50 Christmas Cards Ideas for Families

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the best Family Christmas Cards Ideas

Ho ho ho and happy holidays! What’s the biggest to-do on your holiday list this year? For many, it’s getting a family photo taken for your Christmas card! But what do you do when you’re short on inspo (whether that be outfits, themes, or location), and you don’t have time to search for ideas? You read this post, of course! We’ve gathered 50 of the best family Christmas cards ideas for you to look through, including both classic and funny Christmas card ideas. We promise there’s something for everyone and that you’re sure to find something you love. Ready to check out all of the gorgeous shots? Let’s dive in!

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1 . Christmas Baby – Southern Charm Portraits – Is there anything cuter than a Christmas baby? We don’t think so!

Christmas cards ideas that show a young baby in a Santa hat | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas that show a baby in a Santa hat.

2 . Jammies at the Tree Farm – Pink Pistachio – Grab some jammies and head to the tree farm for your next Christmas card idea.

Silly Christmas cards ideas at a tree farm | The Dating Divas
Funny Christmas pictures with a family in pajamas.

3 . Candid at Home – Hula Hoop Photography – Candid shots like this one make for some of the best Christmas cards ideas!

Christmas cards ideas where the kids are spying on mom and dad | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas showing young children peeking from the stairs.

4 . Lifestyle Christmas – Katya Vilchyk – Consider changing things up and moving your holiday photo shoot inside your home this year.

Family Christmas cards ideas showing sisters dancing in front of the tree | The Dating Divas
Family Christmas pictures showing two young girls dancing.

5 . Tree Farm – Kelsie Kristine – It’s official. Family Christmas pictures that are taken at a tree farm have a 100% satisfaction rate.

Romantic Christmas cards ideas for couples at a Christmas tree farm | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas for young couples at a Christmas tree farm.

6 . Fancy with Faux Snow – Rebecca Dyan Photography – Consider adding faux snow for an extra dash of magic.

Christmas card ideas that show a family covered in faux snow | The Dating Divas
A family using faux snow as part of their Christmas card ideas.

7 . Santa in the Sleigh – Art By Claire Photography – We love the idea of using props in family Christmas pictures, such as an adorable sleigh or Santa sign!

Family Christmas pictures that have a young child on a sleigh | The Dating Divas
Family Christmas pictures that show a little girl on a holiday sleigh.

8 . Dark and Moody with Lights – Lea Cooper Photography – Light and bright is always beautiful, but there’s something extra cozy about a dark and moody background.

Family Christmas card ideas that have two kids in front of the fireplace | The Dating Dvas
Christmas card ideas that have two young children sitting in a holiday-themed room.

9 . Red, White, and Black – Elena S. Blair Photography – If your looking for outfit inspo for your Christmas card photos, this red, white, and black scheme is a winner.

Family Christmas card ideas with black, white, and red outfits | The Dating Divas
Red, white and black Christmas cards ideas for a family.

10 . Fireplace Feels – Tudose Tudor Photography – Consider stringing twinkle lights around a fireplace for a charming and flame-free photo.

Family Christmas card ideas showing a mother and child in front of the fireplace | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas that have a mother and her child hugging by a fireplace.

11 . Hot Cocoa in the Kitchen – Becca Jean Photography – Once again, a couple of props (such as these hot cocoa mugs) add just the right amount of pizazz.

Christmas card ideas that take place in the home and feature hot cocoa mugs.

12 . Happy Kids – Sarah Beth Chamberlain – This snow-filled photo is definitely one of our favorites when it comes to kid-centered Christmas cards ideas.

Christmas card ideas showing two young children throwing snow into the air | The Dating Divas
Family Christmas pictures that have two young children throwing snow in the air.

13 . Matching PJ’s – Kelli Nicole Photography – Is there anything cuter than matching pajamas?

Christmas card ideas that show three siblings wearing magic Christmas pajamas | The Dating Divas
A Christmas card photo that shows three siblings wearing matching pajamas.

14 . Holiday Campout – Anastasia Shatalin Photography – Grab your sweetheart and create your own holiday campout. Then document the results!

Christmas card ideas that take place outside in front of a tent | The Dating Divas
Family Christmas pictures that have an outdoor tent and stockings.

15. Mistletoe Kisses – Captured Moments by Dawn – Mistletoe isn’t only for kissing – it also makes an adorable holiday photo accessory.

Family Christmas card ideas that show a mini camper and mistletoe | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas that show a couple outside, kissing under the mistletoe.

16 . Christmas Cuteness – Valerie Clement Photography – Show off your little one’s Christmas cuteness by popping them in an oversized cup of cocoa!

Christmas card ideas that show a young baby surrounded by Christmas props.

17 . Visit with Santa – Judah Avenue – No list of Christmas card ideas would be complete without a visit from Santa. He’ll be sure and check it twice!

Funny Christmas card ideas that have Santa sitting with a family | The Dating Divas
Funny Christmas cards that show Santa Claus sitting on a couch next to a family.

18 . Ornaments on the Tree – Hannah Lane Photography – We’re all about candid shots and poses, which is why this fir tree photo is such a treat.

A Christmas photo that shows a young family at a tree farm | The Dating Divas
Family Christmas pictures for a young family at a Christmas tree farm.

19 . Around the Tree – CTG Photography – Gather the family and settle down by your Christmas tree for a classic pose that’s sure to be treasured.

Family Christmas pictures that have a family of four sitting in front of their tree.

20 . Frowns for Fun – Marta May Photography – Don’t stress yourself out about making sure the kids are smiling. Frowns make for some truly funny Christmas cards!

Family Christmas pictures that show two young children sitting in front of a tent | The Dating Divas
Christmas card ideas that have two young kids sitting in a tent.

21 . Reading a Christmas Story – Jill Carmel Photography – Even an everyday activity like reading a story can make for a totally special photo op.

22 . Family Pet – Amanda Moss Photography – Don’t be afraid to include the family pet in your family Christmas pictures!

23 . Jammies in Bed – Truly Photography – If you’re looking for Christmas cards ideas that are really low-key, throw on some jammies and take the photos on your bed!

24 . Classic Red Truck – Jesslyn Photography – We absolutely adore the idea of getting some shots in front of a classic, red truck.

25. Dramatic Christmas – Ginny Haupert – How stunning are these dramatic, mother-daughter shots?

26 . Festive Hats and PJ’s – Elevate Photography – Once again, matching pj’s help to fill a picture with loads of holiday spirit.

27 . Baby by the Tree – Kasia Soszka Photography – How precious is this infant photo under the Christmas tree? The cuddly bear adds the perfect touch.

28 . Festive Sign – Chandi Kesler Photography – You might consider adding a homemade (or store-bought!) sign to your photoshoot. Let it do the talking for you!

29 . Red and White Glam – Barberries Photography – You can never go wrong with the simple Christmas colors of red, white, and forest green.

30 . Sitting in the Truck –Jessica Rockowitz Photography – What’s better than standing in front of a classic red truck? Sitting inside the truck bed, of course! Throw in a couple of pillows for added flair.

31 . Matching Outfits – Amanda Laine Photography – Matching outfits are a great way to spice up a typical X-mas photo op.

32 . Goofy Faces – Little’s Photography – If funny Christmas cards are right up your alley, you’ll love this kooky cookie baking idea.

33 . Simple and Smiley – Jamie G Photo – This is a beautiful set up for those who live in warmer climates.

34 . Merry Motorcar – Milashka Photography – How adorable is this very merry motorcar?

35 . Santa at the Beach – Brooke Christl Photography – Santa doesn’t always wear his suit! Take things to the beach for some sunny and funny Christmas cards.

36 . White as Snow – Talia Laird Photography – Liven up a sleek, white scene with some subtle pops of green.

37 . Among the Trees –Jenna Hidinger Photography – We love this photo taken at a Christmas tree farm, don’t you?

38 . In a Christmas Wreath – Choosing Joy Today – Try standing behind a Christmas wreath for an instant, festive frame.

39 . Angled Shot – Red Willow Photo – If you’re in search of something unique, try taking your photos at an angle like this one.

40 . Pulling a Wagon – Amy Gray Photography – Looking for Christmas card ideas to spread some warmth? Just grab a wagon and head to the beach!

41 . Golden Hour Shots – Kaitlin Noel Photography – For a warm and cozy Christmas glow, ask your photographer to take a photo like the following!

42 . Playing in the Snow – Hello Fashion Blog – Head outside and find a fresh blanket of snow for the perfect, magical background.

43 . Letters – Your Homebased Mom – Try using letters as photo props – you can spell anything you’d like! You can grab some cute wooden letters, depending on what you’re going for.

44 . Naughty and Nice – Bee Curious – Here is another great one to add to your funny Christmas cards list!

45 . Christmas Tree Stand – Renee Hindman Photography – This outdoor idea is so sweet! Your little ones will love playing with the kid-sized Christmas Tree stand.

46 . Blow the Snow – Deanna Loren Photography – Grab a handful of snow and blow it out for a Christmas card idea that display the true magic of Christmas. 

47 . Chalkboard Sign – Positively Splendid – Try using a handheld chalkboard to display each kid’s Christmas wishes!

48 . Faux Snowballs – Lana Sky – Large, white pom poms make excellent faux snowballs! You could use them in so many creative ways.

49 . Scene from a Movie – Candid Moment Studios – Christmas card ideas like this one are definitely at the top of our funny Christmas cards list!

50 . Story with Santa – Oshey Vargas Photography – We really don’t think there’s anything more magical than hearing a Christmas story from Santa, himself.

Well, there you have it! Within this post, there are 50 Christmas cards ideas to inspire your family this season. Now, here comes the hard part … picking your favorite!

For even MORE photography inspiration, make sure to check out our popular post on 20 Adorable Ideas for Family Picture Outfits AND our 101 Tips & Ideas for Couples Photography! Merry Christmas!

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  1. We are a family of 13. Do you know any cute/funny ideas for a large crazy family? Ages 7 to 64? Thank you for any ideas.

  2. This is the ultimate list for Christmas card ideas!! I can’t choose just one!! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. THank you for the great compilation! GREAT WORK! I did want to provide an update on 26 B for Not a creature was stirring. The source was me! Those are my kiddos and it appears the image came from my facebook page!

    What a treat to see it published here. THANKS!

  4. Thanks for finding and organizing all these fabulous ideas! I’m looking forward to incorporating some of them.

  5. Thank you so much for compiling this posting with wonderful Christmas ideas. I absolutely loved this!!! Can’t wait to do some of these with my family.

  6. This is the most creative and fabulous post to share so many photo ideas! I’m always feeling stumped this time of year trying to think of something unique for our family Christmas cards…this helps alleviate a lot of the stress…thank you! 🙂

  7. holy smokes! this must have taken so much time! thank you for all of your hard work–i found some great ideas!