your Christmas shopping isn't done yet, but you are running out of ideas, consider the latest book Awkward Family Photos which has just been released. It's an old school search-and-find puzzle for immature adults and makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It's also available anywhere in the world!