December 20, 2018 3 min read
It’s a few days before Christmas, you check your mail, and there it is: a family portrait of your cousin, his wife, and their two small children, clad in holiday colors, with a few cartoonish snowflakes slapped on in the background and a simple “Merry Christmas” plainly scrawled across the card. It’s nice to get season’s greetings in the mail, but if we’re being honest, they often lack any real creativity. Be honest - which of these cards would you prefer to get?
The tradition of sending holiday cards is likely here to stay - so why not have some fun with them? Lucky for us, some people do. Here are some great Christmas photo ideas that you wish you had thought of:
Go Hollywood. A common theme when it comes to Christmas cards is, well, themes. Whether it’s matching outfits or some other larger theme, there’s usually something tying everyone in the picture together. Take those matching outfits up a notch by going with a theme of your favorite movie or TV show. There are plenty to choose from - choose one that fits your family well. This one does a great job of doing that, and as a bonus uses the theme of winter to add another layer to the theme.
Get Technological. We live in a time filled with technological advancements. From cell phones and tablets to new social media platforms to augmented reality video games, there are a lot of ways technology has impacted our lives. Use that to your advantage, as this clever family did with a fairly accurate depiction of what a more candid family photo might look like with today’s technology.
Be the whole family. All alone for the holidays? Well, why not take enjoying your own company to the next level and just be the entire family? With a bit of work and a light artistic touch, you can create an entire family of just you.
Be yourself. If you’re not in the mood to spend a bit of time on Photoshop, there are always alternatives. Own your loneliness. Embrace it. It doesn’t hurt to be a bit more direct when poking fun at yourself.
We started off by saying that holiday cards can be a bit boring and unoriginal. If the above examples aren’t doing it for you, it might be time for you to take it up a notch and just get straight up weird. One of the most classic yet surprisingly still original ways of doing this is the face swap. No matter how many times it’s been done, it’s still always startling, creepy and completely hilarious. Just take a look at these few examples:
And if that’s not weird enough for you, then may we recommend posing for a picture with a whole fish?
And if that’s not weird enough for you...well, then we’re all out of ideas. If you can think of something weirder, please put us on your mailing list from now on when sending out holiday cards.
When all else fails, go with a classic. Sending out funny or creative Christmas cards to your family and friends is great, but at the end of the day, it’s about spreading holiday cheer. As long as you get that message across, you’re golden.
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