Gay Dad Photo Essays

Festive Holidays Cards From Gay Dads and Their Kids!

Matching sweaters? Fresh haircuts? Ear-to-ear grins? Must be the time for the annual holiday photo shoot!

If there's one thing that gets us in the holiday spirit each and every year it's obviously Maria Carey. But if there's one other thing that lets us know it's definitely time to deck the halls, it's seeing all of the adorable holiday photos from gay men and their kids flooding our Insta feed! Thanks again to our community of dads who continue to share their beautiful photos with us each and every year. Enjoy this year's round up below!


“Here’s to the next chapter in our lives. The love, the joy & and the laughter we’ll experience as a family of 4 🖤”

“We received our 2019 holiday cards, and damn we have a beautiful family, if I do say so myself (which I do)!”

"Joy and Peace"

"Merry Christmas"

"Putting up the tree 2019!"

@calvinjames11

"A little holiday cheer for everyone. #wecametosleigh"

@2dadsadopt

“DECEMBER 1st 🎄Tree is up ✔️ Air conditioning set to freezing ✔️ Champagne is flowing ✔️ Fruit mince pies being shoved down my gob ✔️Christmas month has begun 👨‍👨‍👧🤣” 

"Christmas photo tease"

“Happiest of holiday seasons to everyone! We hope you enjoy this time of year as much as we do. Lots of love from the Koches”

“Our faces change, Forge’s shoe size gets bigger, these pajamas seem a little tighter in the belly, but we hold onto each other as tight as can”

"Family photos! Happy Holidays! #lovethesetwo #papabear"

@bmore_brawn

"All I want for Xmas ... is all I already have ❤️"

"Resignificando la Navidad ❤️"

@jpnqn

"Love getting into the Holiday spirit with my Heart! It's the most wonderful time of the year!" 

"Happy Holidays!"

"Happy Holidays"

"Lawson family Christmas"

"'Tis the season... Down Under 🇦🇺"

"Happy Holidays Olsson Huang Family 2019"

“𝔗𝔬: 𝔒𝔲𝔯 𝔉𝔞𝔪𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔰 & 𝔉𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔫𝔡𝔰, ℌ𝔞𝔭𝔭𝔶 ℌ𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔡𝔞𝔶𝔰! 𝐹𝓇: 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒢𝓊𝓁𝒹𝑒𝓃𝓅𝒻𝑒𝓃𝓃𝒾𝑔’𝓈”

"It's a wonderful life"

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our crew to yours. Sending lots of holiday love to each and every one of you”

"Merry Xmas from the GrowMillers!"

“Here’s to the next chapter in our lives. The love, the joy & and the laughter we’ll experience as a family of 4 🖤”

“We received our 2019 holiday cards, and damn we have a beautiful family, if I do say so myself (which I do)!”

"Joy and Peace"

"Merry Christmas"

"Putting up the tree 2019!"

@calvinjames11

"A little holiday cheer for everyone. #wecametosleigh"

@2dadsadopt

“DECEMBER 1st 🎄Tree is up ✔️ Air conditioning set to freezing ✔️ Champagne is flowing ✔️ Fruit mince pies being shoved down my gob ✔️Christmas month has begun 👨‍👨‍👧🤣” 

"Christmas photo tease"

“Happiest of holiday seasons to everyone! We hope you enjoy this time of year as much as we do. Lots of love from the Koches”

“Our faces change, Forge’s shoe size gets bigger, these pajamas seem a little tighter in the belly, but we hold onto each other as tight as can”

"Family photos! Happy Holidays! #lovethesetwo #papabear"

@bmore_brawn

"All I want for Xmas ... is all I already have ❤️"

"Resignificando la Navidad ❤️"

@jpnqn

"Love getting into the Holiday spirit with my Heart! It's the most wonderful time of the year!" 

"Happy Holidays!"

"Happy Holidays"

"Lawson family Christmas"

"'Tis the season... Down Under 🇦🇺"

"Happy Holidays Olsson Huang Family 2019"

“𝔗𝔬: 𝔒𝔲𝔯 𝔉𝔞𝔪𝔦𝔩𝔦𝔢𝔰 & 𝔉𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔫𝔡𝔰, ℌ𝔞𝔭𝔭𝔶 ℌ𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔡𝔞𝔶𝔰! 𝐹𝓇: 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒢𝓊𝓁𝒹𝑒𝓃𝓅𝒻𝑒𝓃𝓃𝒾𝑔’𝓈”

"It's a wonderful life"

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our crew to yours. Sending lots of holiday love to each and every one of you”

"Merry Xmas from the GrowMillers!"

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