The perfectly posed family, the comments celebrating all of the wonderful moments that filled their year — this is normally what we see when it comes to our relatives’ annual Christmas newsletters (or our own). But mother Lisa Allen shattered that tradition this year, taking on a non-traditional approach when she sent out her Christmas cards.

Instead of the norm, she tucked a “brutally honest” letter inside each one that highlighted some of the annoying habits and flaws her three kids and her husband Tom possess.

The insert in the card, which was shared on the Mommy Needs Vodka’s Facebook page, said:

Landon: Our precocious and super annoying 3yr old. Whines all the time and doesn’t go to sleep when he’s told. Most of the artwork he brings home from church nursery is awful. Our pride and joy (and source of our drinking problem).

Hunter: Our energetic yet surprisingly unathletic 9yr old who just got cut from the soccer team that doesn’t even keep score in their games. I know…How does that even happen?! Spends most of his time on his iPad and said his first swear word this year! Super exciting!

Maddy: Age 18…goes over her data each month on her cell phone. Was grounded for two weeks this fall after she snuck a guy in her window to ‘watch a movie.’ Got fired from Sephora after tell her boss “just because I’m on the schedule doesn’t mean I have to show up.” Wants to drop out of school to become Insta famous.

Tom and Lisa: Somehow still married after 41 years. Tom still tucks his T-shirt into his jeans and just took money from our retirement account to buy a fishing boat. His golf shoes are still currently on the steps after I told him three times to take them upstairs.


Her honesty paid off in a big way. People flipped for her hilarious “real life” card:

Now, that’s the holiday spirit! Can’t you just feel her pain?

Do you like the sweet and sappy letters people share with their Christmas greetings — or is sharing the cold, hard truth more your style?

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