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Photographs of the Darker Side of Christmas

Images of gingerbread nightmares, nutcracker rampages and fruitcake gluttony.

This past year, we've taken the holidays as an opportunity to turn our most beloved cultural signifiers on their head using bright colors, a lot of goop and hot dogs. This Christmas, Gifriends and I collaborated on a series that looks at the horrifying side of the holiday that most of us hold dear to our hearts. Here we show the darker side of this festive day, including a deadbeat Santa stuffing his face with rancid Pannetone bread. Check out the rest of our Holiday Horrors photo series below.

Marisa Gertz is a member of the photo and Gif collective Gifriends. You can see more of her work here.