Awkward Family Christmas Photos

Ah, Christmas. A time of unbridled joy and wonder. Or not. Yuletide family film Parental Guidance has teamed up with the Awkward Family Photos website to encourage readers to send in their classic Christmas snaps

Ah, Christmas. A time of unbridled joy and wonder. Or not. Yuletide family film Parental Guidance has teamed up with the Awkward Family Photos website to encourage readers to send in their classic Christmas snaps


Mmmm, matchy matchy

The Awkward Family Photos blog has built up a hilarious archive of uncomfortable family moments, submitted from around the world. It is currently running a Christmas photo competition in conjunction with Parental Guidance, a dodgy-sounding Christmas holiday movie starring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal. We’ve picked a few of our favourites.


Bad Santa


Bit of a half-hearted effort by Dad there


A Christmas nightmare begins


“If you think this is scary, wait till I drop down your chimney”


Nothing says Christmas quite like rats


Altogether now: “And a Happy New Yearrrr….”


The competition is open until December 19 at which point, the site will create a top 10 for a public vote. The eventual winner receives copies of the Awkward Family Photos books and board game.



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Our Monograph this month, for subscribers only, features the EnsaïmadART project in which Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martin invited designers from around the world to create stickers to go on the packaging of special edition packaging for Majorca’s distinctive pastry, the ensaïmada, with all profits going to a charity on the island (full story here)

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