Check Out Our Christmas Photo Ideas

Family and Funny Christmas Card Ideas

What’s the biggest to-do on your holiday list? For many, it’s getting a family photo for your Christmas card! That being said, now is the PERFECT time to get ahead of the game and schedule a family photo shoot. Although, chances are you haven’t even thought about what you want to do for your Christmas cards yet… But lucky for you, we’ve got your back! We gathered all the best family Christmas photo ideas all into one spot, including, and most importantly, funny Christmas card ideas! (Aren’t those your favorite, too?) From family Christmas photoshoot ideas to Christmas card templates, we’ve thought of everything. That being said, get ready for picture inspiration-overload! And guys, just wait until you see all of the unique, funny, clever, romantic, creative, and just down-right-CUTE family Christmas picture ideas that we’ve found!

This is the best list of funny Christmas card ideas out there! #Christmas #Family #ChristmasCards

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As we said, we’ve put together the ULTIMATE round-up of family Christmas photo ideas right here. Not to mention, we’ve included funny Christmas card ideas that are sure to make your friends and family smile! Additionally, we’ve included family Christmas photo ideas with props, outfit inspiration, and even baby announcements! Seriously, this list is epic!

To make browsing a little easier, we’ve divided them into categories, including…

Yep, we’ve thought of everything! Plus, for a fast and easy printing and designing option, use Shutterfly! They almost always have good deals!

Now, are you ready to dive into these amazing family Christmas photoshoot ideas?!  First up…

40 Creative Christmas Photo Ideas

Most importantly, the holiday season will be here before you know it. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll want to plan ahead as much as possible! Therefore, consider planning everything, even down to what your card will say! We’ve collected the most clever, family Christmas card ideas below, even including the sayings and caption ideas for your holiday photo cards. Indeed, this list will blow your mind! On that note, let’s take a look through these unbelievably adorable Christmas card picture ideas, shall we? In addition, let us know if we’ve missed any!

Creative Family Christmas Cards

Family Christmas Card Ideas and Sayings

  • Silent Night – Unquestionably, a string of Christmas lights around the kids and some tape makes for one “silent night.” Sources: {A} Harvard Homemaker
  • Merry Kissmas – First, pull out the mistletoe. Then, pucker up to wish friends and family a Merry Kiss-mas! Sources: {A} Brenda McBride {B} A Bryan Photo {C} Aly Martin Photography

Funny Christmas Card Ideas and Captions

  • Christmas Wishes & Candy Cane Kisses – For a cute, but simple, photo idea, form a darling heart using candy canes! Sources: {A} Kim J Martin Photography {B} Jen Hebert Photography {C} Oldani Photography {D} Kim Miller
  • Mistle Toes – Without question, wishing your family and friends a happy holiday season right down to their “mistle-toes,” will warm their hearts! Sources: {A} Hulahoop Photography
  • “Dear Santa, We Can Explain…” –  By chance, are you feeling a little naughty? Well, create your own family police lineup for one of our favorite funny Christmas card ideas. Sources: {A} Oh My Gluestick

Unique Family Christmas Card Sayings

  • It’s a Wonderful Life – Basically, this idea is the best! Recreate the cover of the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In addition, use the movie title as the phrase to caption your Christmas family photo. Sources: {A} Susan Chambers Designs
  • The North Pole or Bust – Vintage suitcases and signs make a darling travel-themed photo op. Without a doubt, this is one of the cutest Christmas card picture ideas we’ve ever seen! Sources: {A} Jesse Rinka {B} Red Willow Photo

Cute Christmas Photo Ideas and Captions

Family Christmas Photo Shoot Ideas

Family Christmas Card Ideas

Funny Christmas Cards with Sayings

  • Nestled All Snug in Their Beds – Without a doubt, this is one of the cutest family Christmas picture ideas ever. Simply snap a picture of the kiddos tucked into bed and make use of the popular Christmas rhyme. Don’t forget the cute Santa hats! Sources: {A} Kristen Duke Photography {B} Hulahoop Photography {C} ShaiLynn Photography
  • And to All a Goodnight – Well, this is one clever idea! Wait until the kids are fast asleep and take your holiday photo. On the plus side, you don’t even have to worry about them cooperating by looking and smiling at the camera! Sources: {A} Stock Photo
  • Laughing all the Way – Certainly, this is the perfect phrase to caption any picture you might have of the family laughing together. And don’t you love that darling Santa suit? If you want to take this phot idea up a notch, then you can grab a toddler Santa suit and a cute little elf suit! Sources: {A} House on a Hill

Family Christmas Card Sayings

More Christmas Card Sayings

Christmas Photo Ideas for Cards

  • Happy Howlidays – And, of course, we couldn’t leave out the dog lovers! Here’s the perfect caption to include man’s best friend in your photo. Don’t forget the reindeer antlers! Sources: {A} ShaiLynn Photography {B} Rebekah Westover Photography {C} Stock Photo
  • Meowy Christmas – Well, here’s a fun idea if you’re looking to involve the family cat in this year’s Christmas card. Sources: {A} Stock Photo
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Pull out the sunglasses and guitars and rock around the Christmas tree with one of our favorite Christmas photo ideas! Sources: {A} Alamond Photography

Funny Christmas Card Ideas

  • Naughty is the new Nice – Is this not one of the cutest funny Christmas card ideas? Additionally, this lets the kids get some of their “naughty” out of their system! Sources: {A} Bee Curious
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – For this fun idea, dress dad up as Santa to create this cute and clever photo op of mommy and Santa kissing! Need a Santa Suit? You can find one here! Sources: {A} Christina Etters Photography
  • We’ll be Home for Christmas – Basically, this idea is the cutest! It’s also perfect if you’re looking for some fun, travel-themed family Christmas photoshoot ideas. I love the idea of using a subway or train station as a photoshoot location. Sources: {A} Jesse Rinka

Couples Christmas Captions

  • All I Want for Christmas Is You – Ahh, this classic Christmas phrase makes the best Christmas card idea! Additionally, don’t you just love these mugs? We found some similar here. Sources: {A} Melissa McCrotty
  • Married & Bright – This is the perfect idea for newlyweds celebrating their first Christmas together! Sources: {A} Rachel Nicole Arts {B} Q Avenue Photo {C} Emmaline Bride
  • Married Little Christmas – So, are you a newlywed couple looking to make extra use of your wedding pictures? Well, here’s one of the most beautiful Christmas card photo ideas if you want to use pictures from your winter wedding. Sources: {A} Bridal Guide

Christmas Caption Ideas for Babies

  • Unto Us a Child is Born – If you’re looking to use your Christmas card as a newborn announcement, then this idea is perfect! Sources: {A} Southern Charm Portraits {B} Freckle Portraits
  • Special Delivery from the North Pole – Unquestionably, this Christmas card idea will make your heart melt! Use a cute mailbox, package, basket, or even Santa’s sack, as a photo prop to announce your special Christmas delivery. Sources: {A} Jennifer Wilcox Photography {B} Ashley Mickelson Photography
  • Let Us Adore Him – If you’ve just welcomed a new little one around the holidays, then take a picture of the rest of the family “adoring” the new baby. Sources: {A} Jean Smith Photography

Kid Christmas Card Captions

Family Christmas Card Captions

  • Don’t get too Wrapped Up in the Holidays – In our opinion, you can never go too overboard with the holidays. However, this idea is cute and fun! Simply cover the kiddos with wrapping paper or stick your baby in a cute gift box. Sources: {A} Melissa McCrotty
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree –  To us, this just seems like the most classic Christmas morning photograph and one of our favorite Christmas card picture ideas. Sources: {A} Chubby Cheek Photography
  • Believe – Wow! Without question, this adorable banner makes you feel the Christmas magic! Sources: {A} Aly Martin Photography
  • All is Calm-ish – Here’s an idea if you like to keep things real! Ha! Use one of our favorite funny Christmas card ideas and show how it’s rarely “calm” around Christmas at your house. Sources: {A} Hulahoop Photography

 22 Unique Christmas Card Photo Ideas

For starters, what makes a Christmas card perfectly magical and sentimental? Well, we have tons of ideas to answer that here! Not to mention, we think adding a festive prop or showing a tender moment will really mean more to YOU as you look back on your Christmas card. If you’re looking for clever and creative ideas to make your holiday card stand out, then you’re in the right place! Without a doubt, these family Christmas photoshoot ideas will really make your card stand out because they include those extra touches. On that note, let’s dive in!

Unique Christmas Card Photo Ideas

Family Christmas Picture Ideas

  • Ornament Reflection – Capture your family’s reflection in a Christmas ornament! {In fact, you can then use Photoshop to remove the camera from the reflection!} Sources: {A} The Whimsy Willow
  • Christmas Chalk Art – To us, using your creativity makes your family Christmas card extra special. So, why not get creative and make your own Christmas-y photo backdrop on your driveway with chalk? Sources: {A} Michelle McClendon
  • Snow Angels – On the same note, using seasonal elements also is fun! Therefore, snap a picture of your little angels having fun in the snow or making a snow angel. If you don’t have snow where you live, then simply grab some fake snow! Sources: {A} Deanna Loren Photography

Christmas Wish Ideas

  • Christmas Wish Lists – Above all, you want to make sure Santa knows what’s on your Christmas wish list, right? Therefore, why not use a cute chalkboard or editing program to display each child’s Christmas wish list for your Christmas photo? So cute! Sources: {A} Positively Splendid {B} Positively Splendid
  • Christmas Photo Booth – First off, photo booths are the best! Secondly, Christmas photo booths are even better! On that note, grab some fun printable props and snap some pics in your own Christmas photo booth!  Sources: {A} Sometimes Creative {B} Sometimes Creative {C} Sometimes Creative
  • Looking Through a Winter Window – Although somewhat simple, capturing a picture of the kids or family looking through a snowy winter window is one of the most unique and beautiful family Christmas photo ideas we’ve seen! Sources: {A} Stock Photo

Christmas Photo Cards

  • Winter Picnic – Ready for one of the coziest family Christmas picture ideas? First, pack up a winter quilt and some hot cocoa. Then, find a quiet and wintery area to photograph a cozy family winter picnic. Sources: {A} Chubby Cheek Photography {B} Caressa Rogers {C} Chubby Cheek Photography
  • Blowing Snow – Most importantly, capture some FUN in your family Christmas photo! We love this idea of blowing snow like confetti! Sources: {A} Lindsay Nickel {B} Melissa McCrotty {C} Kaptured by Karli {D} Haley Sheffield
  • Throwing Snowballs – Want to try one of the silliest and funniest Christmas card ideas out there? Well, here it is! Take a shot of the kiddos throwing a snowball towards the camera. Or, glue white pom poms to the front of the card to make 3D snowballs! Sources: {A} Lana Sky {B} Drew B Photography
  • Storytime – On one hand, reading a Christmas story is a sweet memory at Christmastime. On the other, it’s an even cuter family Christmas photo idea! That being said, grab your favorite Christmas story for a casual sit down photoshoot. Sources: {A} Ashley Mickelson Photography

Christmas Picture Ideas

CreativeFamily Christmas Card Ideas

  • Christmas Tree Farm – If you love the tree look, then head out to your local Christmas tree farm to grab some fun, family pictures. In other words, have Christmas tree picking and Christmas card photo-taking be the same outing! Sources: {A} Stevenson Photo {B} Sara Garcia {C} Sara Garcia
  • Baking Christmas Cookies – Basically, we love any excuse to bake Christmas cookies. How about throwing on some Santa or chefs hats and baking up some Christmas goodies for your family Christmas card? Sources: {A} Freckle Photography {B} Stock Photo

Funny Christmas Cards

  • Christmas Song Signs – Here’s one of the most clever family Christmas card ideas! For this idea, simply use individual word signs to spell out a favorite Christmas song! Sources: {A} House on a Hill
  • Christmas Story – Indeed, this classic Christmas movie can be used for many funny Christmas card ideas! Dress up as the characters from the classic Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.” Don’t forget your pink bunny pajamas, leg lamp, and Red Ryder BB gun! Sources: {A} Bobbi Photo {B} Candid Moment Studios
  • Merry Grinch-mas – If you can get into the holiday spirit with some crazy Who-ville hair and Grinch-inspired costumes, then you’re pretty much set with this idea! Sources: {A} Ben Elsass {B} Lauren Athalia {C} Laughing Latte

Funny Christmas Cards for Baby

  • Baby Frosty – Grab a black top hat, red scarf, and other snowman accessories to dress up your baby as Frosty the Snowman. Additionally, here’s a little girl snowman outfit that is seriously cute! Sources: {A} Summer Michelle Photography 
  • Christmas Pregnancy Announcement – If you’re pregnant around Christmas, then here are six fun ideas for announcing your pregnancy in your Christmas card! In short, these are SO cute! Sources: {A} Diva Lauren {B} Jason Allen
  • Kids At Play – To us, showcasing the kids is one of the best parts of a Christmas card. Therefore, why not find some fun props and stage the kids at play? Sources: {A} Sarah Anne Photography

Family Christmas Picture Ideas

  • Fun and Casual – No matter what the scene, make sure to grab some candid photos of your family doing something festive for the holidays. Without a doubt, this absolutely makes for one of the best Christmas card picture ideas!  Sources: {A} Rebekah Westover Photography {B} Hulahoop Photography {C} Caressa Rogers
  • Family on Christmas Morning – Although a little silly, wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful picture of the whole family cuddled up in your pajamas on Christmas morning? Well, we certainly think so! Sources: {A} Wildflowers Photos

24 Fun Christmas Card Photo Props

In our opinion, nothing makes a Christmas card more perfect than a perfectly placed prop! To us, it grabs the attention of the viewer and makes them remember the beautiful faces and well-wishes even longer! That being said, we just had to make a list of all our favorite family Christmas picture ideas that involve props. Additionally, these just happen to be creative, winter-related, photography props that make your family Christmas cards more festive! So, are you ready to check these out?

Cute Christmas Cards

Matching Christmas Pajamas

Cute Family Christmas Pictures

Funny Family Christmas Cards

  • Rudolph Nose – Red ornaments make the perfect Rudolph nose for a fun and silly photo. If you don’t have any available, then you could grab a fun light-up nose instead! Sources: {A} Kathleen Solarczyk Photography {B} Sweet Pickle Pictures
  • Reindeer Antlers – For a unique and festive photo look, use reindeer antler headbands from the Dollar Store or even draw your own using chalk on the ground! Sources: {A} Hollyhocks Honeybees {B} Lauren Athalia
  • Christmas Presents – Boxes covered in festive wrapping paper and bows make the perfect holiday photo props. Therefore, they make for one of the best family Christmas card ideas! Sources: {A} Stock Photo {B} Ryan Ray {C} Kristen Duke Photography

Cute Christmas Pictures

  • Christmas Storybook – If you’re going for sentimental, then here’s a great idea! Snap a picture of your kiddos reading their favorite holiday storybook, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Sources: {A} Stock Photo
  • Christmas Lollipop – Bright and festive lollipops look great in pictures! Not only that, but they also keep the kiddos smiling and happy during a family photoshoot! Sources: {A} Portraits by Sands
  • Santa Hats – Here’s a cheap and easy photo prop that instantly makes your photo more festive: Santa hats! Sources: {A} Stock Photo {B} Vanessa Kuehne

Couple Christmas Cards

Christmas Card Ideas

Props For Family Holiday Letters

  • Christmas Sign – If you’re going for simple, then why not use a fun chalkboard sign to display your holiday message? Sources: {A} Southern Charm Portraits {B} Haley Sheffield
  • Christmas Banner – On the other hand, you could spell out your holiday greeting with a festive banner instead. Sources: {A} Willivia {B} Simple As That {C} EK Studios
  • Santa Claus – For the record, you don’t need an authentic-looking Santa Claus to get the perfect holiday photos. In reality, just incorporating Santa’s hand, legs, or hat in the photo adds a fun Christmas-y element. Sources: {A} Alamond Photography {B} ShaiLynn Photography {C} Alamond Photography

Props for Holiday Photos

Ideas for Family Photos in Winter

Family Holiday Picture Ideas

15 Family Christmas Card Templates

Oh Christmas card, oh Christmas card! We love every kind of Christmas card! While our favorite might be the funny Christmas card ideas, we also appreciate the sweet, simple, and elegant ones, too. Lucky for you, we couldn’t resist rounding up some DIY Christmas card ideas that can all be custom made! Simply, we’re just hoping to help lighten your load this holiday season! So to that note, feel free to use any one of these templates below to create your perfect family Christmas card. Without a doubt, you’ll be glad you made this special memory!

Holiday Family Letter Templates

Holiday Card Templates

  • Birdesign – Check out this darling “Our Year in Review” family newsletter template.
  • Merry Christmas Birdesign – Enjoy this free, traditional 5×7 Christmas card design. It includes Christmas card photoshop templates, a 5×7 card, and a Facebook timeline size graphic.
  • Sassafrass Studios – Take a look at this “Happy Holidays” card that comes in PSD files, including front & back designs as instant download files made for 5×7 cards.
  • PosyPrints Year in Review – Here are two super cute 5×7 PSD files. Also, you can print them at your favorite print shop or at home!
  • PaperLark Designs – Check out these stylish and festive cards with easily editable text and colors!
  • Indigo Boutiques – You’ll love this beautiful Christmas holiday card template. And, you’ll die when you see the beautiful Christmas tree outline!
  • The Hummingbird Press – Here’s a free Christmas card template with pretty pink snowflakes.
  • Stillbrook Designs – These are elegant, one-of-a-kind designs for your Christmas cards.

Holiday Templates With Pictures

  • Ashe Design – How about some gorgeously designed, front and back photoshop card templates? Yes, please!
  • Laurie Cosgrove Design – If you like urban and elegant, then check out these holiday designs!
  • Announcing You – Here’s a beautiful and simple front & back layered 7×5 photoshop template.
  • Cherry Bloom Design – Undoubtedly, you’ll love this is a bright and cheery Christmas card template.
  • Sweet Sawyer Photo Co – “Let It Snow” with these beautiful designs.
  • Bellenity Design – Not only is this super easy to customize, but it’s also bright and merry! Perfect for the holidays!
  • Salsal Design – How about customizing your own Christmas card with gold, hand-painted script, and ornaments?

Well, there you have it! Within this post, there are over 100 family Christmas card ideas to inspire your family this season! Not to mention, there was something for EVERYONE, right? Now, here comes the hard part… picking your favorite! 😉

If you still can’t seem to find a design that speaks to you, then there’s also Shutterfly. Not only do they have about a bazillion holiday card templates, but they even come with envelopes!

For even MORE photography inspiration, make sure to check out our popular post called 101 Family Picture Tips and Ideas AND our 101 Tips & Ideas for Couples Photography! Both would come in super handy for a Christmas photoshoot!

Finally, we hope you have the perfect Christmas card! Merry Christmas!

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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