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Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas Photo Album
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Inside Front Cover Page
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Introduction

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - The Sock Monkey Sisters - Caption

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - The Sock Monkey Sisters - Pictured: Angela Fioretti, Tracey Huebner, Angi Krueger and Kristen Zielinski
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - It's A Boy - Caption

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!

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - It's A Boy - Pictured: Christine Ruth, Doug Birling and Julie Schlender
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Manby - Caption

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Manby - Pictured: Rich Vetrano, Ward Alles, Jeff Speech and Manby
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - The Orb Of Awkwardness - Caption

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - The Orb Of Awkwardness - Pictured: Doug Schommer and Rebecca Eckhart
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - For Mother Russia - Caption

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."

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - For Mother Russia
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Wish You Were Here - Caption

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Wish You Were Here - Pictured: Rachel Topf, Sara Neumann, Phil Fischer and Tom Easter
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Classic Heather - Caption

Classic Heather

Just classic Heather

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Classic Heather - Pictured: Heather Markovich, Colin Deval, Beth Crivello-Wagner and Chelsey Orlikowski
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Snow Angels: A Charlie's Angels Christmas Spectacular - Caption

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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Snow Angels: A Charlie's Angels Christmas Spectacular - Pictured: Kelly Krumsee, Charles Collins, Sarah Fracek and Patti Schauer
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - ?

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Your guess is as good as ours

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - ?: Your guess is as good as ours. - Pictured: Tom Ketterhagen, Saige Smith and Stephanie Hungerfordt
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - A Smokey Mountain Christmas - Caption

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."

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - A Smokey Mountain Christmas - Pictured: Stacy Sandee, Regina Corbin, Dave Hanson, Jackie Ratcliffe and Sarah Richmond-Basedow
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Ventriloquistmas - Caption

Ventriloquistmas

"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.

Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - Ventriloquistmas - Pictured: Jerry Higgins, Dave Jimenez, Irina Finley and Dana Carpenter
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas - ?
Core Creative's Awkward Family Christmas
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