It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid, unless of course you're a prize bird about to be plucked, stuffed, and roasted, or you're a chosen recipient of an absolute turkey of a Christmas card which one Florida family has taken it upon themselves to share with the world.
The Yoshida family have made a big splash on the internet thanks to creating a Christmas card that could give you festive nightmares in all its terrible tinsel like tackiness.
You could call it a festive apocalypse, or you could just call it the worst Christmas card of all time. But it goes a little deeper than that. This Christmas card is so ingeniously bad it could be considered a work of genius.
As you can see from the picture, the father of the Florida family is proudly sporting a festive t-shirt with the legend boldly emblazoned across his chest in bright orange letter, "Chillin' With My Ho's."
The fiendishly dropped apostrophe would be enough to elevate this card into the ranks of the devilishly diabolical, but it's the man's wife and two daughter alongside the father, each wearing a shirt with the word "Ho" written on it, that puts this Christmas card in a league of its own.
The Christmas card has since been posted on Imgur and Reddit and has garnered over two million views.
The Mirror reports that the card was the brainchild of model Natalie Yoshida, who can be seen in the photo alongside her sister Rachel and their mother. Natalie is extremely proud of the card and includes a caption to that effect..
"My family's xmas photo dis year. Disclaimer: this was my idea I want the credit bc it's damn good."
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 18, 2015
Natalie told Buzzfeed News that all the family's immediate friends get the humor in the card.
"My mom agreed immediately. My dad never actually agreed or disagreed. He's a great sport.However, whenever there's a Christmas, there's always a Scrooge, and some commentators on Reddit have blasted the card.
"All of our immediate friends understand our humor so they think it's hilarious. Not one person who knows us in real life has 'hated'. Everyone who is 'hating' is seeking offense in an obvious joke."
One snarled, "Am I the only one creeped out by him calling his daughters his 'Ho'?"
Another barked, "The implication that his wife and daughters are whores is pretty strange."
Yet another snapped, "Well his daughters are super hot but this is kind of creepy."
Like Donald Trump, Christmas cards are often taken the wrong way. And festive frivolity can all too often end badly. For example, the Johnson family have recently faced a vicious backlash for the card below, which was created and shared by Louisiana photographer Hannah Hawkes.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 17, 2015
As you can see the females in the family have their mouths taped shut and wrists bound whilst the menfolk sit smiling with their thumbs up and holding a sign saying, "Peace on Earth."
Reddit user Tallulah Blue didn't find this Christmas card at all funny.
"Would you find this funny if it were all the men gagged and bound with women smiling and with their thumbs up triumphantly next to a peace on earth sign?Meanwhile Terri Donovan grunted her disapproval on Facebook.
"I suspect if the genders were switched people wouldn't think it was funny because, 'See! feminists don't want equality! They just want to control men!"
"It not only scares and disgusts me that the husband would request such a photo, it is even worse that his wife would agree to it... and agree to show their children what hate and ignorance looks like.It should be mentioned that the photographer shared another image of the family with all of their mouths taped shut, and posted a post on her Facebook page explaining the reasoning behind the Christmas pic.
"Apparently this is all ok in their universe. Ignorance, hatred, bigotry and misogyny are alive and well, unfortunately.
"Ironic that they chose such a view to celebrate the life of a man who TRIED to teach loving acceptance of all, regardless of their sex or station in life."
"I have been called every name in the book, and have received some very hateful and vulgar comments and messages.
"I would like to say that as a female I do NOT and have never promoted violence to women! I do not support abuse, or the degradation of women.
"My controversial photo was taken by request by the family, and was in no way meant to promote abuse. This photo was taken with humor in mind, and was meant as a comical Christmas photo. I personally know this family, and have known them for many years.
"They are not abusive to their children in any shape or form. Also, I would like to add that no one was harmed during the process."
— Mashable (@mashable) December 17, 2015
Obviously Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without misunderstandings, or indeed a joke or two, so before you dig in and lose yourself completely in the crazy festival of excess and commercialism here's a right old howler for your. A.F. Wells once said, "Take Christ out of Christmas, and December becomes the bleakest and most colorless month of the year."
Sorry, wrong cracker. Try this chestnut for size. "What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?" "Tinselitis!"
Great stuff! But that's not all folks. We're just warming up. "What are the wettest animals in the world?" "Reindeer!"
Like it? Here's another. "Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?" "A mince spy!"
We're on a roll. Maestro, more if you will. "What do you call a train loaded with toffee?" "A chew chew train!"
Thank-you! Thank-You! I think we've got space for a couple more. "Why couldn't the skeleton go to the Christmas party?" "Because he had no body to go with."
Right on! Let's bring it home and end the party with a bang. "Why did Santa have to go to the hospital?" "Because of his poor elf!"
Phew! What a riot! But that's quite enough for one day; best we keep such frivolity for the Christmas table and the paper hat. Now we've got that little be of seasonal sauce out of our system there's not a lot else to say except...
Have a very merry Christmas one and all. And all you golfers please remember not to drink and drive. Don't even putt!
[Image via Natalie Yoshida/Instagram]