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The Funniest Holiday Photo Fails of the Season

Snapping a family holiday photo is easier said than done. Proof: These adorable photo fails.

It’s the holidays, which means it’s time to capture a picture-perfect photo of your sweet family...or at least, try to. Think it’ll be easy to get baby to smile, your toddler to sit still or everyone to just look at the darn camera? Ho, ho, ho! But as these adorable holiday photo fails prove, any pictures of your loved ones can be utterly precious. Who knows—they might even make it onto your holiday cards after all. Check out some of our favorite photo fails below.

Frowns Fir Days

Photo: Meredith

“Isn’t this the reaction you dream of after putting layers of clothes on your wiggly kids, packing them into the car to go to the magical Christmas forest to pick out the most perfect tree for a Christmas they’ll remember forever? Exactly,” this mom wrote on Instagram.

Windy Winter

“When you just want a decent holiday photo but your toddler and the wind refuse to participate,” Kati Gall posted on Instagram.

Pulling Your Hair Out

All this mama wanted for Christmas was cute pics of her kids, but her crying toddler wasn’t having it.

Say Cheese

As this soon-to-be mom of four can attest to, getting everyone to look at the camera at the time is a big ask.

Face Plant

“When you’re just trying to get a good family picture and your kid just wants to face plant into the ground,” Kenz Sage captioned her Instagram photo.

In the Blink of an Eye

As one commenter said of this mom’s Instagram post, this is just so real life.

Happiest Season of All

“During the holidays, things don’t always go according to plan,” Francesca Deleon wrote on Instagram. “You know what helps? Lowered expectations.”

Getting Catty

Photo: Rena

“This fail was so outrageously perfect, I ended up using it on our holiday card!” this mom wrote on Instagram.

Joy to the World

“Wishing you peace, love and roy,” this mom of three quipped about her kids’ spelling skills.

Ho Oh No

“Sometimes, photo shoots don’t go as planned,” Carolina Dabdoub captioned her Instagram holiday photo fail. “Sometimes, they’re just not having it and don’t want anything to do with a camera in front of them. Sometimes, you just have to go with it.”

Nose Grab

“People say getting a nice family photo with a toddler is hard, but honestly, I think we make it look easy,” Jesse Walsh joked on Instagram.

Toppled Over

“I don’t even know why I try,” Savannah Hill] said of her Instagram Christmas photo fail.

Topsy Turvy

Lesson learned: It’s hard to get a 2-year-old to sit still for holiday photos. “#christmasphoto fail #butawin,” Nichole Schoener tagged her Instagram post.

Wishing on a Star

“This is how today’s shoot went…” this mama shared on Instagram.

Cutting Up

Clearly not everyone was a fan of the family’s tree-cutting tradition. “#wouldn’tchangeathing,” Brittany Seiter Reaver added to her Instagram caption.

Lollipop Lover

Photo: Cynthia

“I threatened to take away his lollipop and I did,” this mom said of her Instagram holiday photo fail. “He turned into a lobster in a flash of a second.”

Tunnel Vision

Photo: Amber

“Not pictured: Me asking, ‘Do you want to be out in the cold all day?!?’ And bribing them with the promise of hot cocoa when they were finished,” this mom posted to Instagram.

Bearing It

“Someone is channeling her inner Baby Bear and showing off that holiday pudge,” Chelsea Hallick captioned her adorable holiday photo fail.

And Kitty Makes Four

“Our first Christmas Eve photo went really well a couple years back. Didn’t go so well this year,” Spencer Robbins posted to Instagram.

Published December 2018

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