Gay Dad Photo Essays

These Christmas Cards From Gay Couples Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit


Enjoy this beautiful collection of our families getting into the holiday spirit, posing for the annual Christmas card pic, and sharing what they love most about the holiday season.

O'Brian and Daryl with Keithen and Camden, Glenarden, Maryland

"Christmas for us has always been about family. Santa truly outdid himself this year with the best gifts we've ever received!"

Jon and Nick with Asher, Salt Lake City, Utah

"Nothing better than spending time with our little man!!!"

John and Marcos with Italia and Roman, California

"We celebrate Christmas in the traditional American way with a Mexican flair. We get together with extended family and friends on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning is spent with just the four of us."

Richard and Carlos with Timothy, New York, NY

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"For us, Christmas isn't just a time to exchange gifts. It's a time to relish in the abundance of love and joy in our lives."

Manuel and Bud with Álvaro and Carmen, Spain

"Our favorite thing about the holiday season is that whenever the kids are bad, we can tell them that Santa is watching and they all of a sudden behave like angels. 😊"

Mark and Rob with Melanie and Cooper, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"Our favorite thing is watching our daughter's first time understanding and falling in love with Christmas traditions: Santa, the Grinch, Elf on the Shelf ... It makes it feel magical for us all over again."

Danny and Jay with Kai and Jayden, California

"Our favorite thing is being together with all our close family members and unwrapping all the gifts together. ❤️"

Jeff and Tyler with Ava, Middletown, Delaware

"Our favorite thing about the season is taking in all of the festive sights and sounds as we explore the world around us. And when we are home there is nothing better than snuggling up together in a warm blanket, with teh tree lit and watching a holiday movie."

Ricky and Jeff with their son, Upland, California

"Spending extra time with our family and friends and celebrating the holidays."

Daniel and Victor with Olivia and Omarie, Victorville, California

"Our favorite thing about the season is spending family time together. Seeing our girls faces when we go pick our Xmas tree, decorating, and baking with Papa Victor for the holidays."

Jacek and Andrzej with Adam and Brandon, Brighton, UK

"It's a family time, and 🎅🏾,, obviously!"

Daron and Oscar with Duncan, Sun Valley, California

"We collect ornaments all year long and especially when we travel. Our favorite part about the holiday season is finally hanging them on the tree."

Igor and Joseph with Jeffrey and Jojo, Las Vegas, Nevada

"We like the family getting together for dinner the best."

BJ and Frankie with Milo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Our favorite part of the holiday is getting to spend it with our family and friends, and then heading down to a beach somewhere to spend quality time together as a family."

Ryan and Jon with Ophelia, Rochester, New Hampshire

"Our favorite thing about the holiday season is the opportunity to slow down, unplug and spend time with family and friends."

Jesse and Khris with Eli and Justin, Syracuse, NY

"Our favorite thing about the holidays is going to local holiday events [such as] "Lights on the Lake," "Holidays in the City," plays and, of course, the "Syracuse Tree Lighting" --among other events.

Tony and Tyler with Caden and Gaven, Shreveport, Louisiana

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