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Is there a tasteful/non-tacky/non-cringe way of putting DC on Christmas cards?

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Yoplate Sun 15-Oct-17 21:52:08

Obviously my DC are the cutest so should adorn all Christmas cards ever. But some may disagree.

Was thinking a nice shot with matching outfits and "Merry Christmas from the Yoplate Family" or something.

hiphopcat Sun 15-Oct-17 21:53:51

In a word. No.

'Family' Christmas cards are the epitome of cringe.

hiphopcat Sun 15-Oct-17 21:54:24

I mean Christmas cards with a photo of the family on are the epitome of cringe.

pigeondujour Sun 15-Oct-17 21:55:33

I don't think I would actually find that very cringe. I would like it. Maybe not the matching outfits - just nice normal clothes?

NSEA Sun 15-Oct-17 21:55:38

I love Christmas cards with family on. Not cringe in my opinion.

There's something about Christmas that means you can get away with being a but cheesy

FiveShelties Sun 15-Oct-17 21:57:16

Depends how old the children are.

I think family Christmas cards are slightly better than the awful printed 'How our wonderful family were brilliantly successful in every thing this year' letter.

TheQueenOfWands Sun 15-Oct-17 21:57:22

Christmas is the one time of year when you can embrace the tackiness.

Go for it!

Recreate a Christmas scene. The Nativity? Or ice staking around a tree? Or singing open mouthed with ruddy cheeks.

Peeps will be charmed by your gorgeous family. Charmed.

BabychamSocialist Sun 15-Oct-17 22:01:11

Now the kids are older we do a cringetastic Christmas photo, but it only goes out in an e-mail to close friends as a jokey thing. Wouldn't dream of doing it in a card and I hate the bragging Xmas cards as well!

PasDevantLesElephants Sun 15-Oct-17 22:02:34

I quite freely and openly embrace the cringe and send pictures of my two in matching Christmas PJs on a card. I’d much rather see that than a bunch of generic Christmas scenes which say ‘this was the least ugly of the cards on the shelf in Tesco and means nothing to either of us’.

Tack factor is reduced IMO by professional printing (only Snapfish, but still) matt cardstock and rounded corners. And nice pictures obv, not any old snapshot with a crappy background.

NataliaOsipova Sun 15-Oct-17 22:03:03

In a word. No.

x2. Sorry!

Junglefowl Sun 15-Oct-17 22:04:17

I've never done it but really love cards with children on- and especially for families we can't keep up with as much as would want as feel more in touch

peglady Sun 15-Oct-17 22:04:20

I have an American friend who sends one every year - cute kids all dressed in velvet and tartan! Hilarious and I love it!
But another British friend sends one with her DCs and a preprinted greeting message and somehow it feels very tacky. So perhaps you need to be American to get away with it?!

PasDevantLesElephants Sun 15-Oct-17 22:04:31

But yes, deffo no letter. My parents still do them and they are AWFULconfused

NotEnoughCushions Sun 15-Oct-17 22:05:12

Family and close friends - go ahead. I love seeing pictures of my friends' children and would smile at seeing a cheesy Christmas picture.

For work colleagues, the postman, teacher, treasurer of the football club - just do a normal card!

NotPennysBoat Sun 15-Oct-17 22:06:08

I love photo Christmas cards! Go for it!
If people really ‘cringe’ at your family photograph then they should be struck off your Christmas card list! Misery guts!

TheQueenOfWands Sun 15-Oct-17 22:06:15

I have family members who do the yearly bragging letters.

We have to open the windows to let the smugness out.

Iamagreyhoundhearmeroar Sun 15-Oct-17 22:07:09

No, there really isn’t. But fuck it, do it anyway. But send to your nearest and dearest only, Bob and Hilda at no. 24 aren’t interested.

junebirthdaygirl Sun 15-Oct-17 22:07:29

We get one from friends in America and love them. Enable us to see kids as don't meet up too often. But l would only send to inner circle as others wouldnt appreciate it.

Intomyarms Sun 15-Oct-17 22:08:10

I love seeing family photos on Christmas cards. I'm disorganised and usually just include a small photo of my children with a generic card. I have some dear friends who moved away who send personalised cards with a photo of their children and I love seeing how the children have changed and grown. Definitely do it if it appeals to you. It is infinitely better than s generic card of robins or holly.

cariadlet Sun 15-Oct-17 22:10:20

Oh God no, please tell me that this is a joke and not another trend that we've imported from America. I thought it was only party political leaders that put family photos on Christmas cards in the UK.

Tacky and cringey. If somebody I knew sent me one of these cards I'd be embarrassed on their behalf.

Just go to a charity shop and buy a box of cards with a nice picture on the front.

BastardTart Sun 15-Oct-17 22:10:34

We did it last year! Dc in marching retro outfits, Christmas hats on, grinning like crazy. It was the cheesiest, tackiest photo I've ever taken. Dh said as a joke that we should use it for our Christmas cards. So I did.

It's so wonderfully tacky that it's cool that's what I tell myself

HolyShet Sun 15-Oct-17 22:10:37

Do it with glee but pretend its ironic

I think it depends who you are sending it to tbh

Osolea Sun 15-Oct-17 22:13:01

I like getting cards that are a bit more personal, so I say go for it. If I'm on someone's Christmas card list then it's probably because we like each other, and I'd be happy to see their children dressed up in Christmas tat.

Personally I would still choose a generic message and handwrite who it's from, but I agree with the above poster that Christmas is a great time to embrace and enjoy some tackiness.

mommybunny Sun 15-Oct-17 22:14:43

As an American I find this “cringing” about photo Xmas cards absolutely baffling. The vast majority of my card list is American and they’d take my passport if I didn’t do them so everyone gets them. When the DCs were younger we used to do cheesier photos with a Xmas theme but lately I’ve just been gathering the best photos I’ve taken of them in the year and going with those.

Cringe all you like, you miserable gits. confused

BabychamSocialist Sun 15-Oct-17 22:16:39

The bragging letters are the wooorst. I really don't give a fuck that Hugo has come top of his water tiddly-winks class, or that Allegra's walk from Lands End to John O'Groats in slingback shoes to raise awareness for mental health raised £40 for a school in Kenya.

They're mostly made up anyway, so I don't see the point.

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