Fruitcakes. Drunken relatives. Meltdowns in the mall Santa line.
The holiday season has always been a treasured time for connoisseurs of awkwardness. So in this spirit, the Core Creative team embarked on a year-long quest to find the most deliciously uncomfortable, bizarre and all-out awkward family Christmas photos in the world.
On the pages that follow, you'll find the fruits of our dedicated research.
A celebration of strangeness only the holidays can provide.
Brace yourselves, things are about to get weird.
Happy holidays, from our awkward family to yours.
The Sock Monkey Sisters
This photo was recovered from the charred wreckage of a Glamour Shots in Omaha, Nebraska on December 25, 1994. The fire remains a mystery.
It's A Boy
There's nothing quite like the joy of an awkward Christmas baby. This little bundle of snuggles came into the world on December 25, 2012. Happy 1st birthday, little guy!
Manby The Man-Baby
On December 25, 1981 a group of teenagers near Roswell, New Mexico reported the first known sighting of Manby: The Man-Baby. Appearing in a cloud of smoke, lasers and Pink Floyd, it spoke to the group for several minutes on its dislike for galactic politics and the works of Frida Kahlo. Though few believed their story, the group reunited 30 years later, capturing this photo to commemorate the event's anniversary.
The Orb Of Awkwardness
Schommhart Snow Globe Emporium proprietors Doug Schommer and Rebecca Eckhart are considered pioneers of their industry. Many of their snow globes are valued in the thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. For connoisseurs of awkwardness, however, their Christmas cards are considered priceless.
For Mother Russia!
This photo was captured at an Ice Capades performance on December 25, 1992, one year after the dissolution of the USSR. It represented a high point in the careers of these former Soviet skaters, whose rise and fall on the holiday entertainment circuit was captured with heartbreaking detail in Cooleykova's memoir, "Stop Sniveling Like Woman And Put On Antlers."
Wish You Were Here
This awkward display was captured on film in Aspen Colorado on December 25, 2010. The photo raises several questions. Why was there a photographer in the sauna? What does this have to do with Christmas? Is this a massage party or a dance party? Is the poor girl on the left there voluntarily? We may never know.
Snow Angels: A Charlie's Angels Christmas Spectacular
When it comes to holiday awkwardness, community theater is the gift that keeps on giving. Riding high off their small-stage remake of "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,v Northwestern Ohio's preeminent troupe, "The Sandusky Raging Thespians," shot this poster for their 2004 holiday production.
Your guess is as good as ours
A Smokey Mountain Christmas
This awkward gem doubles as the cover to the #1 selling Appalachian folk Christmas album of all time: "Scooter, Skeeter, Goober, Bubba and Buckey-Ray's Smokey Mountain String Orchestra Presents: Santa Better Not Try And Come Up On This Here Property, Or We Is Well Within Our Rights To Shoot Him 2: A Christmas Miracle."
"Merry Christmas, Dummy!" said Dave. "I'm not the dummy, you're the dummy." Jerry replied. "Looks like we're welcoming a new dummy to the family this year, Dummy." Dave observed. "I told you to stop calling me names!" Jerry exclaimed.