By Stephan Lee
Updated November 19, 2011 at 03:09 PM EST

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the creative minds behind Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos, have some tips for capturing your holiday memories for eternity:

To get yourself in the holiday spirit, check out these family — and pet! — photos from the most awkward time of the year:

SCARY SANTA

A kid can always detect an imposter.

NEXT: Attack of the Christmas sweaters …

‘TIS THE SEASON

“Shortly after taking this photo, the dog converted.”

NEXT: Santa’s Little Helper …SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER

“You never know what you’re going to get for Christmas.”

NEXT: Not exactly a Douglas fir …FAMILY TREE

Some ornaments are more festive than others.

NEXT: Maybe bunnies should stick with Easter …A CHRISTMAS BUNNY

“I had this idea that dressing up my Flemish giant rabbit, Little Buddy, in a Christmas outfit would be a sweet card. Buddy was not happy, and let’s just say the costume didn’t survive the photo shoot.”

Dharma from Reno, Nevada

NEXT: One of these things is not like the others …WHO IS THIS GUY?

Someone should have put PJs on his wish list.

NEXT: Some people get everything they want for Christmas …GOD BLESS US EVERY ONE

Don’t be a Scrooge — share the wealth!

NEXT: A kitten wrapped up like a gift …CHRISTMAS KITTY

A purrrrrrfect present.

NEXT: That chicken’s not for a holiday feast …RED ROOSTER

“She wanted to be sure she would wake up early on Christmas morning.”

NEXT: A Christmas wedding?HALLOWEEN OR CHRISTMAS?

This photo works on so many levels.

NEXT: A white Christmas …LIT UP LIKE A TREE

See more:

‘Hot Guys and Baby Animals’: See studly/adorable photos!

‘Awkward Family Pet Photos’: See 10 pictures!

‘101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress’: See photos!

‘I Am Better Than Your Kids’: Hilarious photos! — EXCLUSIVE

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