For The Previous 17 Years, This Household Has Been Creating Hilariously Awkward Christmas Playing cards


Everybody can choose up a Hallmark card from an area grocery store to ship to your kinfolk for Christmas. However it takes some creativeness and creativity to give you one thing distinctive – identical to the Bergeron household did.

For the previous 16 years, the Bergerons have been arising with distinctive and hilarious vacation card concepts each Christmas. In an interview with Bored Panda, Mike Bergeron stated though he now not remembers how he and his spouse Laura got here up with the concept, the playing cards are “a option to present the individuals we cherished that we had been fascinated with them through the holidays and likewise a option to make them smile amidst the chaos and stress of the season.”

Though at first, not everybody understood their thought, with time, different members of the family began serving to the Bergerons by suggesting concepts for future playing cards and giving their opinions. Mike says now even individuals who they barely know ask to be included of their mailing record and he’s all the time completely satisfied so as to add them. “Simply the truth that they really feel the spirit of the playing cards and need to share in that feeling yearly is an superior praise to us.”

Try this household’s hilariously superior Christmas playing cards within the gallery under!

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2003, Forty & Combating It

Our first Christmas greetings card! The unique idea was “Plugs & Juggs,” however we had to decide on this picture due to the priceless facial expressions, despite the fact that you possibly can’t see Laura’s overly-augmented rack. Thus, we name this “Forty & Combating It.” The photographer tried to maneuver the sunshine away from overhead, and I needed to ask her to shine it straight down on me – she didn’t know how you can inform me that it was reflecting off of my head and making me appear to be I used to be balding. Lastly, I simply informed her that the balding look was what I used to be after in my household pictures. She had no concept that we had been dressed up in costumes!

2004, We’re Dreaming of a White Trash Xmas

After I went to the JC Penney Portrait Studio to pick-up our playing cards, they had been very busy with the vacation rush, and the supervisor (who was additionally the cashier) was clearly stressed-out, answering telephones, organizing picture sittings, delegating to her workers and systematically attempting to work by way of the road on the money register. After patiently ready for about 10 minutes, it was my flip to be helped, and he or she instantly went into gross sales mode, taking management of the transaction and regurgitating her customer support discuss observe in a frenzy, multitasking all-the-while, thoughts you, and never in a position to give me her full consideration.
Her – “Welcome to JC Penney Portrait Studio, how can I enable you to at present, sir?”
Me – “I’m right here to choose up my Christmas playing cards.”
Her – “Okay, what’s your final identify?”
Me – “It’s Bergeron, however I’ve my receipt proper right here if that helps.”
Her – “Okay, thanks. Give me only a second whereas I get your order. Sir, it seems they by accident printed an 8×10, which is often $19.99, however we’ll let you could have it for $5 because it was our mistake.”
Me – “No thanks.”
Her – “Okay…nicely, I see that your spouse is pregnant…I hope you’ll be coming again to JC Penney to take your child photos.”
Me (smiling on the realization that she doesn’t get the joke) – “Truly, she’s not pregnant…and if she was, I wouldn’t let her drink beer or smoke cigarettes…and, as you possibly can see, I don’t have a mullet. It’s a joke card.”
Within the midst of what was utter chaos for her at that second, she simply kind of stared at me in bewilderment because the cashier subsequent to her stopped what he was doing, leaned over to take a look at the cardboard and stated to me with pure and utter pleasure, “Dude, that’s superior!”
Me – “Thanks. Merry Christmas!”
As I took my playing cards and walked away, the supervisor stood there in absolute confusion, her mind frozen with the belief that her gross sales coaching had failed to arrange her for this example.

2005, Your Aunt & Uncle Who Reside within the Midwest

Being a Bergeron, I’ve all the time recognized that I might finally lose my hair. We’re educated from delivery to just accept the truth that sometime our hair will fall out. On the age of 32, it was obvious to me that my days had been numbered and if I wished to make enjoyable of being bald, then this might seemingly be my final likelihood earlier than the joke would develop into a actuality. So, on the afternoon of the picture shoot, I had Laura shave the hair off of the highest of my head…and I’ve been bald ever since. The factor is, I needed to stroll round with a bald head for a few weeks whereas the vacation card was processing and transport, however I didn’t need to give anybody any hints about what the cardboard is perhaps. So, when individuals would ask me why I immediately shaved the entire hair off of my head, I might give them some made-up excuse like, “I joined a cult” or, “I’m a racist” or, “Chicks actually appear to love that Vin Diesel man, so I believed I’d give it a shot.” By the way, one of many different excuses I might give was, “I’m a aggressive swimmer, and I wished to shave a while off my laps.” Just a few years later, I used to be bartending, and my good friend Kristine got here in with one in all her girlfriends. We chatted a bit, and I blended them up some particular photographs, after which Kristine received as much as go to the restroom, and her good friend says to me, “So, Kristine tells me you’re a swimmer.” Now the query is: How many individuals are on the market who nonetheless imagine I joined a cult?

2006, A Very Particular Xmas

A few years earlier than we began this custom, my good friend, Jeremy, labored through the holidays in a photograph studio. If he thought {that a} household portrait was notably humorous, he would print a duplicate for himself and put it on show in his front room. They had been all awkward and great of their means, however there was one picture, specifically, that was so delightfully goofy and uncomfortable that it has all the time caught with me. This card is an effort to recreate the magic of that card. I’ll be the primary to confess that we fall quick, however I believe it nonetheless manages to convey some pleasure to the vacation season!

2007, American Gothic Xmas

Overshadowed by controversy, some “purists” have accused us of dishonest with this explicit card as a result of we Photoshopped it. For individuals who like it, thanks…we love you, too. For individuals who really feel we cheated…look, we dressed-up in costumes and took {a photograph} for this card (we even purchased a pitchfork!). Nonetheless, because the authentic work was completed with paint on canvas and didn’t appear to be a real-life picture, we felt it could be a more sensible choice to control our picture to appear to be the portray. Since neither Laura nor I are graphic designers, it was fairly tough and time-consuming, however we’re very happy with the way in which it got here out. Anybody who thinks we took the simple means out on this one is solely oblivious to the trouble it required. By the way in which, this was Laura’s departed grandmother’s favourite out of all of our playing cards. Oh, and for these of you who’ve advised that the man appears nothing like me, simply wait till my kinfolk on my dad’s facet view this put up and so they all chime in about how I look precisely like my Grandpa Bergeron. In brief, suck it, haters!

2008, Merry Krishnas

We received began slightly late this 12 months, which meant that after we went to JC Penney to take our image, there was a one hour wait. We walked by way of the mall and wound up consuming dinner within the meals courtroom. I solely want that we had introduced flowers.

2009, Los Cholos

That is my private favourite. Some playing cards are clearly a joke, however when a card appears as actual as this one, it’s one thing particular. Once more, on this explicit 12 months, we weren’t in a position to take the image till after Thanksgiving, so the JC Penney picture studio was very busy, and we needed to await an hour to get in. Understandably so, Laura was nervous about strolling across the Westminster Mall wanting like we did, however I reassured her by saying, “Significantly? Take a look at us…no person goes to fuck with us!” I used to be proper…not a single individual would even make eye contact with us.

2010, Olin Mills Household Portrait from 1981

Might your vacation desk be a smorgasbord of cheese balls, fruitcakes, and hams! In some ways, this card greatest represents what we had been attempting to realize from the very starting. Our idea was impressed by the inherently awkward nature of vacation household pictures that has now develop into so standard within the age of the web. We wished to attempt to seize that awkwardness (in a subsequent degree kind of means) and provides everybody we all know the reward of getting a humorous card on their fridge that might seize the spirit of the vacation season. After they had individuals over to their home through the holidays, they may get pleasure from seeing their visitors’ reactions upon viewing the cardboard with out realizing it was a joke. On a facet notice, as a bald man who has recognized his total life that he would develop as much as be bald, it had been a longtime aspiration of mine to sport a combover in some unspecified time in the future as a result of they’re so fascinating of their ridiculousness! So, this explicit card allowed me to not solely fulfill a lifelong dream but in addition to seize it in all of its glory for the ages.

2011, The Unibrows

I really like the concept for this image, however personally, I believe it may’ve been higher executed. Don’t get me improper, we glance humorous & Gigi actually offers the cardboard an entire different dynamic together with her unimaginable cuteness, however I believe this idea had the potential to be our greatest card ever, if we had completed it proper.

2012, Goth Xmas

That is your legacy, ladies…embrace it!

2013, Jazz Arms

Generally you catch lightning in a bottle 🙂 Take a look at Laura…bringing it! Take a look at Gigi…bringing it! Take a look at Juju…nicely, protesting (a minimum of she’s constant). I’m really blessed.

2014, The Holidays Are Such a Drag

I doubt if anybody on the JC Penney Portrait Studio even thought twice about Laura and the ladies, but it surely was a reasonably busy 12 months, and we had been ready for about 45 minutes for the photographer to be accessible. So I’m sure that my presence made lots of people uncomfortable within the studio’s ready space. I needed to hunt excessive and low for sneakers that might match me (thanks Lane Bryant) and, in fact, I shaved my legs, so you possibly can think about how excited I used to be that we wound up selecting a shot from the waist up. And, severely, how friggin’ cute are these boys? If we had given Gigi glasses, I believe she would’ve seemed an terrible lot like Ralphie!

2015, Les Modèles (AKA Fashionistas, AKA Euro Trash)

His sneakers – $850, her sneakers – $950, spending your vacation with the Bergerons – priceless.

2016, Cussin Jerry nem

A little bit over a 12 months in the past, Gigi began calling me “Cousin Jerry.” It caught on together with her little sister and, after some time, I began speaking to them as I imagined Cousin Jerry would. Since then, he has develop into a daily customer in our family, so it appeared becoming to share him with all of you this vacation season. If y’all are fortunate, it’s possible you’ll get to see “Creepy Larry” (one other Gigi-inspired character) and his household in a future card…we’ll simply need to see. Facet notice…and I really feel like I say this yearly, however…take a look at Gigi bringing it!!!

2017, Gingers in Paradise

We went in a barely completely different route this 12 months, which required stepping out of the JCP Portrait Studio and utilizing a photographer (massive due to Marco Montenegro) on the native seashore. This our nod to the ever-so-popular vacation card theme that claims “Take a look at us absorbing the solar’s rays in a fantastic tropical paradise whilst you’re freezing your nuts off…don’t you would like you had been us?”

2018, The West Texans


2018 “The West Texans” – We thought we’d attempt to capitalize on the ladies’ cuteness this 12 months and go away many of the “awkwardness” to the adults (massive due to Dione Cherie for doing the ladies’ make-up.) Once we went into the JC Penney Portrait Studio, Gigi was fast to let the workers know that we’re well-known. Laura then informed Gigi that, “You’re not well-known if you must inform individuals that you’re well-known.” I can say from expertise that the entire “Don’t you realize who I’m?” strategy is just about ineffective in case you’re in search of any free perks or particular therapy, however it’s virtually sure to make you come off as a douche! Anyway, after we did our varied poses and completed the picture shoot, I confirmed the workers our catalog of playing cards on my telephone and, positive sufficient, one in all them stated with a smile, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen these earlier than!” So, Gigi was proper; we’re well-known…it’s simply that no person is aware of what any of us appears like, since we’re pretending to be completely different individuals in all of our playing cards. So, plainly we Bergerons have our personal distinctive model of fame – to be seen by many, but recognizable to nobody!

2019, A Bookie’s Household Vacation




2019 “A Bookie’s Household Vacation” – The idea for this card originated with my deep-seated want to rock a gold Star of David resting upon a chest filled with hair (shout out to David Menuck). I got here up with the concept of being a Jewish bookie after which we simply brainstormed about what his spouse and youngsters would appear to be. Gigi wished her character to be punk/goth and I cherished the dichotomy that the cardboard might need if she sported pentagram earrings (sadly, they didn’t come by way of on this explicit picture) alongside my Star of David. Lengthy story quick, I looked for the costume that I had inside my head for a month earlier than time ran out and I needed to scramble to discover a plan B. I’m a bit dissatisfied myself, however on the upside, I’m now the proud proprietor of a bitchin’ velour warm-up swimsuit that can present everybody on the health club that I imply enterprise!