I don’t know what it says about me that I could easily spend three or four hours surfing the net for the best of the worst Christmas Cards you’ve ever seen but there you are.
I delight in the awkwardness of others. There, I said it. I do.
Perhaps it makes me feel better about myself or maybe these awkward holiday cards are so awesome that you can’t help but get sucked in. But listen, there is a specific talent to viewing holiday cards. That’s right, I said a talent to viewing holiday cards.
You can’t just look at a photo and move on, no. You have to go deeper. You have to use your imagination in order to think about the conversations that took place as these people planned these particular photos.
For example: You are beholding a wonderfully awkward photo of a couple in matching sweaters holding their cats. Do you just grin and move on? Nay. In your mind’s eye, picture the discussion that went down as they prepared for the photo…
MOM: “We’re going to wear our matching sweaters, you know, the powder blue ones with the beautiful nativity scene motifs on the front?
DAD: Uh-huh. So far so great!
MOM: And then, AND THEN, we are going to hold our cats, Sheila and Juju, and we are going to pretend like they are the baby Jesus. IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME!”
DAD: That sounds awesome! Let’s do it! Maybe, just maybe, we can super-impose photos of our hamsters around the edges of the card? In The Photoshop? Do you think it would work? Or hey! What about grandpa’s buck he got taxidermied last year?
MOM: You just blew my mind.
So please, as you delight in each photo you’re about to see, imagine, if you will, the back story. The planning and preparation that went into these photos. And that, my friends, is the way you should properly view a Holiday Card photo.
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