17 quirky and totally do-able holiday photos that’ll make yours the coolest family on the block

The holidays are typically the time of year when everyone gets together to take their annual family photo. Just because it’s a tradition, though, doesn’t mean it has to be a stuffy occasion.

If your family has more personality than you know what to do with, channel it into your holiday card. A cute photo on their mantel will give your friends and family something to smile about all season long.

1. Emulate your favorite Christmas movie.

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This A Christmas Story themed photoshoot is it’s own major award.

Image via Amanda Earles.

2. Make your kid(s) the focus. 

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Let’s be honest, your family really only cares about the baby anyways.

Image via Sarah Anne Photography

3. Get a little messy. 

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Age-appropriate props like confetti and tinsel are fun for kids to play with, giving the photographer a chance to catch candid smiles.

Image via Oh Joy!

4. Play with festive phrases. 

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Try something like “Silent Night” or “Finally, peace (and quiet) on Earth” for a cute way to tease your kids.

Image via An Apel a Day

5. A little bit of mood lighting goes a long way. 

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Wrap everyone in a strand of lights, or let your little one be the star. Just be sure to use LED lights, which don’t get hot.

Image via Red Lotus Photography

6. Have a little fun with your wardrobe. 

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This mix-and-match of flannel and sequins is both glamorous and playful.

Image via Connection Photography

7. Get your pets involved. 

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Cats, dogs, birds, hamsters … they’re a part of the family too!

Image via Sarah Petty Photography

8. Forgo the wardrobe and don matching PJs. 

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It’s how you’re going to spend most of Christmas Day anyways.

Image by Brandi Cardarelli Photography, via Pink Pistachio

9. Play up the ugly Christmas sweater trope. 

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Family photos are always a bit awkward, may as well lean into it.

Image by Kelly Klatt

10. Embrace the not-so-perfect moments. 

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Such is life.

Image via Jamilia Jean Photography

11. Use banners, chalkboards, or wood letters to send your message. 

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Image by Sada Lewis Photography 

12. Change up your location. 

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Who says snowy forests have to be the norm?

Image by Danielle May Photography 

13. Have fun with before and after sequences. 

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Tell a cute story in a series of photos.

Image by Ashlee D. Photography 

14. Go with a theme the whole family enjoys. 

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Are you all into superheroes? Or maybe the whole family has been reading Harry Potter together in the evenings. Use it!

Image via Yellow Pear Photography

15. Make your own festive backdrop. 

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A tree and some presents; the whole family sitting on a blanket or under some ornaments hung from low branches. A couple pieces of flair easily bring the indoors outside.

Image via The MomTog Diaries

16. Turn your card into a mini family newsletter. 

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Let people know what your family has been up to; favorite memories, major accomplishments for the year, and wishes for the next.

Image via 71 Toes

17. Have fun with chalk!

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If you’ve got someone in the family who’s artsy, use sidewalk chalk to draw scenes on the ground and get the whole family to act in it.

Image via Pinterest | Amy Biss Benscoter

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