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A Picture-perfect Holiday: 50 Favorite Moments Captured on Instagram

There’s nothing like spending the holidays at home with your family. Whether you’re snuggled up close to the fire sipping hot chocolate or busy decorating the tree with a trifecta of Christmas lights, ornaments, and tinsel to boot — the holiday season makes for tons of picture-perfect memories for parents. And we especially love when you share these memories with the Instagram world. From babies in Santa hats to holiday baking that left us drooling, we rounded up our 50 favorite snapshots of the season! — Jenn Gimbel


  • Babys first Christmas 1 of 50
    Babys first Christmas
    "But mom, I didn't steal this hat. Santa gave it to me."
    — Photo by Andrea Updkye, @andreaupdyke, Lil' Kid Things
  • Covering the bases 2 of 50
    Covering the bases
    "Buzz, can you fly to the North Pole and make sure I'm on Santa's ‘Nice List'?"
    — Photo by Natalie Holbrook, @natthefatrat, The Great Beauty Experiment
  • A day at the farm 3 of 50
    A day at the farm
    Her favorite part of visiting the Christmas tree farm? Finding mistletoe …
    — Photo by James, @bleubird, Bleubird
  • Decorating to the max 4 of 50
    Decorating to the max
    One more star, and the tree will be complete. Looks beautiful.
    — Photo by Ashley Hackshaw, @lilblueboo, Hey, Look at Me!
  • Counting presents 5 of 50
    Counting presents
    This advent calendar is so beautiful, we'd hate to tear up the packages. Well, in theory …
    — Photo by Laura Mayes, @lauramayes, Hitting Refresh
  • The stripes have it 6 of 50
    The stripes have it
    The only thing better than eating candy canes is wearing them.
    — Photo by Ilana Wiles, @mommyshorts, Babble blogger
  • Fur-liz Navidad 7 of 50
    Fur-liz Navidad
    Is it just us or is Santa Kitty giving the stink-eye?
    — Photo by Casey Mullins, @mooshinindy, Shutterlovely
  • Santas little helper 8 of 50
    Santas little helper
    "I know what you're thinking. Yes, I'm still waiting for my ears to grow in."
    — Photo by Keli, @kelihoskins, Kidnapped by Suburbia
  • Red was so last season 9 of 50
    Red was so last season
    Rudolph just couldn't stop showing off her nose job.
    — Photo by Ryan Marshall, @ryanmarshall__
  • Frosty the snowman 10 of 50
    Frosty the snowman
    "I don't care how the movie ended — I'm never leaving you, Frosty."
    — Photo by Selena Burgess, @lepetitreve, Babble blogger
  • Cookies galore 11 of 50
    Cookies galore
    We spy, with our little eye: 9 pretty stars, 4 festive trees, 3 bells a ringin', and 2 glittery snowflakes. Dig in.
    — Photo by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, @aimeebourque, Simple Bites
  • Christmas in the country 12 of 50
    Christmas in the country
    She decided to put the ladder up for Santa just in case his sleigh had problems landing on the roof. Good thinking.
    — Photo by Gabrielle Blair, @gabrielle_designmom, Celebrations with Design Mom
  • Eat between the stripes 13 of 50
    Eat between the stripes
    What makes candy canes impossible to buy any time of year other than Christmas? The world may never know.
    — Photo by Julie van Rosendaal, @dinnerwithjulie, Babble blogger
  • Hug it out 14 of 50
    Hug it out
    She couldn't help but give Santa the biggest hug in the world: He promised to get her Barbie's Dream Playhouse.
    — Photo by Nadia Carriere, @childmode, Child Mode
  • His mind is blown 15 of 50
    His mind is blown
    "You mean Santa really delivers toys to everyone in the world in one night? Whoaaaa."
    — Photo by Madeline Peterson, @uberchiccheap, Uber Chic for Cheap
  • Burn baby burn 16 of 50
    Burn baby burn
    There's no better way to spend a December day than cozying up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Ahh, the good life.
    — Photo by Kelle Hampton, @etst, Enjoying the Small Things
  • White Christmas 17 of 50
    White Christmas
    There's nothing more beautiful than the first snow of the season.
    — Photo by Allison Czarnecki, @petit_elefant, Petit Elefant
  • Take four 18 of 50
    Take four
    We see future models in our presence — perhaps for Macy's Christmas catalog?
    — Photo by Elizabeth Berry, @_mariaelizabeth_
  • Ornament love 19 of 50
    Ornament love
    Shiny balls of red and gold are what Christmas dreams are made of.
    — Photo by Claire Wise, @clairewise, Claire Wise Photography
  • A helping hand 20 of 50
    A helping hand
    "Come on baby, we have to help mom finish decorating the tree."
    — Photo by Kacie, @coconutrobot, Kacia + Robot
  • British invasion 21 of 50
    British invasion
    Mr. Double-decker Bus was given the most important job of the holidays: delivering the Christmas tree to Trafalgar Square.
    — Photo by Danni Remender, @danniremender
  • The elves 22 of 50
    The elves
    Their mom promised them milk and cookies if they helped decorate the tree.
    — Photo by Kristen Doyle, @dineanddish, Dine and Dish
  • Let the countdown begin 23 of 50
    Let the countdown begin
    She'd be even more excited for Christmas if she understood just exactly what these numbers meant.
    — Photo by Lauren Jimeson, @amommyinthecity, Babble blogger
  • Candy hearts 24 of 50
    Candy hearts
    Yeah. We love Christmas, too.
    — Photo by Noel, @imoments, Bosh Images
  • Holiday card-worthy 25 of 50
    Holiday card-worthy
    We don't know what we love more: her red sparkly Christmas dress or the fact that the cat is bigger than she is.
    — Photo by Cyndi Monaghan, @elf_girl, Mermaids and Moss
  • Shopping for firs 26 of 50
    Shopping for firs
    "Dad, I think we should've just gone with a fake tree this year."
    — Photo by Lauren Hartmann, @Thelittlethingswedo, Babble blogger
  • Holiday baking 27 of 50
    Holiday baking
    There's nothing that screams Christmas more than the first batch of sweet and salty Nutella caramels.
    — Photo by Paula Jones, @bellalimento , Babble blogger
  • A knock-out 28 of 50
    A knock-out
    Meagan's festive door was the talk of the neighborhood. We're not surprised.
    — Photo by Meagan Shemenski, @fairlyfabulous1, Fairly Fabulous
  • Bundled up 29 of 50
    Bundled up
    We're not positive, but it looks like that vest may be a tad too big for you.
    — Photo by Rebecca Woolf, @girlsgonechild, Gone Child(ssss)
  • Put a bird on it 30 of 50
    Put a bird on it
    Miss Cardinal has been waiting all day for her Cyber Monday packages to come in. The mailman must not have wings like she does.
    — Photo by Heather, @heatheroftheeo, The Extraordinary Ordinary
  • Shop ‘til you drop 31 of 50
    Shop ‘til you drop
    What do you have in that bag there? Did Santa tell you we're on the "Nice List"? Hint, hint.
    — Photo by Catherine Connors, @herbadmother, Bad Mother Confidential
  • All chalked out 32 of 50
    All chalked out
    This teacher is over school. Is it Christmas break yet?
    — Photo by Amanda Watters, @mamawatters, It's the Little Things
  • Decorated to the nines 33 of 50
    Decorated to the nines
    The tree had to be just right for when Santa arrived.
    — Photo by Andy Herald, @howtobeadad, Night of the Living Dads
  • Christmas firsts 34 of 50
    Christmas firsts
    As Mr. Elephant hung on the tree, he couldn't help but get excited for all of the toys and goodies Paul would find come Christmas morning.
    — Photo by Emily Elling, @designhermomma, Babble Blogger
  • Getting in the spirit 35 of 50
    Getting in the spirit
    "What tree needs leaves when it has pretty Christmas lights hanging from it?" We couldn't agree more.
    — Photo by Buzz Bishop, @buzzbishop, Babble blogger
  • Reindeer games 36 of 50
    Reindeer games
    We spy Rudolph's long-lost cousin.
    — Photo by Jennifer Doyle, @playgroupie, Southern by Proxy
  • White-out 37 of 50
    White-out
    We're still waiting for our first snow day of the season. Jealous.
    — Photo by Jennifer Hadfield, @jenjentrixie, Babble blogger
  • The nutcracker 38 of 50
    The nutcracker
    The sugarplum fairies gave their best performance of the season that night. We wish we caught it.
    — Photo by Jenny, @jennyonthespot, Jenny on the Spot
  • The perfect holiday card 39 of 50
    The perfect holiday card
    We don't know what's more impressive: the fact that Alli got all of her kids on the same doorstep at the same time, or that they're all dressed. Nice job.
    — Photo by Alli Worthington, @alliworthington, This Is Alli
  • Get decorating 40 of 50
    Get decorating
    On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: too many amazing holiday decorations to count.
    — Photo by Rachel Denbow, @smileandwave, Smile and Wave
  • Off on an adventure 41 of 50
    Off on an adventure
    He set off on his hike to the North Pole — Santa had some unruly elves he needed help with.
    — Photo by Jamie, @thegrumbles, Grumbles and Grunts
  • Bookworm 42 of 50
    Bookworm
    He couldn't stop reading; he was dying to know if the Grinch ever grew a heart.
    — Photo by Lisa Leonard, @lisaleonard, Lisa Leonard Blog
  • Naughty or nice? 43 of 50
    Naughty or nice?
    Keep it up and we're not sure which list you'll end up on …
    — Photo by Ciaran Blumenfeld, @momfluential, Casa de Chaos
  • Snow babies 44 of 50
    Snow babies
    "Mom told me I could play in the snow but I have to watch out for the yellow stuff. I'm not sure what she's getting at."
    — Photo by Emily Frame, @emilyframe, Ruffling Feathers
  • Ready for snow 45 of 50
    Ready for snow
    He didn't care if it was -13 degrees out — his hat wouldn't fail him.
    — Photo by Randi Brookman Harris, @randibrookmanharris, Randi Brookman Harris
  • Stuffed? 46 of 50
    Stuffed?
    The stockings patiently waited for Santa to come fill them up with goodies.
    — Photo by Liz Stanley, @sayyestohoboken, Babble blogger
  • Light it up 47 of 50
    Light it up
    She'd spent all day decorating the tree. Now, it was time for a break. And some candy canes.
    — Photo by Kara Fleck, @simplekids, Simple Kids
  • Little eskimo 48 of 50
    Little eskimo
    "Mom, hurry up and take the picture. I have to get outside. There's a snow fort with my name all over it."
    — Photo by Sarah Reinhart, @sundayspill, Little White Whale
  • A future architect 49 of 50
    A future architect
    He was in the process of making the most incredible gingerbread house to date. We can't wait to have a taste.
    — Photo by Tracy Benjamin, @tracyshutterbean, Shutterbean
  • Trek it 50 of 50
    Trek it
    The family set off on a great snow adventure. Just make sure you're back by Christmas Eve!
    — Photo by Alyson Brown, @unrulythings, Unruly Things

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