It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without our favorite A-list stars spreading cheer (and a little envy) with their glamorous Christmas cards.
Everyone from Britain’s royal family to Hollywood’s rich and famous now shares their greetings online for all to ogle. So even if you’re not swanky enough to be on The List of Important People, you can see how famous families celebrate, from Kim Kardashian West’s brood to Kelly Ripa’s antics to Kate Hudson’s kids in their tree hats.
We’ve rounded up some fabulous family portraits you’re unlikely to find in your own mailbox.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan
The new parents are spending the holidays in Canada this year, scooping up some “private time” with baby Archie away from the hubbub of family.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust shared the Christmas card from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are president and vice president of the charity, on its Twitter account.
The card features an adorable black-and-white GIF of the family, with 7-month-old Archie looking into the camera as his parents laugh in the background under a twinkling Christmas tree.
The sentiment reads, “Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. From our family to yours.”
Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone! pic.twitter.com/McOcHALoGl
— The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) December 23, 2019
The “Instant Family” star posted a digital Christmas card to his Instagram Wednesday. “Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” he wrote, pictured in a beachy location with his wife, Rhea Durham, and their four children.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla
Clarence House shared the official card of Prince of Wales and his wife on Instagram.
The photo shows the couple, sunglasses firmly in place, in a vintage MG convertible. It was taken when they were visiting Cuba in March.
And though MG was a British brand, this roadster appears to have been built on this side of the pond, since being in the driver’s seat puts the prince on the wrong-for-him side of the car.
Prince William and Duchess Kate
Prince William and Duchess Kate, formerly known as Kate Middleton, posed for an elegant outdoors Christmas card with their three children: Prince Louis, 1; Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince George, 6.
The card shows the family dressed in a blue color scheme and posing on a vintage motorbike and sidecar. Around the picture is a dark green border with “2019” written at the bottom.
According to People and E, the card was originally shared online by a member of the Royal Air Force. Benjamin Wareing, who self-identifies as a royals photographer, later shared the image on an unverified Twitter account.
The Cambridge Household family Christmas card this year features The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George on a motorbike and sidecar ❄️🎄 pic.twitter.com/pNg3zPJXqS
— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) December 18, 2019
Kim Kardashian West
Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, opted for a low-key family photo in their home, breaking from the longstanding Kardashian/Jenner tradition of elaborately themed Christmas cards featuring the entire brood.
The media mogul, 39, color coordinated in cool grey with her four children – North, 6, Saint, 4, Chicago, 1, and Psalm, 7 months – and husband Kanye West.
In the picture, Kardashian West is cradling Psalm, Saint is all smiles next to big sister North and West holds Chicago as the famous family poses together at the bottom of a staircase.
“The West Family Christmas Card 2019,” Kardashian West captioned the image.
But, according to Kardashian West, arranging the card didn’t all go according to plan. The reality TV mogul revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday that oldest daughter North had to be Photoshopped into the image.
“It’s the most anxiety to get four kids together smiling in a room,” she said. “North was having a day, so she refused to be in the shoot. She just was crying because she wanted her specific hairstyle, whatever.”
She continued: “I said, ‘Fine you’re not gonna be in the card. That’s the decision. You’re not gonna be in the card. I’m just gonna take the family card without you.’ And she was fine with that. The next day, she woke up and was like ‘Mommy, I really want to do a card.’ “
Lucky for North, the photographer was still in town.
“I called the photographer, had her come over,” Kardashian West added. “I said, ‘I have no makeup on now. I look totally different. Let’s just pretend. Shoot us, but cut me out, and you’ll Photoshop her in.’ And it looks like a beautiful card.”
Hudson and her loved ones got in on the holiday festivities, too.
The actress took to Instagram Tuesday to share her Christmas card, which featured herself and her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa, posing in the bed of a pickup truck with two dogs and Hudson’s three kids: Ryder, 15; Bingham Hawn, 8, and Rani Rose, 1.
“We take Christmas MERRY seriously…,” she captioned her post.
To top it off, Hudson and her kids all rocked adorable Christmas hats.
The “Live! with Kelly and Ryan” star is “tripping into 2020.”
Ripa posted a series of photos of her family’s unorthodox Christmas card, featuring actor husband Mark Consuelos and their children – Michael, 22, Lola, 18, and Joaquin, 16. Missing in action? The family’s Shih Tzu Chewie.
The card is composed of seven pictures of Ripa attempting to run back to her family after setting off the camera’s timer. The result is hilariously festive.
“With love, The Consuelos Family: Mark, Kelly, Michael, Lola and Joaquin (Chewie not pictured),” she captioned the picture.
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“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s girls are growing up.
Richards’ daughters – Sam Sheen, 15, and Lola Sheen, 14, (whose father is ex husband Charlie Sheen) and Eloise Joni Richards, whom she adopted in 2011 – stole the show with their maturing looks.
Aaron Phypers, who tied the knot with Richards in September 2018, was also pictured.
“The holidays are all about family, and this working mom is especially grateful our card was so easy to make, so high-quality and so quick to arrive,” she captioned the image. “Very blessed to call this family mine.”
Spelling shared her “most fab holiday card yet.”
The gangs all present in the Spelling family photo, including the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star, husband Dean McDermott and their five children – Liam, 12, Stella, 11, Hattie, 8, Finn, 7, Beau, 2.
“With the kiddos growing up so quickly, I’m thankful we can share these special moments together. Let the holidays begin!” Spelling captioned the image.
The singer, 29, and husband Dana Isaiah were all smiles with their one-year-old son Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr. The family photo was outlined with stars.
“So excited about our little family’s 2019 Christmas card,” she captioned the image. “ISN’T IT THE CUTEST!? I mean look at Dana & DJ’s smiles!”
Contributing: Charles Trepany, Susan Haas
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