Celebrating your family every year by putting on matching Christmas outfits to send out in the annual holiday card is a fun tradition. In between the bedtime routines and soccer practices, it’s nice to pause to get dressed up and see how your kids have grown year to year, ideally in a portrait where you are all smiling and no one is crying or blinking. What you wear sets the tone of the photo to either be casual or formal. While either is fine, give some thought to where your photo shoot will take place, what your kids can handle at their ages, and what impression of your family you’re trying to achieve with this photo. Is this a portrait to frame for grandma? Is this a smiling snapshot for the fridge?
Once you decide on the tone of your photo, it’s time to pick from the best family Christmas outfits ideas. We’ve rounded up six ideas below that are a mix of formal and casual and that would work in many venues and for different family ages and configurations, including with pets. Shopping is half the fun, so enjoy!
Matching Christmas outfits
This is a versatile option for sure. From a tree farm setting to a cocoa with Santa setting or even a home fireplace shoot, red plaid suits boys, girls, and pets of all ages. Even if you don’t buy the outfits in a set, red plaid pieces can be bought separately for each family member and can easily be worn long after the family photos are taken. You can get your plaid in a cozy flannel or another material, but no matter what, this style choice will infuse the feeling of the season into your family pictures. This set from CALLA DREAM features mom, dad, girl, and boy options. The mom and girl pieces are dresses and the dad and boy pieces are shirts only so you supply whichever pants you’d like.
Pajamas are the classic Christmas family matching outfits and we love the whimsy of everyone, even the grown-ups, dressing as elves. Cotton pajamas are easy to buy in everyone’s size and families can pose in front of the tree at home for a ready-made backdrop. Choose between stripes, green versus red, or a whole array of different elf pajama designs.
“Ugly” Christmas sweaters
They might have a reputation as ugly now, but we prefer the name classic. You can all wear jeans and the same sweater or similar sweaters that are variations on a theme. Everyone could choose a sweater they like best (like a dinosaur with a Santa hat) or all the girls can wear one style while all the boys wear another. They even make baby onesies that are Christmas sweaters and of course sweaters for dogs as well.
Reindeer-themed pajamas are often hooded with antlers which make for an adorable, cozy, informal family photo at home by the fire. For any pets, you can just put some antlers on them without full-on PJs.
Mix-and-match green and red
You don’t all have to be in exactly the same outfit to be matching. If you all wear cotton tops with khakis or you all wear a print like plaid, you can tie in a common theme like that while changing things up between you. Half of you can wear green tops or dresses while the other half wear red.
Yes, one more pajama option because they are the most popular matching family outfits with good reason! These old-timey PJs with that opening on the bottom make for adorable family Christmas photos with a wholesome feel. Browse through all the funny sayings on the flaps and the different colors and patterns before making your choice.
Whether it’s dresses or PJs, your family’s smiles are what matter most. Remember to have fun with it because even if the photo is more dressed up, you still want genuine smiles coming through. You want to be able to look back at the photo with a positive memory from a nice photoshoot, so be ready to make it as quick as possible for everyone before the toddler starts melting down. Let the kids play around and make sure to have some jokes ready to tell, and you’ll stay on Santa’s nice list!
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