Thanks to social media, the holidays have become a game of sorts. Who can humblebrag or show off that they’re having the best Christmas possible? This isn’t necessarily a terrible thing. It can be entertaining when people try to impress you.
Nowhere is this truer than with the lives of celebrities. It is a full-blown competition, even if the participants pretend they’re just in the Christmas spirit. They are not. Celebrity Christmas is an extension and exaggeration of normal celebrity life: showing other people you are having a way better Christmas than them. It’s about winning the flexing game.
You could say the celebrities on this list don’t necessarily get Christmas, but that’s not the point here. The point is to win the Christmas game. And these celebrities do exactly that.
How do you win the Christmas race? By getting a head start. So shout out to the OG American Idol for this out-of-control Christmas tree, constructed the first week of December.
Few celebrities have mastered the humblebrag quite like Taylor. A gloat without really gloating. You either want to be a cute elf like Swift or be friends with a cute elf like Taylor. She didn’t have to do nothing but dress up.
Matching Victoria’s Secret Christmas jammies, fluffy dogs, lit-up trees, cute girl squad, and duck faces. Hudgens does what others won’t: embrace the flex. We appreciate the honest show-off nature.
The Big Bang Theory star knows an absolute truth about Christmas stunting: Animals are props. If you’ve ever bought your dog a sweater, you already know this. Kaley Cuoco gets major style points, then, for hanging a stocking for her horse.
The Kardashian-Jenners do everything big, so this is no surprise. Add in a very festive cosmetic collection, and Kylie’s Christmas spirit is on full display. Major negative points for including Tyga, though.
An impressive move by Kelly Osborne. Christmas is ostensibly about family, so she includes her mother—a clever double-up stunt—saying wacky Sharon Osborne things. Oh did you also happen to notice the big ass tree they needed a ladder to decorate? Neither did the Osbornes.
SHE GOT A TINY CHRISTMAS TREE FOR HER TINY DOG. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT??
We did not want to include two Kardashian-Jenners, but Kourt turned her Calabasas backyard into a winter wonderland. The dedication is real.
Neil Patrick Harris
You want those decorations on your tree. You need those decorations on your tree. Nice move, NPH.
This is a sneaky humblebrag. You want that ideal cozy Christmas with a roaring fire and a cuddle session? Barrymore’s your girl.
This is Christmas cookie porn. Apologies for the late NSFW warning.
Never forget that The First Family represent our foremost celebrities. How do you celebrate your last Christmas in the White House? By decking the mother freakin’ halls with snowmen.
The Royal Family
Pictures represent memories frozen in time. The impermanent made static: A kiss underneath the mistletoe, the family in front of the tree. But The Royal Family stunts harder than anyone else on this list: Wax figures dressed in Christmas garb. They win because the rest of our humans and need sleep. Wax figures do not and those Royal Family wax figures will never not be celebrating Christmas. It’s a flex, humblebrag, and stunt rolled in one.
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