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These Holiday Cards Show What Christmas With Your Fam REALLY Looks Like

And it's not all sugar and spice and everything nice, OK?

It's one of the biggest ironies of the holiday season: You spend hours, days, maybe even weeks crafting the perfectly staged holiday card to send off to friends and family as proof that you are crushing this whole motherhood thing. But in truth, the holidays in your home are often quite messy, filled with temper tantrums, burnt Christmas cookies, feuding relatives, and last-minute trips to the mall when you realize you've just run out of wrapping paper.

'Tis the season! But now one brave family has decided to stop being fake and start getting real. Mom Life photographer Anna Angenend captured her posse in all its glorious seasonal chaos:

holiday honest card baking Anna Angenend Photography

So relatable! Especially that mess of clothes strewn all over the armchair!

And check out this shot:

honest holiday wrapping presents Anna Angenend Photography

Yup, that's exactly how I feel the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a present is wrapped and just look at my spouse!

Sorry. Got caught up there for a minute. But these images are just so real—a credit to photog Angenend, who has captured and showcased many of her own crazy moments in order to peel back the mask on all those perfect moms we are bombarded with on TV and social media, especially around this time of year.

"The holidays can be really hard on parents," she told Parents.com. "I don't want moms to feel as if they're the only ones not 'doing it all.' I think most of us are barely holding it all together!"

honest holiday santa Anna Angenend Photography

So true, and in fact, Angenend even copped to her own share of holiday mishaps. "There was the time I had fake snow and tinsel on my tree, [and] I had to vacuum every two hours or just let my living room become a snow scene," she told us. "Also, my tree has been knocked over three times already THIS WEEK. The first time was an accident, but now the kids and dog are in cahoots and consider it entertainment."

Too funny! And all the more reason, Angenend says, you should stop stressing over scoring the perfect family photo and simply live in the moment.

real holiday card Anna Angenend Photography

"The true magic of the holidays is the time you share with your family in your home," she explained. "Have a photographer come to your home, and capture the family cozying up to the fireplace, or decorating the tree, or making a mess in the kitchen together! Those are the moments that we will cherish for generations to come, and you won't even have to get out of your pajamas."

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Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.