If you are expecting a less than comfortable Christmas this year, what with meeting prospective in-laws for the first time or battling bubbling family tensions which threaten to erupt, what better way to alleviate the awkwardness than by looking at situations more awkward than yours?
The blog Awkward Family Photos, created by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, is a repository of slightly wrong snaps sent in by fans worldwide. Expect a lot of soft focus and extraordinary mise en scène. The blog has already spawned books, calendars and even a board game. The inclusion of family pets in this pet edition calendar takes it to an altogether new level.