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25 Ways Not to Dress Your Family for Holiday Photos


There are several options to go with for dressing the family up for the big yearly holiday card. You could all go in complimentary jewel tones, or maybe a matching accent print that is both bold, yet subtle. Just as much as there are many great ways to go, there are also several absolutely terrible options. Dressing your family up as a Christmas tree lot for example, or having mom in a patent leather Santa costume complete with garter. This is just the beginning of the 25 Ways Not to Dress Your Family for Holiday Photos…

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  • Adam and Eve Christmas 1 of 25
    Adam and Eve Christmas
    #1 Rule for Holiday Photos - make sure everyone is dressed.
    Find out more at CBS.
  • Christmas Tree Lot 2 of 25
    Christmas Tree Lot
    You can always go visit one, no need to dress up as one.
    Spotted at Izismile.
  • —- in a Box 3 of 25
    ---- in a Box
    And no, that blank does not stand for Jack.
    Spotted at Break.
  • 4 Dancing Princesses 4 of 25
    4 Dancing Princesses
    Everyone is a princess inside their heart. No need to flaunt it.
    Spotted at Blogspot.
  • Patterned up a Storm 5 of 25
    Patterned up a Storm
    Camouflaging with the shag couch is definitely a no-no.
    Spotted at iVillage.
  • Mary, Joseph, and the Pup 6 of 25
    Mary, Joseph, and the Pup
    Leave the nativity scene for the mantel.
    Spotted at Triple M .
  • Michael Phelps on Christmas 7 of 25
    Michael Phelps on Christmas
    Please notice the Christmas tree covered in their winnings. Proud parents, check.
    Spotted at iVillage.
  • Clothes, Please! 8 of 25
    Clothes, Please!
    Don't make the entire wardrobe revolve around a Santa hat only.
    Spotted at Cringely.
  • Your Favorite Fabric 9 of 25
    Your Favorite Fabric
    Doesn't need to make an appearance in everyone's outfit.
    Spotted at Triple M.
  • Avoid Bold Patterns 10 of 25
    Avoid Bold Patterns
    Believe it or not, they're a little distracting.
    Spotted at Izismile.
  • Leave Your Guns at Home 11 of 25
    Leave Your Guns at Home
    Santa may be just a wee bit frightened.
    Spotted at Triple M.
  • Wrapped in Christmas Joy 12 of 25
    Wrapped in Christmas Joy
    Avoid having little Johnny look like he's being held hostage.
    Spotted at Awkward Family Photos.
  • Mmm, Meat 13 of 25
    Mmm, Meat
    As much as I kind of love this, keep the Gaga outfit inspiration for another time.
    Spotted at International Business Times.
  • The Dog Lover 14 of 25
    The Dog Lover
    Bringing the pup in the photo is enough to show your love for it. No need to also wear him on a shirt.
    Spotted at Funny or Die.
  • Nightgown Nightmare 15 of 25
    Nightgown Nightmare
    This is all bad.
    Spotted at Izismile.
  • Leave Cuteness to the Baby 16 of 25
    Leave Cuteness to the Baby
    Only a baby can pull off a cute pair of red long johns.
    Spotted at Feisty Frugal and Fabulous.
  • Subtle is Best 17 of 25
    Subtle is Best
    You lose their faces in the sea of matching sweaters.
    Spotted at Izismile.
  • Leave the Hot Bod at Home 18 of 25
    Leave the Hot Bod at Home
    Or in this case, just always keep it under clothes.
    Spotted at Break.
  • Mama Gone Wild 19 of 25
    Mama Gone Wild
    Too wild.
    Spotted at Izismile.
  • O Tannenbaum 20 of 25
    O Tannenbaum
    This probably sounded like a good idea in theory.
    Spotted at International Business Times.
  • Santa’s Sleigh of Horrors 21 of 25
    Santa's Sleigh of Horrors
    There's more where this came from.
    See more at Today.
  • And Then There Was One 22 of 25
    And Then There Was One
    Make sure everyone is included in the holiday outfit, don't leave the lone pub crawler to stand out.
    Spotted at Funny or Die.
  • The Dreaded Christmas Cap 23 of 25
    The Dreaded Christmas Cap
    Why? Grandma didn't do anything to you.
    Spotted at Nova Nation.
  • Christmas is Dead 24 of 25
    Christmas is Dead
    It might be hard, but try to show a hint of Christmas cheer.
    Spotted at Nova Nation.
  • All Bad News 25 of 25
    All Bad News
    Make sure Mom doesn't blend in with the surroundings and make sure Dad does.
    Spotted at Steven Humour.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), and follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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