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16 Family Christmas card photo ideas that will wow your relatives

Theresa Edwards

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Theresa Edwards is a freelance writer and professional whiner. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her family where she enjoys reading, roller derby, and complaining about the heat.

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Naughty and nice

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Naughty and nice

Ah, the Christmas family photo. Remember the days when it involved either a trip to your local photo mill, complete with identical backdrops and bickering families or a clumsy camera timer in front of your fireplace? Well, nowadays you're free to take any kind of Christmas picture you like, and we've got some fun Christmas family photo ideas for you here for a little inspiration.

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Ornament reflection

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Ornament reflection

We love this idea: your entire family captured in a Christmas ornament makes for a unique and visually interesting Christmas photo.

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Little Tikes Christmas tree

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Little Tikes Christmas tree

This picture of your little one hauling home a little tree on a little car is just the right mix of adorable and retro, and will definitely get everyone talking.

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A Christmas Story

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A Christmas Story

Not one for traditional Christmas poses? Dress your family up as characters from the much beloved A Christmas Story and celebrate what the holidays are all about: dysfunction and frah-gee-lay leg lamps.

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Ugly Christmas sweaters

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Ugly Christmas sweaters

Throw on a yarn bomb and gather round the Christmas tree to revel in some '80s style "fashion" sense for a fun family Christmas photo.

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Photoshop Christmas

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Photoshop Christmas

This photo was originally taken as a nod to consumerism at Christmas time, but it's perfect for any family without the wherewithal to set up a whole shoot. Just fix it in post with Photoshop!

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Hot chocolate stand

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Hot chocolate stand

Hot Chocolate stands are winter's answer to the iconic lemonade stand. Set yours up and snap some pics for a completely unique Christmas family photo idea.

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Blow some snow

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Blow some snow

We love the before and after effect of this picture. This works just as well with faux snow, and it's totally cute.

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Silent Night

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Silent Night

This pose lets your adorable kids become the Christmas tree, and keeps them quiet for the duration of the shoot. Talk about a win/win.

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Dear Santa, We Can Explain

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Dear Santa, We Can Explain

Been less than nice this year? Own it with a mugshot lineup of you and the rest of your naughties.

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Go Twinning

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Go Twinning

Forget Christmas jammies; go full lumberjack with matching shirts, trees, and wolves for the perfect "matching Christmas outfit" pose.

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Recreate A Family Favorite

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Recreate A Family Favorite

Recreate the memory of Christmases long, long ago by recreating an old photograph of you and your family to update the photo album.

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Picking out the tree

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Picking out the tree

This family Christmas card pose is such a cute idea: Grab your little ones, keep them in their PJs, and go pick out a Christmas tree that's just the right size for little hands!

 

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Pile 'em on

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Pile 'em on

Throw on matching Santa hats -- or any unifying element -- and create a big warm family puppy pile in front of the tree or fireplace for a cozy family Christmas portrait.

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Rudolph and Co.

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Rudolph and Co.

Reindeer antlers are a great way to make sure everyone on your Christmas card list knows that you're still the fun-loving family you've always been

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Naughty and nice

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Naughty and nice

Give your kids one last chance to be naughty before Santa arrives; they'll love wrapping the grown ups in Christmas lights, and you can be sure the smiles will be genuine.

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Unique holiday card photo ideas

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Unique holiday card photo ideas

From A Christmas Story theme to a sweet and simple pile, fun ideas for every family!

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