Step 1: Decorate hearth with tacky Christmas decorations you normally leave in the garage, including the Jersey Shore ornament and dancing sock monkey elf. (Actually, let’s be honest, I usually put those out anyway.)
Step 2: Attempt to get baby to stop crying. Change into ugly sweaters during a commercial break of an intense Broncos game that your husband would prefer to watch instead of taking Christmas photos.
Step 3: Send husband to shave beard, leaving mustache, during a commercial break. Ask equally annoyed but very polite brother-in-law to model so you can test lighting.
Step 4: Add increasingly annoyed husband to the scene to set up depth of field during pivotal game moment, in which BIL is actually biting his nails. Allow husband to continue holding his beer.
Step 5: Clear extraneous items such as sippy cups and cell phones (which are blowing up with angry text messages from fellow Broncos fans angry about Broncos performance) from the portrait set.
Step 7: Select the most creepy poses, in which husband looks almost too much like a guy that owns a van with no windows, for holiday card. Remove glasses glare for front of card. Create print collage in Lightroom. Make custom card on Picaboo.com.
Step 9: Apply tacky holiday-themed return address labels and stickers that arrive every Christmas from various charity organizations on the envelopes to complete the themed mailing.
Step 10: Take down tacky decorations and put up real Christmas decorations (optional).
Viola. You’re welcome. Merry Christmas!
P.S. Every year we have fun making a memorable holiday card for family, friends, and business contacts. Check out some previous years’:
P.S.S. This year’s theme was adapted from and originally inspired by the absolutely classic and brilliant Awkward Family 2010 holiday card designed by Bobbi + Mike. Thanks for the inspiration guys!