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

Jonathan and Jessica Stanley began their unique photo 传统 在 2014, 每年他们都创造了幽默 “灾难” 捕捉圣诞节混乱的场景.

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, [object Window]. 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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乔纳森和杰西卡斯坦利开始了他们独特的摄影传统 2014, 每年他们都创造了幽默 "灾难" 捕捉圣诞节混乱的场景.

乔纳森和杰西卡斯坦利开始了他们独特的摄影传统 2014, 每年他们都创造了幽默 “灾难” 捕捉圣诞节混乱的场景. (Jonathan Stanley)

他继续, “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 育儿 really felt like.

至今, 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, 加入乐趣.

The photo ops are taken at their 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)

今年, the Stanleys created a balloon-filled scene inspired by the Christmas filmsThe Polar Express” (2004) 和 “The Grinch” (2018) 和 2009 children’s filmUp.” 杰克逊, 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 “很多” 今年, 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’ 理念. 在 2020, while stuck at home, they got really into hammers and nails, so that led to the nail gun gag.

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