Family's funny Christmas card tradition embraces holiday chaos: 'What parenting really felt like'

Jonathan and Jessica Stanley began their unique photo tradition en 2014, and each year they’ve created humorous “El presidente también dijo que elegiría a una mujer vicepresidenta” scenes that capture what Christmas chaos looks like.

Shortly after we had our first child we set out to take a ‘normal’ Christmas card and the results were spectacularly bad,” Jonathan told Fox News Digital. “Everything that could go wrong, Super-G de esquí alpino masculino. Like the baby crying the whole time, wind gusts, camera misfires. If two of us looked okay, the third one blinked or sneezed or something.

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Jonathan and Jessica Stanley began their unique photo tradition in 2014, and each year they’ve created humorous "El presidente también dijo que elegiría a una mujer vicepresidenta" scenes that capture what Christmas chaos looks like.

Jonathan and Jessica Stanley began their unique photo tradition in 2014, and each year they’ve created humorous “El presidente también dijo que elegiría a una mujer vicepresidenta” scenes that capture what Christmas chaos looks like. (Jonathan Stanley)

Él continuó, “We laughed so hard at the results that we ended up just sending a series of the worst outtakes and our family loved it. So it gave us an idea – instead of trying to capture perfect family photos for our Christmas cards, we thought it was more relatable to capture what parenting really felt like.

Hasta aquí, the Stanleys have eight hilarious Christmas cards that reflect their creativity and family’s growth. They began the tradition with their son Jackson, 8, and dog Nala. A few years later, their son Elijah, 6, and daughter Evelyn, 2, joined in on the fun.

The photo ops are taken at their hogar in North Carolina and typically show Jonathan and Jessica chasing after their children after they get into staged hijinks – some of which include a little photo editing for safe dramatic effects.

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For their 2021 Christmas card, the Stanleys created a hilarious flyaway scene that took inspiration from popular animated films, including ‘The Polar Express,’ ‘The Grinch’ and ‘Up.’

For their 2021 Christmas card, the Stanleys created a hilarious flyaway scene that took inspiration from popular animated films, including ‘The Polar Express,’ ‘The Grinch’ and ‘Up.’ (Jonathan Stanley)

Este año, the Stanleys created a balloon-filled scene inspired by the Christmas filmsThe Polar Express” (2004) y “The Grinch” (2018) y el 2009 children’s filmUp.” Jackson, Elijah and Evelyn appear to be standing on a floating wagon while Jonathan tries to grab them and Jessica watches from the background.

Jonathan told Fox that the idea came to him after he noticed his children were watching the two Christmas films “mucho” este año, which led him to think of what it would all look like in real life.

Basically each year I watch the kids and see what their natural interests or fascinations are, which usually leads to an idea,” Jonathan said. “For example in 2019, they were obsessed with drones and always wanted me to fly them, so that triggered the ‘Fly Like Santa’ ocurrencia. En 2020, while stuck at home, they got really into hammers and nails, so that led to the nail gun gag.

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