When you assume you’ve already seen the funniest household Christmas card of the season, assume once more. Yearly since 2003, the Bergeron household has been ringing within the holidays by producing essentially the most intelligent and hilarious greeting playing cards we’ve ever seen, and similar to the snow exterior, they’re displaying no indicators of stopping.
Mike Bergeron, his spouse Laura, and their two daughters recognized on-line as ‘Gigi’ and ‘Juju’ have made an annual tradition out of the refreshingly authentic photoshoots, and every December, they select a brand new knee-slapping theme. Whether or not they draw on popular culture, native tradition, or embarrassingly awkward household playing cards of yore, they all the time appear to tug it off as a crew. Particular credit score is due, in fact, to the JC Penney Portrait Studio, which has seen all of them the way in which from ‘white trash Christmas’ to a full drag ensemble.
Scroll down to soak up every joyful version for your self, learn the tales behind them in Mike Bergeron’s personal phrases, and inform us which of them despatched you right into a match of jolly laughter within the feedback.
2003, Forty & Preventing It
Our first card! The unique idea was “Plugs & Juggs”, however we had to decide on this photograph due to the priceless facial expressions, although you possibly can’t see Laura’s overly-augmented rack. Thus, we name this “Forty & Preventing It”. The photographer tried to maneuver the sunshine away from overhead and I needed to ask her to shine it immediately down on me – she didn’t know the best way to 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. She had no concept that we had been dressed up in costumes!
2004, We’re Dreaming of a White Trash Xmas
Once 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 photograph sittings, delegating to her staff and systematically attempting to work via the road on the money register. After patiently ready for about 10 minutes, it was my flip to be helped and she or he instantly went into gross sales mode, taking management of the transaction and regurgitating her customer support discuss monitor in a frenzy, multitasking all-the-while, thoughts you, and never in a position to actually give me her full consideration.
Her – “Welcome to JC Penney Portrait Studio, how can I assist you to as we speak, sir?”
Me – “I’m right here to pick-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 unintentionally printed an eight×10, which is normally $19.99, however we’ll let you will 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 probably 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 actually have a mullet. Its a joke card.”
Within the midst of what was utter chaos for her at that second, she simply form of stared at me in bewilderment because the cashier subsequent to her stopped what he was doing, leaned over to have a look at the cardboard and mentioned 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 apparently 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 start 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 needed to make enjoyable of being bald, then this may doubtless be my final probability earlier than the joke would develop into actuality. So, on the afternoon of the photograph 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 wish to give anybody any hints about what the cardboard may be. So, when individuals would ask me why I instantly 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 needed to shave a while off my laps.” A number of years later, I used to be bartending and my pal Kristine got here in with one in every of her girlfriends. We chatted a bit and I combined them up some particular pictures after which Kristine received as much as go to the restroom and her pal says to me, “So, Kristine tells me you’re a swimmer.” Now the query is: How many individuals are on the market who nonetheless consider I actually joined a cult?
2006, A Very Particular Xmas
A few years earlier than we began this custom, my pal, Jeremy, labored through the holidays in a photograph studio. If he thought household portrait was notably humorous, he would print a replica for himself and put it on show in his front room. They had been all awkward and great in their very own method, however there was one photograph 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 terribly brief, however I believe it nonetheless manages to deliver 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 truly dressed-up in costumes and took for this card (we even purchased a pitchfork!). Nevertheless, because the authentic work was accomplished with paint on canvas and didn’t appear to be a real-life photograph, we felt it might be a more sensible choice to govern our photograph to appear to be the portray. Since neither Laura nor I are graphic designers, it was fairly tough and time-consuming, however we’re more than happy with the way in which it got here out. Anybody who thinks we took the simple method out on this one is solely oblivious to the hassle 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 recommended that the man appears to be like nothing like me, simply wait till my kinfolk on my dad’s aspect view this submit they usually all chime-in about how I look precisely like my Grandpa Bergeron. Briefly, suck it, haters!
2008, Merry Krishnas
We received began a bit of late this yr, which meant that once we went to JC Penney to take our image, there was a one hour wait. We walked via the mall and wound up consuming dinner within the meals court docket. 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 to be like as actual as this one, it’s one thing particular. Once more, on this explicit yr, we weren’t in a position to take the image till after Thanksgiving, so the JC Penney photograph studio was very busy and we needed to watch for 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, “Severely? 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
Could 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 photographs that has now develop into so widespread within the age of the web. We needed to attempt to seize that awkwardness (in a subsequent degree form of method) and provides everybody we all know the reward of getting a humorous card on their fridge that will seize the spirit of the vacation season. Once they had individuals over to their home through the holidays, they may have the benefit of seeing their friends’ reactions upon viewing the cardboard with out realizing it was a joke. On a aspect observe, 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 thought for this image, however personally, I believe it may’ve been higher executed. Don’t get me flawed, we glance humorous & Gigi actually offers the cardboard an entire different dynamic together with her unbelievable cuteness, however I believe this idea had the potential to be our greatest card ever, if we had accomplished it proper.
2012, Goth Xmas
That is your legacy, ladies…embrace it!
2013, Jazz Fingers
Typically 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 (not less than 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, nevertheless it was a fairly busy yr and we had been ready for about 45 minutes for the photographer to be obtainable, 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 footwear that will 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, significantly, 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 footwear – $850, her footwear – $950, spending your vacation with the Bergerons – priceless.
2016, Cussin Jerry nem
Somewhat over a yr 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 an everyday customer in our family, so it appeared becoming to share him with all of you this vacation season. If y’all are fortunate, you might get to see “Creepy Larry” (one other Gigi-inspired character) and his household in a future card…we’ll simply should see. Aspect observe…and I really feel like I say this yearly, however…have a look at Gigi bringing it!!!
2017, Gingers in Paradise
We went in a barely totally different course this yr, which required stepping out of the JCP Portrait Studio and utilizing a photographer (massive due to Marco Montenegro) on the native seaside. 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 when you’re freezing your nuts off…don’t you want you had been us?”