Jimmy Kimmel: Getting kids to pose for holiday photos is like putting a ‘wetsuit on a monkey’

Jimmy Kimmel's children ignored his pleas to sit still and smile as he tried to stage the perfect holiday picture. (Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)

Every parent who’s ever pleaded, threatened or bribed a child to sit still and smile for a photo can relate to Jimmy Kimmel’s holiday story.

On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, the host shared how he attempted to capture the perfect photo for this year’s Christmas card with his two children, Jane, 4, and Billy, 1 ½.  

His children were dressed up and posed with a finished gingerbread house in the background. All he needed was ONE decent shot.

It took “no less than 400 photographs,” Kimmel joked, and he still didn’t have the one he wanted.

“Trying to get them to sit still and smile and look vaguely in our direction at the same time is like trying to put a wet suit onto a monkey and a baby pig. It’s impossible.”

Yes, Kimmel jumped around to try to get his kids to smile. He made faces. He made noises. He even made threats.

“I said, ‘You’re going to pay for your own college if you don’t look here and smile.'” 

Kimmel said after two hours he gave up. He proposed, in jest we’re hoping, going back to the way our great-grandparents took photos:

Jimmy Kimmel said in jest we should return to the way our great-grandparents took photos for holiday cards. (Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)

“It’s no smiling. Everyone staring straight ahead, hoping Santa brings them the polio vaccine.” 


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