Kelly Ripa is just like us — every year, she tries to get a family Christmas card together, and every year, her family makes it a living hell to do so. But this year — thanks to People and their Beautiful Issue in which Ripa and her family were featured, the TV host’s luck has changed. Ripa revealed her family Christmas card with Mark Consuelos and their kids on Live with Kelly and Ryan, and honestly, we’re blown away. And only a tiny, tiny bit jealous.
Ripa announced the exciting news on air with co-host Ryan Seacrest, describing how the annual Christmas card attempt was usually just an “exercise in futility.” Apparently, when Ripa, Consuelos, and kids Michael, Lola, and Joaquin were featured in People’s Beautiful Issue, the photographer offered to take a few extra shots — and thus, the perfect Christmas card was born.
“[The photographer] said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if we took a picture of you trying to take a picture of your family for your Christmas card photo? We know how much that means to you,'” Ripa recounts to Seacrest. “And I was like, ‘that’s not funny, that’s amazing.‘”
For the card itself, Ripa used every photo the photographer took of her running to get into the shot, as she does every year. And this year, Ripa took over the card in more ways than one: “I did not run this by the children, my husband…and here we all are!” she crows, showing off the card.
“It looks like the advertisement for a new series coming to primetime I can’t wait to watch,” quips Seacrest. But Ripa doesn’t think Seacrest and the viewers are understanding just how big a deal this is.
“You guys, I don’t think you appreciate — I’m in the family Christmas card. Me!” Ripa exclaims. “The first card was [Michael] in the sink during a bath…but the fact that 22 years later I finally made it into a Christmas card makes me enormously happy.”
Merry Christmas to the Consuelos family!