12 celebrity Christmas cards (PHOTOS)

From Kristen Bell and Kelly Clarkson to the Obamas and the Pope, check out these little digital holiday greetings from famous families.

From left to right: Kristen Bell, Los Angeles, 2009. Jaguar PS | Shutterstock.com. Reese Witherspoon, Cannes, France, 2012. Featureflash Photo Agency | Shutterstock.com. Rob Lowe, Los Angeles, 2015. Featureflash Photo Agency | Shutterstock.com

Of the million things to love about Christmas, scrolling through holiday family pictures and sorting through stacks of photo-cards from our favorite people ranks high on the list. I love seeing how much a friend’s kids have grown in the last year, or be able to post a festive picture of relatives on the fridge.

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While it’s true that some Christmas photos lean “fake”—behind the scenes we know there is probably a mom is yelling at everyone to adjust their clothes, stand still, stop teasing their siblings, put away the bunny ears and just smile, please—it’s nice to celebrate the season with a snapshot, especially one to share with friends and family (whether in the mail or on Facebook). It’s a happy moment to look back on during future Christmastimes and say, “remember when…”

As I scroll through Instagram feed, I can see that I’m not alone. And even the most famous of families are joining in the fun: putting their most cheerful feet and faces forward to wish everyone a happy holiday—and they feel like little digital Christmas cards. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite Christmas posts from celebrities this season:

The Spanish royal family

https://instagram.com/p/BN7NadkD0JU/

The Spanish royal family, to me, is an example of Christmas card perfection. Smiling faces, natural poses, reds, greens … and that adorable reindeer sweater.

Reese Witherspoon

https://instagram.com/p/BNr-oiPgv-I/

This sweet post from the Big Little Lies star is colorful, cute and crafty. But above all it reminds me that Christmas really is an exercise in faith—and not just in Santa—but in the beauty of Christ. What a wonderful time of year to believe!

Kristen Bell

Kristin Bell always makes us laugh, so it’s not surprising that she celebrates the season by making (and wearing) ugly sweaters. Even better: the one she is holding up in this photo is for a beautiful cause! Some of the best Christmas cards are ones with a message of giving.

Pope Francis

* EN: Christmas is a great time of joy also expressed outwardly, but it is above all a religious event which requires spiritual preparation. * PT: O Natal é um dia de grande alegria, também exterior, mas é principalmente um acontecimento religioso, por isso é necessária uma preparação espiritual. * ES: La Navidad es un día de gran alegría, también exterior; pero es principalmente un acontecimiento religioso, por lo que es necesaria una preparación espiritual. * IT: Il Natale è un giorno di grande gioia anche esteriore, ma è soprattutto un avvenimento religioso per cui è necessaria una preparazione spirituale. * FR: Noël est un jour de grande joie visible aussi extérieurement, mais c'est surtout un événement religieux pour lequel on a besoin d'une préparation spirituelle. #advent, #advento, #adviento, #avvento

A photo posted by Pope Francis (@franciscus) on

If the pope mailed you a Christmas card, it would probably say this: “Christmas is a great time of joy also expressed outwardly, but it is above all a religious event which requires spiritual preparation.”

The Pioneer Woman

Leaving tomorrow, making it count today! And by "making it count," I mean watching my family blaze past me while shouting "See you in an hour, Mama!"

A photo posted by Ree Drummond – Pioneer Woman (@thepioneerwoman) on

The Pioneer Woman isn’t always on a dry, dusty ranch! I love seeing families hitting their favorite vacation spots during the holidays—spending a few fun days that bring everyone together is one of the wonderful virtues of Christmastime.

Kelly Clarkson

River's first parade!! #GrandeMarshall #NashvilleChristmasParade

A photo posted by Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) on

This Christmas photo is too sweet. Fresh off releasing her remake of It’s Quiet Uptown on Hamilton Mixtape, Kelly Clarkson and daughter River snapped this picture while attending the Nashville Christmas Parade together (where Clarkson was named the Grande Marshall of the event).

Kelly Ripa

https://instagram.com/p/BNfjsWFgkkc/

Kelly Ripa shared a classic: a couple in front of a cozy Christmas tree. These two have celebrated 20 Christmases together as husband and wife!

The Obama family

https://www.instagram.com/p/BODo7qthksL/?tagged=christmascard&hl=en

Here’s a sneak peek at the Obama’s 2016 Christmas card. I love seeing how much Sasha and Malia have grown since they first entered the White House eight years ago!

Katherine Heigl

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 🎤🎅🏼🎄#thoseheavenlydays #badlandsranch

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There’s nothing nicer than a Christmas at home, just hanging out without your hair or makeup done. Actress Katherine Heigl shared this casual photo with her followers, showing off her homemade Christmas decor for her tree, and it feels so naturally festive.

The Holderness Family

Christmas video out tomorrow! We recorded the entire video in one shot. Editing now. Hope you guys like it.

A photo posted by The Holderness Family (@theholdernessfamily) on

The Holderness Family, one of our favorite YouTube funny families, shares an outtake from their recent Christmas video, which reminds us to begin our New Year with a bit of Silent Night. Not bad advice!

Kristin Cavallari

Twinning

A photo posted by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on

Walking in a winter wonderland! I think Kristin and her hubby playing in the snow makes for the perfect Christmas mailer.

Rob Lowe

#Love our #Christmas tree. No one does it better than @sheryllowejewelry

A photo posted by Rob Lowe (@robloweofficial) on

And sometimes you just want to share the joy of a huge, fully-decorated Christmas tree, like this one from Rob Lowe’s living room. You don’t need to make your Christmas cards or posts a photo of yourself or your family, so long as it celebrates the spirit of the season and says Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at carynrivadeneira.com.

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